Shiny Pokémon (GO) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia (2023)

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A Shiny Pokémon (Japanese: 色違いポケモン differently colored Pokémon) 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.

In Pokémon GO, Shiny Pokémon may be encountered randomly in all types of encounters: the wild, from hatching Eggs, by completing Field Research tasks, or by winning Raid Battles. During Community Day events, featured Pokémon have an increased chance of being Shiny in the wild. Shiny Pokémon are represented by a Shiny Pokémon (GO) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia (2) icon. When a Shiny Pokémon is encountered in the wild, the icon appears at the upper left of the Pokémon's CP. When browsing the Pokémon Box, the icon appears at the upper left of its sprite. Upon capturing a Shiny Pokémon in the wild, its name is shown in yellow text instead of white. Shiny encounters are random for each player, meaning that if two players attempt to catch the same Pokémon, one player may encounter a Shiny Pokémon and the other may not.

All Pokémon seen in the overworld appear non-Shiny, but when a player attempts to capture a Pokémon, it may appear as a Shiny Pokémon. Likewise, during a Raid Battle, the Raid Boss always appears non-Shiny during battle, but it may become Shiny during the bonus challenge. Similarly, all Shadow Pokémon used by Team GO Rocket members appear non-Shiny in battle, but certain ones have a chance of becoming Shiny during the bonus challenge.

Shiny Pokémon from Raid Battles and from Team GO Rocket have a 100% catch rate when successfully hit with a Premier Ball.

Only the Shiny forms of certain Pokémon have been released, often coinciding with a special event or update. For most evolution families, only the first-stage Pokémon is obtainable as Shiny, including those with baby Pokémon; however, there have been several exceptions for evolution families with baby Pokémon and during limited-time events.


  • 1 Shiny rates
  • 2 Pokémon released as Shiny
  • 3 Related articles
  • 4 References

Shiny rates

Unlike in the core series, Shiny rates vary across different species but are constant across all encounter methods.[1] The following lists the various Shiny rate estimates that have been observed.[2][3]

  • The standard base Shiny rate is 0.2% (1 in 500). This applies to the vast majority of species.
  • Some species have a permanently boosted Shiny rate of 1.6% (1 in 62.5; ×8). This often applies to:
  • Some species have a permanently less-boosted Shiny rate of 0.8% (1 in 125; ×4). This applies to some rare species (e.g. Gible).
  • Legendary and Mythical Pokémon all have a rate of 5% (1 in 20; ×25)

During some limited-time events, the Shiny rates for certain Pokémon are temporarily and significantly boosted.

  • Featured Pokémon during Community Days all have a boosted Shiny rate of 4% (1 in 25; ×20).
    • During past December Community Day celebrations, featured Pokémon of that year have a slightly boosted rate of 1% (1 in 100; ×5).
  • Featured Pokémon during three-hour Raid Days have a boosted rate of 10% (1 in 10; ×50).
  • Featured Pokémon during Limited Research events have been observed to have various boosted rates across events, including 10% (1 in 10; ×50), 5% (1 in 20; ×25), or 2.5% (1 in 40; ×12.5)
  • Featured Pokémon from GO Fest and Safari Zone global tie-ins have been observed to have a boosted rate of 4% (1 in 25; ×20) prior to November 5, 2018, and 1.6% (1 in 62.5; ×8) afterwards.
  • During GO Fest 2020, ticket holders observed a 1.6% (1 in 62.5; ×8) rate across all eligible species.[4]
  • Meltan has been observed to have a rate of 1.6% (1 in 62.5; ×8) during the limited times when its Shiny form was available.[5]

Pokémon released as Shiny

Main article: List of Shiny Pokémon (GO)

Related articles


Shiny Pokémon (GO) - Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia (3)This article is part of Project Sidegames, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon Sidegames.


How rare is a shiny on a community day? ›

The featured Community Day Pokémon has an increased Shiny rate of 1 in 15, or 4%, and the featured Pokémon in the three-hour Raid Days have been observed to have a 1 in 10, or 10%, chance of being Shiny, the highest observed in Pokémon GO.

How rare is a shiny Charmander? ›

Shiny rates

The standard base Shiny rate is 0.2% (1 in 500).

How rare is a shiny Ditto? ›

Shiny Ditto

(the exact observed rate was 1 in 56.5 with a 95% confidence interval of 1 in 81.9 to 1 in 40.3). This means Ditto falls within the permaboost category of our shiny database.

How rare are shiny violet? ›

They are incredibly rare, however, with Shiny odds being at a rate of 1/4096 - but new items and mechanics in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can improve those chances substantially.

Is shiny rarer than legendary? ›

Although there are various methods for increasing this chance, like Mass Outbreak hunting, the Masuda Method, or Dynamax Lairs, Shiny Pokemon will always be the rarest Pokemon you can catch in any game, and at the very least, much rarer than legendaries.

Whats more rare shiny or Hundo? ›

Hundo is much more rare than shiny as far as legendary raids. Shiny rate is somewhere around 1/25. But the odds for a perfect is much worse.

Was shiny Charizard purple? ›

Originally, Shiny Charizard was purple with green wings... But in Gen 3, he was changed to black & red, and he's stayed that way in every generation since.

How much is OG shiny Charizard worth? ›

Out of all of the shining Pokemon cards, Charizard is by far the most valuable. A first-edition version of the card in mint condition has even sold for $15,500!

How do you get black Charizard? ›

Level the Charmander to level 16, in which it will evolve into Charmeleon. Level the Charmeleon to level 36, in which it will evolve into the black Charizard. Ultimate power is now yours.

What are the chances of getting a shiny on Community Day 2022? ›

In addition, specific Pokémon will spawn on each day from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., making it easier to find specific Pokémon you missed. The shiny rate from 2-5 p.m. will be at the usual Community Day rate for the featured Pokémon, meaning it's about a 1 in 25 chance to find a shiny.

Can you catch a shiny on Community Day? ›

Shiny Pokémon catch rates are set by developer Niantic, and they are typically only boosted during special events like Community Days or Safari Zones, or in Legendary Raids.

How rare is a full odds shiny? ›

How to find Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. According to one of the game's Biology lessons, shiny odds are 1 in 4,000. In other games they've been 1 in 4069, so it's likely that this is a simplification, but either way, it's very possible to go through the entire game without seeing any.

How rare is a shiny chance? ›

These data lead to a 99% confidence interval around the shiny rate between 1 in 95 and 1 in 1,130, with an average rate of 1 in 245. This puts the shiny rate for Chansey almost equally likely between the standard, unboosted rate, and the boosted rate that is often used for short events.


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