First introduced as part of the Water Festival Event, with Magikarp and Gyarados, Shiny Pokémon in Pokemon Go have grown to include so many Pokémon that these days, it can be hard to keep track of which Pokémon you should be checking. Here's the complete list of shiny Pokémon as of right now, and how you can catch 'em all!
Are Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go official?
They are! At least, for some Pokémon anyways. Not all Pokémon can be shiny, but many can. From Pokémon Go:
Trainers across the globe have reported sightings of golden Magikarp in the wild. These Shiny Magikarp are extremely rare, so pay close attention to the Magikarp you encounter while you're out exploring the world to make sure you don't miss the opportunity to catch one!
And what are Shiny Pokémon exactly?
Simply put, color variants.
A Shiny Pokémon (Japanese: 光るポケモン Shiny Pokémon), previously officially known as alternate coloration or rare coloration (Japanese: 色違い differently colored), and called Color Pokémon in Pokémon Stadium 2, is a specific Pokémon with different coloration to what is usual for its species. It is one of the many differences that a Pokémon can have within its species.
The term "Shiny Pokémon" was first created by fans to refer to the sparkling sound effect and animation made at the start of an encounter with one in the games. Eventually, this term fell into official usage in Generation IV, used on promotional material promoting Shiny event Pokémon. The term Shiny Pokémon was first used in-game in Pokémon Black and White in Nimbasa City.
There's only one color variant per Pokémon. Some variants are obvious, like Shiny Gyarados is red instead of blue. Others are more subtle, like Shiny Bulbasaur or Squirtle, which are the same color but slightly differents shades. In the core games, every single Pokémon has a shiny variant, but in Pokémon Go, shiny Pokémon are often released during Community Day or other special events.
Which Shiny Pokémon are currently available in Pokémon Go?
As of March 2020, these are all the Pokémon that can be shiny in Pokémon Go, in order of Pokédex number:
- Bulbasaur (Variants: Shedinja, Party Hat)
- Venusaur (Variants: Clone)
- Charmander (Variants: Cubone, Party Hat)
- Charizard (Variants: Clone)
- Squirtle (Variants: Sunglasses, Yamask, Party Hat)
- Wartortle (Variants: Sunglasses)
- Blastoise (Variants: Sunglasses, Clone)
- Rattata (Variants: Alolan)
- Raticate (Variants: Alolan, Party Hat)
- Pikachu (Variants: Ash Cap, Party Hat, Santa Hat, Witch Hat, Fragment Cap, Summer Hat, Detective Hat, Flower Crown, Straw Hat, Mimikyu, Snow Beanie)
- Raichu (Variants: Ash Cap, Party Hat, Santa Hat, Witch Hat, Fragment Cap, Summer Hat, Detective Hat, Flower Crown, Alolan, Snow Beanie)
- Sandshrew (Variants: Alolan)
- Sandslash (Variants: Alolan)
- Nidorino (Variants: Party Hat)
- Vulpix (Alolan only)
- Ninetails (Alolan only)
- Diglett (Variants: Alolan)
- Dugtrio (Variants: Alolan)
- Meowth (Variants: Alolan)
- Persian (Variants: Alolan)
- Geodude (Variants: Alolan)
- Graveler (Variants: Alolan)
- Golem (Variants: Alolan)
- Grimer (Variants: Alolan)
- Muk (Variants: Alolan)
- Gengar (Variants: Party Hat)
- Exeggutor (Alolan only)
- Marowak (Variants: Alolan)
- Weezing (Variants: Galarian)
- Mr. Mime
- Eevee (Variants: Flower Crown, Party Hat)
- Vaporeon (Variants: Flower Crown)
- Flareon (Variants: Flower Crown)
- Jolteon (Costumes: Flower Crown)
- Pichu (Variants: Ash Cap, Party Hat, Santa Hat, Witch Hat, Summer Style, Snow Beanie)
- Espeon (Variants: Flower Crown)
- Umbreon (Variants: Flower Crown)
- Wobuffet (Variants: Party Hat)
- Stantler (Variants: Jingle Bells)
- Wurmple (Variants: Party Hat)
- Spinda (Variants: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9)
- Castform (normal form only)
- Burmy (Variants: Plant, Sandy, Trash)
- Wormadam (Variants: Plant, Sandy, Trash)
- Mime Jr.
- Leafeon (Variants: Flower Crown)
- Glaceon (Variants: Flower Crown)
- Giratina (Variants: Origin, Altered)
What are the odds of finding a Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go?
That's the million Pokémon question. People have been guessing since the introduction of Shiny Magikarp and those guesses have ranged from 1/512 to 1/4096. Even the experts over at The Silph Road have to admit that the Shiny Rate varies depending on the Pokémon, the Events, and then some.
That having been said, It's still random, so you can get a Shiny right away, or it might take you twice or three times as long as someone else. That's one of the most controversial design decisions in Pokémon Go: Unmitigated randomness for everything.
Can you hatch Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go?
Yup. In most cases, the Shiny rate seems to be the same as it is for wild encounters: 1/450.
