Pokemon Go has added a new Shiny Pokemon...but players may have to travel to Japan to get it. The Pikachu Outbreak Festival is underway in Yokohama, Japan, and Pokemon Go is celebrating by releasing Shiny Pikachu to the game.
Shiny Pokemon are extra-rare variants of Pokemon with alternate coloration. A Shiny Pikachu has a slightly deeper shade of yellow than a normal Pikachu and has a special shiny "animation" that pops up whenever players view it in the game. You can get a closer look at Shiny Pikachu in the photo gallery above.
Pokemon Go has not yet officially announced Shiny Pikachu's addition to the game, but multiple attendees of the Pikachu Outbreak Festival have reported seeing and catching a Shiny Pikachu.
As of right now, it appears that the Shiny Pikachu is only popping up at the Japanese event, but it's likely that it will roll out to players worldwide sometime this weekend.
Shiny Pikachu can also evolve into a Shiny Raichu, which has darker brown fur than a normal Raichu. Assets for a Shiny Pichu were also found in Pokemon Go's code, but have not been seen yet.
The Shiny Pikachu is one of several special Pokemon Go events planned for the Pikachu Outbreak Festival. Mr. Mime (a regional-exclusive Pokemon usually seen in Europe) is spawning at the festival, and the game has set up two parks with rare spawns. Unown spelling out "Yokohama" are also appearing at the event and Pokemon Go is hosting a mysterious Pokemon Go Stadium event next Monday. Several special Raid Bosses are also appearing at the event, including Ursaring and Piloswine.0comments
Many believe that Ho-Oh will appear at the Pokemon Go Stadium as a special Raid Boss.
We'll have more on the newest Shiny Pokemon to be added to Pokemon Go, including whether players outside Japan can capture it, after Pokemon Go makes its official announcement.