Shiny Pokémon are much rarer versions of Normal Pokémon that have a different color scheme and gain 50% more EXP than Normal Pokémon.

They are characterized by a color scheme that differs from their Normal coloration, as well as a sparkle in their sprite. The difference varies from drastic, e.g. Shiny Gyarados, to more moderate, e.g. Shiny Pikachu, to almost unnoticable, e.g. Shiny Venonat.

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Shiny Pokémon message in PTD 1

Shiny Pokémon have a 1/8000 chance or 0.000125% chance of appearing in the wild in PTD 1 and 2. In the real Pokémon games, the chances of encountering a Shiny Pokémon in the wild are 1/8192 or 0.00012207031% chance, but in X and Y the chances are 1/4096 or 0.00024414062% chance. Shiny Pokémon always have a red HP bar in PTD 1 and 2, so you can catch them via Pokéball without having to lower their HP, this preventing accidental KOs. An alert will appear the instant a Shiny Pokémon appears. When it appears, the game pauses until you click on the screen. The screen reverts the play speed back down to x1 to help you ensure that you don't defeat the Shiny.

Shiny Pokémon message in PTD 2

In Alpha v4.8 of PTD 1, Shiny Pokémon were removed from the wild, but were returned to the wild in Alpha v4.9 of PTD 1. In Alpha v1.72 of PTD 2, the legendary dogs were made available to be found in the wild, after about 3 years ago when they were available to be found in the wild in PTD 1 a year before PTD 2 was released and were then removed from the wild near the end of PTD 1. So this can be a great opportunity for you to get the legendary dogs. You can Shiny Pokémon in PTD 1 and 2 from Wild, Trading, Game CornerMystery Gift, Completing Achievements, Completing Challenge Mode levels, and Breeding.

Shiny Pokémon by Update (PTD 1)

Alpha v3.8.1



Alpha v4.0



Alpha v4.2


Alpha v4.3



Alpha v4.5


Alpha v4.6


Alpha v4.7


Alpha v4.8


Alpha v5.1


Alpha v5.2


Alpha v5.4



Alpha v5.5


Alpha v5.6





Alpha v5.7


Alpha v5.8


Alpha v5.9



Alpha v6.0




Alpha v6.3


Alpha v0.8





Alpha v0.9


Role in the Game

Something of a hidden extra, Shiny Pokémon are not necessary a part of the game. Due to their rarity, in fact, it would be easy for a player to not encounter any on their journey. However, as they are typically the rewards for deciphering Mystery Gift clues and beating Challenge Mode levels, it is not terribly difficult to obtain at least a few. Shiny Pokémon are inspired by the creatures of the same name in Nintendo's original games which both feature special aesthetic effects. In the original games, unlike the Tower Defense version, they gain no extra experience. As with the Nintendo games, Shiny Pokémon are especially valuable to collectors and others who see a "coolness factor" in their rarity and are as such great bargaining chips in trades.


  • Mew and Missingno are the only Pokémon programmed to never be Shiny in the wild in PTD 1, Missingno is only available to get through Mystery Gift code: SnDgames, Shiny and Shadow Missingno were Mystery Gifts back in 2012. You can also get a Normal Mew if you pay 1 SnD Coin in the adoption and you can get a Shiny one if you pay 20 SnD Coins Shadow Mew is through Game Corner.
  • In PTD 2, the only Pokémon that can appear in the wild that are Shiny/Shadow blocked are the legendary dogs. The legendary dogs were made Shiny/Shadow blocked because the people who spent 20 SnD Coins on a legendary dog Shiny in the Adoption Center may get mad at Sam if you were able to find one Shiny in the wild. Mew was also Shiny blocked because of that. Yes, I said Shiny/Shadow blocked, well, Shadow Pokémon can appear in PTD 2 now, as of Alpha v1.70.7 of PTD 2.

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