The Crackling Voltage Event Begins Today In Pokémon GO

The Crackling Voltage event introduces Shiny Helioptile in Pokémon GO today with a boosted Shiny rate only during certain encounter types.

A new event kicks off today in Pokémon GO, and it is both a strong one and a long one. The first leg of the event, beginning today, introduces Shiny Helioptile, which will have a unique partly boosted Shiny rate during certain types of encounters. Then, the second half of the event will include a Team GO Rocket takeover with a new Shadow Legendary and a new slate of Shiny-capable Shadow Pokémon from the Team GO Rocket Leaders.

Tapu Koko in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic
Tapu Koko in Pokémon GO. Credit: Niantic

Here are the full details for the Pokémon GO Crackling Voltage Event:

  • Date and time: Friday, January 27, 2023, at 10:00 AM to Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 11:59 AM local time.
  • Shiny release with limited boosted Shiny odds: Shiny Helioptile makes its Pokémon GO debut. It will be in the wild, in raids, from Eggs, and from Field Research. Note that, for the first time, Niantic is setting rates to an encounter type rather than species. Helioptile is specifically noted to have a higher Shiny rate in Raids and Eggs. The only other time this was noted by Niantic was Noibat during the Halloween event.
  • Wild spawns: Ekans, Magnemite, Grimer, Electrike, Stunky, Blitzle, Ferroseed, Helioptile, and Grubbin. Beldum and Dedenne will be rare spawns. Thankfully, Helipotile isn't listed as a rare spawn so it seems we will have a fighting chance.
  • 7 KM Gift Eggs: Alolan Sandshrew, Skarmory, Blitzle, Stunfisk, Galarian Stunfisk, Helioptile, Dedenne.
  • Field Research Encounters: Voltorb, Hisuian Voltorb, Plusle, Minun, Emolga, and Helioptile.
  • Raids:
    • Tier One: Alolan Grimer, Shinx, Bronzor, Klink, Helioptile
    • Tier Three: Venomoth, Galarian Weezing, Jolteon, Mawile
    • Tier Five: Tapu Koko until February 1st at 10 AM, Registeel with Zap Cannon starting February 1st at 10 AM.
    • Mega Raids: Mega Aerodactyl until February 1st at 10 AM, RMega Gengar starting February 1st at 10 AM.

There will also be a Team GO Rocket Takeover during the second half of this event.

  • Date and time: From Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 12:00 AM to Sunday, February 5, at 11:59 PM local time.
  • New Shadow Legendary: Shadow Registeel will be introduced as Giovanni's new boss that must be defeated. You will be able to earn a Super Rocket Radar to encounter Giovanni and capture his Shadow Registeel starting with this Takeover and until the Season of Mythical Wishes ends on March 1, 2023, at 10 AM.
  • Team Leader Shift: If you're still looking to catch Shiny Shadow Sableye, Mawile, or Machop, get on the grind now. During the Takeover, the Team Leader's Pokémon will shift.
  • New Shadow Pokémon: Alolan Vulpix, Spoink, Blitzle, Joltik, and more.
  • 12KM Strange Egg Pool: Larvitar, Absol, Skorupi, Sandile, Scraggy, Pawniard, Vullaby, Deino, Pancham, Skrelp, Salandit.
  • Takeover bonuses:
    • Team GO Rocket will appear more frequently at PokéStops and in balloons.
    • You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.

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