Shiny Pokémon

Shiny Pokémon are extremely rare Pokémon that differ in coloration from their regular appearance. These color variations may range from minor hue adjustments to completely new palettes. Only one shiny coloration exists for each Pokémon species.

In the Map View and tracker, shiny Pokémon are shown in their regular coloration until they appear on the encounter screen or on the summary page, where they have an aura of stars around them and their different coloration is visible.

Once a player captures a shiny Pokémon, their Pokédex will show that they have captured it and additional switch buttons for shiny forms will unlock in each individual Pokédex entry.

List of Shiny Pokémon

Main article: List of Shiny Pokémon

There are many Shiny forms of certain Pokémon currently in game data, but only some of them are currently available to obtain by players in gameplay.


Shiny Pokémon were released on following days:

  • March 24th, 2017 - the first available Shiny Pokémon in the game - Shiny Magikarp and Gyarados began appearing. [1]
    • It might be reference to original game series as Shiny Gyarados, located at the Lake of Rage, was the Pokémon used to introduce Trainers to shiny Pokémon.
  • August 9th, 2017 - Shiny Pikachu and its family Pokémon began appearing on the first day of the Pokémon GO Park event, in Yokohama, Japan.
  • October 20th, 2017 - Shiny Sableye began appearing on the first day of the Halloween event of 2017.
  • October 26th, 2017 - Shiny Duskull and its family Pokémon began to appear six days into the event. [2]
  • October 31st, 2017 - Shiny Shuppet and its family Pokémon began to appear 11 days into the event.[3]
  • December 8th, 2017 - Shiny Mawile and Absol began being available to catch in Raid Battle Bonus Challange, after main release of Hoenn-region Pokémon.
  • December 21st, 2017 - Shiny Snorunt and its family Pokémon began appearing along with release twenty Water and Ice-type Pokémon from Hoenn region and Delibird.
  • January 24th, 2017 - Shiny Aronand its family Pokémon began appearing along with release of Ground and Rock-type Pokémon from Hoenn region.
  • February 8th, 2017 - Shiny Swablu and its family Pokémon began appearing along with release of Flying and Dragon-type Pokémon from Hoenn region.
  • February 14th, 2017 - Shiny Luvdisc became available to catch in wild with the beginning of the Valentine's Day event.
  • February 16th, 2017 - Shiny Poochyena and its family Pokémon became available to obtain with the start of Lunar New Year event.
  • February 24th, 2017 - Shiny Dratini and its family Pokémon began appearing on the 2nd Community Day.
  • March 16th, 2017 - Shiny Lugia was made available to be catch in Raid Battle Bonus Challange with the second temporal release of it as a Legendary Raid Boss.


  • A shiny Pokémon may not appear shiny to nearby Trainers.
  • Shiny Pokémon cannot be batch-transferred, and Trainers will be notified if they try to transfer them.
  • Shiny Pokémon remains shiny after being evolved.
    • Also Pokémon cannot become shiny via evolving non-shiny one.
  • In the main Pokémon series, the Gold and Silver versions were the first games to introduce shiny Pokémon.
  • Unlike the case with seeing regular Pokémon in the Gym, seeing Shiny Pokémon in the Gym for the first time, before capturing them, won't unlock the Pokémon's shiny form switches in Pokédex summary page.
    • There are also no file assets for form switches of only-seen Shiny Pokémon in Pokédex.
  • Registering a shiny Pokémon will also register the non-shiny form to the Pokédex, if the Pokémon was not previously registered.
  • During the Halloween event in 2017, there were shiny forms of Gastly family members added to game data, although they weren't released to be caught in gameplay. [4]
  • Along with each release of selected Pokémon from Hoenn region, there are added to game data all of the sprites for shiny forms of respective Pokémon. [5]
  • Along with releases of new Legendary Raid Bosses, assets for Shiny Forms of these Legendary Pokémon are also added to the game, but none of them were released so far.
  • Shiny Zapdos was temporally available from Raid Battle due to game creators' mistake.
  • The most of available Shiny Pokémon come from Hoenn region.
  • On each Community Day there is significantly higher chance to encounter shiny form of featured Pokémon that generally spawns more often during this event.
    • Research estimates that there was a 1 in 22.7 chance of capturing a Shiny Pikachu during the first Community Day.[6]


Shiny Magikarp Spotted!

Shiny Magikarp Spotted!


  1. Shiny Magikarp Spotted!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-03-28.
  2. Just caught a shiny Duskull. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2017-10-31.
  3. Shiny Shuppet is out!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2017-11-01.
  4. Gastly family shiny 3D assets. "/r/TheSilphRoad."
  5. gen3 sprites with all shinies !/r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  6. Estimating Community Day's Boosted Shiny Rate. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-02-25.