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Pokémon counterparts are specially colorated versions of Pokémon that are adventitiously encountered in the wild and—more conservatively so—obtained from Pokémon-giving NPCs.
Compared to other Pokémon MMOs, Pokémon Revolution Online is not multitudinously diversified in the array of special counterparts available; aside from the traditional shiny counterparts, special counterparts are more commonly obtainable as temporary event-thematic Pokémon than any regularly encounterable counterpart of wild Pokémon. Moreover, they do not bear any inherent statistical enhancements; they merely have an aesthetic distinction from their regular counterparts.
Shiny Pokémon are also the only special counterpart that each Pokémon has a version of; event-temporary ones are tailored to a specific assortment of Pokémon, as outlined below.
- 1 Shiny Pokémon
- 2 Pink Pokémon
- 3 Event-Temporary Pokémon
- 3.1 Christmas-themed Pokémon
- 3.2 Halloween-themed Pokemon
- 3.3 Starter Clones
- 3.4 Valentine's Day-themed Pokémon
- 3.5 Easter-themed Pokémon
- 3.6 May 4th Event
- 3.7 Alolan Pokemon
In addition to their distinctive coloration, shiny Pokémon are also identifiable by the golden S emblem; see the image to the right for a pictorial illustration.
For wild-Pokémon encounters, their odds are fractionally identical to those in the handheld games at 1/8192 (0.01220703125%).
Any wild-Pokémon battle initiated by an NPC script will not have a shiny chance; this includes even catchable Pokémon encountered via Headbutt Trees, Diggable Patches, Excavation Sites, and overworld-interactable Pokémon (such as the occlusive Snorlax on Route 12).
While the wild-battle-initiator used by NPC scripts has no shininess chance, Pokémon that are directly given by NPCs can still have chances if the RNGs are configured within the scripts for it; examples include fossilized Pokémon regenerated by the fossil-reanimators, some boss-prize Pokémon, and abandoned Pokémon.
Because these Pokémon are given much more infrequently than wild Pokémon are encountered, they tend to have varyingly lower shiny-chance odds than the standard 1/8192 rate of wild Pokémon.
Contemporaneously, all of the obtainable legendary Pokémon are shiny locked. Thus, legendary Pokémon would not be viewable in their shiny forms.
- Main article: Pinkan Island
With the advent of Pinkan Island—one of the Orange Islands that was released as a standalone content addition—a bevy of Pokémon were pinkified new counterparts as a nod to those who inhabited the aforementioned area in the anime.
Every Pokémon inhabitant on the island and evolutions thereof has a pink counterpart; there is a 1/1,500 chance of encountering them in the wild, and a level-90 Scyther and Electabuzz with maximal happiness must be on-hand in order for them to be encounterable. All of such inhabitants are assorted in the collage below, among a few others that have not yet been made huntable.
Occasionally, specially themed counterparts have been made available for Pokémon to help saturate event-exclusive Pokémon—typically for a select assortment of Pokémon that tally to the nature of the event. While they have never been made encounterable outside of the event, all Pokémon obtained during them were retainable by the players and thus those that remained in circulation were considered collectible commodities among traders.
Do note that these versions have no shiny-counterpart versions; shininess is a discrete chance from these versions in the RNG calculations and thus they are mutually exclusive.
For the 2016 Christmas Event, specially accessorized and/or colorated Pokémon versions were released for a select bevy of Pokémon. There is a 1/750 chance of encountering these counterparts in the wild. In addition to the gamut of previous-year counterparts, a new batch of them was added to the spriteset for the 2017 Christmas Event.
All of the these Pokémon and their Christmas-themed sprites are shown in the alphabetized collage below.
Christmas Stantler (2016)
Christmas Stantler (2017)
Pokemons available in Christmas 2018
During Christmas 2018, a total of 9 Pokemon families were given a Christmas counterpart while certain other Pokemons were not made available as Christmas Pokémons again. The chances to find one was 1/1000.
On October 18, 2017, Halloween-themed counterparts of Pikachu and Raichu were ushered in for the contemporaneous Halloween event, randomized at a 1/20 (5%) rate of huntability. During 2018's Halloween, all three Kanto starters were also given an Halloween counterpart.
In August of 2016, starter-clone counterparts were introduced for each Pokémon in the evolutionary line of Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle as an anniversary-commemoratory event—approximately one year removed from its release into the Beta stage on August 14, 2016. While the event was abruptly discontinued later that month due to various technical difficulties, it was reintroduced on November 14, 2016, as a consolatory event due to the Halloween event's cancellation that year.
Clone Pokémon are colorated in accordance to those that were created and deployed in the Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back.
There is a 1/20 (5%) chance of encountering these counterparts of wild starter Pokémon. Do note that this is not applicable to starter Pokémon given to regional newcomers in the lab; they have no special-counterpart chances altogether.
Valentine's Day-themed Pokémon
Valentine's Day Event 2018
For the 2018 Valentine's Day Event, specially accessorized and/or colorated Pokémon version were released for Nidoran Male and Nidoran Female, Illumise and Volbeat. There is a 1/550 chance of encountering these counterparts in the wild.
Valentine Nidoran Male
Valentine Nidoran Female
Valentine's Day Event 2019
For the 2019 Valentine's Day Event, specially accessorized and/or colorated Pokémon versions were released for Alomomola, Female Frillish and Jellicent, Male Frillish and Jellicent, Luvdisc, Minun and Plusle, Sawk and Throh, Budew, Roselia and Roserade. There is a 1/550 chance of encountering these counterparts in the wild.
Valentine Frillish Female
Valentine Jellicent Female
Valentine Frillish Male
Valentine Jellicent Male
For the 2019 Spring Event, specially accessorized and/or colorated Pokémon versions were released for Exeggcute, Kangaskhan, Azurill, Feebas, Munchlax, Larvesta and their evolutions. There is a 1/550 chance of encountering these counterparts in the wild, as well as the Togepi easter forms released in 2018. (Pinkan Island excluded)
May 4th Event
During May 2019, Pawniard and Bisharp Darth Vader looking versions were released. They were released on May 4th as a commemoration to the famous Star Wars quote "May the force be with you." They were released for a limited amount of time.