Pokémon Go trainers now have another chance to catch the Legendary Pokémon Lugia, and this time, it could be shiny.
According to Pokémon Go trainers on Twitter, a large number of players that have battled Lugia since its recent return to raids have encountered its color variant. As seen in a video shared on Twitter, the rare color-swapped iteration of Lugia appears as purple and white, instead of its normal blue and white aesthetic. Take a look at the unique Legendary below.
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Trainers have also been reporting that shiny Lugias are being easily caught on the first throw. Typically, Legendary Pokémon are the hardest creatures in the game to capture, as their catch rates are as low as two percent. In turn, it’s unclear if Niantic has given a special boost to first throws for shiny Lugia or if it’s just a glitch. For now, the best course of action for trainers is to hunt down the shiny version as soon as possible. If the capture boost is a glitch, Niantic will likely fix it before Lugia leaves raids on April 2nd.
As with all shiny Pokémon, they are just alternately colored versions of the original creature and don’t offer any stat differences. However, while many different versions of shiny Pokémon have been present in Pokémon Go for a few months now, Lugia marks the first Legendary to offer its alternate color palette.
Lugia first appeared in the game as a Legendary raid boss in the summer of 2017, alongside the Generation I birds Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos. It’s unclear why Niantic brought back the powerful bird from the Johto region, but the inclusion of its shiny variant hints that the rare versions of other Legendaries could be coming down the line.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Trainer Tips on Twitter