Pokémon Go players in Japan still on the hunt for a rare shiny version of Magikarp now have Pikachu’s variant to add to the list. Attendees of the Pikachu Outbreak Festival in Yokohama, Japan have reported spotting and capturing the color-swapped version of the famous Electric-type mouse in the wild.
Pokémon fans will be familiar with the shiny phenomenon, which is a rare version of each Pokémon that can be identified by its different color. However, like many of the shiny versions, Pikachu’s coloring is only slightly different than its regular form, turning from bright yellow to more of an orange tint, so players at the event should keep a close eye on their captures and see the comparison below for reference. Of course, if a trainer evolves the Pikachu, the new Raichu will also be shiny, and thankfully its colors are much darker than the original to make it truly stand out.
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While Niantic has not officially announced shiny versions of the Pokémon as part of the festival, the data mining community on Reddit uncovered the code for Pikachu, Raichu, and the baby version, Pichu, meaning it’s no fluke the new color options are being spotted alongside the traditional Pikachu. With the recent confusion over the Legendary bird Zapdos and its shiny color appearing on all seen in level-5 Raids, it was important for behind-the-scenes hard evidence to show that Pikachu’s shiny is legit and not a mishap on Niantic’s part.
The exciting release of the new shiny versions is part of the annual Pikachu Outbreak Festival, which is a large-scale celebration of Pokémon’s unofficial mascot. Trainers in Japan can enjoy several days of parades filled with Pikachu-costumed marches and dances, but for those of us not able to attend, there are plenty of videos to enjoy until the event ends on August 15th. As for capturing our own shiny Pikachu, there is still no indication on when—or even if—these shiny versions will appear in places other than Japan.
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Until more information is released, trainers can tackle the difficult level-5 Raids to capture the current Legendary birds, Lugia and Zapdos. Previously, Articuno and Moltres were available for a week each, but Niantic has swapped them out for the last generation-1 bird, which will leave Raids on August 14th.
Pokémon Go is now available for free download on iOS and Android.