Shiny Starly Pokemon GO: Does it Exist?

Shiny Starly in Pokemon GO can be a bit elusive as it is only one of several pigeon-like Pokemon that can spawn.
Shiny Starly in Pokemon GO can be a bit elusive as it is only one of several pigeon-like Pokemon that can spawn. | Niantic Labs

Shiny Starly in Pokemon GO can be a bit elusive as it is only one of several pigeon-like Pokemon that can spawn.

Niantic Labs has a habit of holding off shiny releases for years after its normal palette debuts in Pokemon GO. While this does leave some hype leftover each shiny form, it can often cause confusion in new trainers who are specifically used to already having shiny colors available. The Sinnoh bird Pokemon, Starly, is one such example. It was released alongside the bulk of its regional siblings on Oct. 16, 2018. However, two years later, it has yet to see a shiny variant.

Shiny Starly Pokemon GO

Starly is one of several common bird-like Pokemon that have a tendency to spawn within the same area—such as Pidgey, Pidove, Murkrow, and Spearow. As such, it may be difficult to string together enough Starly encounters to spawn a shiny. In Pokemon GO, shiny variants spawn at a 450:1 ratio or a rate of 0.22%.

Shiny Starly exchanges its typical gray-toned plumage for sepia or sunny-brown. The white markings stay the same—though they noticeably vary in size between males and females. As always, trainers won't be able to tell if their spawned Starly is shiny without entering the encounter.

Starly is a normal and flying-type from the Sinnoh region with a PokeDex number of 396. It has a CP ceiling of 719 and two evolved forms, Staravia and Staraptor, which require 25 and 100 candies, respectively. This Pokemon is best known for its noisy singing while flocking around mountains and fields chasing bug-types.