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What is the Rarest Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go?

Shiny Pokemon are the most wanted Pokemon in the mobile game Pokemon Go. These creatures are rare to find especially as wild spawns. This version has a different color palette than the regular version, and sometimes those colors can make a Pokemon look even cuter than it is.

To have a Shiny Pokemon in your collection is a blessing since it is extremely rare to get an encounter with these versions of the regular Pokemon.

You may be asking yourself, how will I know which Pokemon is a Shiny one? First and foremost, a Shiny Pokemon has different colors than the regular one, even though sometimes this difference can not be spotted right away. There is no difference in stats nor in battles.

Usually, you can get one through an encounter or a Raid, but this is very rare. There is no trick on how to get one, unfortunately, and it all depends on RNG.

Rarest Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go

  • Shiny Detective Pikachu
  • Shiny Pikachu Libre
  • Every Shiny Pikachu with a hat
  • Shiny Unown
  • Shiny Rufflet

Do you agree with this list? How many shiny Pokemon do you have so far and what’s the rarest Shiny Pokemon you have? We would like to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.

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  1. This has to be an old article- updated 2021 with false information, I have all of these shinies, with completely different methods that supposedly don’t work, I literally caught a few weeks ago a shiny wild alolan grimer????

    I also have 3 shiny clefairy but have yet to get a single shiny cleffa

  2. This is the dumbest list I’ve ever seen. I have 9 shiny alolan grimer. It’s not rare at all… and it has been available in the wild many times. The one you listed as “least rare” is almost definitely more rare than the rest of the ones you mentioned. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  3. This article is WAYYYY OFF, almost seems it was written a year ago and republished; clefairy and Alohan grimer have been both available in the wild for a while now! and instead of shiny party hat nidorino being the LEAST rarest, how about the MOST , considering it was available for 3 hours and will likely never be again

    1. Can’t be the rarest because Shiny Detective Hat pika shouldn’t even exist. They took a risk on a possible glitch & it worked. There’s only one that I know of.

      But yeah it should definitely be higher on the list than “any hat pikachu”

  4. Almost definitely an old article. I have almost all the supposedly rare ones (multiples even) and none of the least rare. Hell, out of four Alolan Marowak raids I got two shiny (very lucky, yes, but shows they aren’t that impossible to catch).

    1. Gotta bring up those rookie numbers. I have 1200 shinys and that’s with deleting about 200 so far. Just deleted 66 shiny gible finally not more than 15 minutes ago

      1. Wow, that’s amazing it must be nice because I seriously only have 2 shinys since beginning playing in June 2016, living out in middle of nowhere you don’t get a whole lot of good Pokemon here.
        Could add me as friend and trade some if you don’t want them…lol
        But I have a shiny smergle and swab blu.

        1. They’re not lucky, they obviously spoof. Anyone who cheats would have hundreds if not thousands of shinies at this point if they played enough.

  5. Shiny Altoona Marowak aren’t that much different from regular Marowak. Their body is blue, with their belly being black instead of gray. Also, For some reason, I have so few alolan shinies. Only 2 of them. One of them is Exeggutor, and the other is, surprise, surprise, a shiny alolan Grimer. However in all, I have at least 122 shiny pokemon, as mom and I may have transferred 1 or 2 cuz they were useless.

  6. I think your perfunction of the list is way off. I have 256 shining, And have several of the ones that’s on your list. These are a few that I think are rare:
    1. Unknown
    2. Mew
    3. Stantler with the Bells
    4. Delibird
    5. Celebi

    1. 100s of thousand of people have Mew & Celebi. Not rare at all.

      Stantler with bells has been available for two consecutive winter events – 10s of thousands of them floating around (I have 3 or 4 myself)

      The Unowns I agree with although there’s tons of Gs & Os floating around. C is probably the rarest of the bunch

      Delibird is available shiny that last few years. 10s of thousands of those floating around too..

    2. I have every possible shiny in Pokemon go at the moment I have been playing since day 1 but the rarest shiny I have is probably shiny shadow metagross at 4256cp

  7. I dont have any those shiny pokemon in ur list. But it would be awesome if u add them to an event. Can u also include shiny ditto as well. The only shiny i have from ur challenges was shiny eevee and celebi.

  8. The absolute rarest shiny at the moment has got to be the 5th Anniversary flying balloon Pikachu. If you missed the event you will NEVER see him again.

