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Shiny Pokémon

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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 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}}. In [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]], a Pokémon,'s forShininess theis first time, could be seen as shiny 3D modelsvisible in the over world. This feature would be dropped between Let's Go and [[Sword and Shield]] for unknown reasonsoverworld.
[[List of Pokémon with form differences|Form differences]], such as that of {{p|Shellos}} and {{p|Gastrodon}}, are not normal/Shiny variations of one another, but the individual forms can be Shiny.