How to get Onix & Steelix in Pokemon Go: Can they be shiny?

Niladri Sarkar
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Onix and Steelix are two of the most beloved species in the Pokemon Go community so players are desperate to capture them. They also want to find out about their shiny availability and evolution method, so here’s all you need to know about Onix and Steelix in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go fans spare no effort in catching all the popular Pokemon in the franchise as the game hosts species ranging from Gen 1 to those from Scarlet and Violet.

Among the hundreds of available Pokemon, the duo of Onix and Steelix hold a cult status due to their popularity in the Pokemon anime. Now, Pokemon Go players want to know how they can capture them and if their shiny versions are available in the game.

Here are all the details about getting Onix and evolving it into Steelix in Pokemon Go.

How to get Onix in Pokemon Go

You can get Onix in Pokemon Go by catching it as a wild spawn in the game; it’s not part of Raids and is not available in the current Egg pool.

But fans have an excellent opportunity to encounter boosted wild spawns of Onix as a part of the Out to Play event, which runs until October 2, 2023.

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Steelix is one of the best Pokemon to beat Dragon-types in PvP.

How to evolve Onix into Steelix in Pokemon Go

You can evolve Onix into Steelix in Pokemon Go by using a Metal Coat along with 50 Onix Candy.

The Metal Coat is a special in-game item that lets you evolve certain species into Steel-type Pokemon. Here are the different ways you can get a Metal Coat in Pokemon Go:

  • Completing a seven-day PokeStop streak
  • Spinning PokeStops or Gyms
  • Completing Field Research tasks
  • Opening Gifts

While Metal Coat is not incredibly rare to obtain, you will still have to spin many PokeStops to get the item.

Players would be glad to note that Steelix is a very powerful PvP Pokemon, particularly with its new Charged Move Breaking Swipe that lets it excel in the Ultra League.

Can Onix & Steelix be shiny in Pokemon Go?

Yes, shiny Onix and Steelix are available in Pokemon Go.

Lucky players who catch a shiny Onix can evolve it into a shiny Steelix. Shiny Pokemon are extremely rare and the odds of encountering a shiny Onix in Pokemon Go are 1 in 500 or 0.2% chance.

That’s everything you need to know about Onix and Steelix in Pokemon Go. If you’re looking for more Pokemon Go content, be sure to check out our other guides:

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About The Author

Niladri is a Writer who specializes in Pokemon Go, Scarlet and Violet, and competitive VGC battles. With more than seven years of experience in copywriting and SEO content writing, Niladri has previously written for Pokémon GO Hub and Smogon. He has been covering Pokemon for CharlieIntel since June 2023. Niladri can be contacted at [email protected].