How To Get Shiny Butterfree In Pokemon Go

Butterfree is a first-generation Pokemon which is the final evolution of a three-step evolution. The evolution begins with Caterpie, which can then be evolved into Metapod and finally with enough candy, Metapod evolves into the lovely Butterfree.

Before diving into how you can get a Shiny Butterfree, it is good to have a few details about Butterfree.


Butterfree is a lovely bug-type Pokemon that looks like a real-world butterfly. This gives it its name the “Butterfly Pokemon”. It uses its wings as a weapon when threatened as the wings have poisonous scales.

It has the ability to search for nectar from flowers and can sense nectar from as far as ten kilometres away with its antennae. It also has hairy legs which it uses to carry the nectar.

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Here’s all you need to know about Butterfree:

  • Type: Bug/Flying
  • Max CP: 2065
  • Best Moves: Bug Bite and Bug Buzz
  • Weaknesses: Rock, Flying, Fire, Electric, and Ice
  • Resistances: Grass, Ground, and Bug
  • Evolves From: Metapod (50 Candy)
  • Catch Rate: 45%
  • Spawn Rate: Common

How Does Shiny Butterfree Look?

Shiny Butterfree is a rare variant of Butterfree that has a different color scheme than the normal version. The shiny version has a pink body with green wings, while the normal version has a purple body with yellow wings. The shiny version also has green eyes, while the normal version has red eyes.

How To Catch Shiny Butterfree In Pokemon Go

Shiny Butterfree Pokemon Go
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It is worth knowing that you can not encounter Butterfree in its Shiny form. The only way to get your hands on Shiny Butterfree is by first finding Shiny Caterpie and evolving it into Shiny Butterfree with 50 Candy.

You can increase your chances of success by :

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Use Catch Combo Chaining

One of the best ways to increase your chances of finding a shiny Pokémon is to use the catch combo chaining method. This involves catching the same Pokémon repeatedly without leaving the area. The longer your catch combo chain, the higher your chances of encountering a shiny Pokémon.

To start a catch combo chain, simply find a Caterpie and catch it. Once you’ve caught it, another Caterpie should spawn in the same area. Continue catching Caterpies and your catch combo chain will increase.

Use Lure Modules

Lure Modules attract Pokémon to your location, so using one in an area where Caterpie are common is a great way to increase your chances of encountering a shiny one. You can purchase Lure Modules from the in-game shop or earn them as rewards for completing Research Breakthroughs.

Wait for Special Events

Niantic often hosts special events where the odds of encountering a shiny Pokémon are increased. These events are a great time to try to catch a shiny Butterfree. You can find out about upcoming events by checking the Pokémon GO website or social media channels.

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You can check out our guide on How To Catch Shiny Caterpie for other invaluable info.