The Fluff: The Shiniest Shinies in Alola

TheFluffHello, my dear PUCLonians! How have you been? This article is brought to you by Thatch, and what I mean by that is that I was inspired to write this by something he said as we were recording yesterday. He noticed that Gen VII shinies seem to be more well thought-out than most of the earlier ones, and I have to agree. So, since the last time I rated shinies we were still in Gen VI, why not make an addendum? Here we go: my Top 5 Shiny Pokémon from Alola!

Number 5: Palossand


With one or two exceptions, turning a Pokémon black to make it shiny will leave me unimpressed. (Even Shiny Soviet Thatch looks best to me only once he Mega Evolves.) But shiny Palossand just does it for me: it brings to mind black sand beaches… of which, of course, two of the most famous reside in real-life Alola, a.k.a. Hawaii: Punalu’u Beach on Hawaii and, well, Black Sand Beach on Maui.

Mmmh. Beaches. Can we go soak up the sun a bit? Please?

Oh Whimsicott. That is one thing you’ll have to do alone. Curse my sensitive skin. But yes, seeing shiny Palossand makes me wish a bit more I could lie on a nice beach without suffering. Or, you know, without having my soul eaten by a cursed sandcastle.

Number 4: Ribombee


How do you make Ribombee even cuter?

Oooh, I know this one! The answe is… you can’t!

I mean, maybe not, but making it a nice soft pink is a good beginning. In keping with the Autumn color scheme of regular Ribombee, shiny Ribombee sports a lovely maroon scarf, and is the first shiny I tried hunting for in Alola.

If only you had the patience to get the Shiny Charm. It’s so ridiculously easy this time around.

I know, I know, I’m going to get around to doing that! Eventually. But I might just keep trying to chain little Cutiefly even before that: that pink Ribombee is calling to me, I can just feel it. So sweet!

Number 3: Toucannon


Grumpy Get-Off-My-Lawn Bird is already a tad too colorful for its personality, but its shiny form takes it to the max, turning its beak into a half rainbow (or the Bisexual Pride flag, to be more precise). The end result is very pretty-looking, which probably makes Toucannon even grumpier.

Yeah, it’s hard to keep your cranky street-cred when you look like a pot of petunias.

In fact, this makes me wonder if, in spite of the hard numbers, shiny Toucannon might be angry enough to make itself useful on the battlefield… but that’s probably a pipe dream.

Yeah. Poor Toucannon.

Yeah, no wonder it’s so upset. The regional bird for Kalos ruled the world, and Toucannon just… sucks. Colorfully. But it sucks.

Number 2: Salazzle


Oh, baby, this is a good one. Some Gen VII white shinies (like most of the Ultra Beasts) take it a bit too far, but shiny Salazzle keeping her purple and pink along with the white turns her into one of the most stylish, prettiest shinies around.

Petunias done right.

Yeah, absolutely. Salazzle is not the first Pokémon who caught my attention in Gen VII (or the second, or the tenth), but if I ever find a way to use it in battles without having it crumple like paper on turn one (the poor thing is so frail), you can bet I’m going to hatch a few extra eggs, just in case I get a little white Salandit. Which… will have to be female. Oh, dear, that’s not going to be fun at all.

Better than hunting for a shiny Vespiquen, though, right?

Actually… no. Salandit and Combee have the same gender ratio.

Oh dear. That’s… evil.

Yes. Yes it is. I will bow to anyone I meet with a legit shiny Salazzle.

Number 1: Alolan Raichu


This is probably the most well-planned gen VII shiny. What do you get when you stay out surfing all day, every day? This rad tan, dude!

Unless you’re you, in which case you just get horribly sunburned and with a good case of sunstroke.

Fine, yeah, OK. True. But shiny Alolan Raichu instead becomes a perfectly-browned pancake… or a chocolate pancake… with maple syrup… shoot, I need to stop writing these at lunch time.

Want a Berry?

Nah, Whimsicott, thanks, I can’t get juice on the keyboard. Anyway, while I maybe slightly prefer regular Alolan Raichu to the shiny one, this gen VII shiny design simply has to take the cake… oh, darn, I did it again.

Go have lunch.

Yes, I will. But first… dear PUCLonians, what is your favorite Gen VII shiny? Do you also prefer single-color Minior over 80’s Disco shiny Minior? (You’ll get it when you listen to the next ep, I promise.) Which Gen VII shiny would you have made differently? Let me know in the comments, and thank you for reading!

Until next time,

The Fluffiest Whimsicott


I discovered Pokémon at 17 and never looked back (thanks, Team Rocket, for making the anime more fun and making me want to pick up the game). I'm now 36 and I'm not in the least ashamed to still love Pokémon... especially Grass and Fairy types! I'm from Italy, so time zones will be a thing if we want to battle or trade. Sorry in advance. Trivia: my first Pokémon ever was a Charmander.

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