It’s almost hard to believe that Pokémon Go is fast approaching its third anniversary.
The AR-powered sensation first booted online back in July of 2016, and since then, it’s grown immeasurably – so much so, in fact, that Nintendo and The Pokémon Company recently notched $2 billion in revenue from mobile games. Sure, Shuffle Mobile, Pokémon Duel, Pokémon Quest, Pokémon: Magikarp Jump, and Pokémon TCG Online all contributed to that overall cume, but that vast majority can be traced back to Pokémon Go and its legions of trainers across the globe.
To their credit, developer Niantic has added a series of endgame features to ensure players keep logging back into Pokémon Go long after they’ve reached level 40 – i.e. mini-events like the Community Days or the soon-to-be-released Legendary Lunch Hour.
Another bonus is the coveted Shiny Pokémon, which are added into the mobile game periodically. But we’ve come a long way since players were just roaming the lands in search of Magikarp and Gyarados – now the vast majority of critters are available to collect:
Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur
Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard
Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise (plus costumed variants)
Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree
Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot
Pichu, Pikachu, Raichu (plus costumed variants and Alolan Raichu)
Nidoran (F), Nidorina, Nidoqueen
Cleffa, Clefairy, Clefable
Geodude, Graveler, Golem
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Those rare, variant-colored Pokémon are certainly hard to come by, but now that Niantic has added so many, it shouldn’t be too long before you encounter a shiny version of your favorite companion.
Gastly, Haunter, Gengar
Cubone, Marowak (and Alolan Marowak)
Elekid, Electabuzz, Electivire
Magby, Magmar, Magmortar
Eevee, Vaporeon, Flareon, Jolteon, Espeon, Umbreon
Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite
Chikorita, Bayleef, Meganium
Cyndaquil, Quilava, Typhlosion
Totodile, Croconaw, Feraligatr
Togepi, Togetic, Togekiss
Mareep, Flaaffy, Ampharos
Azurill, Marill, Azumarill
Swinub, Piloswine, Mamoswine
Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar
And finally, one last batch for good measure:
Aron, Larion, Aggron
Budew, Roselia, Roserade
Duskull, Dusclops, Dusknoir
Snorunt, Glalie, Froslass
Clamperl, Huntail, Gorebyss
Beldum, Metang, Metagross
Shinx, Luxio, Luxray
As you’ll no doubt be able to notice, these shiny Pokémon are pulled from the early generations of Nintendo’s series, so don’t be expecting Grookey, Scorbunny and/or Sobble to be added into the mix anytime soon – at least not until Sword and Shield touch down later this year.