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Squirtle Shiny Pokemon GO: How to catch Shiny Squirtl, Wartortle and Blastoise

Pokemon GO's August update brought in the legendary Pokemon Raikou, as well as a whole set of new research tasks that players can complete to unlock new Pokemon encounters.

One of the more exciting new quests can introduce players to the new Pokemon Spinda – you'll just need to complete three curveball throws to trigger the appearance of the dizzy panda.

But whilst new Pokemon are taking the spotlight, players are also searching for Shiny versions of some of Pokemon's most classic mascots – which can actually be quite hard to come by.

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about caching a Shiny Squirtle, with the end-goal of netting yourself a Shiny Blastoise.

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At the time of writing, there are a variety of ways of encountering Squirtle in Pokemon GO.

There is a Field Research task that asks you to 'Power up a Pokemon 5 times'. Doing this could reward you with a Bulbasaur, a Charmander or a Squirtle. These come with better odds of being Shiny, too.

To encounter this task, try spinning as many Pokestops as possible per day to up your odds of finding the task – you should eventually find it. Be aware this task may rotate out at the end of August.

Also, you can encounter the Pokemon in the wild for a roughly 1/450 chance of encountering a Shiny.

Once captured, you will need 125 candy to evolve the Squirtle into Wartortle (25 candy) and then Blastoise (100 candy).

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It's also worth noting that August Research Task encounters don't drop any specific Pokemon with specific CP stats or moves.

Pokemon GO Blastoise is a Fire and Flying-type Pokemon with a max CP of 2991, with corresponding base stats of 171 attack, 210 defense and 158 stamina in Pokemon GO.

The Pokemon isn't too great an attacker, but can hold its own as a Gym defender (especially with the Bite/Ice Beam moveset).

Generally speaking, you're better off going for a Vaporeon or a Milotic as a go-to Water-type tank.

Pokemon GO – August Field Reseach Tasks

These are all the new tasks and their rewards that have come with Raikou's August update:

• Land 3 curveballs in a row – Encounter (Spinda)

• Evolve a Meowth – Encounter (Houndour-Shiny potential)

• Catch a Meowth or Growlithe – Encounter (Electrike)

• Catch a Skitty or Poochyena – Encounter (Snubbull-Shiny Potential)

• Transfer 10 Pokémon – Encounter (Misdreavus)

• Use 5 berries to help catch a Pokémon – Encounter (Girafarig)

• Catch 5 Electric Pokémon – Encounter (Mareep – Shiny Potential)

• Catch 5 Pokémon with Weather Boost – Encounter (Poliwag)

• Hatch an Egg – Encounter (Lanturn)

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