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

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

Published: 11/Oct/2021 9:54

by David Purcell


Pokemon Go’s Gastly Spotlight Hour is next up in October 2021! As well as the chance to catch a Shiny Gastly, 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 second celebration of October, Trainers will get a chance to catch the Kanto-region’s Ghost/Poison-type Pokemon, Gastly.

While Gastly 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 Gengar, which is a really strong competitor across Raids, Gyms, and the Go Battle League.


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 Gastly Spotlight Hour date & start time

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, the Pokemon Go Gastly 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 second Spotlight Hour of the spooky-themed October 2021, so get ready to catch some Gastly!


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 Gastly 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 Gastly 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 Gastly Spotlight Hour bonus

For the Spotlight Hour on October 12, 2021, players will snag Double Catch Stardust as part of the event bonuses.

This 2x Catch Stardust bonus will apply to any Pokemon, not just Gastly, so now’s a great time to catch as many Pokemon as you can during the event – then you’ll be powering up and evolving your team 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.


Gastly, Haunter and Gengar in Pokemon Go
The Ghost/Poison-type Gastly is the next Spotlight Hour.

Is Shiny Gastly in Pokemon Go?

The good news is that the Shiny version of Gastly is currently available in Pokemon Go, which means Shiny Haunter and Gengar are also available. Their color schemes are only mildly different, though.

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 Gastly into Gengar in Pokemon Go

Evolving Gastly into Gengar is pretty easy, as there are no special items required. You’ll need 25 Candy to evolve Gastly into Haunter, and then a further 100 Candy to evolve Haunter into Gengar.


Fortunately, the Spotlight Hour is the perfect time to stock up on Candy as there will be hundreds of Gastly for you to catch during the 60-minute event – and you’ll even earn double Stardust for catching them!

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