How to catch Gimmighoul in Pokemon GO, and can it be shiny?

Gimmighoul has returned to Pokemon GO along with its evolution Gholdengo (Image via Niantic)
How to catch Roaming Form Gimmighoul in Pokemon GO, and can it be shiny? (Image via Niantic)

Catching Gimmighoul in Pokemon GO isn't as simple as other wild spawns. Instead, you will need to link Pokemon Scarlet/Violet to your GO account and follow the steps mentioned below to encounter the Roaming Form of the pocket monster.

Much like the Nintendo Switch titles, if trainers collect 999 Gimmighoul Coins, they can evolve their Roaming Form Gimmighoul into the powerful Gholdengo. Connecting GO and Scarlet/Violet also allows trainers in Paldea to catch Vivillion with different wing patterns.

Here's how Pokemon GO players can acquire Gimmighoul and Gholdengo.

How to get Gimmighoul in Pokemon GO

Getting Roaming Form Gimmighoul in Pokemon GO (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Getting Roaming Form Gimmighoul in Pokemon GO (Image via The Pokemon Company)

In Pokemon GO, acquiring Roaming Form Gimmighoul will require players to connect with Pokemon Scarlet/Violet and send along a postcard to their trainer adventuring in Paldea.

Doing so will provide them with a new item capable of attracting Gimmighoul for a set amount of time. In addition, Golden Pokestops have been added to the mobile title along with Golden Lure Modules to help players gather their Gimmighoul Coins to obtain Gholdengo.

The steps to get Roaming Form Gimmighoul in Pokemon GO are as follows:

  1. Open Pokemon Scarlet or Violet and access the Poke Portal from the main menu.
  2. Select Mystery Gift from the Poke Portal menu.
  3. Press the button to connect to Pokemon GO.
  4. Open GO and then your Settings menu. At the Settings menu, select the Nintendo Switch option.
  5. Select the option to connect to Nintendo Switch.
  6. Back on your Switch, select the option to connect to a GO account. The Switch will search for an account that is currently trying to connect to it, and you should find the name of your GO account pop-up. Choose Yes when asked if you'd like to pair the account.
  7. Back in GO, exit the Settings menu, and open your item bag, then your postcard book.
  8. Select a postcard you'd like to send to Paldea, then press the button with three dashes in the bottom right of the screen. Then select the Send to Nintendo Switch option.
  9. After the next few prompts, the game will attempt to send the postcard. Return to your Switch and select the option Connect to Pokemon GO to collect the postcard in Paldea.
  10. Once your Paldean counterpart has received their postcard, you'll get a Coin Bag item in GO.

You can use the Coin Bag to make Roaming Form Gimmighoul in Pokemon GO spawn near your location for 30 minutes, allowing you to catch it.

How to get Gimmighoul Coins in Pokemon GO and evolve Gimmighoul to Gholdengo

Gholdengo (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Gholdengo (Image via The Pokemon Company)
  1. Once you have captured a Gimmighoul thanks to the Coin Bag, you can begin collecting Gimmighoul Coins to evolve it into Gholdengo. This can be accomplished in a few different ways.
  2. For starters, each capture of a Roaming Form Gimmighoul will reward you with coins, so be sure to send a postcard to Scarlet/Violet each day to receive Coin Bags and catch additional Gimmighoul.
  3. Additionally, you can set Gimmighoul as your buddy. As you travel, it will collect coins similar to how candy is accrued.
  4. On the fifth day of sending postcards to Scarlet/Violet, you'll receive a Golden Lure Module as a reward. This can be attached to a Pokestop to convert it into a Golden Pokestop, which gives it the ability to drop Gimmighoul Coins when its disc is spun. Roaming Form Gimmighoul can also appear around this Pokestop on occasion.
  5. Once you've gathered 999 Gimmighoul Coins, select your Gimmighoul from your Pokemon collection and tap its evolve button to turn it into Gholdengo.

Is Shiny Roaming Form Gimmighoul available in Pokemon GO?

Shiny Roaming Form Gimmighoul is currently available in Pokemon GO. We expect it to be added sometime in the future as part of an in-game event.

Is the Chest Form Gimmighoul available in Pokemon GO?

Chest Form Gimmighoul (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Chest Form Gimmighoul (Image via The Pokemon Company)

The Chest Form Gimmighoul isn't available in Pokemon at this moment. Currently, players can only come across the Roaming Form Gimmighoul following the aforementioned steps.

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