Crack the code: Becoming an expert in Shiny Unown discovery!

by Aria Ford

Updated on 2024-04-11


5min read

Unown is one of the Pokémon introduced into Pokémom Go as part of the Gen 2 update. The Gen 2 version of Unown had 26 distinct forms, one shaped after each letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. However, during the Gen 3 update, there was the addition of two more forms, which are punctuation marks, including “?” and “!” for a total of 28.

In today’s guide, we will take a look at some of the things you never knew about the Unown Pokemon and show you the best methods to catch it regardless of your gaming skills.

Unown Pokemon | shiny unown

Part 1: Shiny Variants in Pokémon GO

Shiny Pokémon are rare color variants that are highly sought after by collectors. Shiny Unown variants in Pokémon GO are even rarer than their regular counterparts.

shiny variants | shiny unown

Availability of Shiny Unown

Shiny Unown variants are not always available and are often tied to specific events. For example, during the Global Fest 2023, Shiny Unown M was introduced, and other Shiny Unown variants such as A, D, I, N, and O were also available. Prior to this, as part of Go Fest 2020, the first Shiny variants for the letters G and O were released.

Here is a quick stat comparison of the Unown forms and Shiny variants

Pokemon HP Attach Defense Special Attack Special Defense Speed Total
Unown 48 72 48 72 48 48 336
Shiny Unown 48 72 48 72 48 48 336

Unown  Movesets

Unown is known for its unique characteristic of having only one move in its arsenal across most Pokémon games: Hidden Power. However, there are different variants for this move:

  • Hidden Power [Psychic]: This is considered the best option for Unown, as it benefits from STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus), enhancing its damage output.
  • Hidden Power [Ice]: Targets Dragon-type Pokémon like Salamence, providing coverage against these formidable opponents.
  • Hidden Power [Fighting]: Effective against Dark-type Pokémon, which are typically resistant to Psychic-type moves.
  • Hidden Power [Ghost]: Offers a solution to Ghost and other Psychic-types, though struggles against Normal-types.
  • Hidden Power [Steel]: Useful for dealing with Fairy-type Pokémon, though noted for Unown’s overall lack of effectiveness.

Part 2: How to Get Unown in Pokemon Go?

Catching Unown can be a challenging task, as they are not tied to specific nests. However, there are strategies you can use to increase your chances of encountering one.

In this part, we’ve discussed the three best ways to get Unown in Pokemon Go.

Method 1: iWhere iPhone Location Changer

Most of the times, Unown tends to stick to specific locations when it appears in Pokemon Go. So, we highly recommend using the iWhere iPhone Location Changer to teleport to the regions where Unown is likely to appear.

iWhere iPhone Location Changer 1 | shiny unown

The iWhere iPhone Location Changer provides you access to features that enable you to teleport to regions with a high rate of Unown Pokemon without having to move from your location. All thanks to its flexible joystick that allows you to easily move around different regions where Unown or Shiny Unown Pokemon can be found.

Also, this tool supports features that allow you to create routes that you can follow at a certain speed to find Unown Pokemon. And if you wish to import your favorite Pokemon Go location, it offers a built-in GPX file import/export that allows you to get the job done without hassle.

Key Features

  • Customizable moving speed (within 1 m/s to 50 m/s) allows you to adjust your movement when cycling, driving, or walking,
  • Automatically saves spots you’ve visited so you can easily revisit them via location history.
  • Supports powerful modes for modifying iPhone location: modify location mode, One-stop mode, multi-stop mode, and joystick mode.
  • Besides Pokemon Go, iWhere is also capable of tricking many other location-based platforms and websites, including social media apps, dating apps, streaming platforms, and lots more.  

Step 1: Download and install the iWhere iPhone Location Changer app and launch it. Then,  click on the “Start” button displayed on the main interface.

iWhere iPhone Location Changer 1 | shiny unown

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer using a functioning USB cable. Then, and select “Joystick Mode” as the preferred mode to change your location.

Joystick Mode | shiny unown

Or click the “Joystick” icon displayed at the top-right corner of your screen.

Joystick Mode 1 | shiny unown

Step 3: Now, select the mode you’d like to use to navigate the Map. This tool supports two modes to control the joystick: “Mouse Mode” and “Free Mode”.

