How to get Kecleon in Pokemon GO (July 2023)

Kecleon on the Pokemon GO map.

Kecleon on the Pokemon GO map.

Is it finally happening? It's finally happening! The big Pokemon GO Kecleon puzzle was finally unraveled after all these years. We actually know how to get Kecleon in Pokemon GO almost half a decade since it should have arrived with the Hoenn update. Usually, we'd say "If you need it to finish your Pokedex, read on" but of course you need it. We all need it. Read on.

Kecleon has been the blockade of the Hoenn Pokedex in-game for years now. We sort of expected new region Pokemon to appear before we could catch and collect every creature from the past one, but we didn't expect to complete newer regions before finishing an older one. And Kecleon was the one to cause that surprise shift. But it's finally over.

For more on Pokemon GO before we get stuck in, read up on this month's Arlo, Sierra, and Cliff counters. And if you're looking to take on the big cheese for his shadow legendary Pokemon, these Giovanni counters can really help. Now back to the silly lizard.

How to get Kecleon in Pokemon GO

Just like the Gold Coin event that kicked off at the end of the November 2022 community day and the Meltan event that happens years prior to that, getting Kecleon in Pokemon GO meant you had to play during the January 7, 2023 community day featuring Chespin.

At the end of the days events - so around 5pm local time - players found out that you couldn't spin certain Pokestops. Echoing the gold Pokestops that dished out gold coins late last year, you'll actually want to interact with these stops even more.

Upon inspecting a Pokestop, players found Kecleon blocking it. Again, this is another reference to its debut games, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, where the camouflaged lizard acted like an invisible blockade.

Luckily, you won't need a specific item to reveal, fight, and catch it. You'll just be able to catch Kecleon in Pokemon GO with no other silly hoops to jump through, maybe finally completing your Hoenn Pokedex in the process.

Once you interact with a Kecleon Pokestop, it'll hop off and appear on the map. So keep an eye out.

A graphic illustrating Kecleon hiding in Pokemon GO.
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How to get Kecleon in Pokemon GO after Community Day

After the Chespin Community Day, players reported that Kecleon can still be found using the method mentioned above. So try inspecting as many PokeStops as you possibly can.

Hopefully, an invisible little lizard will prevent you from spinning it, although the chances of this are very slim, making Kecleon one of the rarest Pokemon to capture in Pokemon GO.

Can Kecleon be shiny in Pokemon GO?

Yes, shiny Kecleon is a thing! First introduced exclusively to players that visited Las Vegas for the Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn, the chameleonic monster was made available for all in its shiny version with the Global edition of the Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn.

Again, the chances of getting a regular are extremely rare, so now imagine finding a shiny. Better stock up on items so it doesn't slip away from you!

For more walkabout games, check out how to send Pikmin and get postcards in our Pikmin Bloom Expeditions guide. It's another Nintendo-branded game from Niantic. It's worth trying out.

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