How to catch a shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Shiny Pokemon Go - Gyrados

Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go are the most prized Pokemon in your Pokedex. It’s not easy to catch these special variants of ordinary Pokemon but when you do find a special one, these are the Pokemon to immediately lock as never being sent back to Professor Willow for ‘candy.’ Yes, we know what you’re up to, Prof. But how do you catch a shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go? And while Niantic is releasing new ones all the time, which Pokemon actually have shiny versions available? Let’s take a look.

UPDATE 14 September: Geodude and Grimer now available in shiny form  

Geodude is now available in a very fetching yellow shiny form. You’ll definitely notice this shiny when you enter your catch screen as it’s a seriously big change from the standard grey. Of course, this means that Geodudes evolutions are also available in shiny form. Both a shiny Graveler and a shiny Golem can be evolved if you have enough candy. 

As you can see above Grimer is also now available in shiny form. You’ll see a slight similarity to the Alolan Grimer available through eggs as shiny Grimer is green instead of the standard purple. If you’re ever confused about whether a Pokemon is shiny, just look for stars when the Pokemon arrives on your catch screen. If you are in any doubt at all, catch it and check for three stars next to the entry in your Pokedex which will indicate a shiny Pokemon. 

 How to catch a shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go  

Pokemon Go Shiny Pokemon Go - Wailord

The first thing to note is that, by their very definition, a shiny Pokemon is a rarity, something that doesn’t happen very often, and thus isn’t going to happen every day. The second is that you can’t tell that a Pokemon is a shiny version until you load up the catch screen. If you see a Wailmer by the river, for instance, you wont see its shiny pink form until you have it on a screen with your Poke Ball. This means a lot of checking surrounding Pokemon and probably getting a bit sad when they are all regular. 

A shiny Pokemon tends to be a different colour - Magikarp is a yellower shade of orange for example - but you can also tell by a cloud of stars surrounding the Pokemon when you first enter the catch screen. The colour change can be subtle so you’ll also get a set of three stars next to the entry in your Pokemon collection screen to denote a shiny Pokemon. Helpfully, you’ll also get an extra warning if you try and send it back to Professor Willow for Candy.

Pokemon Go Shiny Pokemon Go - Aron

Shiny Pokemon aren’t like standard Pokemon in that they are unique to every Pokemon trainer. You could find a shiny Swablu in one location but when your fellow Pokemon players click on it, it could just be regular for them. It increases the fun of making sure you check every Pokemon but also probably how much your fellow players hate you if you get a shiny and they don’t. 

While shiny Pokemon are exceptionally rare, there is at least one day a month that you can get your Poke Balls on shiny Pokemon. Pokemon Go Community Days are made just for shiny hunters out there. Community Day increases the spawns of one particular Pokemon for a three hour period. Not only do the Pokemon caught and evolved during this time sometimes have a special move, the catch rate for shinies is also magically increased. 

Pokemon Go Shiny Pokemon Go - Charizard

Previous Community Days have introduced shiny Eevee which can of course evolve into shiny versions of its evolutions, shiny Charmander that evolves into an incredible black shiny Charizard, and shiny Bulbasaur that, of course, evolves into a shiny purple Blastoise. You’ll want to catch enough shinies that you can have all the unique-looking evolutions as well. This is obviously much easier on Community Days. 

It is possible to catch shiny Pokemon that were introduced on a Pokemon Go Community Day after that day but the odds are greatly reduced. Don’t worry, they aren’t gone for good.  

Which Pokemon have a shiny version in Pokemon Go?

Pokemon Go Shiny Pokemon Go - Squirtle

The below Pokemon can all be found as shinies in Pokemon Go so get checking them all. All the evolutions of the below Pokemon are also available in shiny form. Anywhere you can earn/catch/hatch the wild Pokemon listed always have the chance of being a shiny. The Raid and egg Pokemon are exclusive to those locations. 

Shiny Pokemon in the wild in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Shiny Pokemon Go - Mareep

  • Shellder
  • Magikarp
  • Omanyte 
  • Kabuto
  • Aerodactyl
  • Makuhita
  • Sableye
  • Meditite
  • Wailmer
  • Swablu
  • Shuppet
  • Snorunt
  • Bulbasaur
  • Charmander
  • Squirtle
  • Pikachu
  • Eevee
  • Dratini
  • Mareep
  • Murkrow
  • Snubull
  • Houndour
  • Lartvitar
  • Poochyena
  • Aron
  • Plusle
  • Minun
  • Roselia
  • Luvdisc
  • Duskull
  • Sunkern
  • Natu
  • Pineco
  • Wingull
  • Geodude
  • Grimer

Shiny Pokemon exclusive to raids in Pokemon Go

  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Lugia
  • Hoh-oh
  • Mawile
  • Kyogre
  • Absol 
  • Moltres

Shiny Pokemon exclusive to eggs in Pokemon Go

  • Pichu
  • Togepi
  • Magby
  • Wynaut