The 5 most iconic shiny Pokemon

Published: 19/May/2020 20:53 Updated: 20/Jul/2020 3:11

by Paul Cot


If there’s one thing trainers love more than the Pokemon themselves, it’s their Shiny forms. Which species look the best in their alternative colors though?

Shinies have become increasingly popular in the Pokemon franchise over the years, to the point that players will dedicate hours on end to find them. There’s actually no benefit from owning a Shiny Pokemon when compared to its non-Shiny form.

Their rareness – and the bragging rights that comes along with capturing them – makes them highly sought after. Some species look very different while others don’t look too dissimilar.

5. Magikarp

Shiny MagikarpShiny Magikarp is mostly a gold color — here it is in Pokemon Go.

For example, the Dratini line in pink is wildly different from its usual blue. On the other hand, the Abra line looks very similar. Here’s our top 5 Shiny Pokemon based on their importance to the series and how good they look.

Magikarp has a reputation for being the weakest Pokemon of all. Some will debate that association, but there’s no doubt its Splash move made it the poster Pokemon for ineffectiveness back when the franchise first started. That’s why its Shiny form color is so interesting — gold. It may still be pretty much useless, but at least now it looks impressive!

4. Ponyta

Shiny Ponyta
Shiny Ponyta in Pokemon Let’s Go…

If it wasn’t already, Ponyta is red hot right now. The Fire Horse Pokemon has always been a popular choice among some trainers, presumably because of its looks.

Now, with the introduction of Galarian Ponyta in Pokemon Sword and Shield, which caught the eye of players immediately, Ponyta is as popular as ever. Its Shiny form has blue fire, but it isn’t clear whether this means its burns hotter or whether its purely aesthetic.

The psychic-type Galarian form can also be a shiny. Interestingly though, it looks as if the pink and light-blue maned Ponyta could have been the shiny and vice-versa.

3. Charizard

Shiny Charizard
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Trainers can get really excited when they find a Shiny Charizard…

It seems like Charizard makes its way into every Pokemon list. Most infamous, strongest, best design – you name it – and now iconic Shiny. The Pokemon Company will be proud.

The most famous of all starter Pokemon, Charizard already looks menacing in its red and orange, befitting of its fire typing. It’s hard to think another color could make it more appealing but that’s exactly what its black coloring does.

It’s almost like what a Shadow Charizard would look like… And clearly that appeals to trainers, because it is one of the most sought after shinies. Even Charizard’s Shiny can do no wrong!

2. Mewtwo

Shiny MewtwoArguably the most coveted of Shiny Pokemon — Mewtwo…

Mewtwo is another Pokemon which just won’t go away. It is the original super powerful legend from the Kanto region — which in itself should give it limitless infamy.

It has a different form in Armored Mewtwo and also two mega versions. That’s on top of having the first ever Pokemon Movie built around it.

Mewtwo’s Shiny form is subtle, but distinctive. The green is the perfect difference from its usual purple and clearly fans of the franchise agree.

After all, Pokemon game players have dedicated hours upon hours trying to spawn its Shiny — some with heartbreaking results. Mewtwo isn’t like any other Shiny endeavour either, as you have to reset your game every time you encounter it!

1. Gyarados

Shiny Gyarados
You can find Shiny Gyarados at the Lake of Outrage in the Johto region..

Shiny Gyarados is so iconic that it was actually included in the Pokemon Gold and Silver story line. It has also appeared in the Pokemon anime multiple times.

In the Gen 2 game, though, its Shiny form can actually be seen in the overworld in the Lake of Outrage. This is why it is arguably the most infamous Shiny Pokemon as the majority of those who have played any variation of the Johto games will have encountered it. On top of that, a Shiny Gyarados looks really good. There’s something about it in red that makes you just want it.

We’re sure there’s plenty of Pokemon you may have had on your list… Dratini deserves an honorable mention, as its pink coloring is a massive change.

Elsewhere, Giratina could also be included. The Distortion World Pokemon really suits its light blue, although maybe it makes it look a little less intimidating.

Our list is made up of entirely Gen 1 Pokemon, but the Kanto species do tend to be the most known. Who would you have on your list?


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.