Last month we took a look at some Pokémon who aren’t even in game yet, along with some that are incredibly rare. This month we’re going to take a look at two specific groups, Ultra Beasts, and Hisuian regional forms of Pokémon. Not all of the Pokémon GO sprites are available for these Pokémon yet, so there may be some HOME sprites that look slightly different.
Hisuian Sneasel & Sneasler
|Regular Sprite||Shiny Sprite|
Now I personally think OG Sneasel is a top tier shiny, so Hisuian Sneasel had a lot to live up to. It becomes a really unusual combination of grey, aubergine, and orangey yellow, and their accents bright blue. Sneasler keeps with theme to some extent, with the same aubergine and yellow featuring, but their body becomes a pale golden beige colour. It may be a long time before we see these Pokémon in game again, never mind their shinies, but they will be ones that are worth the wait!
Hisuian Voltorb & Electrode
|Shiny Hisuian Voltorb||Shiny Hisuian Electrode|
Voltorb took on a new typing in Hisui to fit the ancient theme, and became a dual Electric and Grass type. It isn’t hugely different from their Kanto form, but that shiny is absolutely top tier! Black and grey shinies are always loved, and the choice to use them, rather than the blue of the Kanto versions, was a good one.
Hisuian Growlithe & Arcanine
|Shiny Hisuian Growlithe||Shiny Hisuian Arcanine|
Unlike Hisuian Voltorb and Electrode, Hisuian Growlithe and Arcanine take direct inspiration from their Kanto counterparts, sticking with that pale goldish yellowy colour. It works beautifully, especially for Arcanine who retains their dark grey collar, tail and leg smoke, it contrasts fantastically! Growlithe is such a cutie that I think they would be a much sought after shiny in any colour, but retaining those original shiny Kanto colours makes them feel both new, and surprisingly nostalgic for a new form.
Hisuian Qwilfish & Overqwil
|Shiny Hisuian Qwilfish||Shiny Overqwil|
Hisuian Qwilfish and their new evolution Overqwil have such bright colours in their regular form, that they could almost be mistaken for a shiny. Black and hot purple/pink is a combination that really pops, and deciding on their shiny colours must have been tricky. The Pokémon Company nailed it, going in a completely different direction, with a silver and a sort of muted neon lavender accents. Truly unique shiny colours, and they fit the design so well!
Now, onto the Ultra Beasts! Xurkitree is such a bizarre design for a shiny, that really any colour for the shiny would work! Only the cables change colour, to a bright baby blue colour, in a really fun look. It’s a weird Pokémon anyway, so why not make it bright?
Celesteela was a pretty tricky Ultra Beast to obtain on its release, as it was only available in the Southern Hemisphere. The North Hemisphere has approximately 87% of the world’s population, so it’s fair to assume it probably has a fairly similar split for people who actually play Pokémon GO too. Hopefully when the shiny is eventually released it’ll be a in a way that isn’t so difficult to attempt to raid. Many trainers struggled to get one, never mind grind for a shiny, and being forced to remote it wasn’t ideal. It might not be the most striking shiny, but there is something that really works about it, the white fitting the almost space shuttle-esque design.