I was going to post an update about my own Pokemon activities – that will be coming tomorrow – but I wanted to focus on something interesting my friend Jas told me about.
While drinking a few green brewskis on St. Patrick’s Day and sharing our Pokedex, Jas told me about a Youtuber who made a project on complete a Pokedex made up of all shiny Pokemon. Completing a Pokedex is a Herculean task in itself, but an entire dex of shiny Pokemon? I couldn’t believe it.
I found the user KhangasKid18 who accomplished this feat.
I tip my EWU baseball cap to KhangasKid18. I’m not really in the business of collecting shiny Pokemon, though I do have a level 100 Sylveon and I’ll be participating in the upcoming shiny Kalos legendary giveaway.
According to Bulbapedia: “A Shiny Pokémon (Japanese: 光るポケモン Shiny Pokémon), previously officially known as alternate coloration or rare coloration (Japanese: 色違い differently colored), and called Color Pokémon in Pokémon Stadium 2, is a specific Pokémon with different coloration to what is usual for its species. It is one of the many differences that a Pokémon can have within its species.
The term ‘Shiny Pokémon’ was first created by fans to refer to the sparkling sound effect and animation made at the start of an encounter with one in the games. Eventually, this term fell into official usage in Generation IV, used on promotional material promoting Shiny event Pokémon. The term Shiny Pokémon was first used in-game in Pokémon Black and White in Nimbasa City.”
Update Sept. 21, 2017 – Since I’ve played Pokemon I have never caught a shiny Pokemon, with the exception of the Red Gyrados in Soul Silver. All of the shiny Pokemon I have in my Pokemon bank are either from trade or special giveaways. There are a few shiny Pokemon who I’ve loved and used in battle – Sylveon, which was my first ever Shiny Pokemon, my Espeon named Rubik and most recently Infernape. I had a Shiny Pikachu named Shocktart which I traded.
Shiny Pokemon are great and cool to look at, but there’s always the possibility of finding a hacked Pokemon. Be careful of those.