I was researching about the famous Missingno. and I thought to my self "What does a shiny Missingno. look like?"

If there is a shiny Missingno? I would like to see a picture of it.

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Sorry, there's no shiny version of MissingNo.

MissingNo. only appears in the non-Japan Generation I (Red, Blue, Yellow) Pokémon games. Said games, being designed for the monochrome Game Boy, do not have shiny Pokémon. Therefore, MissingNo. cannot be shiny in Generation I.*

You also cannot trade MissingNo. to Generation II (Gold, Silver, Crystal) games. Since MissingNo. can't exist in those games, it can't be shiny in Generation II.

However, there are other glitch Pokémon in Generation II and beyond, and after a quick look at some of those pages it seems reasonable several of them could be shiny.

* Assuming the definition of "shiny" is "the game calls this a shiny Pokémon, and displays it in a different palette". Because Generation II uses hidden values of each Pokémon to determine whether it's shiny or not, and these values are in the Generation I as well, you could argue the first generation does have shiny Pokémon -- it's just that they don't have any outward difference until they're traded to Generation II.

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    I was sure that Pokémon Yellow was designed for the Game Boy Color.
    – user114997
    Aug 1, 2015 at 8:45
  • @Texenox All Generation I games had Super Game Boy support, and as you mention the non-Japanese releases of Yellow added these features to the Game Boy Color. But I think it's fair to say that the first Pokémon games were primary designed for the Game Boy, using limited 4-shade palettes in cases where color was available. My point was that shinies first appeared in Generation II to highlight the fuller color display capabilities of that engine.
    – Mr. Zero
    Aug 1, 2015 at 17:04

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