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Shiny Pokémon are Pokémon with unusual coloring. In the video games, there are only one color of each shiny Pokémon. Shining Pokémon are an extremely rare occurrence, as there is only a 1 in 8,192 chance of encountering one in the wild. Pokémon anywhere can be shiny. It could be your starter or it may belong to a trainer. Another tell-tale sign of being shiny is when you enter battle with one; a few stars will swirl around the Pokémon, making a twinkling sound. Also, if you look at their stats, the Pokémon sprite's background is white, not the usual grey, and its Pokédex number is golden. Rumors that shining Pokémon are stronger than normal Pokémon, or that shining Pokémon have a higher chance of having a shiny offspring, are not true.


Shiny Pokémon appeared for the first time in the second generation of Pokémon games (Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, and Pokémon Crystal). It may or may not have been true that their stats were better in the second generation, but they were much easier to find. If you found none in the wild, you would at least find a shiny Gyarados. And if you find one, the chances of finding another double. Besides Gyarados the easiest one to find is shiny Magikarp. It's found right next to Lake of Rage (it may be just a coincidence). The shack next to the lake has a man who wants a huge Magikarp (just a shiny one really), he says he'll give you a prize (just a max elixer). Other than that, shiny Pokémon have a relatively short history.


Their color is pretty basic – the colors are the exact opposite colors of the normal one. For example, a shiny Gyarados is red, while a regular one is blue.

Shining Pokémon in the Third Generation[edit]

Shining Pokémon haven't changed too much since the second generation, except they are a lot harder to find and the old rules don't apply. The only thing that helps is that sometimes using a repel will attract them. One advantage might be that a shiny Pokémon may receive a better placing in Pokémon Contests. Other than that, nothing is gained but satisfaction when you catch one. If you are extremely lucky, you may get a shiny starter Pokémon.

Shiny Pokémon[edit]