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Pokémon Go shiny - how to find them and which are available

A comprehensive list of every available Pokémon Go shiny

November 4, 2020: We updated out list with the latest Pokémon Go Shinnies!

In Pokémon Go, shiny hunting can often feel like a futile endeavour with endless encounters and bad luck, as when seen in the wild shiny Pokémon look just like any other common monster; this is where our guide comes in handy. Just like in the mainline series, shiny Pokémon are exceptionally rare, but that is what makes them an important status symbol for any long-time Pokémon Go player.

In simple terms, each Pokémon Go shiny is a colour variant and nothing more. Some Pokémon have shiny forms almost indistinguishable from their standard styles, such as Pikachu, and Gastly, which both look like dimmed down versions of their standard forms. Others are on the complete opposite side of the spectrum, with the traditionally pink Lickitung having a golden shiny variant.

Shiny Pokémon did not feature in the initial release of Pokémon Go. They made their debut in March 2017 with the surprise release of shiny Magikarp, which can evolve into the powerful shiny red Gyarados, who looks very impressive when battling other trainers. Find our full list of available Pokémon Go shiny Pokémon below, then check out our Pokémon Go Ditto guide and Pokémon Go Eevee evolution guide!

How to find a shiny Pokémon

Pokémon sprites will not appear any different in the wild, so you will need to click on them before they reveal whether they are shiny or not. You can also obtain shiny Pokémon by competing in raids, completing research, and hatching eggs. When you enter the encounter screen, you will know a Pokémon is shiny as sparkles will splash across the screen, and the Pokémon will be a different colour than what was seen on the map, the colour change can sometimes be very subtle, so be careful!

Pokémon Go Shiny gen 1

Pokémon Go gen one shiny list – Kanto

Shiny Pokémon  How to get them
Bulbasaur Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Ivysaur Evolution
Venusaur Evolution
Charmander Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Charmeleon Evolution
Charizard Evolution
Squirtle Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Wartortle Evolution
Blastoise Evolution
Caterpie Research encounter, evolution
Metapod Evolution
Butterfree Evolution
Weedle Eggs, research encounters, wild
Kakuna Evolution
Beedrill Evolution
Pidgey Wild
Pidgeotto Evolution
Pidgeot Evolution
Rattata Wild
Raticate Evolution
Alolan Rattata Wild
Alolan Raticate Evolution
Ekans Eggs, raids, research encounters
Arbok Evolution
Pichu Eggs
Pikachu Evolution, research encounters, wild
Raichu Evolution
Alolan Raichu Raids
Sandshrew Wild
Sandslash Evolution
Alolan Sandshrew Wild
Alolan Sandslash Evolution
Nidoran (F) Wild
Nidorina Evolution
Nidoqueen Evolution
Nidoran (M) Raids, research encounters, wild
Nidorino Evolution
Nidoking Evolution
Cleffa Eggs
Clefairy Evolution
Clefable Evolution
Vulpix Eggs, research encounters, wild
Ninetails Evolution
Alolan Vulpix Wild
Alolan Ninetails Evolution
Igglybuff Eggs
Jigglypuff Evolution
Wigglytuff Evolution
Zubat Eggs, research encounters, wild
Golbat Evolution
Crobat Evolution
Oddish Eggs, wild
Gloom Evolution
Vileplume Evolution
Bellossom Evolution
Venonat Research encounters, wild
Venomoth Evolution
Diglett Wild
Dugtrio Evolution
Alolan Diglett Wild
Alolan Dugtrio Evolution
Meowth Raids, wild
Persian Evolution
Alolan Meowth Eggs
Alolan Persian Evolution
Psyduck Wild
Golduck Evolution
Mankey Wild
Primeape Evolution
Growlithe Eggs, research encounters, wild
Arcanine Evolution
Poliwag Raids, research encounters, wild
Poliwhirl Evolution
Poliwrath Evolution
Politoed Evolution
Abra Research encounter, wild
Kadabra Evolution
Alakazam Evolution
Machop Eggs, wild
Machoke Evolution
Machamp Evolution
Bellsprout Research encounters, wild
Weepinbell Evolution
Victreebel Evolution
Tentacool Raids, research encounter, wild
Tentacruel Evolution
Geodude Wild
Graveler Evolution
Golem Evolution
Alolan Geodude Wild
Alolan Graveler Evolution
Alolan Golem Evolution
Ponyta Wild
Rapidash Evolution
Magnemite Wild
Magneton Evolution
Magnezone Evolution
Farfetch’d Eggs, wild
Doduo Research encounters, wild
Dodrio Evolution
Seel Research encounters, wild
Dewgong Evolution
Grimer Eggs, wild
Muk Evolution
Shellder Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Cloyster Evolution
Gastly Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Haunter Evolution
Gengar Evolution
Onix Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Steelix Evolution
Drowzee Eggs, raids, wild
Hypno Evolution
Krabby Eggs, research encounters, wild
Kingler Evolution
Alolan Exeggutor Wild
Cubone Wild
Marowak Evolution
Alolan Marowak Raids
Lickitung Raids, wild
Lickilicky Evolution
Koffing Eggs, raids, research encounter
Weezing Evolution
Rhyhorn Eggs, research encounters, wild
Rhydon Evolution
Rhyperior Evolution
Happiny Eggs
Chansey Evolution, wild
Blissey Evolution
Tangela Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Tangrowth Evolution
Horsea Eggs, wild
Seadra Evolution
Kingdra Evolution
Staryu Eggs, research encounters, wild
Starmie Evolution
Mime Jr Eggs
Mr. Mime Eggs, wild
Scyther Eggs, research encounters, wild
Scizor Evolution
Smoochum Eggs
Jynx Evolution
Elekid Eggs
Electabuzz Evolution
Electivire Evolution
Magby Eggs
Magmar Evolution
Magmortar Evolution
Tauros Eggs, wild
Magikarp Raids, research encounters, wild
Gyarados Evolution
Lapras Raids, research encounters, wild
Eevee Eggs, research encounters, wild
Vaporeon Evolution
Jolteon Evolution
Flareon Evolution
Espeon Evolution
Umbreon Evolution
Leafeon Evolution
Glaceon Evolution
Omanyte Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Omastar Evolution
Kabuto Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Kabutops Evolution
Aerodactyl Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Articuno Raids, research encounters
Zapdos Raids, research encounters
Moltres Raids, research encounters
Dratini Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Dragonair Evolution
Dragonite Evolution

