Now oyu're starting to complete your various Pokedex entries, it's time to start thinking about getting those rare Pokemon known as shinies. They're the same as the original critters, but they come in their own unique colour scheme and have seriously rare catching odds both out in the wild, and in Raids or via hatching eggs. And the Pokemon Go shiny list is getting pretty long now, with almost 100 shiny variants out there to find (as of January 2019).
The good news though is that you can catch shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look and which specific Pokemon have a rarer variety available. Niantic is always unleashing new shinies on the world via Community Days but will occasionally drop one with no warning. Plus, with Drifloon, Budew, and Shinx as the only generation 4 shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go, there’ll be plenty more to come and it’s essential to keep up with what’s new. Here’s every single entry currently on the Pokemon Go shiny list that you can catch and how you can get them.
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How to catch a shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go
There’s technically no secret to catching shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go but there are multiple ways to increase your chances. First off, it’s important to note that you won’t see shinies while you are wandering around on the map. You need to jump into the catch screen before you can see if the Pokemon is the rarer version. If you’re limited in time and don’t have time to catch every Pokemon of a certain variety you can see, all you’ll need to do is jump back out of the catch screen and you can keep shiny checking without any Poke Ball wastage.
Shiny Pokemon are a different colour from their standard counterparts. This might be obvious - ie shiny Eevee’s grey colouration or shiny Snorunt’s blue hue - but it also might be a little more subtle like shiny Minun’s slightly different colour of red or Magikarp’s yellower hue. If you can’t tell if you’re looking at a shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go, keep an eye out for a ring of stars around the Pokemon when it appears on screen, or catch it and check your Pokemon collection screen. Here you’ll find a set of three stars next to the entry so you can make sure you don’t accidentally send it to the Professor for candy.
It’s also important to note that Shiny Pokemon aren’t like standard Pokemon in that they are unique to every Pokemon trainer. Even on Community Day, when shinies have much higher odds, you can catch a shiny version of a Pokemon that is only a standard version for another player. This definitely makes things more exciting playing together as everyone in a group will find shinies in different places. Just don’t blame us when people get angry when you find all the shiny Chikoritas….
While shiny Pokemon are exceptionally rare, there is at least one day a month that you are almost guaranteed to get your Poke Balls on shiny Pokemon if you play during the dedicated period. Pokemon Go Community Days are made just for shiny hunters out there. These days heavily increase the spawns of one particular Pokemon for a three hour period or sometimes longer. Not only does the chosen Pokemon for that day have a special move if evolved during that period but shiny rates are hugely increased. Playing for three hours and checking every Pokemon should guarantee you at least one shiny. While there are still odds, like the Hunger Games, Community Day should set them firmly in your favour.
Previous Community Days have introduced shiny Eevee which can evolve into shiny versions of its evolutions, shiny Charmander that evolves into an incredible black shiny Charizard, and shiny Beldum that transforms into a striking shiny Metagross. You’ll want to catch enough shinies that you can have all the unique-looking evolutions as well and 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.
Complete Pokemon Go shiny list
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, but via evolution only. Anywhere you can earn/catch/hatch the wild Pokemon listed always have the chance of being a shiny. The Raid and egg Pokemon in this Pokemon Go shiny list are exclusive to those situations.
Pokemon Go shiny list - In the Wild
- Nidoran (female)
Pokemon Go shiny list - Raid Exclusives
- Alolan Marowak
- Alolan Raichu
Pokemon Go shiny list - Egg Exclusives