Pokémon Go Jirachi

Make your wishes come true by catching Pokémon Go’s Jirachi, the powerful mythical Pokémon from Hoenn. If you’re lucky, you might just find a shiny one

Pokemon Go Jirachi: An image of a smiling shiny Jirachi on a galaxy background from the official art for Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn.

Generation three is a lot of Pokémon fans’ favourite gen, with Hoenn’s deep, environmentalist storyline, its trumpet-filled soundtrack, and its mythical Pokémon, Jirachi and Deoxys. You might be wondering how to get Pokémon Go’s Jirachi, so in this guide we’ll help you make that wish come true.

If you’re looking for more Pokémon Go help, check out our guides on the Pokémon Go egg hatching widget, Pokémon Go promo codes, and Pokémon Go events. You can also check out our picks for the best gen three Pokémon.

What is Pokémon Go Jirachi?

Jirachi is known as the Wish Pokémon, and first appeared in the Hoenn region as a mythical Pokémon. It is both a steel-type and psychic-type Pokémon, and is not known to evolve from or to any other Pokémon.

Its Pokédex entry reads: “A legend states that Jirachi will make true any wish that is written on notes attached to its head when it awakens. If this Pokémon senses danger, it will fight without awakening.”

Pokemon Go Jirachi: Regular Jirachi sleeping in the starry sky next to the Pokemon Go logo, taken from the 2019 special research task promotional art.

How can I get a shiny Pokémon Go Jirachi?

Shiny Jirachi is making its debut in Pokémon Go as part of the Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn Global gameplay event that is happening from 25 – 26 February 2023. To encounter shiny Jirachi during this event, you need to purchase a Masterwork Research ticket and complete the research tasks to unlock a special encounter.

Once you start the research tasks, you can complete them whenever you like, but special research tasks like these are usually easier to complete during their event. If you are attending Pokémon Go Tour: Hoenn in Las Vegas, the Masterwork Research will be included in your ticket, and you will have fewer steps to complete to encounter shiny Jirachi.

How else can I get Pokémon Go’s Jirachi?

You can encounter a regular Jirachi in Pokémon Go by completing the special research task ‘A Thousand-Year Slumber’. The research task has seven stages and completing the final stage will prompt Jirachi to appear. Don’t worry, if you run out of Pokéballs, you can go and get more and then come back to the research task. Jirachi won’t run away and you will always have the chance to catch it.

Pokemon Go Jirachi: Two Pokemon trainers in Go wearing the Wishing on a Jirachi tshirt, sitting on the ground in the dusk pointing at the sky. A picture of Jirachi with a glowing white border has been pasted in the top left hand corner of the image.

What is Pokémon Go Jirachi’s best moveset?

Jirachi is not just cute, but can also be deadly when used in the right way. Its moveset makes it above average for all types of PvP play, and it’s the perfect Pokémon to have on your team for PvE matchups against the likes of Pokémon Go’s Giovanni, Pokémon Go’s Arlo, Pokémon Go’s Cliff, and Pokémon Go’s Sierra.

Jirachi’s best moveset is:

  • Confusion (Fast attack)
  • Doom Desire (Charged attack)

Both of these moves benefit from STAB (same type attack bonus) due to Jirachi’s dual typing, and this combination has the highest damage output of all of Jirachi’s possible moves.

How do I counter Pokémon Go’s Jirachi?

As a steel-type and psychic-type Pokémon, Jirachi is 1.6x weak to fire-type, ground-type, ghost-type, and dark-type moves.

According to competitive players, the best counter Pokémon for Jirachi are:

  • Reshiram – Fire Fang for its fast attack, Fusion Flare or Overheat for its charged attack
  • Chandelure – Fire Spin or Incinerate for its fast attack, Shadow Ball for its charged attack
  • Darmanitan (standard) – Fire Fang for its fast attack, Overheat for its charged attack
  • Gengar – Lick for its fast attack, Shadow Ball for its charged attack

There you have it, everything you need to know about Pokémon Go’s Jirachi. If you’re after more rare catches in Go, check out our Pokémon Go Ursaluna guide.