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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 altered palettes. Only one shiny variation exists for each Pokémon.

In the Map View and Sightings view, 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, a shiny tab shown above the CP and their different coloration is visible.

The in-game RNG determines if wild-spawned and Raid Pokémon are Shiny for each player's instance separately; thus a Shiny Pokémon from the same spawn point may not, and most likely will not, appear shiny to other Trainers.

Once a player captures 10 Shiny (non-Shadow) Pokémon, they will unlock the Shiny Pokédex so they can see each entry of Shiny Pokémon they have seen/caught. Shiny Shadow Pokémon are registered to the Shadow Pokédex, which has additional switch buttons for shiny forms for eligible Pokédex entries.

Shadow Pokémon can only be shiny if they have been available from the three Rocket Leaders or Jessie and James at any point, or if they are in Shadow Legendary Raid Battles. Those obtained from Giovanni cannot be shiny.

Odds of a Shiny Pokémon

According to the latest research conducted by TheSilphRoad[1], there are several likely categories that determine the odds of a Pokémon being Shiny.

Note: the following numbers are from their most recent estimates.

  • Base rate: 1/512-500 (0.2%)
  • Medium Event: 1/128-125 (0.8%)
  • Permaboost: 1/64-62.5 (1.6%)
  • Raid/Egg (if different from Permaboost): 1/56.9-1/50 (2%)
  • Community Day: 1/25.6-1/25 (4%)
  • Legendary Raid: 1/20.48-1/20 (5%)
  • Raid Event: 1/10.24-1/10 (10%)

List of Shiny Pokémon

Shiny Pokémon

Almost all Shiny forms of Pokémon are currently in game assets, but only part of them are currently available to obtain by players in the gameplay.

For list of Shiny Pokémon that are available in the game, see here: List of Shiny Pokémon
For list of Shiny Pokémon by their release dates, see here: List of Shiny Pokémon release dates
For comparison of regular and shiny sprites of Pokémon, see here: List of Shiny Pokémon comparison

List of Shiny Pokémon with limited-time availability

Some Pokémon can only be obtained in their Shiny form for a limited time, after which they cannot be obtained again until either a new event occurs or they are made permanently available.

All Shiny Shadow/Purified Pokémon falls in this category, as they can only be obtained as the reward from defeating a Team GO Rocket member or Shadow Raid Battles and the teams and Raid Bosses change every few months, making obtaining that particular form unobtainable for the time being.

Most Costume Pokémon are in this category as well due to being available only during certain time-limited events (which may or may not ever come back)




  1. https://thesilphroad.com/science/reflecting-pokemon-go-shiny-rates-iii-base-rate
  2. Estimating Community Day's Boosted Shiny Rate. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-02-25.
  3. Gastly family shiny 3D assets. "/r/TheSilphRoad."
  4. gen3 sprites with all shinies !/r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  5. It seems a decent amount of the sprites have changed shades of color. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-20.
  6. u/Chrales all gen1 and gen2 new shiny pokémon added. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-04-20.
  7. Shiny Shuckle leaked early?. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-04-18.