A new month means more than just flipping the page on your favorite calendar (and yes, plenty of people still use paper calendars). It means a whole bunch of new stuff in Pokemon GO, including new Field Research quests. The theme for October is water, because that’s the first thing you think of when the month that Halloween is in comes to mind, right?

But we kid Niantic, who undoubtedly has some appropriately spooky treats for Pokemon GO trainers in store for later this month. For the time being, we’re going to zero in on how you can catch Shiny versions of some of your favorite Pokemon thanks to the reshuffled Field Research quest rewards. In particular, Shiny Krabby is the one that seems to be on everyone’s most wanted list, so let’s start by talking about how you can find him first.

How to Catch Shiny Krabby in October

Shiny Krabby - Pokemon GO

There’s good news and bad news when it comes to Shiny Krabby. Since we’re optimists here at Gamezebo, I’ll start with the good: There’s a very particular way to ensure you end up with a Shiny Krabby encounter this month. The bad news is that you don’t have any control over how to trigger it while playing.

Thanks to the work of redditor MilumiGermany, we know exactly which Field Research task is the one we want. As it turns out, in October, the ‘Catch 5 Water-type Pokemon’ task will get you an encounter with Krabby. The only problem is that it’s one of a total of 25 different Field Research quests you might receive when hitting up a PokeStop, and not every one you complete will lead to a Shiny Krabby either, as you can and often will run into the regular version instead.

Still, it’s nice to know exactly how to find Krabby in any case, and then it’s just a matter of hoping the RNG gods are on your side. As well, the research reward Pokemon can’t run away, so once you find Shiny Krabby, you’ll know it’s coming home with you.

What Other Shiny Pokemon Are in October Field Research Quests?

This is the obvious follow-up question, but it’s also a good one. Shiny Krabby isn’t alone this month, as you can find other Shiny Pokemon in Field Research encounters all month long.

Here’s who to look for and how to get a chance at an encounter with them:

  • Shiny Larvitar – Make 3 Excellent Throws in a Row
  • Shiny Squirtle, Bulbasaur or Charmander – Win a Gym battle OR Power Up Pokemon 5 times
  • Shiny Eevee – Evolve a Pokemon
  • Shiny Dratini – Catch a Dragon-type Pokemon
  • Shiny Magikarp – Catch 10 Pokemon
  • Shiny Wailmer – Hatch 2 Eggs

The same caveat applies: You aren’t guaranteed to find the Shiny version of the Pokemon listed here when you complete these quests, but there’s a chance for it every time.

Finally, don’t forget that there’s a new Research Breakthrough reward as well, and for October, it’s the Water-type Legendary Pokemon Suicune. If you’re on the hunt for Shiny Krabby this month anyway, you should definitely find it easy to collect your seven stamps, maybe even more than once.

If you found this guide helpful, please make sure to check back with us in-between your Shiny Krabby hunting runs to read our other Pokemon GO guides, like our 7 km egg odds chart and our tips on how to evolve Eevee into any form.