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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
Glitched Bat
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?


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.