Lately, we’ve been getting A LOT of reader e-mails asking the essentially same thing:

“What happened with Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO? I though more Shiny Pokemon will be out by the time Water Festival ended?”

One has to understand the following: our readers are a well educated, millennial aged jolly bunch and we take their questions seriously. Especially when 65% of their questions are about Shiny Pokemon.

With that in mind, it’s easy to understand why this lead us to brainstorm on why and how Niantic “failed” to release Shiny Pokemon in the moment when everyone wanted them.

What happened with Shiny Pokemon?

Apparently, nothing! Niantic released Shiny Magikarp and Gyarados during the Water Festival (both are still available) and went completely AWOL on the rest.

In a similar fashion like Generation II was introduced through the initial release of Baby Pokemon, Niantic chose to tease the player base with only releasing two Shiny variants.

Unfortunately, as the volume of Shiny Magikarp caught was heavily influenced by the water event spawn rates, it is impossible to even guess the spawn rate of Shiny Magikarp variants!

It’s funny how divided the research community is on the matter:

  • optimistic estimates say 1 in 256,
  • realistic estimates say 1 in 400
  • and some even say 1 in 8192

With that, it’s only clear that one thing has happened: Niantic has a different plan in mind. We, as a community, are often quick to judge and say “Niantic failed again!” or even “Dead game!”, but the truth maybe elsewhere.

Is it possible that Niantic is planing to use Shiny Pokemon as a backup plan for the Gym rework? It seems reasonable to assume that if the gym rework doesn’t land in the next two months, players will at least need something to collect.

Or maybe they’re holding it off for trading purposes? After all, economies are built around rarity, just think about rarity of gold in real life.

If anything is known, it’s known that Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon GO are going to be super rare. We could have been given a taste of the Shine, but the full release could be tied to Trading.

What do you think? Share your predictions in the comment section below.

  • Vegardioso

    I hope they do it in the middle og May, in the middle between easter and then summer

  • Pascal F

    It will just be another thing that’s almost exclusive for big city players

    • Wild Heart

      Nah, I’m sure us small town players will get tons of shiny Rattatas and Pidgeys.

  • Ho Kah Chee

    Niantic always upset the players! Frustrated and leave the game. Why they want to drag? Can’t they release something else every month to make the game exciting to keep the players. They are making millions and yet so stngy with their stuffs.

  • XZ2017

    … JOY THE DISCUSSION… :

    THE BEST WAY… to get Players HAPPIERS:

    … IF POKEMONGO WORKERS GET LISTEN WHAT THINKING ALL “LEGALLY” & “ILLEGAL” USERS, BOTH WILL BE REALLY HAPPIER POKEMON TRAINERS & PLAYERS.
    EVERYBODY OF POKEMONGO APP, WITH OR WITHOUT HACKS AND BOTs ACCOUNTS!! ^^ BETTER WITHOUT HACKS…

    1ST TO THINK WHY … 3W .flameaccounts.X

    2ND.. POKEMONGO “LEGAL” USERS, YOUTUBE “POKEHACKS” PLAYERS AND ALSO “NOT LEGAL” USERS OF POKEMONGO.

    AND AT 3RD…
    BUT REALLY IMPORTANT ALSO…

    Please:.. Put inside the PokemonGo Game ALL the RELEVANT INFORMATION THAT WE NEED TO BE THE BESTS TRAINERS WE COULD “WITHOUT”ANY OTHERS APPS.

    JUST ORIGINAL NIANTIC POKEMONGOAPP PLEASE…

    AND I THINK THE SOLUTION IS:…

    …” XX% of 100%IV”… NEAR POKENAME!!^^

    … IN THE FUTURE WE’LL BE BETTER, … IF ALL POSSIBLE INFORMATION ABOUT “IVs” GETS INSIDE THE POKEMON GO APP.
    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME..
    My First Message sended at POKEMONGOHUB. Hope for the Future.

    I STARTED THE GAME AT 18.03.2017…
    AND NOW AT LEVEL24.. I CANT GO OUT TO DO NOTHING MORE, AFTER A DIGESTIVE OPERATION IN ONE HOSPITAL WEEK WITHOUT PLAYING. JUST MY GIRLFRIEND GETTING FIRST POKEMON AND POKESTOP OF ALL DAYS FOR ME… THANKS TO HER WHO I REALLY LOVE A LOTTT!!!

    I NEED TO KNOW ALSO HOW TO CALCULATE IVs.?
    Pleaseee write IVs inside the Original Game of PokemonGo App. Please.!
    Málaga, Spain to the World

    GREAT GAME!!! ^^ I LOVE POKEMONs WORLD.!
    THANKS FOR ALL!!!
    BIG JOHN HANKE AND EXCELLENT TEAM.!!! 18.04.2017.

    No negative comments please.
    Thanks.

    Avatar to XZ2017

    Very emotional and nothing more. Nobody cares do u like hackers or not also nobody cares about your moral or childish attitude. Have u read article with 65 mln players ? Imagine how many of them spoof right now, how much money people invest into game and how big ratings it has now. And then what will happen?
    I see this story as with World of Warcraft where players like u thinking better than players like me who were using quest helper, gatherer and other addons to find we need faster. Do u know how this story ended ? People finally understood that game should be entertaining not hardcore when u have to spend months to get on average lvl not even speaking about high lvl players.

    Pokemon Go is build mostly on luck. Those who live in better places are luckier than others and below those two there are rural areas where people want to play but cant cause their city is too small so there are no pokestops or gyms to fight for. And even if u give them 1 or 2 still its kinda unfair. So little moralfag why u dont fight for them ? They are even in worse situation than u are! Another problem is finding pokemon u really want to. For example i really wanted to find growlithe since i like this pokemon very much and i see it as my starter. I was very lucky to find one when i started game and it had good IV’s but u know i never met any other Growlithe for months and since walking is only way to power up your pokemon after 1 month i started hate this game. For some players this is another reason to hack, use apps that help u find pokemon and so on.
    To be short there are tons of others reason not even mentioned by me to cheat in this game.

