Shiny Pikachu has now been released WORLDWIDE

The official Pokemon Go account has tweeted about last week’s Pikachu Outbreak, which is where the Shiny Pikachu is first released. They tweeted a link to a post on the Niantic website, however it did not mention anything about the global Shiny Pikachu release fans on Twitter have been reporting. Niantic said: “When we set out to create Pokémon GO and envisioned its real-world events, we had a goal to offer players from all walks of life the opportunity to build new friendships and discover new and unique ways to explore the world around them. “The events in Yokohama are an example of what Pokémon GO can do in the hands of its passionate community. “It was a sight to behold as Trainers bonded over Pokémon and Pokémon GO, strengthened friendships, and shared personal experiences with one another.”

ORIGINAL: Pokemon Go fans from today will be able to catch the Shiny Pikachu which looks to have had a surprise worldwide release date. The Shiny Pikachu and Shiny Raichu were released last week after a long wait from trainers, but it was only available at a special event in Japan. Pokemon Go players at the Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama were able to catch the Shiny versions of Pikachu and Raichu for a limited time only. However, today Pokemon Go fans from across the world have reported catching these rare Pokemon. A Pokemon Go fan in Canada has become the first trainer outside of Japan to catch a Shiny Pikachu, according to the Pokemon Go Hub. And a trainer in Sweden has also today caught a Shiny Pikachu. Pictures of the Shiny Pikachu caught today have been posted on internet message board Reddit. The Japanese event where fans were able to catch a Shiny Pikachu finished today, so it’s possible it’s received a worldwide rollout straight after.

It’s unclear if this is a limited-time event or if the Shiny Pikachu will be a permanent fixture for Pokemon Go fans. Pictures of the Pokedex entry for the Shiny Pikachu posted on Reddit show the trademark Shiny sparkles in the background. The Shiny Pikachu itself also has a more tinted shade of yellow than the regular Pikachu, which is typical of the Shiny version. Pokemon Go fans have been taking to social media site Twitter today to report catching Shiny Pikachus.