Can Shadow Pokémon be Shiny in Pokémon Go?

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?


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

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