Some people play Pokémon for years without ever encountering any special color variations of their favorite pocket monsters. But for those of you that have been lucky enough to find a shiny in Pokémon, what did you encounter? And were you able to catch it?

Since shiny Pokémon are so rare, encounters with them tend to be very memorable. I’m willing to bet that you remember all your shiny encounters very crisply, doubly so if the Pokémon got away.

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Personally, I’ve only come across a couple of shiny Pokemon. The first was a Zubat back in Pokémon Ruby. I had been in a cave for a long while, and my health was running low. Naturally, this meant I kept getting random encounters left and right, all of which threatened to wipe me out—I didn’t come prepared. Amidst all these unwanted encounters, I happened about a shiny Zubat. Funny thing is, I was so adamant about finding the cave exit that I nearly ran away from the battle. It took a few seconds for my brain to register the idea that I wasn’t looking at any ol’ annoying Zubat, but rather a super-rare variety of Zubat.

I remember feeling conflicted: yes, it was a shiny Pokémon, and that made it rare. But did I even want a shiny Zubat? It’s not exactly a Pokemon I’d brag about having. Still, I caught it anyway—it was the first shiny I’d ever seen in-game. I couldn’t pass it up. Nowadays getting a shiny Pokémon feels way easier given the advent of online trading, but I’m still always going to remember that Zubat. Though I admit I’m still a little bitter that I’ve never encountered a cool shiny Pokémon. It’s always been kind of eh Pokémon that I captured anyway, just because they were shiny.

I’m curious: what shiny Pokémon have you encountered? How far have you gone to hunt shiny Pokemon? Hell, have you ever seen a shiny Pokemon from a random encounter at all? Feel free to share your stories in the comments.