Pokémon Go Shiny gen 2

Pokémon Go gen two shiny list – Johto

Shiny Pokémon How to get them
Chikorita Eggs, wild
Bayleef Evolution
Meganium Evolution
Cyndaquil Eggs, wild
Quilava Evolution
Typhlosion Evolution
Totodile Eggs, wild
Croconaw Evolution
Feraligatr Evolution
Sentret Raids, wild
Furret Evolution
Ledyba Wild
Ledian Evolution
Togepi Eggs
Togetic Evolution
Togekiss Evolution
Natu Eggs, wild
Xatu Evolution
Mareep Eggs, research encounters, wild
Flaaffy Evolution
Ampharos Evolution
Azurill Eggs
Marill Evolution, wild
Azumarill Evolution
Bonsly Eggs
Sudowoodo Evolution
Aipom Raids, wild
Ambipom Evolution
Sunkern Eggs, research encounters, wild
Sunflora Evolution
Yanma Eggs, research encounter, wild
Yanmega Evolution
Murkrow Wild
Honchkrow Evolution
Misdreavus Raids, research encounters, wild
Mismagius Evolution
Unknown Research encounter, wild
Wynaut Eggs
Wobbuffet Evolution
Pineco Eggs, research encounters, wild
Forretress Evolution
Dunsparce Eggs, wild
Gligar Eggs, raids, wild
Gliscor Evolution
Snubbull Eggs, research encounters, wild
Granbull Evolution
Qwilfish Wild
Shuckle Raids, wild
Sneasel Raids, research encounter, wild
Weavile Evolution
Teddiursa Research encounter, wild
Ursaring Evolution
Swinub Wild
Piloswine Evolution
Mamoswine Evolution
Delibird Wild
Skarmory Eggs, wild
Houndour Eggs, research encounters, wild
Houndoom Evolution
Stantler Raids, wild
Raikou Raids
Entei Raids
Suicune Raids
Larvitar Eggs, research encounters, wild
Pupitar Evolution
Tyranitar Evolution
Lugia Raids, research encounters
Ho-Oh Raids, research encounters

