Pokemon Go Cacnea Spotlight Hour guide: Can Cacnea be Shiny? - Dexerto

Pokemon Go Cacnea Spotlight Hour guide: Can Cacnea be Shiny?

Published: 2/Nov/2021 9:46 Updated: 8/Mar/2022 3:29

by David Purcell


Pokemon Go’s Cacnea Spotlight Hour is first up in November 2021! As well as the chance to evolve a Cacturne, players can also score one of the game’s most useful bonuses.

Introduced by Niantic in 2020, Pokemon Go’s Spotlight Hour has become one of the title’s most popular recurring events. For the first celebration of November, Trainers will get a chance to catch the Hoenn-region’s Grass-type Pokemon, Cacnea.

While Cacnea itself may not be a very strong addition to your team, this Spotlight Hour offers the perfect chance to stock up on Candy and evolve it into its final form, the dual Grass/Dark-type Cacturne, which is quite uncommon in the game.


As has been the case since 2020, each Tuesday of every month is dedicated to hosting a 60-minute celebration for a single Pokemon. Trainers exploring the map during the set time will encounter the selected ‘mon with boosted spawn rates.


Pokemon Go Cacnea Spotlight Hour date & start time

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the Pokemon Go Cacnea Spotlight Hour will take place.

The limited-time event kicks off at its usual time at 6 PM and runs until 7 PM local time, meaning no matter where you are in the world, the event starts at that time.

This is the first Spotlight Hour of November 2021, so get ready to catch some Cacnea!

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021, a Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

How to prepare for Cacnea Spotlight Hour

Preparation for this Spotlight Hour is crucial, as it only lasts – you guessed it – 60 minutes.


  1. Use your Pokecoins to buy at least two Incense.
  2. Clear out space in your Pokemon Storage Box for all the Cacnea you’ll catch.
  3. Bring a lot of Pokeballs with you so you can catch plenty of Pokemon.
  4. Collect Pokemon Candy for the Spotlight Hour Pokemon to evolve it!

Pokemon Go Cacnea Spotlight Hour bonus

For the Spotlight Hour on November 2, 2021, players will snag Double Catch Candy as part of the event bonuses.

This 2x Catch Candy bonus will apply to any Pokemon, not just Cacnea, so now’s a great time to catch as many Pokemon as you can during the event – then you’ll be able to evolve them all in no time!

We always recommend using an XP-boosting Lucky Egg during Spotlight Hours. Since December 2020, Pokemon Go’s level cap was increased from level 40 to 50, so you won’t want to miss out on this chance to score some easy points.

Cacnea evolving into Cacturne
Cacnea evolves into the dual Grass/Dark-type Cacturne.

Is Shiny Cacnea in Pokemon Go?

The bad news is that the Shiny version of Cacnea is currently unavailable in Pokemon Go, which means Shiny Cacturne is also unavailable. They’ll likely debut during a future event, but there’s no set date yet.


As always, Shiny versions are incredibly hard to find, but there’s arguably no better time to get one than during a Spotlight Hour when there will be hundreds for you to encounter. Good luck!

How to evolve Cacnea into Cacturne in Pokemon Go

Evolving Cacnea into Cacturne is pretty simple, as you’ll only need to collect 50 Candy. Once you’ve got enough, simply select your favorite Cacnea and tap ‘evolve’ on the screen.

Fortunately, the Spotlight Hour is the perfect time to stock up on Candy as there will be hundreds of Cacnea for you to catch during the 60-minute event – and you’ll even earn double XP for evolving them!


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