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Shiny Pokemon Guide

If you're a Pokemon fan, there's no doubt you've at least heard whisperings about an elusive breed of so-called "shiny" Pokemon. Some people think you need to cheat (e.g. use a hacking device) to obtain them; others think you just have to be really, really lucky.

However, a select few Pokemon fans have discovered that you don't need to cheat to catch an army of Shinies (Pikachu sees you using Action Replay and it makes him cry). In this guide, we set the record straight on Shiny Pokemon and show you how to start catching them yourself.



Above: Finding a Shiny Legendary or Starter is just chance - there's nothing you can do to increase those odds

What is a Shiny?

Introduced in Pokemon Gold/Silver, a Shiny Pokemon is a rare Pokemon that differs in color from a normal Pokemon and can be identified by the red star to the right of its sprite on the summary screen. The difference can be subtle (Shiny Leafeon are only a slightly lighter shade of teal) or dramatic (Shiny Gyarados are a brilliant shade of red, as opposed to normal blue). When they emerge from a Poke Ball in battle they're accompanied by a brief glittery animation that makes them appear to shine (hence the unofficial term "shiny" - there actually is no official term for these rare Pokemon).

There are no other differences between Shiny Pokemon and normal Pokemon; i.e. they don't have any stat boosts or other abnormal attributes. Because they're so incredibly rare and the differences between Shiny Pokemon and normal Pokemon are purely cosmetic, they're considered to be the ultimate collector's item for hardcore Pokemon fans.

So how rare are they? The chances of encountering a Shiny Pokemon randomly in the wild are a dismal 1/8192. Until Diamond and Pearl, there was absolutely no way of increasing these odds (except for the Shiny Gyarados that appeared in every copy of Gold/Silver). However, with the right tools and approach you can increase these odds dramatically. Read on to find out how.

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40 comments

  • seantay1999 - December 29, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    Thanks!!! This helps ALOT! =D
  • Scirs457 - July 4, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    whats chaining?I mean in pokemon?
  • Darkfox - May 27, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Well I Found A Shiny Zubat (Rt. 204, Lvl. 4) And A Shiny Machoke (Acuity Lakefront, Lvl. 34?? I Think?) Anyways.... This Was All Completely Random!! I Just Started A New Game, And I Found My Shiny Zubat, Before I Got My Frist Gym Badge :D ... So I Don't Think The National Dex Is All That Important To Find Shinys.
  • Fatalis123 - March 30, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    I got like to chain 59 and dont even see any shiny patch.
  • mike032592 - March 7, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    I've been playing pokemon since the very begining and I still have yet to see a single shiny pokemon, aside from the red gyarados. Hopefully this helps me catch one.
  • jason-shackelford - July 24, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    Dont worry when i saw my first shiny i had no clue what it was and had no pokeballs to catch it. it was an ekens in pokemon yellow. Now that i know what it is im kinda sad XD
  • xdeidarax - January 11, 2011 12:35 a.m.

    You don't always have to do this...I found a shiny Ponyta and Tentacruel through sheer luck.
  • Chaoscoolperson - November 9, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    my friend was playing heartgold soulsilver. he didn't understand the appeal of shinies and killed the garyados raging in the lake. then he went to the dragon cave and found a golden magicarp. I'm like you ARE SO LUCKY! I actually met him over pokemon. oh well i always luck out and get a female starter without trying... I'll have to try this guide sometime. Thanks GR!
  • MonkeyNinja - August 9, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Must give this a try later.
  • ObsessionWithEdgeworth - June 1, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    ...pfft... I got a shiny Seaking by ACCIDENT! I forgotted to use a repel, to stop the annoying low level water pokemon, and I found a shiny seaking (Pokemon SS)
  • Noahguy1234 - March 17, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    I was playing my FireRed game before and I found a shiny Weedle, but I didn't know what shiny Pokemon were. I seriously didn't feel like battling, so I ran away. I wasn't seeing any Weedle's that looked the same, so I thought it was special. I went looking for it for like a whole day and I had no idea there was such a low chance I would find it. I feel retarded right now.
  • SlayingRavage - March 14, 2010 7:04 a.m.

    or u could just do what i did and buy a action replay and get 100% shiny and then there is no mucking around including starters, legends, trade and i can get darkrai and others just by going into the pokemart
  • random3180 - March 9, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    I got a golden graveler on the pokemon league side of victory rode right as I entered the cave, its lvl 35
  • hehehe - February 15, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    ya, this isnt working for me... but of course, i have no patience
  • annilator - December 1, 2009 5:29 a.m.

    i was just walking in spring path and i found a shiny golduck and im like o wow thats shoking and i had a gallade out:) and im like low health and it killed it and im like u basterd
  • krazy22r - October 15, 2009 9:48 p.m.

    hopefully this will let me get more shinies to go with my only shiny pokemon sandslash. he looks really cool though.
  • pokedude123 - October 3, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    yeah i finally got my shiny ralts thx!
  • Firesonic999 - November 30, 2008 4:54 p.m.

    omg.....lol this works holy crap!!!
  • boracena2008 - September 22, 2008 6:54 a.m.

    THIS ACTUALLY WORKS. I KILLED LIKE 31 DONPHANS BUT THEN THIS GUEDUDE CAME OUT. BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME
  • chiz - September 23, 2008 12:37 a.m.

    you can get shiny legends if you save before you fight and keep reseting eventually it will be shiny

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