    XZ2017 to Avatar

    Real Life like games are Lucky based on. Just allow luck will come, not hack, or try niantic get two worlds, normal PokemonGo for Game Trainers, and other that you could personally modified just for fast Fun.

    I think that is a great idea.

    Like GTA MODs with Pokemons or users creations of Tracks & Races…

    I Really understand you. The rural problem is for Real. But if you understand me now, i think will be better if game do two different worlds like others games. The normal not very very fast training game like Real Life. And the Just Fun Hack Game that wont be in the same plane, i think, because you will always up than normal gamers for sure. Its for fun. I understand it. Not fighting with it. Just saying hackers got easier way than legal pokemon gamers. Hope for the future. Get your arcanine in a legal account its more difficult but this is the life that we lives. More exhaust to get it, more value your pet for all time. I wait 9 months to get a compatible mobile phone with PoGo app. But im in love just mi first month and i passed in hospital 1 of these 4 weeks. I really agree games for Fun but pokemon its also for diferent things like training like Ash. Thanks for your comment. Just be happy or try if its difficult to play actual game legally. Try speak about niantic like me. They want, i think, to get you like user and put more growlithes and pokestop in your areas. Get luck. And get fun playing Pokemon Go. GoodBye.
    18.04.2017 Spain to the World


    Avatar to XZ2017

    I understood u from very beginning. Just u speak like u came from heavens where everything is in pink colors and never saw brutal earth.
    I already have arcanine and lots of others Pokémon and there is no way I can speak about Niantic like u since Niantic don’t do anything to solve cheating problem. Literally they have no solution how to make everyone equal. In my opinion they should do 5 steps but this will change whole game so I won’t be so sure they will.
    1. Allow to catch any nonlegendary Pokémon from any place in the world.
    2. Change the power up system cause it’s completely garbage. It’s insane when u have to walk about 500 km to rise one Pokémon especially when riding doesn’t work.
    3. Delete Iv system cause in competition terms those 45 additional stats and 300+ max potential CP is way to much.
    4. Make move choose wider cause when your Pokémon has weak moves or type u don’t need to it becomes completely useless and in the end wasted time for nothing.
    5. Allow to throw out eggs and paint them in Pokémon type it hatches. In Pokémon world u can easy define Pokémon type u are hatching. Why we can’t do same here?
    Good luck and bye.


    XZ2017 to Avatar

    Thanks for reply with heart. I think the World could be better with more like that. I see the thinks pinker than others but i really know if the people see all bad thinks we have on earth we should exterminated like a viral plague. But Ying Yang say in all bad things you can get shiny light and inclusive on the best person you could find little darkness soul part. We can claim, fight, change ourselves or others, or say all people isnt change nothing but i hope it is not the final of all. Because if you have security of tomorrow is coming why not have secure that world is evolving. Think your ancent lives in caves with death near to the fire and out the cave the insecurity. The world is one but we are the world, animals, nature and not all is in here yet… Im not hippy. Just one spanish more, i know im different, but all people is different every moment, think on yesterday and think in tomorrow, the gob want to say us its the same but tell me now what you really think. Im not trying change the game i want to know if people want change something. The world like the life and the game was created. Ones for people others for nature and science, who can say that its just all that we’ve got and will get?
    Hope for the future. We do it all days. Doing or not doing nothing. But this is the real truth. Pokemon its for me and entertainment of my hurtness mind knowing the truth. And if you understood me this make me little hoper. I dont know nothing more than things are easy to say. But believe that do it its really really hard. Just to say. Good people are dying every second with no water and food at the exactly same time others are wasting billions on boats and knowing others planets better than our earth oceans and living people, plants and animals senses and every day new evolves creations. Darwin says natural sellection but in humans no one says bad people survives better that big hearts.
    No solutions? No worry.
    If we can change global heat like just humans, i think we can changes things to better in others ways like feed the world or similar…
    Hope for the future. I think now your thinking better than few days before. Be Happy ^^
    HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
    OUR OWN FUTURE WAY… ^^
    19.04.2017 Spain to the World.

  • TainTwitLove TaintwitLove

    We should be openminded. Of course we are their clients and they should take care of our opinions. Obviously PokemonGo it’s a project bigger than just that. They are wining a lot of money, right, but it’s no easy at all to keep that online and working. We -clients- are so demanding about all what is necessary about our point of view. I think they have 65 milions points of view to work with. For me it’s still fun so i will keep playing.
    I guess pokemon go it’s not a game for hardcore players. It’s about share with friends, play togeher and walk-in-group.
    I feel pokemongo it’s for nintendo kind of players not for call of duty or GTA’s Playstation’s players.

  • Filippo Ferracin

    Imo the reason why other shiny variants aren’t yet in the game it’s because Niantic is changing the colour and the way that every pokemon looks like in the game, like gyarados that looks awesome now in his original version.

  • Josh Hack

    They will probably release one or two at a time over a long period

  • FireWulf

    Nah the reason they didnt release anymore is cause they realized they fucked up and made the shinies no better than regular Pokemon, cause i got a SS(Near perfect) Gyarados with a cp in the 2200+ range(which its not even fully leveled since i havent powered him up yet) and friend that got a shiny Gyarados with close to the same CP and Level but his IV Rank is like a B which really is not worth keeping.

    • Wild Heart

      That’s not exactly a mistake, in the original games a shiny could have amazing stats or a piece of shit stats, it’s random.