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Top 10 Best-Looking Shiny Pokémon (Generation 1)

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima, Japan, with her husband and young son.

The Pokémon series has delighted and entertained fans for generations. Since the 1990s, kids and adults alike have been battling, catching, and trading Pokémon, fighting to become the Champion and collect them all to complete their Pokédexes.

The games have gone from Game Boy consoles right up to the Nintendo Switch and smartphones.

Generation 1 Pokémon Starters

Generation 1 Pokémon Starters

Shiny Pokémon

First appearing in Generation II's Gold and Silver games are a special kind of Pokémon called Shinies. They don't offer any kind of special abilities, but due to their rarity, they're exciting to encounter.

Though in the earlier games the likelihood of running into a Shiny was extremely low (1 in 8,192, according to the Pokémon Wiki), the chances skyrocket to 1 in 450 in the popular free-to-play smartphone game Pokémon GO. The chances increase with special events, meaning it's quite possible for players to encounter Shinies often.

Though there are various methods and glitches one can use to increase their likelihood of encountering Shinies, a regular player can find it exciting to stumble across one during their journey simply for the Pokémon's rarity.

Some of these Pokémon are an improvement to their original palette. Here is a list of the top ten best looking Shiny Pokémon from Generation I (the first 151).

Shiny Tentacool

Shiny Tentacool

10. Tentacool

Pokédex number: 072

ype: Water, Poison

Tentacool is a Pokémon that sort of takes a backseat when it comes to popularity. There are many more water Pokémon that take the limelight and his role is mainly spamming the waters a player must sail through. However, I really like his Shiny design. His bland blue becomes an eye-catching shade of lilac and his gems are green. Cute!

Shiny Aerodactyl

Shiny Aerodactyl

9. Aerodactyl

Pokédex number: 142

Type: Rock, Flying

This prehistoric Pokémon was always a source of fascination for players. In earlier games, they could resurrect him from a fossil, making it only possible to own one throughout a lot of installments if they didn't use bugs or traded.

Shiny Aerodactyl isn't that different from its original design, but the shade of pink chosen is a vast improvement on the grayish original.

A regular Tangela next to its Shiny version

A regular Tangela next to its Shiny version

8. Tangela

Pokédex number: 114

Type: Grass

Tangela has always been a weird-looking Pokémon and not often ranking as a favorite of players. However, the high chance of a Shiny encounter had players eagerly visiting the small grassy area south of Pallet Town in Let's Go! Eevee and Let's Go! Pikachu.

The "paint it green" aspect of Shiny design talked about in a LevelSkip article about poor Shiny design applies here, but it suits him! This odd spaghetti-like Pokémon actually looks better with his acid-green tinge.

Shiny Sandslash on "Pokémon GO"

Shiny Sandslash on "Pokémon GO"

7. Sandslash

Pokédex number: 028

Type: Ground

Sandslash is pretty cool even with his original palette. A sort of mix between a hedgehog and a mouse, this cool evolved form of Sandshrew is definitely one of the cuter ground Pokémon we can encounter.

With a relatively dull original color, the creators had a lot of opportunities to make his Shiny form interesting. They delivered! Shiny Sandslash has red spikes instead of brown and just looks cooler than his regular alternative.

Shiny Koffing

Shiny Koffing

6. Koffing

Pokédex Number: 109

Type: Poison

Koffing is a Poison-type Pokémon with a cute little derpy face and a cartoonish skull and crossbones design on his chest. He was quite a big character in the Pokémon anime, serving as Team Rocket baddie Jessie's main Pokémon before evolving into Weezing.

In his Shiny design, Koffing is a charming shade of turquoise with purple smoke instead of the usual brown. His design is cute!

Fan Art of a Shiny Charizard

Fan Art of a Shiny Charizard

5. Charizard

Pokédex number: 006

Type: Fire

Charizard is one of the most iconic Pokémon characters. He has appeared in the fighting series Super Smash Bros. and was one of Ash's sassiest companions in the anime. Although Shiny Charmander and Charmeleon are a bit boring, Shiny Charizard impresses with his sleek black coat.

