Shiny Pokemon Guide

To be successful in finding and catching Shinies, it's essential that you properly prepare. Here's what you'll need:

The Poke Radar

Where to get it: Once you have completed the Sinnoh Pokedex, you can obtain the Poke Radar from Professor Rowan in Sandgem Town.
What it does: The Poke Radar is a tool that helps you find non-Sinnoh Pokemon that were previously unattainable in Diamond/Pearl. It can only be used in regular grassy areas (not tall grass), and cannot be used anywhere else - so forget about trying to use it in caves, while surfing, etc. The Poke Radar can also be used to help you increase your odds of catching a Shiny by allowing you to use a technique called "chaining," which basically involves battling the same Pokemon over and over. More on this later.

The Poke Radar Poketch application

Where to get it: Once you've obtained the National Dex, visit Professor Oak at Pal Park and he'll give it to you.
What it does: It helps you keep track of your Poke Radar chains. It shows you your top three highest chains, as well as the current chain you're working on.

Above: Having a Pokemon with the Static ability increases your chances of encountering other electric-type Pokemon, which may help you when chaining for electric-type Shinies

Plenty of Super Repels or Max Repels

In order to use the Poke Radar correctly, you must eliminate the chance of encountering a wild Pokemon in a random battle. You only want to encounter Pokemon that appear as a result of using the Radar, because encountering any other Pokemon will break your chain. To prevent this, you must have a Repel in use at all times. Super Repels are cheaper per step, but if you have money to burn and you would prefer to use Max Repels, that's fine too. 

Supply of Poke Balls

This one is obvious, but make sure you have a good supply of Poke Balls. Make sure they're the appropriate type for catching the Pokemon you're going after. Plenty of Great, Ultra and Dusk Balls never hurt.

A party of able-bodied Pokemon

Before you start, make sure you have Pokemon in your party with tons of PP and strong moves to KO many Pokemon. Once you start your chain, you won't be able to go back to a Poke Center without destroying your hard work, so make sure you have strong Pokemon that can handle many battles without running our of HP/PP. It's also handy to have a Pokemon in your party that knows the move Super Fang or False Swipe so that when you find the Shiny, you won't KO it if it's at a lower level. 

If you're looking for electric-type or steel-type Pokemon, it's also a good idea to have a Pokemon with the ability Static (electric) or Magnet (steel), because it will increase your chances of encountering other Pokemon of that type. Make sure the Pokemon with that ability is in the lead of your party though, or else it won't work.




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

  • 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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