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Back story, availability? Is it a separate Pokémon to the grey form? I haven't seen any relevant anime.

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It was supposed to resemble a pokeball, and then it rusted? idk, thats my guess.

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The backstory is all in the movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. Though I don't remember much of the movie now, I'll tell you what I do know:
Magearna was made by an inventor as a gift to a princess. At that time, centuries ago, Magearna was painted like a pokeball, it's Original Form. Over time, the paint wore off Magearna, revealing the metal underneath.
So, basically, regular Magearna is just Original Color Magearna with no paint.

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Magearna has two different appearances, one standard and one with its original colour from centuries ago. There's no way to change between them

this site show its original color https://www.serebii.net/pokedex-sm/801.shtml

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He asked for backstory. This answer is incomplete.