A Purple Vaporeon

A Purple Vaporeon

4. Vaporeon

Pokédex number: 134

Type: Water

Vaporeon is one of the three Eevee evolutions available in Generation 1, available when players use a water stone on their Eevee. Shiny Vaporeon, an attractive purple instead of it's regular blue, is definitely the best-looking out of the Eeveelutions and deserves a spot on the top ten, too.

Shiny Lickitung

Shiny Lickitung

3. Lickitung

Pokédex number: 108

Type: Normal

Lickitung is one of the funniest-looking Gen 1 Pokémon out there. An enormous body and long tongue mark him as a memorable character of the franchise. Replacing his usual pink palette is his Shiny version is exactly what a rare and beautiful creature such as this should be—solid gold!

Shiny Gyarados

Shiny Gyarados

2. Gyarados

Pokédex number: 130

Type: Water, Flying

No one can forget the Pokémon that first introduced the existence of Shinies. The "Red Gyarados" talked about in the Gold and Silver versions of the games is, of course, a Shiny. His badass design makes him one of the most handsome Shinies around!

Shiny Dragonair. So pretty!

Shiny Dragonair. So pretty!

1. Dragonair

Pokédex number: 148

Type: Drago

Dragonair is one of the prettiest Pokémon out there, and its charming purple Shiny version is no different! This is undoubtedly one of the nicest Shiny designs in Gen 1, so long as you forget the laughable embarrassment that is its evolved form, Dragonite.

Instead of settling for acid green for Dragonair's pearls, the Shiny design makes these gold, making it truly look like a beautifully upgraded version of the original. In my opinion, Dragonair is the prettiest Shiny in the first 151 Pokémon!

Which Do You Believe to Be the Best?

Shinies aren't essential to enjoying a Pokémon game, but they make the experience all that more exciting! Which monster of Generation 1 do you believe to be the best?

© 2019 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 11, 2020:

Great idea! Thanks!

Ozzie Bennett on June 11, 2020:

I hoped someone would do the best shinies of each Gen!, maybe next you do Gen 7, and 8, and maybe you do the coolest looking Mega shiny Pokémon?!

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on May 26, 2020:

Right! She's soooo cute!

buzz on May 25, 2020:

I love shiny dragonair

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on January 24, 2020:

Hi! Thank you so much :) that’s so cool you love Pokémon! I think charizard is awesome too!

Yogitech from Mumbai on January 24, 2020:

Hey poppy this article is really mesmerising made me remember my childhood. I loved it and my best Pokémon out of your article is charizard.

Thank u for such a great article

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 12, 2019:

If you mean on Let's Go! or Pokémon GO, I'd suggest getting good at throwing curveballs. Do it with every Pokémon you encounter. It doubles your chances of catching them. A Razz berry won't hurt your chances, either! ;)

dailytop10 from Davao City on November 11, 2019:

What type of pokeballs do you need to catch one? I read about a trick alternating greatball and ultraball but they usually flee after one or two attacks/pokeball throws.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 11, 2019:

I hardly saw any Shinies until Let's Go! Pikachu. I once saw a Shiny Chatot in one of the DS games but didn't have any Pokeballs to catch it. Shiny Zubat isn't so bad!

Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on November 11, 2019:


Cool to see which you prefer! I think my first shiny was a Zubat (of course), but it was still a memorable gaming moment.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 06, 2019:

Aww that’s heartbreaking! I once found a shiny Chatot but had run out of Pokeballs :(

dailytop10 from Davao City on November 05, 2019:

Found a shiny ekans on gameboy once. Then my gameboy battery ran out. haha

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 05, 2019:

Hi Patricia, thank you for your comment! Do show Heston Wayne this article, he'll probably enjoy it.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 05, 2019:

Hi, Penny! I love him too, he's very handsome!

Penny Leigh Sebring from Fort Collins on November 05, 2019:

I love the shiny Vaporeon!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 05, 2019:

My little Heston Wayne (my youngest grandson) would know all of these. He dressed like a some-kind-of -marshmallow for Halloween...cannot remember the first part of it. I will share this with him when I go to visit today. Angels are headed your way this morning. ps