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Have Niantic changed shiny rates for regional exclusives in Pokemon Go?

Published: 19/Sep/2019 19:56 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 20:08

by Paul Cot


As part of the Ultra Bonus Challenge, all regional exclusive Pokemon can be found in 7km eggs – but that’s not all, you can get their shiny forms, too.

Up until September 9, Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, and Tauros were only available in specific continents, which made getting hold of all them rather difficult. In addition to hatching from eggs, it has been reported that that the regional exclusives can also be found in the wild.


However, it has been confirmed that your particular region’s exclusive Pokemon can be found in the wild as a shiny. For example, Mr Mime can be found in the wild as a shiny in Europe.

How frequently shinies will appear, be it in the wild or from an egg, has been a hot topic recently. Some Pokemon Go trainers have suggested that the shiny rates are lower than normal, with some claims of 1 in 150 – less than a 1% chance.


Niantic actually responded to these claims on Reddit. “We wanted to comment on this directly to provide an update on this situation. To start, I can confirm that there have been no changes to the encounter rate of Shiny Regional Pokémon,” the community manager said.

They went on to confirm that they have conducted multiple, thorough reviews to all changes made to Pokemon Go in accordance with the Ultra Bonus Challenge. The results showed shiny rates were in line with their expectations, although they didn’t confirm what that rate was.

“All of this investigation affirmed that there have been no changes to the rate at which Shiny Regional Pokémon appear. We understand that Shiny Pokémon are exciting and highly sought after, but changing this metric in the middle of an event is in direct conflict with our company values and something that we would not intentionally do.”


Some analysis from Silph Road provided an estimate as to what the shiny rate for regional exclusive shinies are.

  • Wild shiny rate: 1.7% – 1 in 59
  • Egg hatch shiny rate 3.0% – 1 in 33

This was based on an excess 3,000 observations, meaning the data provides a high degree of certainty.

Make the most of these shiny chances, trainers, as this particular bonus finishes on September 23.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.