Shiny Pokémon (GO)

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.

Shiny encounter in Pokémon GO


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   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.

Shiny rates

Unlike in the core series, Shiny rates vary across different species but are constant across all encounter methods.[1] However, since 2022, Shiny rates specific to encounter methods have been implemented, such as boosted Shiny rates from 7 km Eggs during certain events.

The following lists the various Shiny rate estimates that have been observed.[2][3]

Shiny rate Applies to
1 in 512
  • The base Shiny rate for the vast majority of Pokémon.
1 in 256
1 in 128
  • Some rare species (e.g. Gible).
  • Pokémon that have been obtainable from Mega Raids
    • Single-stage Pokémon whose Shiny rates were previously 1 in 512, like Pinsir and Sableye, had their rates permanently increased since their Mega Raid debuts.
    • Single-stage Pokémon that already had the higher 1 in 64 Shiny rate, like Absol, were unchanged.
1 in 64
1 in 20

Event-boosted Shiny rates

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Shiny rate Applies to
1 in 256
1 in 128
  • Featured Pokémon from GO Fest and Safari Zone global tie-ins since November 5, 2018
  • Meltan, during the limited times when its Shiny form was available
    • The lower Shiny rate may be to compensate for the Mystery Box cooldown timer being reduced from 7 days to 3 days.
1 in 64
  • Some ticketed events, including
    • GO Fest 2020 [4]
  • Meltan, the first time its Shiny form was available.[5]
  • Event-boosted Shiny rate for 7 km Eggs.
1 in 40
1 in 25
  • Featured Pokémon during Community Days
  • Featured Pokémon from GO Fest and Safari Zone global tie-ins prior to November 5, 2018
  • Some ticketed, local events, including
    • Pokémon GO Tour: Hoenn - Las Vegas
1 in 20
  • Some Limited Research events
1 in 10
  • Raid Days (usually 3-hour events)
  • Some Limited Research events
  • Hatch Day events

Pokémon released as Shiny

Main article: List of Shiny Pokémon (GO)


  • On June 2023, shiny rates for Legendary Pokémon were accidentally nerfed, but only for remote raids (1 in 64 for Uxie; 1 in 128 for Azelf).[7] Niantic has acknowledged this and compensated affected players.[8]
  • During Kleavor Raid Day, players observed a unique, but statistically significant, rate of 8.7% (1 in 11.5).[9] Niantic has acknowledged this and compensated affected players.


See also

Pokémon forms and variants
Permanent: Shiny Pokémon (GO) • Alternately colored Pokémon (anime)
Gender differences‎Form differences (GO)
Brilliant PokémonAlpha Pokémon
Transformations: Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond PhenomenonUltra Burst
Dynamax (Gigantamax) • EternamaxTerastal phenomenon
Groups: Totem PokémonNoble PokémonTitan Pokémon
Regional forms: AlolanGalarianHisuianPaldean
Analogous: Paradox PokémonEcologically similar Pokémon
Pikachu variants: Surfing PikachuFlying PikachuCosplay PikachuPikachu in a cap
Miscellaneous: Pokémon fusionsGiant PokémonSpiky-eared PichuPartner Pokémon
Side series original: Shadow PokémonShadow Lugia
Spin-off original: Shadow PokémonPrimal DialgaToy Pokémon (Rusty Pokémon)
Shadow MewtwoPokéxelIllumina phenomenon
Anime original: Pink ButterfreeClone PokémonCrystal Onix
Mirage PokémonMeta GroudonGreen-crystal Deoxys
Manga original: Thu-Fi-ZerBlack FogBlack Tyranitar

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