Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
Pokémon has continued to entertain and delight generations of fans who love to battle, collect, and trade the many kinds of Pokémon creatures, aim to complete their Pokédexes, or become Champion.
With an international following, hundreds of stores selling collectible merchandise, and frequent releases of exciting new games, this Japanese franchise is one of the most popular and successful of all time.
Shiny Pokémon are an exciting feature of playing any of the available games since the release of Gold and Silver on Game Boy in 1999. Though they aren't any stronger or have any different abilities to their regular counterparts, Shinies are rare Pokémon with a different colour palette so rare that encountering one is thrilling; even more so if you manage to catch it!
Let's take a look at the top ten coolest and best-looking Shiny Pokémon in Generation 4.
Pokédex number: 424
Ambipom is a monkey-like Pokemon that evolves from Aipom. Its regular form is purple, but it turns a cute pinkish-purple in its Shiny form!
Pokédex number: 462
Magnezone is the evolved form of Generation 1's Magneton. Its Shiny version is a subtle change—its steel coat is a few shades lighter and its red spot turns blue. This change, though, gives it a much more sophisticated look that I just adore.
Pokédex number: 431
Glameow was always a sort of "meh" Pokémon; it's sort of just a cat version of Zubat. Cute enough, but nothing really special. It appears commonly as a popular Team Galactic Pokémon in Diamond and Pearl.
Its Shiny form, however, makes this list as one of the most attractive Shinies in Gen 4. Glameow's rather basic grey coat turns a stunning purple, bringing it from boring kitty to fabulous feline.
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Pokédex number: 464
Rhyperior is the awesome evolution of Generation 1's Rhydon. This drill Pokémon's Shiny form is bright and glaring, its orange body turning yellow. Definitely an eye-catcher!
Pokédex number: 417
Pachirisu is a cute electric squirrel with electric patches on its cheeks similar to Pikachu's. Interestingly, "Risu" is the Japanese word for "Squirrel." This sweet little guy's Shiny version is a gorgeous pink and is the favorite of many Pokémon players.
Pokédex number: 428
Already one of the cutest Pokémon around, Lopunny's Shiny form changes her brown palette to brown and pink. With this charming chocolate and strawberry aesthetic, I could just eat her right up!
Pokédex number: 407
Roserade is the evolved form of Roselia, who also made the list of best-looking Shinies from Generation 3. This larger and even cuter evolved form has charming white hair and a gothic black and purple rose, as well as adorable pink eyes. Definitely one for this list.
Pokédex number: 488
Legendary Pokémon rarely make Shiny lists, simply because they don't look that good. The exceptionally cute Physic-type Cresselia, however, is an exception. Her pink ring turns green and her body is a sleek purple and dark turquoise. Adorable!
Pokédex number: 430
Honchkrow is one of those examples of Pokemon that are vastly improved when they evolve. Murkcrow represents a sort of scrawny-looking sparrow, whereas Honchkrow is a gentleman of a bird if there ever was one. His Shiny form, with its unapologetic red and pink feathers, is just dapper.
Pokédex number: 391
Starter Pokemon, with the exception of Charizard, fall flat in their Shiny editions. Monferno, the evolution of starter Chimchar, however, is a pretty cool-looking fire monkey. His usually orange coat is a bright pink with a purple forehead. As the proud owner of one myself, it's definitely one of the coolest and worth pursuing.
Each new generation of Pokémon brings us more and more exciting Shinies to discover and catch! Which one of these dazzling Gen 4 Shinies do you like best?
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