With so much happening in the Pokémon world, we thought we would revisit some of the older Pokémon games and talk about how to catch some of the rarest Pokémon in the games; shiny Pokémon. Here are some of the most effective ways to get shiny Pokémon.
What are shiny Pokémon?
Shiny Pokémon are very rare Pokémon that have different colors than they normally would. For example, Charizard is orange but a shiny Charizard is black. I have tried most shiny hunting methods and found that some worked better than others. Keep in mind that shiny Pokémon are very very rare and that you need luck and perseverance to find and catch one. If the game you’re playing awards you with a shiny charm for completing your Pokedex I would highly recommend you pursuing that since the charm improves the chances of encountering a shiny Pokémon. Refrain from turning off your system while shiny hunting since that will break your chain. If you’re not familiar with chaining, it’s the act of encountering Pokémon many times in a row using an item called the Poké Radar. The higher your chain, the higher your chances of coming across a shiny Pokémon!
Fishing For Shiny Pokémon
Chain Fishing is only possible in Pokémon X and Y. First, you need a Pokémon in the first slot of your Team with the ability Suction Cups and Sticky Hold to prevent fish from not biting. Then find an enclosed area where you can fish and start fishing. Don’t move from the spot you are fishing or it will break your chain. If you reel in too early or late that will also break your chain. Keep fishing and fleeing from the wild Pokémon until you catch a shiny. Changing rods did not break my chains.
Even though I reeled in too late and broke my chain a couple of times I had a lot of success with this hunting method. Also fishing is quite calming for me.
Radar Chaining For Shiny Pokémon
Radar Chaining is a method you can use in Pokémon X, Y and Platinum. Once you obtain the Pokéradar, some super repel, Pokéballs, Leppa berries and a strong Pokémon with attacks that have many power points (PP) you are ready to hunt! First use repels to prevent wild Pokémon from breaking your chain. Use the Pokéradar and catch or defeat the Pokémon you encountered to start the chain. Now watch and listen carefully for the patch of grass that shakes violently.
Don’t enter patches that shake lightly; instead, walk 50 steps to recharge the radar. If another Pokémon appears and it’s not the one you are hunting your chain is broken and you have to start over. Try not to enter shaking patches that are right next to each other or on the rim of the grass field. Once your chain hits 40 you can’t increase the odds of getting a shiny any further. Now keep using the Radar without entering a shaking patch until you see a patch that shakes with stars in it. This guarantees a shiny/ In Pokémon Platinum you have to enter the same type of shaking grass you did when you started the chain.
This is my least favorite hunting method on this list. I did catch a few shiny Pokémon using the Pokéradar, but most attempts ended in a broken chain and wasted time. Once you get the hang of it it gets easier, but the other methods were more successful for me.
SOS Battle Chaining For Shiny Pokémon
SOS battle chaining is available in the 7th generation that includes Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.
For this method, you need strong Pokémon who have attacks with many Power Points and the attack False Swipe; plus a few adrenaline orbs. Healing items for Health and Power Points are recommended. After encountering the Pokémon you want to hunt for, use False Swipe so it only has 1 hp left and is more likely to call for help, then use an adrenaline orb. Once the Pokémon successfully calls for help, defeat the new arrival and wait for another one to do the same. You can waste turns in case no help came if you try to use another adrenaline orb.
Keep in mind that the Pokémon who is calling for help can run out of power points and use struggle, which will kill it and break your chain. To prevent that keep count of the rounds and once you reach 25 rounds, defeat the Pokémon after help arrived and False Swipe the new help caller. Some Pokémon have abilities which can enable them to flee, or your Pokémon might hurt the help caller and break your chain.
Even though this method is monotonous after a while, and counting rounds is pretty boring, I have had a lot of success with it. You can also get the shiny charm by completing the regional Pokedex in these games which helps your chances of catching a shiny Pokémon.
Using Ultra Wormholes To Get Shiny Pokémon
Ultra Wormhole shiny hunting is only accessible in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon. Once you are far enough in the story and have reached the Wormhole you can start the hunt. All you need is some Pokéballs and strong Pokémon to be able to catch the shinies, since they are going to be lv 60. In the Wormhole you can collect golden rings, which make you faster, but you have to avoid the electric blue stones and Wormholes you don’t wish to enter. Try to fly as long as you can before entering a Wormhole. The odds of encountering a shiny increase the more light years you travel, but once you reach 5000 light years the odds won’t increase past that.
There are different types of Wormholes you can enter which have different odds of containing a shiny. The more rings a Wormhole has, and the more colourful it is, the more likely you are to encounter a shiny or legendary Pokémon. Unlike in Pokémon Sun/Moon the Ultra Beasts are not shiny locked anymore. After entering and saving in a Wormhole that has a Legendary Pokémon you can soft reset until you encounter the shiny, the same applies for Ultra Beasts.
White Wormholes indicate that upon entering you will find an Ultra Beast. When entering Wormholes with normal Pokémon soft resetting won’t get you a shiny since the stats and color are set when entering the Wormhole. If you completed the regional Pokédex and collected the Shiny charm your odds of getting a shiny when soft resetting Ultra Beasts and Legendaries increases. The odds of getting non-mythical shiny Pokémon in Wormholes do not increase with the shiny charm.
This method is perfect if you don’t have much time to hunt, plus the Wormhole mini-game is quite fun. On the downside, it is pretty random in terms of which Pokémon you will encounter, and you can only find a few selected Pokémon in these Wormholes.
Catch Combo-ing for Shiny Pokemon
Catch Combo-ing shiny hunting is my favorite method. It only works in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. All you have to do is walk around with loads of Pokéballs and catch the same type of Pokémon multiple times in a row. Try to get your catch combo to at least 30 and use Lures to improve the spawn rate. Be aware when you see a Pokémon do a different animation than usual which could indicate that it will flee and break your combo. If you catch a different Pokémon than the one you have a chain for it will break. The same goes if you close the game, but you can travel in different areas and not lose your combo. I would recommend fleeing after the first 2 Pokéballs are thrown just in case. Keep an eye out for shinies, since you can already spot them in the overworld unlike in Pokémon Go.
You can get the shiny charm in Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee for completing the Pokédex, and if you don’t have friends with the edition you need go on discord to find people to trade with or get the Pokémon you need in Pokémon Go and transfer them to your game.
I enjoy this method more than the others because catching Pokémon in this game is fun. I like that you do the throwing motion and I love being able to see if a Pokémon is shiny before having to encounter them.
So that’s it! That’s everything you need to get shiny Pokémon. After looking at all these different shiny hunting methods I am curious if Pokémon Sword and Shield will have different ways to hunt for shiny Pokémon. Do you have a favourite shiny Pokémon? Feel free to comment below.