But, which bright Legendary must you are trying to find out? If you do not have a favorite, there are some virtually great-searching ones to find. Here are the fine, ranked.
Updated on April 7, 2021 by Thomas Bowen: When Pokemon Snap first released back in the late nineties, shiny Pokemon had not yet been introduced to the series. With its long-awaited sequel fast approaching though, many fans are hoping that they’ll be making an appearance this time around. Neither Game Freak nor Bandai Namco has confirmed or denied it just yet, but assuming they are, these are just some of the many shiny Legendary Pokemon that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Mew’s vibrant form may be pretty simple whilst compared to the ones of some of its friends, but there is something lovely approximately this simplicity. The blue hue completely adjustments the look of the Pokemon whilst nonetheless perfectly capturing its innocence and carefree nature.
Unlike brilliant Mewtwo – which has an ugly green patch on its underbelly – shiny Mew’s new layout is arguably some distance advanced to the Pokemon’s unique shape. That’s now not to mention that the purple appearance would not paintings too, however it is just nowhere close to as hanging as the palette swapped version.
Much like Mew, Celebi’s shiny form isn’t particularly complicated, but it does do a wonderful job of bringing out the Pokemon’s cute side. Granted, it perhaps harms the Pokemon’s ability to camouflage in forested areas, but on the battlefield that’s not really an issue.
Its pink coloring also highlights its psychic typing and arguably gives a more mythical look than the green shades that had once tied in with its role as the guardian of Ilex Forest. This green coloring isn’t lost completely though and can now be found in Celebi’s eyes and on the tips of its antennas.
Sword & Shield‘s Legendary Pokemon, Zamazenta, has a fantastic three-color design. Where its basic form relies on the starker contrast between navy and pink though, its shiny form instead opts for something a little more subtle. Both are great, but there’s a lot to love about the shiny version.
The two different shades of pink used are just different enough to provide contrast which is then expertly highlighted by the Pokemon’s white underbelly. The patterning around its eyes and snout stand out much more as a result and this creates a fierce look that very few Pokemon can match.
Kyogre’s original coloring is a little too similar to that of other large aquatic Pokemon like Whiscash and Wailord to really make it stand out. Were it not a Legendary, this wouldn’t really be an issue, but given the Pokemon’s significance, some may find it a little underwhelming. That’s definitely not a complaint that can be levied against its shiny form though.
The vibrant pink coloring really sets the Pokemon apart from other water-type Pokemon. Admittedly, this does come at the expense of the excellent contrast between the original design’s body and tribal patterning, but this is arguably a small price to pay for an otherwise excellent transformation.
Given that Cobalion’s name seems to have been derived from the popular “cobalt blue” color, the team at Game Freak were somewhat limited when it came to designing its shiny form. It would have been very easy for them to simply swap the blue and brown sections around, but they instead opted for something a little more creative.
The slightly darker shade of blue makes for a very subtle difference, but it’s arguably one that improves the look of the original rather than just altering it for the sake of doing so. Likewise, changing the color of its horns and eyes creates additional contrast while also giving the Pokemon a much more menacing look.
10 The Island Guardians
It’s hard to separate these four Legendaries and choose one for this list, since they have very similar shinies that are seemingly meant to match, probably due to the fact that they act as a de facto single unit as the Island Guardians of Alola.
When shiny, each of the Tapus swap most of their normal coloring for jet-black. It looks sick when they’re all shown next to one another, especially against the small bits of their original coloring poking through.
One of the most drastic changes between normal coloring and a shiny palette is Zygarde’s. This Ground/Dragon type abandons its alien-like lime green and black design for a brilliant white with bright turquoise elements. However, it still retains the red and blue detailing on either side from its original palette, which represents the coloring of X & Y (or Xerneas and Yveltal).
The turquoise and white palette is a classic one that always seems to work really well. Even though some compare it to toothpaste, it looks amazing on Zygarde and makes it a popular shiny among fans.
