Shiny Pokemon Guide

Step 3: Create a chain

This is the tricky part. The theory is that the larger your current Poke Radar chain is, the higher your chances of encountering a Shiny Pokemon. So, creating a decent-sized chain is essential to catching a Shiny, but it's not easy if you don't have the right technique. Here's how to do it:

Register your Poke Radar so that you can use it by pressing the Y button. You'll waste a lot of time if you have to go into your bag every time you need to use it. This also prevents you from accidentally breaking your chain by using your bike (if you use the bicycle at any time while chaining, it will break your chain). Then, make sure the Poke Radar Poketch application is selected on the bottom screen.

Once you've found a good place and you're ready to start, use a Super Repel. Make sure you're paying full attention to the top screen, and then press Y to use the Poke Radar. You'll see a few patches of grass shake (anywhere from one to a maximum of four). Shaking grass comes in a few types, of which there are three that you need to be aware of:

Regular shaking grass patch: This grass shakes but it doesn't flash. Common Sinnoh Pokemon are found in these patches.
Flashing shaking grass patch: This grass shakes and flashes white a little bit. This usually indicates that a rarer (non-Sinnoh) Pokemon is in that patch, but any Pokemon could be found there.
Shiny patch: This type of grass patch always contains a Shiny Pokemon. It glows white twice. To get an idea of what it looks like, check out this YouTube video.

Above: This Poketch app will quickly become your best friend while chaining. Your current chain will be displayed in the grey area on top, and lets you know that your chain remains intact

To select a patch of grass, simply walk into it. This will start a battle with whichever Pokemon is in that grass patch. To start your chain, you must either KO or capture the Pokemon. If you run from battle or the Pokemon flees (or defeats your party) it will break your chain.

Once you've KOed the Pokemon, two things will happen. First, pay attention, because you'll see more patches of shaking grass as soon as the battle ends. Secondly, you'll see on your Poke Radar Poketch app that the Pokemon you just battled has appeared at the top center of the screen, with the number 1 next to it. That means that there is one Pokemon in your current chain.

To continue the chain, you'll need to select another patch of shaking grass that contains the same type of Pokemon as the first one in your chain. If you're chaining Growlithes and run into a Bidoof, your chain will break. So, how do you know which patch of grass to choose? There are a few rules you'll need to know... read on.




  • 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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