Pokemon GO - How to Find and Catch Shiny Galarian Ponyta

By Sam Woods

May 11, 2021

When The Pokemon Company revealed the range of Galarian Pokemon in the build up to Sword and Shield, one of the main standouts was Galarian Ponyta.

The usually fiery horse underwent a massive transformation, so much so, players clambered to nab one in game.

Galarian Ponyta was added to Pokemon GO late last year, and now, thanks to players completing a global catch challenge, players have just unlocked is Shiny Form.

Here’s how you can give yourself the best chance of finding and catching a Shiny Galarian Ponyta in Pokemon GO.

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What does Shiny Galarian Ponyta Look Like?

Galarian Ponyta was noted for having a range of really vibrant colours over its new, flowing mane.

Its shiny form is a little more understated, however, is as equally as interesting.

Ponyta swaps its blue and purple colours for a pale yellow and green when it is Shiny.

How Can I Catch a Shiny One?

As always, there is no guaranteed way for players to encounter and capture a Shiny Galarian Ponyta, however, there are a few methods you can follow to give yourself a fighting chance. They are as follows:

Research Breakthrough encounters

One way is to ensure you’re giving yourself the best shot at a Shiny Galarian Ponyta is to complete May’s Research Breakthrough encounters.

Upon completing seven days of Field Research, players are guaranteed an encounter with Galarian Ponyta – that means there’s one extra guaranteed opportunity for a Shiny.

Event-exclusive Field Research

There are a couple of exclusive Field Research tasks that players can pick up by spinning Pokestops. By completing these tasks, players will earn a Galarian Ponyta encounter.

The tasks are as follows:

  • Catch 15 Fairy-type Pokemon
  • AR Mapping


Arguably, the main way players will encounter Galarian Ponyta is through raiding.

Of course, it’s going to be the least cost efficient as players have to pay for Raid Passes, but, theoretically, players can encounter as many as they want through local raids and raid invites. There are subreddits that allow players to exchange codes and invite each other to raids, like the one linked right here.


Going from the most likely chance of nabbing a Shiny Galarian Ponyta to the least.

You can always hope a friend, or somebody in your local Pokemon GO community catches themselves a spare that they’re willing to trade.

You can bet it won’t come cheap though!

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Sam Woods

Sam is the Managing Editor at DualShockers. He's been playing video games for as long as he can remember and you can regularly find him on his Nintendo Switch. When he's not playing games, he'll no doubt be suffering watching his beloved Ipswich Town.

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