With the introduction of Legendary Pokémon in Niantic’s Pokémon Go comes Zapdos, one of the three Legendary birds from the first generation. However, players have noticed that the color scheme is actually matched with the Shiny model rather than the normal one.
Pokémon Go Hub is reporting ‘the Zapdos model currently available in game is actually a shiny Zapdos model, not the regular one’. They cite a Reddit thread that shows in-game models of the Legendary birds alongside their Shiny counterparts as well as pictures of players’ captured Zapdos in Pokémon Go. There is no question that the Zapdos players have acquired more closely resembles the Shiny model.
However, Pokémon Go Hub continues that ‘unfortunately, this doesn’t imply shiny Zapdos is available. It seems to be a problem completely on [Niantic’s] end, as the models are mistakenly swapped – the game is downloading the shiny, instead of the normal, variant’.
Questions are being asked how Niantic will respond to this error, but the most likely outcome is that Niantic will fix whatever’s causing the models to be swapped and players will lose their Shiny Zapdos; the color will revert to the standard design for Zapdos. This hasn’t stopped some being optimistic that they may be able to keep their Shiny version, however.
Currently, Japanese players can participate in the ‘Pikachu Outbreak’ event in Yokohama and acquire Shiny versions of Pikachu, leading some to think the palette swap for Zapdos may be a mistake caused by this introduction. Whether or not players worldwide can capture the new Shiny Pikachu is also unclear, although many believe more news will become available at the end of the Japanese event; the same day Zapdos is due to stop spawning, August 15th.
Unfortunately, there is so far no official response to the news, leaving many players puzzled as to what might happen to their hard-earned Legendary Pokémon. As Niantic is already losing credibility for some of the players, all we can do is hope for a quick clarification.