After many comments on social media reporting that the shiny Galarian Ponyta was not seen in the game, and research conducted on various Pokémon GO forums, trainers realized that the shiny shape seemed to be completely unavailable. Some trainers had been working hard to get this glow as it seemed to have increased gloss rates, but none were reported after May 18.
On May 27, the Pokémon GO Live website added the following to its support and known issues section on the website:
‘Galarian Ponyta could not be found in her Brilliant form.
Description of the problem: Coaches couldn’t find the brilliant form of Galarian Ponyta from Eggs or Research Breakthroughs from Tuesday May 18 to Monday May 24.
It looks like Galarian Ponyta’s glowing form was accidentally turned off with the start of the second part of the Luminous Legends Y event!
This problem has now been resolvedAnd, as compensation, there will be two bonuses in the game to compensate for this error.
from June 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to June 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. local time
Galarian Ponyta will appear most frequently in 7 km eggs.
A special timed investigation featuring Galarian Ponyta, along with other bonus items, will be available in-game. We don’t know all the details of this timed investigation yet, but we assume it will lead to several encounters with Galarian Ponyta to try and make up for the glow dimming for a week.
This is the second time Niantic has offered compensation after the shiny forms of specific Pokémon became unavailable. Previous Shiny Shadow Pokémon were deactivated, and as compensation, players received additional Rocket Radars. This is not the first time a glitter has been turned off for an extended period of time after launch, there have been issues with glitters, including Magnemite, Krabby, and Misdreavous, which are unavailable after a game update with research conducted at Reddit to explore how long. It had been since these glitters were reported. There was also recently an issue with XP not working properly when leveling up friendship with a lucky egg so Niantic gave affected trainers a set amount of XP.
While these mistakes are frustrating, it’s great to see Niantic acknowledging this and adding compensation that specifically features Galarian Ponyta to make up for those encounters that couldn’t be bright and potentially should have been able to shine.
The later Galarian Ponyta bonus compensation appeared first in the Pokémon GO Hub.