Sometimes a drastic change isn’t necessary, and something a little more subtle can work in a Pokémon’s favor. This is definitely the case for Cresselia, whose normal palette almost pales in comparison to its beautiful shiny variant.
Cresselia, typically pink, lavender, and white, becomes a nice deeper grape purple with green wings. It’s a beautiful shiny that doesn’t stray too far from Cresselia’s night-time and lunar theme.
7 Legendary Beasts
Another tie between the shiny forms of a Legendary set comes in the form of the Legendary Beasts from the Johto region, Entei, Raikou, and Suicune. Which one is best of the three is a bit of a subjective opinion, but they’re all fantastic.
Each one takes on a slightly-different variation of its normal coloring. Suicune becomes a lighter blue and its purple mane becomes a nice dark color. Raikou becomes a more saturated orange-yellow with a yellow mane instead of purple, and Entei swaps out the bright red and white of its face and chest for more neutral tones.
It seems there are a lot of great shiny Legendaries that are trading in their typical blues for something more interesting. This is the case again for Dialga, who is normally a darker blue with silver plating, speaking to its Dragon/Steel-typing.
The silver plating takes on the slightest hint of coloring, while the overall blue body of Dialga becomes a cool teal green. The light blue lines along Dialga’s head plate and legs also become light green. Overall, it has an alien look that’s pretty awesome.
Here we have another blue Legendary that is really great when shiny, although it stays blue. Articuno, the Legendary Ice/Flying-type from Gen I, is normally a bright, primary blue, reflective of its Ice-typing alongside the red and orange Moltres and yellow Zapdos.
When shiny, Articuno’s primary blue fades out to a beautiful icy blue that’s much lighter. It looks way more “icy” and it’s just an aesthetically-nice color in general. It’s almost nice enough to say that it makes the normal coloring look worse.
Flipping the script a bit is Giratina, who virtually adopts a chunk of blue while it’s far vivid. Typically a mixture of gray, black, pink, and yellow, Giratina represents antimatter and is visible as lovers to be the demonic antithesis to Arceus. This role in Sinnoh’s lore explains its demonic design and purple-and-black shade palette.
When vivid, Giratina swaps a variety of its coloring. The crimson becomes bright blue, the yellow detailing come to be silver, and its frame becomes a atypical peachy-beige. Overall, it’s a completely precise coloration scheme within the world of Pokémon, and despite being alternatively colourful and brilliant, still someway keeps Giratina’s ghostly vibe.
Many of the most popular shinies have swapped parts of their color palette for a stark black or brilliant white. This is definitely the case for Xerneas, the Fairy-type Legendary from Generation VI.
Typically a black-bodied deer with a blue face and neck, Xerneas swaps the black portion of its body for bright white. The dark-blue upper half of its body becomes a lighter, greener blue that contrasts against the white beautifully.
Ho-oh’s shiny form is fantastic for a number of reasons. First, there’s the fact that it looks much more uniform than Ho-oh’s normal coloring, which is a mix of red, white, green, and yellow. The new coloring blends together much better.
Second, it’s just objectively gorgeous. The gold, red, and silver combination is striking and serves this Flying/Fire-type very well. Finally, Ho-oh’s shiny actually speaks to its role as a box mascot. Ho-oh and Lugia were the mascots for Pokémon Gold & Silver, so Ho-oh’s gold-and-silver shiny is just perfect.
Often considered one of the exceptional shinies in the collection, irrespective of whether or not it is Legendary or not, Rayquaza’s jet-black design is simply lovely. Trading in its green palette for a jet-black serpentine appearance, Rayquaza seems like a specter in the night time as it soars throughout the sky.
The yellow detailing on its frame works even higher in opposition to a black backdrop, reminiscent of ethereal bioluminescence in this already-fabulous layout. Many fans take into account this to be the quality vibrant in the collection, and it’s clean why. It’s simply cool.