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Trainers reporting increased shiny rates for Pokemon Go Buddy Up event

by Paul Cot
Pokemon Company

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Trainers are currently in the middle of enjoying the bonuses that the Pokemon Go Buddy Up event has to offer. In addition to these though, increased shiny rates are also being reported.

In particular Feebas shiny encounters seem to have increased. The Magikarp Gen 3 like Pokemon is one of the species that is appearing more frequently as part of the Buddy Up event.

"Is there a higher chance for shiny Feebas now? I got 2 in a day and I don't know if I'm just really lucky or if there is a higher chance for them," juicyvino shared on Reddit.

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Feebas until the Buddy Up event was a rare spawn...

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Increased shiny rate?

According to the Shiny Rates website, Feebas is indeed one of the most commonly seen shiny species. While the data they use is only listed as third party, it does use quite a sample size so it's at least likely to be somewhat accurate.

Feebas' shiny form is spawning 1 in 63 spawns. When you combine this a major boost in its spawns in general (previously it was a rare spawn) then it's no wonder trainers feel like the shiny rate is as likely as it is.

Feebas isn't the only shiny form that's spawning nearly 2% of the time, however. Chansey, Meowth, Skarmory and Sneasel's shinies can also be found at a similar rate. Eevee on the other hand, despite its increased spawns, is only spawning its shiny form 1 in 536 times.

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Buddy Up event

The Buddy Up event is live now and finishes on Monday, April 27. Alolan Meowth, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup, and Joltik are all spawning in the wild more often during the period.

Meanwhile, for the first time following its appearance as a Research Breakthrough encounter, Woobat can also be found in the wild. Elsewhere, a lot of trainers will have noticed they could only catch one of Illumise or Volbeat. This is because they are region exclusives. During the event, however, both will be available to catch and in regularity - shiny forms and all!

The bonuses unsurprisingly focus on Buddy Pokemon and are as follows:

  • Buddy Pokemon will be bringing you more surprises more often! Look out for more items and Souvenirs. Your buddy might even bring you a new kind of gift!
  • The distance to earn Buddy Candy and hearts with your buddy will be halved.
  • It’ll be easier for your buddy to get excited!
  • Feed your buddy Berries and Poffins, and it’ll join you on the map for twice as long.
  • Earn twice the XP for evolving Pokemon, your buddy or otherwise!

Hopefully you weren't one of the few trainers that managed to find a shiny Feebas before its shiny became so common!