Oh my. Shiny Murkrow has been released alongside with new 8-bit Gameboy color sprites for all Pokémon inside Pokémon GO! Murkrow spawns have been significantly increased and we’re hearing reports trainers catching Shiny Murkrows left and right!

This is not an April 1st joke trainers, this is really happening! We don’t know what nudged Niantic into this Murkrowy madness, but it is what it is. Grab your external battery, hit the road and get yourself a stylish Purple Murkrow.

We’ve included a couple of screenshots featuring sprite shakeup and shiny Murkrow:

Shiny Murkrow Pokémon GO
Shiny Murkrow Pokémon GO
Pokémon GO 8-Bit
8-Bit Pokédex
Pokémon List looks fabulous indeed
8-Bit Nearby

Original text from the Pokémon GO website


We always want to bring you the most immersive graphics experience possible, and we’re excited to share our latest breakthrough with millions of Pokémon GO Trainers around the world. Starting later today, you can be one of the first to experience this all-new graphics engine.

Experience Pokémon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS! Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition. Your Pokédex will feel lifelike in ways previously unimagined on any handheld device ever created.

We feel 100% confident in saying that you’ve never seen Pokémon like this in Pokémon GO! We’re looking forward to your feedback on this brand-new feature. Tell us your thoughts on our latest update with #PokemonGO, and be sure to include a picture of your favorite Pokémon!