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Elgyem Pokemon TCG art.
Image via The Pokemon Company

Can Elgyem be Shiny in Pokémon Go?

No need to search the stars.

Certain Pokémon float along in games and are only noticed when they pop up or by hardcore fans of the species. In Pokémon Go, Elgyem is one such Pokémon you may not think about often until you see it and ask “can Elygyem be Shiny?”

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For some Pokémon Go players, Shiny Pokémon are the biggest draw for special events and content updates because they love the process of hunting for rare alternate color schemes. But because Niantic rolls out Pokémon and updates in a completely different way to the main series and other Pokémon titles, understanding which Shiny Pokémon are actually available can be a challenge when it comes to species like Elgyem and its evolution.

Can you get Shiny Elgyem or Beheeyem in Pokémon Go?

Elgyem Pokemon TCG art.
Will your search be fruitful? Image via The Pokemon Company

Yes, Elgyem and its evolution Beheeyem can both be Shiny in Pokémon Go. Niantic released the Shiny variant of the Cerebral Pokémon during the Psychic Spectacular 2022 event, which also added Mega Alakazam.

Shiny Elgyem is available for you to encounter, and even had an Elgyem Spotlight Hour to highlight the species on May 21. Unfortunately for players, not every Pokémon from Gen V shares the same fate, as the number of Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go is still growing slowly each month.

Just like with most Shiny Pokémon, the odds of finding a Shiny Elgyem or Beheeyem are low due to how Pokémon Go encounters function. You will need to get lucky if you want to catch one with an alternate eye color, though you have a chance to encounter one at any time if you spot an Elgyem in the overworld.

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Cale Michael
Lead Staff Writer for Dota 2, the FGC, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and more who has been writing for Dot Esports since 2018. Graduated with a degree in Journalism from Oklahoma Christian University and also previously covered the NBA. You can usually find him writing, reading, or watching an FGC tournament.