Shiny babies, however, seem to be boosted to 1/50.
Do Shiny Pokémon show up on Nearby or Sightings?
No, sadly. Pokémon show up on Nearby or Sightings, but they look totally normal.
It's only revealed as a Shiny when you tap on it and go to the catch screen. So, if you see a normal Magikarp or Pikachu on Nearby or Sightings, don't discount it — once you tap on it, it could be a Shiny. And that list of possible Shiny Pokémon gets longer all the time, so make sure to Shiny check them all!
Are Shiny Pokémon Shiny for everyone?
Nope. With Ditto, once a Pokémon is determined to be Ditto, the servers make it Ditto for everyone. With Shiny, it's done on a player-by-player basis.
That means you and a friend can both catch the same Magikarp, yours could turn out to be Shiny, and theirs... not.
With one exception so far: For the July 2018 Community Day, Pokémon Go had Sunglasses Squirtle available through Field Research and, tasks that had a Shiny Sunglasses Squritle were Shiny for everyone!
Can you show off Shiny Pokémon in Gyms?
You can, but with two caveats:
- Shiny Legendaries still can't go in Gyms.
- Shiny versions don't count as different Pokémon, so if there's already a regular version in the Gym, you can't add your Shiny version.
Do Shiny Pokémon show up in the Pokédex?
They do! Not as separate entries, though, but as a badge on the main entries, same as genders do. You'll need to make sure you're running the latest version of Pokémon Go, then:
- Tap the Menu button (looks like a Poké Ball), button right.
- Tap Pokédex, top middle.
- Tap on the Pokémon you want to check. (Only Magikarp and Gyarados for now.)
- Look for the Shiny badge.
Of course, the Shiny badge will only show up once you've caught a Shiny version of that Pokémon. So, if you don't see it, go catch one!
Do Shiny Pokémon have perfect stats (IV)? Special movesets? Magic powers?
Nope. Shiny Pokémon have the same stats (IV) as non-Shiny variants. Which is to say, a range. You can catch a perfect Shiny Magikarp, but you can also catch a not-so-great one.
They also have no special movesets or powers of any kind. Aside from looking AWESOME on Gyms.
(If you evolve a Community Day Shiny during the event window and get the exclusive move, the Shiny will also have that move, but still won't be different than a regular version evolved at the same time.)
If you evolve Shiny Pokémon do you get its Shiny evolution?
Totally. Shiny status, like festive hat status, stays with a Pokémon during evolution. If you get a Shiny Magikarp and decide to hit the Evolution button, you'll end up with a Shiny Gyarados. Same with Shiny Pichu or Shiny Pikachu — that's how you get Shiny Raichu.
If you catch a shiny Pokémon, can it turn into a Shiny Ditto?
No. Magikarp were removed from the Ditto potentials shortly after Shiny Magikarp became available, and the same has held true for other common Pokémon since. No one, not even Pokémon Go wanted to deal with that kind of pain.
Can your transfer Shiny Pokémon back to the professor? Can you do it by accident? (Terror!)
You can transfer Shiny Pokémon, but Pokémon Go will treat them as though they're automatically favorited.
So, if you try to choose a Shiny Pokémon as part of a bulk transfer, you'll be prevented from doing so. If you try to transfer a Shiny Pokémon separately, you'll get a warning.
When are more Shiny Pokémon coming to Pokémon Go?
When Pokémon Go announces them!
OK, fine, just tell me how to catch 'em all!
First, you have to find as many Pokémon as you can. That means finding spawns or nests where those types of Pokémon are common. Then tap, tap, tap away and see if you encounter a Shiny.
For eggs and babies, collect as many as you can. Walk as much as you can. And hatch, hatch, hatch.
For the Raid Pokémon, the story is the same. Find the Raids. Beat the Raid Boss. Hope the one you get is Shiny.
Field Research. Find the tasks that give you a Pokémon with a Shiny form, then work with your community to find the PokéStops giving away the right tasks, and then complete as many as you can.
Shiny Field Research Pokémon have a 0% flee rate, but for everything else, remember your basics:
- ABC. Always be curving. Once you can nail Curve Ball every time, you'll get a 1.7x bonus every time.
- Max out your medals. Some are easier to get than others but they consume no resources like Great or Ultra Balls or Razz Berries, so once you get them, that 1.1x to 1.3x is automatically applied each time.
- Consistency counts. Aim for the smallest target you can nail every time. If that's Nice, it's nice. If that's Great or Excellent, even nicer. But better the bonus you get then one you miss, and that extra 1.3 to 2x also doesn't consume resources and can make a difference.
- Razz for real. Use Razz Berries when you need to. Unlike Great or Ultra Balls, you can't miss with a Razz Berry and its 1.5x bonus will last until you hit. For the new Golden Razz Berries, it's 2.5x!
- Bump them Balls. Use Great and Ultra Balls to maximize your odds. You get an extra 1.5x for a Great Ball and 2x for an Ultra Ball so use them to get those super rare or hard to catch Pokémon.
For a complete explanation and many more details:
Any Shiny Pokémon questions?
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