First introduced as part of the Water Festival Event, with Magikarp and Gyarados, Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go have grown to include dozens of babies, base levels, and evolutions, from Absol to Wynaut. Here's the complete list of shiny Pokémon as of right now, and how you can catch 'em all!
Which Shiny Pokémon are currently available in Pokémon Go?
As of August 2018:
- Shiny Magikarp
- Shiny Gyarados
- Shiny Pichu
- Shiny Pikachu
- Shiny Raichu
- Shiny Sableye
- Shiny Shuppet
- Shiny Banette
- Shiny Duskull
- Shiny Dusklops
- Shiny Mawile (Raid only)
- Shiny Absol (Raid only)
- Shiny Snorunt
- Shiny Glalie
- Shiny Aron
- Shiny Lairon
- Shiny Aggron
- Shiny Swablu
- Shiny Altaria
- Shiny Luvdisc
- Shiny Poochyena
- Shiny Mightyena
- Shiny Dratini
- Shiny Dragonair
- Shiny Dragonite
- Shiny Lugia (Raid only)
- Shiny Magby (Egg only)
- Shiny Magmar
- Shiny Togepi (Egg only)
- Shiny Togetic
- Shiny Wynaut (Egg only)
- Shiny Wobbuffet
- Shiny Bulbasaur
- Shiny Ivysaur
- Shiny Venusaur
- Shiny Murkrow
- Shiny Mareep
- Shiny Flaaffy
- Shiny Ampharos
- Shiny Wailmer
- Shiny Wailord
- Shiny Makuhita
- Shiny Hariyama
- Shiny Meditite
- Shiny Medicham
- Shiny Ho-Oh
- Shiny Charmander
- Shiny Charmeleon
- Shiny Charizard
- Shiny Kabuto
- Shiny Kabutops
- Shiny Omanyte
- Shiny Omastar
- Shiny Aerodactyl
- Shiny Shelder
- Shiny Cloyster
- Shiny Kyogre
- Shiny Larvitar
- Shiny Pupitar
- Shiny Tyranitar
- Shiny Roselia
- Shiny Articuno
- Shiny Squirtle (w/wo sunglasses)
- Shiny Wartortle (w/wo sunglasses)
- Shiny Blastoise (w/wo sunglasses)
- Shiny Plusle
- Shiny Minun
- Shiny Zapdos
- Shiny Houndour
- Shiny Houndoom
- Shiny Snubbull
- Shiny Granbull
- Shiny Eevee (NEW)
- Shiny Vaporeon (NEW)
- Shiny Flareon (NEW)
- Shiny Jolteon (NEW)
- Shiny Umbreon (NEW)
- Shiny Espeon (NEW)
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. Luckily, more research has been done to try and narrow it down.
From The Silph Road
- Wild encounters: 1/450
- Legendary Raids: 1/19
- Absol Raids: 1/75
- Aerodactyl Raids: 1/45
- Mawile Raids: 1/35
- Community Day: 1/24.5
- Baby Hatches: 1/50
It's still purely random, so you can get a Shiny right away, or it might take you twice or three times as long. That's one of the most controversial design decisions in Pokémon Go: Unmitigated randomness for everything.
August 11, 2018: Shiny Eevee and Eeveelutions come out for August Community Days!
In what's potentially the biggest Shiny-fest yet, Eevee and all its current Eeveelutions will be making their Shiny debut as part of the August 11 & 12 Community Days.
- Shiny Eevee
- Shiny Vaporeon
- Shiny Flareon
- Shiny Jolteon
- Shiny Umbreon
- Shiny Espeon
Image via reddit.
August 1, 2018: Shiny Houndour, Houndoom, Snubbull, Grandbull are live!
A new month means new Field Research and, along with it, comes a new Shiny Pokémon. This time, Houndour, which can be evolved into Houndoom, and Shubbull, which can be evolved into Granbull!
- Shiny Houndour
- Shiny Houndoom
- Shiny Snubbull
- Shiny Granbull
The best odds of getting one is Field Research.
The Field Research task for Houndour is:
- Evolve a Meowth
The Field Research task for Sunbbull is:
- Catch a Skitty or Poochyena
Sadly, as of the time of this writing, both tasks are exceedingly rare.
Are Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go official?
They are! 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.
Any chance you've already caught Shiny Pokémon and they'll all suddenly be revealed?
There was some hope that Shiny was an attribute that, upon release, would suddenly light up existing Pokémon you'd already caught. For example, that Pokémon with perfect stats (100% IV) would suddenly be revealed as Shiny.
No such luck.
To have a Shiny you have to catch a Shiny post-release. No retroactive Shiny status has been conferred.
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.
And you can catch them, right? With Incense and Lures too?
Sure can, and absolutely with Incense and Lures!
Any Pokémon with a shiny form in the game can turn out to be Shiny when you encounter it, whether it's in the wild, from a Lure at a PokéStop, or attracted by Incense.
In other words, Lure and Incense away!
Do Shiny Pokémon show up on Nearby or Sightings?
No, sadly. Pokémon will always show up on Nearby if it's attached to a PokéStop, or Sightings if it's not, but it'll 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.
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 Magikarp, can it turn into a Shiny Ditto?
No. Magikarp were removed from the Ditto potentials shortly after Shiny Magikarp became available. 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!
What about Zapdos, isn't it Shiny?
No. Strangely, Pokémon Go is using the Shiny model for Zapdos to represent all Zapdos. So, while it looks Shiny, it's only counted as the regular version. Pokémon Go has reportedly created a new model for the eventual Shiny Zapdos.
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 Legendaries currently have a 100% catch rate, and 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?
If you have any questions about Shiny Pokémon, drop them in the comments below!