To help round out the year in Pokémon Go, Vanillite, the fresh snow, ice-cream shaped Pokémon from the Unova region is making its debut in the mobile game. You’ll be able to capture it starting on December 22, right when the new Holiday event starts, shortly after a ticketed event introduced Galarian Mr. Mime, and its evolved form, Mr. Ryme, make their appearance. Like many new Pokémon, it’s has a shiny version that is different from its traditional look, but will it be available on the first day?
Chances are meager that trainers can encounter Vanillite’s shiny version when it initially releases. Typically, developer Niantic will hold off on releasing the shiny version of a Pokémon until a special event. For example, before Vanillite’s release, the event with Galarian Mr. Mime introduced Cubchoo’s shiny form. From that event onward, players have a slim chance to attempt to capture a Cubchoo and run into its shiny form.
With Vanillite being brand new, likely, we won’t see a shiny form until next year. To add a slightly thicker layer of speculation, it likely won’t happen until next week, or at least, when a winter-themed event hints, given that Vanillite is an Ice-type Pokémon. It’s an iconic cold Pokémon, so Niantic will try to tie it in with another winter event they have in the game.
We can’t say when that will come about, but when it does, Vanillite and all of its evolved forms receive the new form. For now, feel free to capture Vanillite as much as you like for fun, but don’t have your hopes up of seeing one with an altered appearance.