Shiny Bidoof in Pokémon Go has recently been discovered through the means of data miners diving into the game’s files. If unfamiliar, Bidoof is a rodent Normal-type Pokémon with un-excitingly normal stats with a max CP of 721, 80 attack, 73 defense, and 153 stamina. Vulnerable to fighting-type moves, he is boosted by partly cloudy weather and best reserved for PvE battles or to simply evolve into Bibarel.
According to the files uncovered by data miners, Bibarel was the only Pokémon on the list to not have a Shiny version capturable in-game, although the model does exist. Being a rat/rodent species, many have speculated that this Shiny version would be introduced to celebrate Chinese New Year - in which 2020 is the year of the rat and ran from Jan. 25 to Feb. 4. Unfortunately, this proved not to be the case and trainers are still left wondering if they will see a Shiny Bidoof anytime soon.
Shiny Bidoof Pokémon Go Release?
Bidoof is a Gen IV release Pokémon that was initially discovered in the Sinnoh region. No specific event or teaser mentioning a Shiny Bidoof has been made by Niantic yet, but data miners have been hard at work in the past to uncover upcoming special events or releases. On a never-ending quest to get a sneak peek at what is to come, they have been satisfying fans’ curiosity since 2016.
The latest event to take place is the Sinnoh Throwback Challenge Event which is Bidoof’s aforementioned hometown. This event led to speculation that trainers would finally see a Shiny Bidoof, but unfortunately the little guy is nowhere to be found in any mention of the event. In fact, the throwback event is primarily focused on Cresselia - a legendary psychic-type Pokémon.
Despite being overlooked in a throwback event specifically highlighting Bidoof’s origins, and its relation to Chinese New Year, trainers still have hope that they will see Shiny Bidoof at some point in the near future. The Sinnoh Throwback Challenge event is currently running from May 22 until May 29.