How to Find (& Catch) Shiny Skitty in Pokémon GO

Players will have an increased chance to encounter Shiny Skitty in Pokémon GO this month. While Skitty has been in the game since the main release of Hoenn region Pokémon back in 2017, its Shiny form wouldn’t be added to the game until three years later in 2020 during the Throwback Challenge. Pokémon GO does not have every Shiny Pokémon available in the game. Many of these Shiny forms are added during a special event or a Community Day. Shiny Skitty can be caught randomly at any moment, but there is an upcoming event that will make it a bit easier to encounter.

Skitty will have its own Spotlight Hour event on Tuesday, September 21 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time. During this time period, Skitty will have its spawn rate drastically increased. Players will be able to earn double the amount of candy for capturing Pokémon during this time. Spotlight Hour does not change the Shiny Odds, which remain one in 500, but it does make it easier to encounter a bunch of Skitty, and therefore, Shiny Skitty, at a time.


This Pokémon GO Skitty Spotlight Hour offers players the best chance to encounter a Shiny Skitty. There are a few things players can do to increase these chances even further and make the most of the hour.

Capturing a Shiny Skitty in Pokémon GO

Players can use Pokémon GO items they already have during the event to further increase spawn rates, increasing the number of Skitties and encouraging a Shiny to spawn. Players should also strategize and make sure not to waste time catching other Pokémon during this event. Here are the main strategies to use during Skitty Spotlight Hour.

  • Incense: Incense increases the spawn rate of all Pokémon in the area. During Spotlight Hour, this will also increase the spawn rate of Skitty. The more Skitty that spawn, the better chance players have of finding its Shiny form.
  • Lure Modules: Similar to the Incense item, players can use this to increase the spawn rate of all Pokémon. The neat part is that players can use this item with a friend or other players to help them with their hunt. Duos can split up the responsibility of using Lure Modules to maximize how many Skitties spawn.
  • Run: If a Skitty isn’t Shiny, just run away and encounter the next one. Players only have an hour to encounter a Shiny Skitty, which isn’t that much time. Run to save time between encounters.
  • Fast Catch Trick: Players looking to earn XP and double the candy can adopt the Fast Catch Trick. This will skip the capturing animation and save tons of time between encounters, while also giving players rewards for successfully catching the Pokémon.

Ultimately there are no guarantees, and finding Shiny Skitty is up to luck. Players who don’t manage to catch Shiny Skitty this time might be luckier in the future if Pokémon GO decides to host a Community Day event for Skitty.

Pokémon GO is available now on iOS and Android.

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