Pokémon Go players surpassed Niantic’s Earth Day cleanup event goal, which means new rewards are now available for a limited time, including a surprise shiny Pokémon.
The developer recently revealed that until April 30th, all Ground-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokémon caught will award three times more Stardust. In addition, those elemental Pokémon will appear more often in the wild to give players a better chance of raking in as much Stardust as possible.
One of the Water-type Pokémon that will spawn more frequently, Wailmer, also had its shiny variant added to the game. Finding the color-swapped version of the whale is extremely rare and considered a collectible among Pokémon Go trainers. Players will know a Wailmer is shiny if its head is purple instead of blue. Take a look at the color-swapped version below (via Pokémon Go Hub).
The new rewards are tied to Niantic’s April 22nd Earth Day event. In partnership with the marine life protection organization Mission Blue, the developer urged players worldwide to team up with local nonprofit cleaning groups and pick up garbage. In turn, Niantic promised extra Stardust rewards for 48 hours if enough trainers participated. The developer ultimately extended the 48-hour period after more than 4,000 players participated in the global cleanup.
Outside of shiny possibilities and extra Stardust, players can take on the latest Legendary raid bosses, Latios and Latias. Similar to the Legendary beasts from Generation II, Niantic has the two Psychic/Dragon-types on a regional rotation schedule. Currently, Latios can be found in Gyms in North America, South America, and Africa, while Latias is exclusive to Europe and Asia. However, the two will swap regions on May 8th.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Hub