  • If you choose “Mouse Mode”, you’ll be able to control the joystick using your computer “Cursor”.
  • If you select “Free Mode”, you’ll be able to navigate the map using your computer “Keyboard” to navigate.

Joystick Mode 3 | shiny unown

  • Once you select the preferred mode, click “Start Move” to start faking your location. Then you can move the character close to Unown.

Method 2: Join Speical Event related to Unown

Pokémon Go does make it spawn in numbers at events, with letters typically tied to the event. So, if you really want Unown, going to an event where Unown is boosted is one pf the sure ways to sure way to get one or more.

At many major Pokemon-related and also gaming events (such as E3, PAX, GDC, and Pokemon GO events), Unown with letters corresponding to the event will appear. So at PAX events, Unown letters P, A, and X will spawn very frequently for the duration of the event in the area near the event’s location. If you happen to be attending such an event, look out for Unown, or if you’re lucky enough to live near one, consider walking by the venue to see if there are Unown in the area while the event is going on.

Join Speical Event related to Unown | shiny unown

Method 3: Use Lure (Very low probability)

While there is no guarantee that Unown will be generated when lures are used, they can be encountered this way. Because there was a user in the forum who actually used Lure to capture Unown. So you just need to understand the steps to use Lure in order to use it to your adventure.

Use Lure | shiny unown

We’ve provided a quick step-by-step guide below to help you increase your chances of catching Unown Pokemon using Incense: 

Step 1: Start by traveling to a Pokestop, as Lures can only be used there.  Steo 2:On the main screen of Pokémon Go, tap on the Pokestop icon. Inside the Pokestop screen, you’ll notice a small, white, cylindrical icon above the large circular image of the Pokestop. Tap on this icon.

traveling to a Pokestop | shiny unown

Step 3: A prompt will appear asking if you want to use a Lure. Confirm your selection by tapping the appropriate button.

Confirm your selection | shiny unown

Step 4: Return to the main screen, and you’ll see the Pokestop surrounded by purple flower petals and swirls, indicating that the Lure is active.

purple flower petals | shiny unown

Step 5: Keep in mind that Lures last for 30 minutes, so plan to stay near the Pokestop to reap the Unown. If you need to step away temporarily, make sure not to stray too far or you’ll miss out!

Tips to Get More Lures

If you’re wondering how to get more Lures, worry less. We’ve explained a few tricks you can use to achieve your objective below:

  • At certain intervals of leveling up, you can earn one or more lures as a reward for reaching those milestones. These rewards are granted at specific levels: level 8, 10, 15, 20 (two lures), 25, 30 (three lures), 35, and a substantial four lures upon reaching the maximum level of 40.
  • Additionally, you can get Lure by purchasing from the in-game shop. It usually costs 100 coins. You can also purchase bundles of 8 for 680 coins. Initially, 100 coins cost $1, but the more you buy, the cheaper it becomes, reaching a maximum of 14500 coins for $100, which some might find excessive. Spend wisely – and when you do, use your incense correctly!

Get More Lures | shiny unown


Can Unown be hatched from eggs in Pokemon Go?

In Pokémon Go, Unown can’t be hatched from eggs.But Unown can be found in the wild, but it is very rare.

Can Unown be used in battles in Pokemon Go?

Unown can be used in battles in Pokémon Go, but it is not a very powerful Pokémon. Unown has a low base stat total of 298, and its moves are not very powerful. However, Unown can be a fun Pokémon to use in battle, and it can be a challenge to collect all of the different forms of Unown.

Can incense attract specific types of Pokemon?

The type of Pokémon that are attracted will vary depending on your location and the time of day.

Some Pokémon are more likely to be attracted to incense than others. For example, fire-type Pokémon are more likely to be attracted to incense during the day, while water-type Pokémon are more likely to be attracted to incense at night.

You can also use incense to attract specific types of Pokémon by using a Lure Module. Lure Modules are items that can be attached to PokéStops to attract specific types of Pokémon for a limited time.

If you want to attract a specific type of Pokémon, you can use an incense and a Lure Module that attracts the same type of Pokémon. This will increase your chances of encountering the Pokémon you are looking for.


Whether you’re a professional player or just starting your journey, we believe you already learnt some important things that can help you catch Unown in Pokemon Go.  We advise you to employ the strategies we discussed efficiently to be able to enhance your chances of catching this Pokemon soon.

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