Pokemon Go Chimchar Spotlight Hour guide: Can Chimchar be Shiny? - Dexerto

Pokemon Go Chimchar Spotlight Hour guide: Can Chimchar be Shiny?

Published: 22/Nov/2021 16:36

by David Purcell


Pokemon Go’s Chimchar Spotlight Hour is next up in November 2021! As well as the chance to get a Shiny Chimchar, players can also score one of the game’s most useful bonuses.

Introduced by Niantic in 2020, Pokemon Go’s Spotlight Hour has become one of the title’s most popular recurring events. For the fourth celebration of November, Trainers will get a chance to catch the Sinnoh-region’s Fire-type Pokemon, Chimchar.

While Chimchar itself may not be a very strong addition to your team, this Spotlight Hour offers the perfect chance to stock up on Candy and evolve it into the fan-favorite Infernape. It’s also a great time to go Shiny hunting.


As has been the case since 2020, each Tuesday of every month is dedicated to hosting a 60-minute celebration for a single Pokemon. Trainers exploring the map during the set time will encounter the selected ‘mon with boosted spawn rates.


Pokemon Go Chimchar Spotlight Hour date & start time

On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, the Pokemon Go Chimchar Spotlight Hour will take place.

The limited-time event kicks off at its usual time at 6 PM and runs until 7 PM local time, meaning no matter where you are in the world, the event starts at that time.

This is the fourth Spotlight Hour of November 2021, so get ready to catch some Chimchar!

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021, a Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

How to prepare for Chimchar Spotlight Hour

Preparation for this Spotlight Hour is crucial, as it only lasts – you guessed it – 60 minutes.


  1. Use your Pokecoins to buy at least two Incense.
  2. Clear out space in your Pokemon Storage Box for all the Chimchar you’ll catch.
  3. Bring a lot of Pokeballs with you so you can catch plenty of Pokemon.
  4. Collect Pokemon Candy for the Spotlight Hour Pokemon to evolve it!

Pokemon Go Chimchar Spotlight Hour bonus

For the Spotlight Hour on November 23, 2021, players will snag Double Catch XP as part of the event bonuses.

This 2x Catch XP bonus will apply to any Pokemon, not just Chimchar, so now’s a great time to stock up on Poke Balls and catch as many creatures as you can during the event – then you’ll be leveling up in no time!

We always recommend using an XP-boosting Lucky Egg during Spotlight Hours. Since December 2020, Pokemon Go’s level cap was increased from level 40 to 50, so you won’t want to miss out on this chance to score some easy points.


Chimchar on a Fire background for Pokemon Go's Spotlight Hour
Chimchar evolves into the Fire-type Infernape.

Is Shiny Chimchar in Pokemon Go?

The good news is that the Shiny version of Chimchar is currently available in Pokemon Go, which means Shiny Infernape is also available. They debuted during the November 2019 Community Day.

As always, Shiny versions are incredibly hard to find, but there’s arguably no better time to get one than during a Spotlight Hour when there will be hundreds for you to encounter. Good luck!

How to evolve Chimchar into Infernape in Pokemon Go

Evolving Chimchar into Infernape can take a while, as you’ll need 25 Candy to evolve it into Monferno and a further 100 Candy to evolve it into Infernape. Using Pinap Berries can help you earn Candy faster.


Once you’ve got enough Candy saved up, simply select your favorite Chimchar and tap ‘evolve’ on the screen, then do the same for Monferno to get yourself an Infernape.

Fortunately, the Spotlight Hour is the perfect time to stock up on Candy as there will be hundreds of Chimchar for you to catch during the 60-minute event – and you’ll get double XP along the way!

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