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I've read that shiny Pokémon now exist in Pokémon Go.

See for example this article.

If I have a regular Pokémon and a shiny Pokémon, both with the same IVs and attacks, are they identical in terms of battling strength?

  • Unlikely; the special Pikachu-with-[x]-hat are no different stat-wise than normal Pikachu - they just have a hat. Shiny Pokemon, though not (yet?) in the game are unlikely to be any different. – Trent Hawkins Mar 23 '17 at 4:31
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    Shiny pokemon are available (specifically, Magikarp and Gyarados) as part of the water festival from 3/22 to 3/29. – Kent Mar 23 '17 at 6:30
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    Maybe edit the question to include a reference to shiny pokemon. Not everyone gets the news as fast as you. – Jerry Mar 23 '17 at 9:58
  • @Jerry To be fair I don't think it should be up to the OP to keep everyone updated on the game's development. If this was new information that came out after he had asked the question it might be relevant, but it's not like you need to put update notes when asking questions about a game. – JMac Mar 23 '17 at 10:24
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    Searches show that Shiny Pokemon are currently in the game. Though as stated, it appears to be Magikarp and Gyarados only currently. – Timmy Jim Mar 23 '17 at 11:23
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Both Pokemon will be identical in terms of battling strength.

As in the Pokemon games, the only difference between the a shiny Pokemon and a normal one is the fact that the color of the shiny one is different (adding a glow effect too). But the logic of the stats of the Pokemon remains the same. So a shiny Magikarp wouldn't be stronger than a normal one.

It has been mentioned in this article that:

The shiny Pokemon are not actually inherently more powerful than their less shiny counterparts. In fact, the early evidence suggests that there’s really no link between a Pokemon’s shininess and its individual values.

  • "As in the Pokemon games" back in gen 2 shinyness was based on IVs, so it did have a relation to the pokemon's stats (afaict the IV's needed for shinyness were above-average but not the best). In gen 3 and later this was dropped. – Peter Green Aug 9 at 14:07

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