The final generation-1 Legendary bird, Zapdos, has finally been released in Pokémon Go, and while trainers have enough to focus on when it comes to battling and catching the powerful Raid boss, it seems its color is stirring up confusion.
Players that have already caught the Electric/Flying-type bird have noticed its color scheme more closely resembles the shiny version of the Pokémon. In the franchise’s lore, every monster has a normal color, as well as a variant, referred to as shiny, which is extremely rare to encounter. While some Pokémon have completely different colors in the shiny version, such as Machamp’s traditional blue that turns into green in the variant version, others are more subtle, including Zapdos. DeviantArt user Xous created a side-by-side comparison for the bird, with the left showing the standard bright yellow version and the right depicting the dark yellow and orange accents for the shiny.
It seems every Zapdos currently in Pokémon Go takes on the darker colors, either meaning every encounter is a shiny or Niantic made a mistake. While Niantic has already released a shiny variant into the game with Magikarp and its evolved form Gyarados, the reveal for that color-swapped Pokémon was done through a seasonal event that highlighted its existence. In turn, it’s most likely that the color choice was an accident for Zapdos, as the subtle differences probably didn’t stand out as much to the development team. The same issue occurred in May during the Worldwide Bloom event, where promotional art from the event showed off the slightly lighter green shiny version of Bulbasaur, causing fans to believe the variant would be available. However, it was just a mistake that Niantic was forced to address on Twitter.
With the release of the Legendary Pokémon, Niantic has focused on releasing a new bird every week, with no mention of shiny versions for any of them. Currently, players will find Zapdos and Lugia in level-5 Raids, which requires a group of trainers to take down and, hopefully, capture. Due to the high number of players attempting these intense Raids, the game is still experiencing crashes, but for those that are able to get through, there are certain Pokémon to use that will make victory easier.
Pokémon Go is now available on iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant