What initially caught my eye about this Pancham is that he was brown instead of black like other Panchams. I figured there must be a reason so I caught him but I'm not sure what's different about him. He also has a red star symbol that none of me other Pokemon have. Is this a "Shiny"?

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  • Sorry to disappoint, but that's probably just the marking you selected for it. It's an extra method of organization. – Frank Oct 15 '13 at 15:50
  • @fbueckert No, if he had selected the star, the star near the heart and diamond would be black. Confusing that they use the same symbol, tho. – dlras2 Oct 15 '13 at 15:50
  • @fbueckert I definitely didn't mark it but it does look that way. The colour is also suspicious though. – Vian Esterhuizen Oct 15 '13 at 15:52
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    The red star on the left is characteristic for shiny Pokémon. I know it, because I used to play with cheats and Action Replay a lot when playing with Pearl. – Nolonar Oct 15 '13 at 15:55
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    You are a lucky person! You came across a shiny, which is a 1/8000 chance to appear. – Shadow Z. Dec 1 '13 at 23:12

Based on this video

, that does appear to be a shiny pancham. Congratulations. If you want to be sure, shinies apparently sparkle when you send them into battle as shown in the video

This thread also indicates that the shiny pancham is brown.

Bulbapedia confirms that the star indicates that the Pokemon is shiny.

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  • Thanks for the sparkle in battle confirmation info. It's a shiny. That's awesome, rare you get a shiny of a Pokemon you like. I can't mark as answered just yet. – Vian Esterhuizen Oct 15 '13 at 15:55
  • Why was all this info so hard to Google? Thank you. – Vian Esterhuizen Oct 15 '13 at 16:04
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    @VianEsterhuizen Because getting a shiny Pokémon is extremely rare. Most people don't even know they exist and when they do encounter them, they either don't realize it or write it off as a virus (a cousin of mine even deleted her save, believing it had gotten corrupted after encountering a shiny Pokémon). Similarly unknown would be Pokérus. – Nolonar Oct 15 '13 at 16:08
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    I didn't find it hard to google at all. All that information came from just googling "shiny pancham" – Lawton Oct 15 '13 at 16:25
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    @Lawton that's only because you knew it was shiny and therefore knew what to search for. Searching for a random star symbol on the stats page of a pokemon is much more difficult. – shanodin Oct 15 '13 at 17:58

Yep, that's a shiny! Congratulations, they're incredibly rare!

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The red star means it's a shiny.

That mark has been carried forward from Black/White/Black 2 and White 2. I can confirm, as for these games I:

  • Pokétransferred a shiny from Diamond and
  • Caught shiny Haxorus, Gibble, Dratini.

Another way to tell, the Pokédex number on the summary turns red, further confirming it's a shiny Pokémon.

Since I haven't seen any shiny so far in my Y game, and the picture the OP has uploaded doesn't show it, I can't tell if the Pokédex number shown on the summary also changes its color (if you're looking at a shiny Pokémon in this generation).

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  • Hi RegaliaX, welcome to Arqade! This space is reserved for answers, so I removed the part about the blue dot. You can ask that as another question if you want, just click the 'Ask Question' button on the top right of the page :). – Robotnik Oct 21 '13 at 5:35
  • Doesn't look like the number is any different colour – Vian Esterhuizen Oct 22 '13 at 14:10

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