How to get Shiny Pikachu Libre in Pokemon Go Battle League

Published: 1/Jan/2021 0:46

by Brent Koepp


For the first time in the franchise’s history, Pokemon Trainers can get their hands on a Shiny version of Pikachu Libre in Go. Here is how you can unlock the incredibly rare ‘mon.

First introduced in the 2014 remakes Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, Pikachu Libre gave the series’ yellow mascot an adorable new design. However for over six years, the character has been Shiny locked – until now.

In a first for the franchise, the masked Electric-type can now be caught in the extremely rare alternate form in Go. Here is what you need to do to capture it in the mobile title.

Screenshot of Pikachu Libre from Pokken Tournament.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
For the first time ever, fans can finally catch a Shiny version of Pikachu Libre.

Shiny Pikachu Libre comes to Pokemon Go

Unlocking the rare version of Pikachu Libre is extremely difficult. Not only because of the amount of work it takes to reach the encounter, but you only have one shot to do it. So taking this task on is only for the the most dedicated Trainers.

While we’ve known since December that the masked costume version of the Electric-type was a reward for this Season’s Go, on the 31st players began to report encountering a Shiny version – which is a first for the franchise.

Below we will go over the steps on how to capture the coveted monster. Although be warned, it is not for the faint of hearts, and many will leave empty handed.

Pokemon Go Battle League promotional art.
Niantic / Pokemon Company
Battle League Season 6 offers the rare version of Libre Pikachu as a reward.

How to catch Shiny Pikachu Libre in Pokemon Go

Pikachu Libre is a reward for reaching the very last rank during Battle League Season 6. However unlike previous iterations, ranks have now been raised from 10 through 24. Getting 20 is fairly easy as long as you participate, but it’s the final four that will offer up a challenge.

  • Step 1: Enter the Battle League Season 6 in Pokemon Go.
  • Step 2: Get through Rank 1-20 which can be achieved by participating in battles and securing wins.
  • Step 3: Rank 20-24 can only be reached by securing a rating. Reach Legend status with 3,000 points to hit 24.
  • Step 4: Once you hit 24, you will get a spawn encounter with Pikachu Libre which has a chance to be Shiny. Good luck catching it!

Unfortunately there is no easy way around this, and reaching Rank 24 will take a lot of work. Not only that, but you aren’t even guaranteed a Shiny Pikachu Libre, and only have one shot to catch it all season – making the stakes all the more higher.

Many Trainers will no doubt undertake the challenge, as according to Serebii’s Joe Merrick the special Pikachu is a first for the series. Although he further clarified it can’t be transferred to Home or Sword & Shield.

Over on Reddit, players began posting videos of them encountering the Shiny Libre ‘mon. One user reacted to the clip and exclaimed, “I guess we have a new candidate for the absolute rarest shiny in the entire game lol. You only get one chance at the shiny per season and ONLY if you actually make it to rank 24 in the first place!”

Shiny Pikachu Libre! from TheSilphRoad

Ever since its debut in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in 2014, the Luchador-inspired version of Pikachu has been a hit. The masked character has been featured in several games including popular fighting title Pokken Tournament.

While it is extremely difficult to unlock, its rarity will only make it more special to fans. Players looking to secure the rare ‘mon will want to act fast as Season 6’s Battle League will be wrapping up soon as we enter into 2021.


Sailor Moon x Disney crossover Overwatch skin is the perfect fit for Mercy

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:45

by Bill Cooney


One dedicated Overwatch fan and Mercy stan has come up with an awesomely creative skin design for the hero that mixes Sailor Moon and the Disney classic Snow White all into one.

Concepts for fairytale skins have been a favorite of Overwatch players almost since the game was introduced. While there are even a few oficial ones in Overwatch now (like Red Riding Hood Ashe and Dragon Mercy), there’s no way Blizzard would be able to keep up with all the ideas floating around out there.

That hasn’t stopped the artistically talented fans among us from adding on to that pile though, and one of the best we’ve seen lately is from artist u/aerisycloud. Their creation combines not not only Disney’s Snow White, but also everyone’s favorite Guardian of Earth, Sailor Moon, into a Mercy skin that fits the hero just perfectly.

Mercy Snow White skin concept
A skin that might even give Mercy’s pink skin a run for its money in popularity.

This skin would be one of the few that recasts Mercy as a brunette, obviously a nod to Snow White. The colors and materials are also reminiscent of the fairy tale, but the cut and boots are practically common-issue for the Sailor Scouts.

Her Cadecus Pistol and Staff, along with her wings, are now solid gold (whether this is with or without 3000 CP is unknown), which would also pass in an instant for accessories that Sailor Moon would rock.

We love seeing these kinds of skin concepts, especially ones as cool as this, but it can be easy to forget how much time and effort goes into each one. To show us how much work it took, along with the finished product, aerisycloud also posted a time-lapse of their creation – which is worth watching in its own right.

My Mercy skin idea: Snow White x Sailor Moon from Overwatch

If this skin were to be made, it’d also be neat to see a Torbjorn skin featuring him as one of the Seven Dwarfs (Grumpy, preferably), and a voice clip along the lines of “Moon healing… escalation!” as a nod towards the anime.

As far as actual in-game skins go, you can currently unlock the new Kyogisha Hanzo skin until January 25, and the 2021 Lunar New Year event — which brings a ton of new skins with it — should get going shortly after that wraps up.