How do you catch Shiny versions of Lugia, Magikarp, Gyarados, Pikachu, Sableye, Shuppet, Duskull, Mawile, Absol, and Snorunt in Pokémon Go? Here’s your guide!
First introduced as part of the Water Festival Event, with Magikarp and Gyarados, Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go have grown to include the Pikachu family, and now the Gen 3 Ghosts and select Raid Bosses, among others. 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 March 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
March 23, 2018: Shiny Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur added in time for Community Day
With the third Pokémon Go Community Day comes the third family of Community Day Shinies.
- Shiny Bulbasaur
- Shiny Ivysaur
- Shiny Venusaur
Are Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go official?
They are now! 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.
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.
What are the odds of finding a Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go?
No one knows. In the original Pokémon Games, Shiny are extremely rate. One in thousands. 1/4069. It’s unclear.
n Pokémon Go, it might turn out to be more like Evolution Items, which is roughly 1/300. But that’s the thing about random chances — some people have gotten them right away, others after a 100 or so, other still nothing after 500+.
There’s no guarantee. It’s a dice roll every time. All you can do is keep catching until you get one.
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?
Yes! Shiny Pichu has been hatched from an egg. The Gen 3 Ghosts as well.
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.
Basically, where Ditto seems global, Shiny seems to be on a case-by-case basis.
But once you catch a Shiny Pokémon, you can still show it off in a Gym?
Yes, once you catch a Shiny, it will show as Shiny, including in Gyms. So, go ahead, make everyone jealous!
Will Shiny Pokémon show up in the Pokédex?
They will! Not as separate entries, though, but as a new 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 Shiny Pokémon do you get it’s 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?
It can turn into Ditto but not a Shiny Ditto. Which is as horrifying as it sounds.
Magikarp are one of the 7 Pokémon species that can currently be revealed as Ditto in Pokémon Go. Every time you catch a Magikarp, there’s a chance it’ll morph into Ditto — including a Shiny Magikarp.
Since there’s no Shiny Ditto in the game yet, that means you could finally catch your Shiny Magikarp only to watch in horror as it morphs into a regular old Ditto right before your eyes.
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 commen. Then catch, catch, catch away.
Same for eggs. 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.
And, if you have a chance to catch a Shiny, remember:
- 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:
How to catch tough Pokémon in Pokémon Go
Any Shiny Pokémon questions?
If you have any questions about Shiny Pokémon, drop them in the comments below!