Thanks to the efforts of players around the world Pancham is about to arrive Pokémon GO. The “Playful Pokémon” was unlocked thanks to players catching over 500 million fairy-type characters. Depending on where you are, it may already be available, but some will still have a bit of a wait. Once it's unlocked, there are specific ways to catch it. To help you out, here's how to catch Pancham in Pokémon GO.
How to Catch Pancham in Pokémon GO
First, depending on your time zone, you might have a little longer to wait, so let's break that down into the important questions.
When does Pancham debut in Pokémon GO
Pancham will unlock at 10 a.m. on May 11 in your local time zone. It will then be added to the game so you always have a way to find it, whether in the wild, in raids, or by hatching eggs. However, these will be exclusive to certain events or locked for a certain period of time. During these debuts, you will see the same methods available until May 17 at 20 p.m., when they will change and we will update this guide to reflect the new methods. So keep reading to find out where to find Pancham.
Where to find Pancham
For this first initial offering of Pancham in Pokémon GO, players will find him in Raid Battles at nearby Gyms. Unless Niantic decides to surprise everyone and change things up from May 11-17, players will only be able to catch Pancham by defeating him in Raid Battles and catching with Premier Balls. Be sure to work with local players or friends around the world to coordinate remote raid invites if you need to, otherwise you'll be dependent on raids happening near you.
However, things are sure to change on May 18 at 10am, when Pancham may or may not stop appearing in raids. What will definitely happen is that it will change to being available in “Strange Eggs” which are the 12 km eggs you receive when you win a battle with a Team GO Rocket leader. If you haven't caught enough Pancham to turn him into a Pangoro by then, you'll want to get some Incubators. One last question, before leaving.
Can Pancham be shiny in Pokémon GO
As the character has just been added to the game, there is no Shiny Pancham in Pokémon GO yet. Expect to see this change eventually, but it can often be years before a new species gets their shiny version added to the game. So while a community day would be nice, it might be 2023 before we all see it.
But that's how Pancham ends up in Pokémon GO during the Luminous Legends X and Y events. Be sure to check back for updates later.
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