Shiny Magmar in Pokemon GO has been around for quite a few years.
Niantic Labs has a habit of releasing shiny forms as sort of an afterthought to some of the game's more popular Pokemon. Slowpoke, Marowak, and Magmar all saw shiny variants released years after their initial debut with the base game. The company tends to add them on as unique bonuses for popular events.
Fortunately, trainers should have to wait that long for Magmar.
Is There a Shiny Magmar in Pokemon GO
Yes, there is a Shiny Magmar in Pokemon GO. While the base variant was packaged with the game at launch, its shiny form didn't debut until the Eggstravaganza event on Mar. 22, 2018. It has been available to catch for just over two years.
Shiny Magmar paints a stark contrast to its normal color palette. While normal Magmar displays hues of fiery yellow, orange, and red, its shiny variant is completely pink. It's as if the designers simply dipped the Pokemon in a bucket of pink dye. The color values remain exactly they same—they're just bright, hot pink.
Part of us wonders if, perhaps, shiny Magmar would have been better suited for October. Regardless, it was featured as part of Niantic's on-going Community Day event on Nov. 21, 2020. Magmar, along with its pre-evolved form, Magby, were able to be encountered at a much more frequent rate.
Magmar spawned rapidly in the wild while Magby took over 2 k.m. eggs. Additionally, any Magmar that evolved into Magmortar either during or two hours post-programming would have the charged moved Thunderbolt.