Pokémon Go Shinies - how to catch Shiny Magikarp, Red Gyarados, and what we know about other Shiny Pokémon such as Shiny Pikachu
Shiny Pokémon were first introduced in March 2017 with the surprise reveal of Shiny Magikarp and its evolution, the red Shiny Gyarados.
More recent months have seen the reveal of new shinies, including Shiny Pikachu, with more unique variants over time.
Shinies are notoriously rare, as any veteran of the main series will gladly tell you, so what do we know about Pokémon Go Shinies, and how do you catch them?
Shiny Magikarp, Shiny Gyarados, how to find Shiny Pokémon and which Shinies are available in Pokémon Go?
The first Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Go were Magikarp and Gyarados, in a callback to what was, for most players, the first Shiny they ever caught: the Red Gyarados at Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal's Lake of Rage.
They're found by simply trying to catch Pokémon and seeing if they display as an alternate colour in the battle and post-battle screens - they won't appear as a different colour in the field, so you have to attempt to catch them first.
A Shiny creature is extremely rare, so it's simply a case of checking every one you are looking for - such as Magikarp - in the hope it will be a different colour.
Often, the variation is somewhat subtle. You can see the difference in Magikarp in this comparison image, courtesy of Silph Road subreddit user skinnysnorlaz, and the evolution into a Red Gyarados below:
Shiny Pikachu and other shinies in Pokémon Go
Around five months after Shiny Magikarp was first sighted, we started to see the first sign of other shinies.
Shiny Pikachu: August 2017's Pokémon Go Park event in Japan revealed the second set of Shinies. Those within the event radius had a chance of catching a Shiny Pikachu, which much like the Red Gyarados, could also be evolved into a shiny Raichu. These have since been made available around the world.
Shiny Gen 3 Ghosts: As the Halloween event in 2018 - which introduced the first Gen 3 creatures - rolled on, shiny variations of all five new creatures (Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, Sableye and Banette) started to appear. Here is a video of shiny Duskull in action:
Shiny Gen 3 Raids: With the arrival of 50 Gen 3 creatures in December 2017 came two Raid-specific catches, both of which offering Shiny versions. The remaining 48 also have Shiny models in the game code, though none have been found so far.
Otherwise, there are no other signs more Shinies will be added. The main games had shinies for every single creature, so there's a chance every one in Pokémon Go will offer them at some point, but it makes sense Niantic would want to drip feed them for special occasions and make them more of an event.
Other things to know about Pokémon Go Shinies - independent Shinies, Shiny Ditto and more
Aside the from the basics, there are a few other important points to note about Shiny Pokémon and the way they operate:
That's all the important info you need - the rest of it is down to good old fashioned luck, so it's time get searching!