Can Pumpkaboo be shiny in Pokemon GO?

Introduced during the 2021 Pokemon GO Halloween event, Pumpkaboo is a Ghost/Grass-type Pokémon that evolves into Gourgeist.

Similar to the mainline series games, trainers can capture Pumpkaboo of various sizes. However, can it be caught in its shiny form? In previous Pokémon entries, Pumpkaboo’s shiny form features a black upper body with a purple lower body.

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While trainers have yet to capture the shiny Pumpkaboo in Pokemon GO, they’ll get their chance when the Halloween 2022 Part II event begins. The Pumpkaboo in question will even be dressed for the occasion.

Shiny Pumpkaboo will be available in the game for the first time thanks to the second stage of this year’s Pokemon GO Halloween event. The Pumpkin Pokémon will have a strong presence in the wild.


How to catch a Shiny Pumpkaboo in Pokemon GO Halloween Event Part II

Trainers can find a Halloween-themed Pumpkaboo in the wild during the upcoming event (Image via Niantic)
Trainers can find a Halloween-themed Pumpkaboo in the wild during the upcoming event (Image via Niantic)

In order to capture a Shiny Pumpkaboo during Pokemon GO’s Part II Halloween Event, Trainers should stick to Wilderness Quests. This is because Pumpkaboo is not introduced through other avenues such as hatching eggs, field research rewards, or raiding.

The Pumpkaboo that the trainers catch during this event is wearing a Halloween costume.

Tips for catching the shiny Pumpaboo during Halloween Part II 2022

  • Go out into the wild. Pumpkaboo should spawn fairly frequently along with Pikachu, Vulpix, Haunter, Zubat, and other species.
  • As a Ghost/Grass-type Pokemon, Pumpkaboo should frequent areas like grassy places like forests or farmland, and it should also appreciate spooky places like graveyards. Trainers should prioritize finding these locations in Pokemon GO whenever possible. However, due to the increase in spawns, Pumpkaboo should appear in just about every area as well. High-population locations should also spawn more than a few Pumpkin-type Pokémon.
  • If you’re having trouble finding Pumpkaboo, it can also be a good idea to use any Bait Modules or Incense items available.

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With the shiny variant of Pumpkaboo making its grand debut this Halloween, spotting the rare form will likely be easy. However, it’s still possible that trainers will have to encounter multiple Pumpkaboo in the wild before their glow appears.

To maximize their chances, players must find as many Pumpkaboo in the wild as possible before Halloween Part II ends on November 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

With the second part of Pokemon GO’s Halloween event kicking off on October 27th, 2022, Trainers have a little over a week to prepare. You should be sure to collect lots of pokeballs of any kind. Carrying incense and bait modules would also be very beneficial.

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The good news is Pumpkaboo isn’t a particularly difficult Pokémon to catch in Pokémon GO. That means Trainers probably won’t have to spend Supers or Ultras to conquer it.

Even better, if trainers decide to convert their Pumpkaboo into Gourgeist, he’ll even keep his shiny looks and Halloween costume. There shouldn’t be any problems in evolving the Pumpkin Pokemon once players get it.

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