Can Xerneas Be Shiny in Pokemon Go? (What Is the Chance of Shiny Xerneas?)

Last year, I captured Xerneas during the Pokemon Go Raid Battle. Needless to say, I was pleased until a friend informed me that he got a Shiny Xerneas 🥹.

While I was happy for him, I couldn’t help but wonder what it took to catch one. So, when we met, I asked him how he did it.

He happily told me all about it and gave me some pointers. I decided to share them with you in case Xerneas pops up again.

Is Shiny Xerneas rare in Pokemon Go?

 the Chance of Shiny Xerneas
Shiny Xerneas. Image source: Pinterest

A shiny Xerneas is very rare in Pokemon Go. In fact, you have a one in twenty chance of getting one. Xerneas is a Fairy-type Legendary Pokemon.

This pure Fairy-type is weak to Steel and Poison and can learn several moves like Mega Horn, Thunder, and Close Combat.

It packs some impressive Attack and Stamina stats, making it the perfect Fairy-type for Pokemon Go’s Master League.

What is the chance of Shiny Xerneas?

As mentioned, you have a one in twenty chance of catching a Shiny Xerneas, making this Shiny Fairy-type very rare.


The Shiny Xerneas differs in appearance from its counterpart. It sports a bright blue head, lighter coat, and dark blue antlers.

You can only find it during five-star raids. During these raids, you can also find it in the rank 20 Battle League encounters.

How to get a shiny Xerneas in Pokemon Go

Can Xerneas Be Shiny
Shiny Xerneas in Pokemon Go. Image source: Pokemon

Like other Legendary Pokemon, Xerneas is available in five-star raids. Additionally, you can find it in the rank 20 Battle League encounters or by trading with other players.

Although let’s be honest, it’s difficult finding someone willing to trade a Shiny Xerneas 🤷‍♂️.

Capturing this elusive Fairy-type Pokemon isn’t easy because it packs some impressive stats. Therefore, you’ll need a winning team, Revives, and Potions for your attack.

Here’s a table summarizing Xerneas’ stats 👇:






Life Pokemon




215 Kg

Max CP








Weather Boost


Fast Attacks

Zen Headbutt


Charged Attacks



Close Combat


Giga Impact

We’ve mentioned that Xerneas is a Fairy-type that’s weak against Steel and Poison moves. Thus, the best Pokemon for facing it during the Raid are Metagross, Jirachi, Mega Gengar, Nihilego, Diagla, and Genesect.

However, you’ll need a lot of luck to encounter a Shiny Xerneas.

Once you’ve assembled your team, battle Shiny Xerneas to weaken it. If possible, get it in a tight space to increase the accuracy of your throws.

A Shiny Xerneas has a 100% catch rate, so make it count 🤔. Use curve balls and aim for Excellent, Nice, or Great scores for your throws. Xerneas will move around, so time your throws to avoid wasting balls.

Does Xerneas have two Shinies?

 Shiny Xerneas
Xerneas Shinies. Image source: Pinterest

Not really. This idea came from players observing that Xerneas look different in storage and battle. They mistakenly thought that it had two Shinies while, in fact, it has two forms – neutral and active.

Most players are familiar with its active form. However, Xerneas is duller in neutral because it’s “resting.” Its bedazzling colors aren’t needed in its neutral form.

But once called to battle, it powers up, showcasing its extravagance.

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