How to get Cottonee in Pokemon Go & can it be Shiny?

Daniel Megarry
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Pokemon Go’s Raid rotations brought back Cottonee into Raid battles, so here are all the ways you can catch this Pokemon, as well as how to evolve it into Whimsicott and whether or not it can be Shiny.

Niantic added the Gen 5 dual Grass/Fairy-type creature to Pokemon Go during the Unova week back in 2020, and now it’s coming back to 1-Star Raid battles.

Players will have loads of chances to catch Cottonee thanks to the latest Raid rotations that brought this cute Pokemon along with Grimer, Nincada, Phantump, and Mareanie.

Here are all the details you need to catch Cottonee and evolve it into Whimsicott, as well as whether or not you’ll be able to find its Shiny version.


How to get Cottonee in Pokemon Go

Currently, there are only two ways players can get Cottonee in the game:

  • As a wild encounter.
  • As a Tier 1 Raid Boss.

Previously Cottonee appeared in 2 km, 5 km, and 7km Eggs, as well as a reward for Field Research Tasks like “Verdant Wonders: Catch 5 Pokemon”, in Special/Timed Research Tasks such as Fashion Week – Part 2″, or even through the Verdant Wonders Collection Challenge.

How to evolve Cottonee into Whimsicott in Pokemon Go

Cottonee only has one evolution and getting it is quite simple, though you’ll require a special item.

To evolve Cottonee into its final form Whimsicott, you’ll need to collect 50 Candy and a Sun Stone. We’ve got a guide to getting a Sun Stone right here which should help you find one if you need it.

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With so many Cottonee spawning in 1-Star Raids, you’ll get the required Candy in no time. However, if you’re not in a hunting mood, you can use Pinap Berries to earn double Candy per catch. Additionally, you can transfer your extra Cottonee to Professor Willow or put it as your Buddy.

Can Cottonee be Shiny in Pokemon Go?

Yes, Shiny Cottonee is available in Pokemon Go, as it was added to the game during the Lush Jungle event back in 2022.

Remember that to increase your chances of finding this elusive and valuable Shiny variation, you’ll need to challenge as many Cottonee as you can and simply leave the encounter if it’s not what you’re looking for. You can also use Incense and Lure Modules where that’s possible to get more spawns.

That’s everything you need to know about Cottonee and its Shiny variation in Pokemon Go. For more game content, check the list below:

All Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go (2024) | Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go | Pokemon Go catching tips | Pokemon Go Top Attackers, Defenders & PvP champions | Pokemon Go IVs & CP

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About The Author

Daniel graduated from university with a degree in Journalism and English Language, before spending five years at GAY TIMES covering LGBTQ+ news and entertainment. He then made the switch to video game journalism where he produces news, features, and guides for Pokemon, Fortnite, Nintendo, and PlayStation games. Daniel also has a passion for any games with queer representation.