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Shiny Pokémon

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A '''Shiny Pokémon''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|光|ひか}}るポケモン''' ''Shiny Pokémon''), previously officially known as '''alternate coloration''' or '''rare coloration''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|色違い|いろちがい}}''' ''differently colored''), and called '''Color Pokémon''' in [[Pokémon Stadium 2]], is a specific {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} 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.
The term "Shiny Pokémon" was first created by fans to refer to the sparkling sound effect and animation made at the start of an encounter with one in the {{pkmn|games}}. Eventually, this term fell into official usage in Generation IV, used on promotional material promoting Shiny [[event Pokémon]]. The term {{Shiny PokémonPokemon}} was first used in-game in {{game|BlackGold and White|sSilver}} in [[Nimbasa City]].
promotional material promoting Shiny [[event Pokémon]]. The term Shiny Pokémon was first used in-game in {{game|Black and White|s}} in [[Nimbasa City]].
Shiny Pokémon can differ in color from their normal counterparts very little or very much. Some Pokémon, such as {{p|Glaceon}} or {{p|Pichu}}, have a Shiny coloration only a few shades darker or lighter in color. However, many Pokémon have a spectacular difference between their normal and Shiny variations; even extremely common Pokémon like {{p|Caterpie}} show a dramatic difference. An evolutionary line is not necessarily guaranteed to have similar Shiny colorations even if their standard colorations are the same; both {{p|Ponyta}} and {{p|Rapidash}} have orange flames, but a Shiny Ponyta has blue flames while a Shiny Rapidash has gray flames (this is switched in [[Generation II]]). Sometimes, two Pokémon in an evolutionary line with different standard colorations will have the same Shiny coloration, as in the case of {{p|Skitty}} and {{p|Delcatty}}.