Shiny Pokémon are rare versions of Pokémon in Pokémon Go that have modified looks. They are called shiny because they generally add a slight sheen, making them stand out more than the normal versions. For Helioptile and Heliolisk, their shiny versions are red instead of their usual yellow.

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Shiny Rates

Apart from the Pokémon that don’t have shiny versions in the game, every Pokémon has a base shiny rate that tells you how often you’ll see its shiny version. Helioptile is new to Pokémon Go, so it’s too early to determine what its shiny rate is. For now, it’s best to assume it follows the standard shiny rate of 1 in 500 (about 0.20 percent). So, for every 500 Helioptile you catch, you’ll probably only get one shiny version.

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How to Get

Seeing a Shiny Heliolisk is almost unheard of because their normal versions are incredibly rare encounters in the wild. The best way to get one is to get a Shiny Helioptile and evolve it.

There is no way to force a Shiny version of a Pokémon to appear. Instead, you must simply play the game and hope to run into one. However, players can use a few tricks to make it easier to get one.

  • Play during events that feature Helioptile. There are no upcoming events announced that feature a Helioptile. However, since Helioptile was just introduced to Pokémon Go, they will probably be very common encounters in the wild! More Helioptile encounters means more chances for one of them to be shiny.
  • Find Helioptile Nests. Similar to Spotlight Hours, Nests don’t increase the odds of finding a Shiny Helioptile, and instead just increase the number of encounters. Use The Silph Road’s Nest Atlas to find a Helioptile nest near your location. Note: The Nest Atlas is not very helpful for newly released Pokémon.


The images below show the normal and shiny versions of Helioptile and Heliolisk.

That’s everything there is to know about how to get a shiny version of these Pokémon!

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