Here’s what to catch during the Lush Jungle event

After the ho-hum Festival of Colors, Niantic is giving players a more intriguing celebration with the Lush Jungle event. From March 22 at 10 a.m. to March 29 at 8 p.m., the springtime party features multiple debuts and an intriguing catch list.

The grand prize of the event is shiny cottoned, which is available for the first time. The variant is beautiful because it is orange and its evolution Whimsicott is blue. They definitely stand out and best of all, this Pokemon is a good one to have in Great League battles and some cups.

The best chance for players to catch one is during the weekend. From 10 a.m. on March 26 to 8 p.m. on March 27, Cottonee will appear more frequently in parks. It looks like players will have to grind for this variant, so you better head out into the wild to find it.

Along with Shiny Cottonee, players will also see the debut of Fomantis and its evolution Lurantis. Although these Pokémon look like bugs, they’re actually grass-types and have a moveset that reflects that. This is a mix of Grass and Bug type moves which would include Razor Leaf, Fury Cutter, Leaf Blade, Energy Ball and Grass Knot for Fomantis and Razor Leaf, Fury Cutter, Leaf Blade, Leaf Storm, Super Power and X – Scissors for Lurantis.

Along with these moves, Fomantis and Lurantis have their uses in certain cuts. According to an expert, Lurantis can even see play in the Big Open League.

The new legendary Tapu Lele is also a notable Pokemon to pick up. The guardian deity of Akala Island debuts and is more useful than the previous Tapu Koko. A lot of that has to do with his striking and movement game. He’s a psychic and faerie type, an uncommon combination. Trainers should execute it with Confusion, which is a better quick move than Astonishing, although it’s unfortunate that Tapu Lele doesn’t have Charm. He has a solid set of charge moves with Moonblast, Psyshock, Focus Blast, and Future Sight.

If players can catch a Tapu Lele with high IVs, then it should be usable in the Master League. It is worth picking up.

When it comes to encounters for the event, the Lush Jungle Celebration is full of desirable shinies. The event is a good time to push variants Paras, Exeggecute, Hoohoot, Sudowoodo, Pinsir and Ironed. Add Cottonee to the mix, and the next few days are a good chance to grab some shiny Pokemon that aren’t in your collection.

The raid situation is a mixed bag. Tapu Lele draws as three-star Raids aren’t worth it. Without butter, Vileplume, Parasect and exeggutor don’t set the world on fire. One-Star Raids Are Worth It With Bellsprout, Tangela and Cottonee having their variants available. Mega Charizard Y not worth doing unless you really need that Mega Energy.

Field Research tasks are promising for this event as they offer a chance to score a Shiny. Lush Jungle reward encounters include caterpie, exegete, Sunkern, Wurmple, Seedot, Cottonee, Parasect and Ferroseed, all of which have their variants available. Fomantis and Parasect are also rewards but cannot be shiny.

If you’re looking for them, I’d focus on grabbing these event-themed quests at Pokestops:

  • Catch 6 Grass-type Pokémon – Rewards an Exeggcute, Sunkern, Seedot, or Ferroseed
  • Catch 5 different Grass-type Pokemon – Rewards a Cottonee
  • Use 3 Berries to help catch Pokemon – Rewards a Caterpie or Wurmple
  • Use 15 Berries to help catch a Pokemon – Reward a Paras or Parasect

Again, shinies are rare and that’s what makes them desirable. Don’t expect to get one during the event, but it’s still worth trying to get one. Depending on a player’s luck, they may earn a few rare pickups over the next few days.

Joseph K. Bennett