Pokemon GO: How to Catch Nihilego and Can It Be Shiny?

Find out how to add this Ultra Beast to your collection in Pokemon GO!

by Shaun Cichacki


Fans partaking in Pokemon GO Fest 2022 have yet another reason to get excited, as the introduction of Ultra Beasts is happening now! You’ll be able to find, battle, and capture your own Nihilego on Sunday, June 4th, and you’re going to need to be prepared to bring down this mega-monster if you’re wanting to add them to your collection.

But, where do you find them, and what do you need to do to prepare to bring them down? Let’s get into the details of how to catch a Nihilego in Pokemon GO!

Nihilego in Pokemon GO – Raid Guide, Where To Find and More

If you’re looking to get your hands on a Nihilego, you will need to be prepared. Since they are only showing up in 5-Star Raids, you’ll need to make sure that you and your friends all have the best Pokemon around to bring this Ultra Beast down a peg, and that’s no small feat. There’s a reason why they are an Ultra Beast, meaning that they will be quite strong, so you’ll want to make sure that you have everything in your power to bring them down.

Nihilego Strengths, Weaknesses, and Counters

Nihilego has a large list of strengths, but a fair number of weaknesses. Making sure that you have the proper Pokemon on your team can help seal the deal, so put these into consideration when you are picking a team.

Nihilego Strengths – 63% Damage Dealt

  • Normal
  • Flying
  • Bug
  • Fire
  • Fairy
  • Poison – 39% Damage

Nihilego Weaknesses – 160% Damage Taken

  • Ground -256% Damage Taken
  • Steel
  • Water
  • Psychic

If you’re looking to build the perfect team, bring these Pokemon to the fight to help even the odds against this Ultra Beast.

Pokemon Fast Move Charged Move
Landorus (Therian Forme) Mud Shot Earthquake
Excadrill Mud-Slap Earthquake
Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake
Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake
Rhyperior Mud-Slap Earthquake

Once you and your team have done enough damage, you’ll have a chance to bring this Pokemon down, and add it to your collection. Since Ground is its biggest weak point, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough Pokemon on the team that can exploit that weakness, and gives you a fighting chance.

Where To Find Nihilego

You’ll be able to find Nihilego in 5-Star Raids, and you’ll know that you’ve found one when you see a Wormhole, rather than an Egg in the Gym that they’re residing in. Be ready for the fight of your life, as this is going to be one tough Pokemon to bring down!

Can Nihilego Be Shiny

While you may be hoping to get your hands on a shiny version of this new Pokemon, we hate to break the news that it, unfortunately, cannot be shiny at this time. Usually, when a Pokemon makes its debut in Pokemon GO, there is a period before they become shiny, and it seems to be the case once again with this Ultra Beast. Much like Shaymin making their debut, they also were not available as a shiny Pokemon during this time.

If Nihilego makes its way back into the game, there is a chance that there will be a shiny available, but currently, there is no way to obtain one.

If you’re looking to add more Pokemon to your team, you will need to make sure that you have plenty of Pokeballs, and that you and your friends are partaking in many raids throughout the day, especially since you have a chance to get your hands on a few Groudon this way. If you’re planning to be out and about throughout this final day of GO Fest, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re prepared both digitally, and physically with the best gear that you can deck yourself out in. Make sure that you’re ready for a big day of fun, and bring down this Ultra Beast!

Pokemon GO is available now on mobile devices.

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