From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 30, 2021, there will be a spotlight hour to catch the Lava Pokémon, Slugma, in Pokemon GO.
Is there a chance that Shiny Slugma will come with this event? Unfortunately no.
Can Slugma be shiny in Pokemon GO?
The answer is, unfortunately, no. Niantic hasn’t released any Shiny Pokémon for any of its Spotlight Hour events for a long time. There will be a large amount of Slugmas to catch during the hour, but none of them will be shiny.
This is a bit disappointing, as most of the other Generation II Pokémon already have shiny shapes. Slugma released in Pokemon Go in 2017 and still hasn’t received a shiny version.
Slugma was one of the new Pokémon introduced in Generation II that could only be caught in the Kanto region. It evolves into Magcargo, a lava snail that was the only Fire type and Rock type pokemon in existence (before Coalossal came with Pokemon Sword and Shield).
Magcargo’s fame was likely his inclusion on Gym Leader Blaine’s squad in Generation II games. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Baine’s Macargo had white grass, so when the Pokémon used Overheat and had its special attack dropped, White Herb would reset its stats. It was definitely a surprise for the players.
Niantic has passed through the rest of the generations, having recently released shiny shapes for most of the Gen V Pokémon as well as the Gen VI Talonflame line. Many favorite Pokemon Gold and Silver fans, such as Typhloshion, Ampharos and Tyranitar, all received brilliant shapes.
Believe it or not, however, Slugma isn’t the only Generation II Pokémon to expect a brilliant. Hootoot and Spinarak don’t have any shiny shapes available yet. It’s likely that Niantic will only focus on the most popular Pokémon from each generation to give shiny shapes, and Slugma might not make the cut.
However, just because they won’t be releasing Shiny Slugma doesn’t mean that the whole event is wasted. Players will earn Double Catch candies for catching Slugma during Spotlight Hour.