A shiny Pikachu has been released in Pokemon Go. So where exactly has this Pokemon been sighted? Is it available to players around the world?
Right now, the shiny Pikachu seems to only be available to players in Yokohama, Japan. Specifically, it has been spotted at the Cup Noodle Museum Park and Red Brick Park in Yokohama. There have been no other reported appearances worldwide.
That’s because Niantic is currently hosting an event in Japan called Pikachu Outbreak, which lasts from Wednesday, August 9th through Tuesday, August 15th. However, although the event lasts for those six days, it’s only active from 10:00 A.M. through 6:00 P.M. JST each day.
At these two parks, region-exclusive Pokemon like Mr. Mime will be available; Mr. Mime is usually only available in Europe. In addition, 2km eggs are being given out that can hatch a greater variety of Pokemon than usual.
Niantic did not previously announce that shiny Pikachus would be available at the Japan event, but players are now beginning to encounter them. Here’s what they look like:
The shiny Pikachu, of course, evolves into a shiny Raichu, although nobody has found a shiny Raichu in the wild just yet.
It’s unclear at what point shiny Pikachus will be available worldwide. Niantic might wait until after the event is over on August 15th and then release the special Pokemon to those outside of Japan, but this is just speculation, and the company has not confirmed anything at this time.
The other Pokemon that currently has a shiny version available in Pokemon Go are Magikarp and Gyarados. Magikarp was released back in March, and Gyarados became available through evolving shiny Magikarp. Technically, it seems that shiny Zapdos is available too, as Niantic appears to have released the shiny version of Zapdos into Raid Battles instead of the regular version.
Since the unveiling of this shiny Pikachu, some fans have been expressing disappointment that it doesn’t look all that different than a normal Pikach, and it’s true that not all shiny Pokemon look radically different than the standard version. Some do have very noticeable differences; for example, Shiny Gyarados is red instead of blue, and shiny Charizard is black instead of orange. But in the case of Pikachu, the shiny version is just a very slightly darker yellow to the point where you might not even notice it’s a shiny unless you’re looking really closely.
Stay tuned for updates about shiny Pikachu potentially being released worldwide.