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I was quietly raging to myself on why the Mudkip lines' shiny forms were pink when I realized that a startlingly large amount of Water Types were also pink (Vaporeon, Lapras, Omastar, Wailmer, Sharpedo, jeez the list goes on.).

Is this just because Game Freak felt like giving them a pink shiny, or is there an actual reason?

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qAyDsVpwELM
This is a really interesting theory video. It's basically saying that because Shinies might have been made by an algorithm until Gen 6, Blue Pokémon (usually water) most commonly turned into Pink or Purple, because of how the algorithm worked.

My personal theory is that a lot of blue shinies are pink nowadays because the colors compliment each other, while still looking, well, shiny.

Nobody but Gamefreak really knows though. So as always, Gamefreak logic.

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Isn't that literally exactly what I said?

*Blue Pokémon (usually water) most commonly turned into Pink or Purple, because of how the algorithm worked.*

Blue pokemon were pink because of how the algorithm worked, which is basically saying pokemon with close color schemes had similar shiny colorings too. And what's your source on the algorithm lasting until gen 6? And did you watch the video?
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You said you had a personal theory for why the blue Pokemon turned pink but you can't theorize about it. It's just how the algorithm is, and Every pokemon uses the same algorithm. My source on the algorithm lasting until Gen 6 is this, https://www.google.com/amp/s/pokemongohub.net/post/guide/the-secret-reason-why-some-shiny-pokemon-look-bad/amp/ I have seen a lot,and I mean A LOT of shiny pokemon videos and how they were made and the origins behind the newer ones and I have never heard that the algorithm stopped in Gen 4. No I didn't watch the video but I'm about to

And ty I have no idea what you mean
Ok started watching video and literally starting at 1:04 he starts talking about how gens 1-5 shiniest were made randomly
I watched the video and I thought it was very interesting, especially the triad colors part. However, the entire time Lockstin talks about how the algorithm supposedly works, and that it's not as simple as it looks. And he says multiples times they started creating each and every shiny by hand in Gen 6