How to get Rotom in Pokemon Go: All forms & can it be shiny?

Ezequiel Leis
Rotom forms in Pokemon Go

Rotom is one of the rarest spawns in Pokemon Go, so here’s everything you need to know to catch it, including all available forms in the mobile game and their shiny availability.

Pokemon Go is still going strong thanks to the many creatures players can get in the mobile game. Trainers can catch Pokemon from all generations, although there are still some fan-favorites missing in the Pokedex.

Among the most sought-after creatures, Rotom is one of the rarest species in Pokemon Go. The Plasma Pokemon officially debuted in 2020, but has always been tied to limited-time events, giving players few chances to catch it.

Here’s everything you need to know to get Rotom in Pokemon Go, including its shiny availability and all its forms.

How to catch Rotom in Pokemon Go

The only way to get Rotom in Pokemon Go is by completing the Ghost in the Machine Special Research. You can unlock the Special Research by redeeming the code ‘0HY0UF0UNDM3‘ through the Pokemon Go Web Store.

This Research is tied to the Pokemon Go Tour Sinnoh in-person event, meaning players have until February 25, 2024, to complete it.

Pokemom Go Ghost in the Machine Research Rotom art
Rotom is featured in the Pokemon Go Tour Sinnoh event.

This is the only method to get Rotom in Pokemon Go at the moment. We’ll make sure to update this article if this changes.

All Rotom forms in Pokemon Go

Rotom, Wash Rotom, Mow Rotom, and Frost Rotom are the only forms currently available in Pokemon Go.

Wash Rotom debuted in Pokemon Go Fest 2020 and was featured later during the sixth Pokemon Go anniversary. Mow Rotom was added during Pokemon Go Fest 2022, but was only available for trainers that attended the in-person event. Frost Rotom debuted in Pokemon Go Fest 2023 and was also only available during the in-person celebrations.

These forms could be captured through the photobomb feature, similar to Smeargle.

Rotom in Pokemon anime
Rotom can change forms by interacting with different appliances.

Lastly, regular Rotom debuted in 2024 for players attending the Go Tour Sinnoh event in Los Angeles. However, any player with the code can claim the Special Research to get the Plasma Pokemon. Rotom can’t change forms like in mainline games, so players must catch each one to get all forms in the mobile game.

It’s not yet known if the remaining forms, Heat and Fan, are coming to Pokemon Go, but we’ll keep you updated.

Can Rotom be shiny in Pokemon Go?

Yes, shiny Rotom is available in Pokemon Go. However, since it’s one of the rarest species in the game, the chances of finding shiny Rotom are extremely low.

That’s everything you need to know to get Rotom in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon content, make sure to check other guides below:

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About The Author

Ezequiel is a Games Writer at CharlieIntel. With a great knowledge of gaming, he's focused mostly on Pokemon, Fortnite, and HoYoverse titles such as Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact. With a journalism degree, Ezequiel has worked on La Cosa and Infobae, two of the most prestigious outlets in Latin America. He joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach Ezequiel at [email protected]