Pokémon Go shiny gen 3

Pokémon Go gen three shiny list – Hoenn

Shiny Pokémon How to get them
Treecko Eggs, wild
Grovyle Evolution
Sceptile Evolution
Torchic Eggs, wild
Combusken Evolution
Blaziken Evolution
Mudkip Eggs, wild
Marshtomp Evolution
Swampert Evolution
Poochyena Eggs, wild
Mightyena Evolution
Zigzagoon Wild
Linoone Evolution
Lotad Eggs, research encounters, wild
Lombre Evolution
Ludicolo Evolution
Taillow Wild
Swellow Evolution
Wingull Eggs, wild
Pelipper Evolution
Ralts Eggs, wild
Kirlia Evolution
Gardevoir Evolution
Gallade Evolution
Slakoth Eggs, research encounters, wild
Vigoroth Evolution
Slaking Evolution
Nincada Reasearch encounter
Ninjask Evolution
Makuhita Eggs, raids, wild
Hariyama Evolution
Skitty Wild
Delcatty Evolution
Sableye Eggs, raids, wild
Mawile Raids
Aron Eggs, wild
Lairon Evolution
Aggron Evolution
Meditite Eggs, raids, wild
Medicham Evolution
Electrike Eggs, research encounters, wild
Manectric Evolution
Plusle Wild
Minun Wild
Volbeat Eggs, research encounters, wild
Illumise Eggs, research encounters, wild
Budew Eggs
Roselia Raids, research encounters, wild
Roserade Evolution
Carvanha Wild
Sharpedo Evolution
Wailmer Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Wailord Evolution
Spoink Wild
Grumpig Evolution
Spinda Research encounters
Swablu Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Altaria Evolution
Zangoose Wild
Seviper Wild
Lunatone Wild
Solrock Wild
Barboach Wild
Whiscash Evolution
Baltoy Research encounter, wild
Claydol Evolution
Lileep Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Cradily Evolution
Anorith Eggs, raids, research encounters, wild
Armaldo Evolution
Feebas Research encounters, wild
Milotic Evolution
Castform Wild
Shuppet Eggs, raids, wild
Banette Evolution
Duskull Eggs, raids, wild
Dusclops Evolution
Dusknoir Evolution
Absol Raids, research encounters
Snorunt Eggs, raids, wild
Glalie Evolution
Froslass Evolution
Clamperl Research encounter
Huntail Evolution
Gorebyss Evolution
Luvdisc Eggs, research encounters, wild
Bagon Eggs, raids, wild
Shelgon Evolution
Salamence Evolution
Beldum Wild
Metang Evolution
Metagross Evolution
Regirock Raids
Regice Raids
Registeel Raids
Latias Raids
Latios Raids
Kyogre Raids
Groudon Raids
Rayquaza Raids

Pokémon Go Shiny gen 4

Pokémon Go gen four shiny list – Sinnoh

Shiny Pokémon Where to get them
Turtwig Eggs, research encounter, wild
Grotle Evolution
Torterra Evolution
Piplup Eggs, research encounter, wild
Prinplup Evolution
Empoleon Evolution
Chimchar Eggs, research encounters, wild
Monferno Evolution
Infernape Evolution
Kricketot Eggs, research encounters, wild
Kricketune Evolution
Shinx Eggs, raids
Luxio Evolution
Luxray Evolution
Drifloon Raids, wild
Drifblim Evolution
Buneary Eggs, research encounters, wild
Lopunny Evolution
Glameow Research encounters, wild
Purugly Evolution
Bronzor Raids, wild
Bronzong Evolution
Gible Eggs, wild
Gabite Evolution
Garchomp Evolution
Riolu Eggs
Lucario Evolution
Hippopotas Wild
Hippowdon Evolution
Skorupi Wild
Drapion Evolution
Croagunk Research encounter, wild
Toxicroak Evolution
Snover Eggs, wild
Abomasnow Evolution
Heatran Raids
Giratina (altered forme) Raids
Cresselia Raids
Darkrai Raids

Pokémon Go shiny gen 5

Pokémon Go gen five shiny list – Unova

Shiny Pokémon Where to get them
Patrat Eggs, raids, wild
Watchog Evolution
Lillipup Eggs, research encounters, wild
Herdier Evolution
Stoutland Evolution
Pidove Eggs, research encounters, wild
Tranquill Evolution
Unfezant Evolution
Roggenrola Eggs, raids, wild
Boldore Evolution
Gigalith Evolution
Woobat Research encounters, wild
Swoobat Evolution
Timburr Raids, research encounters, wild
Gurdurr Evolution
Conkeldurr Evolution
Dwebble Eggs, research encounters, wild
Crustle Evolution
Yamask Raids, research encounter, wild
Cofagrigus Evolution
Minccino Eggs, research encounter
Cinccino Evolution
Klink Raids
Klang Evolution
Klinklang Evolution
Heatmor Wild
Durant Eggs, wild
Deino Eggs, research encounters, wild
Zweilous Evolution
Hydreigon Evolution
Cobalion Raids
Virizion Raids
Genesect Raids

Pokémon Go shiny gen 6

Pokémon Go gen six shiny list – Kalos

These are all of the Gen six shiny Pokémon you can grab at the moment. We are still waiting for a lot of them to be released at the moment, but will update this guide as they come out.

Shiny Pokémon Where to get them
Bunnelby Wild
Diggersby Evolution
Fletchling Wild
Fletchinder Evolution
Talonflame Evolution
Sylveon Evolution

Meltan and Melmetal

The Mystery Box is a special gift for owners of Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee or Pikachu. If you want to claim your Mystery Box, you’ll need to connect your Pokémon Go account to the game. As a reward, you can get Meltan.

  • Meltan 
    • Available via the Mystery Box
  • Melmetal
    • Available through evolution

If you want to play Pokémon Go for yourself, you can find it on Google Play and the App Store. For more similar recommendations, see our list of the best location based games on mobile!

Or, for more Pokémon content, check out our ghost Pokémon, fairy Pokémon, Gloom evolution, Shellder evolution, Scyther evolution, Misdreavus evolution, and Ralts evolution guides.