After defeating a Rocket grunt, you get a chance to catch their left-behind Shadow Pokémon. Some of these (e.g. Poliwag, Dratini) can be Shiny if encountered in the wild, after a raid, by field research, or hatching from an egg. Pikachu with special hats can also be Shiny.

Can Shadow Pokémon be Shiny? If yes, do they have the usual 1:450 Shiny rate?


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With the introduction of Team GO Rocket Leaders, Shadow Pokemon have a chance to be Shiny. According to Niantic Support's article on Team GO Rocket Leaders:

Defeating a Leader also allows you to encounter one of their rare Shadow Pokémon, which also has a chance to be a Shiny Pokémon.

Shiny Shadow Pokemon are mentioned specifically from Leaders, not Grunts, which makes sense for the rarity of Shiny Pokemon


At the time of writing, shiny shadow Pokémon do not exist within Pokémon Go. This is confirmed by multiple threads and discussions on reddit.

When shadow Pokémon first came out, there was a post going around about a shiny shadow Bulbasaur. However, the post ended up being a fake.


things have changed

This post is old, but I caught this from classic team rocket.


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