    1. It’s not rare though because it was so easy to obtain. There’s 10s of thousands of them around.

      1. My Rarest shinies:
        Shiny Smeargle
        Shiny Mew
        Shiny Mewtwo
        Shiny Ditto
        Shiny Sableye
        In all I have unlocked 275 different species of shiny pokemon…. I have missed a few community days. But all in all I am very pleased with my shiny pokemon collection to date

  9. Just a way to collect your e-mail and IP addresses while getting you to view their advertisements suckers! Oh wait. I fell for it too. How about Shiny Darkrai?

  10. I enjoy getting the shiny Pokemon but on Tuesdays they say you might catch a shiny Pokemon where I live at this only one poker stuff and it’s rare that you got to shiny one because a lot of the Pokemon don’t even pop up only a few of them but I got maybe at least three shiny Pikachu with hats

  11. For me my rarest shiny pokemon are…

    Shiny shadow koffing
    Shiny lapras
    Shiny lugia

    That’s about it for me, don’t play much to get more.

  12. How do you even get Detective Pikachu and getting Pikachu Libre is impossible unless you’re one of those people who’s game magically spawns them 4 star pokemon all of the time like mine doesn’t. I’d rather have those than any shiny

    1. I am one of the few that has a shiny Libre. Got it this season making Legend again (the only way to get it, that or have someone willing to trade it to you). I don’t have any shiny unown and in general no luck with the costume Pikachu so I’ll take this

  13. I have well over 100 shiny Pokémon. They’re much easier to get in this game than literally any other Pokémon game. I don’t agree with this article.

  14. I have played since the game started and I still don’t have kabuto or sableye along with several more that were released earlier. I finally got a magikarp after seeing 2000 and I think it took more that 1200 to get a swablu.

  15. I have 2 shiny unknown so I dunno. Also have a shiny Zangoose. Shiny Regionals are fairly rare.

  16. My self think Ditto is one of the extremely rare pokemon since u don’t really get to find him so easily.

  17. 1)Flower crown Pichu
    2) Alolan Sandshrew
    3)Shadow Scyther/Scizor/Pinsir

    With no spoofing and only playing since December, I’ve caught or hatched 124 shinies, many due to Community Day.

  18. Would it not be shiny Meltan? Am I mistaken, or was it’s shiny released for a limited amount of time?

    1. Assuming that once a shiny is released it is always possible to catch, shiny Meltan should be a given for all players since all you have to do is use the box every three days until you catch one. Every time you use it, you should be able to catch around 45 Meltans, maybe more.

  19. I have a shiny shadow Arcanine and a shiny snorunt but I don’t know if anyone else has these I have been playing for 2 years and have 378 shinys

  20. This list must be different bc the comments are so disconnected from what I’ve read. I think the current list is appropriate, but you have to add shiny flower crown happiny. It sits for 300 dollars in ebay, so is shiny rufflet. Also, shiny pika libre is not in the wild, you have to pvp your way into legend and then catch it and it’s a shiny chance. Pvping your way to legend is the most difficult aspect of the game.

  21. For me, mine is shiny toxicroak, shiny Lapras, shiny lickylicky, shiny drifblim and my shiny togekiss.

    1. I have literally the whole sunglasses shiny family 3xs over my rarest are shiny unown 3 different Pikachu costume shinys and im pretty sure Terakion is a pretty rare shiny o have as well

  22. My rarest are probably
    shiny spinda
    shiny stoutland (no challenges for it, wild only)
    shiny shadow Pinsir
    shiny shadow scyther
    shiny bonsley (egg only I think)
    shiny shadow sharpedo (2)
    Go Fest 2021 pikachu

  23. I have some duplicate shiny pokemon, not sure which is the rarest. I do like my Celeby. Was shocked to get 2 different shinys in a day and another time to get 3 of the same pokemon shinys in the same event. Some are wild pokemon, some from eggs, some research or raids.

  24. I have 72 shiny pokemon now, really sucks when you get a 0star shiny though ‍♂️ 3* Suicine, Articuno, Alakazam, the skull hat charmander and magic hat squirtle are my favorites plus Celebi but I think everyone gets shit Celebi? lol

  25. 248 total shinies, rarest would be the 3 shiny costume Pikachu and 1 costumed pichu shiny unown and numerous shiny legendaries….day 1 player

  26. Any shiny Pokémon would be great especially rare ones cos my last none com day one was about 18 months ago which is why I’m board of the game now

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