A few months ago, Pokémon GO revealed it had added Shiny Pokémon to the game during its popular Water Festival Event.
Shiny Pokémon, which have alternate colorations than their non-shiny counterparts, are ultra-rare and highly prized among Pokemon fans. Although Pokémon GO has only added two Shiny Pokémon (Magikarp and Gyarados) to the game so far, fans have constantly searched for more signs that other Shiny Pokémon are on the way.
A few weeks ago, a Pokémon GO fan site called PokemonGoHub.net spread a rumor that Shiny Bulbasaur were being added during the game’s “Spring Bloom” mini-event. That rumor proved to be false, but many sites (ourselves included) bought into the Shiny Hype.
Now a new hoax is spreading around the Internet involving a Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO. Shortly after Pokémon GO’s new Adventure Week began, a screenshot hit the Internet showing a Shiny Aerodactyl. The screenshot has spread to numerous Pokémon GO Facebook groups and fan forums and was even the focus of several YouTube videos.
Sadly, the screenshot is a pretty obvious Photoshop and there’s no evidence that Shiny Aerodactyl was actually added to Pokémon GO. The biggest clue is that no one has provided any proof that they’ve caught a Shiny Aerodactyl outside this one screenshot. For comparison, dozens of players posted pictures that they had caught a Shiny Magikarp minutes after it was added to Pokémon GO.
Luckily, Pokémon GO’s Adventure Week has plenty of other cool features, so fans should still enjoy this weekend’s event even if it doesn’t have any Shiny Pokémon.