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Anjoola's Website Pokémon Guides Shiny Hunting

There is a 1/8192 chance of bumping into a shiny. With such a low occurrence, how is it ever possible to bump into a shiny? Do not fret, for there is a solution!

Here is a guide that will help you in your shiny hunting, as it contains many methods to make the hunting less tedious. Some methods are for Pokémon DPPt and HGSS only! For a way more serious method called RNG abuse, check out this guide here!

Hunting Blindly | Pokéradar | Chain Hunting | Soft Resetting | Breeding
Hunting Blindly Back to Top

This may sound strange, but it is actually a method that I use to hunt my shinies. All you have to do is turn up the volume, or wear headphones. If you are an experienced trainer, you should have memorized the different sounds for battling and such. If not, memorize battle sounds! It will be useful for this method.

1 Turn up the volume.
2 Find the grassy, water, or cave area with the Pokémon you are hunting and run around in that area.
3 A battle will begin, and if the Pokémon is a shiny, you will hear a sparkling sound.
4 If it is not a shiny, just run away. If you can't run away, check again! It may actually be a shiny!

You can do this while reading a magazine, since all it takes is to listen. Once you hear the battle music begin, and you don't hear the shiny sparkle sound, just tap or press the run button sequence.  

Pokéradar Back to Top

This is for use in Pokémon DPPt only. The Pokéradar is a useful tool that you can use when hunting shinies. This is given by Professor Oak when you arrive at the Pal Park for the first time.

1 Get off the bike if you're on one, and go into a large grassy patch, preferably with no trees, holes, or rocks.
2 Use the item Pokéradar found in the Key Items pocket. 
3 Look for a sparkly rustle in the grass. If you don't see one, use the Pokéradar again until you see one.
4 If you see a shiny rustle, you have a 50% change that you'll find a shiny!


Using the Pokéradar is very helpful in shiny hunting, but takes a long time. While the Pokéradar doesn't increase your chances of finding a shiny, it makes it easier as you don't have to go through so many battle scenes. Don't forget to bring Super Repels (since they have more steps per Pokédollar than Max Repels have), because even if you are using the Pokéradar, Pokémon still appear in grass that isn't rustling!

Chain Hunting Back to Top

There's another method that involves the Pokéradar (only in Pokémon DPPt), which is known as chain hunting. Chain hunting involves encountering the same Pokémon over and over again using the Pokéradar. The Pokéradar functions in a way that you can use it to find a certain Pokémon based on the rustle it makes in the grass. When you defeat or capture that Pokémon, the Pokéradar continues to work, so the grass rustles again, and you don't have to recharge or reuse the item. You can initiate another Pokémon battle, and if you defeat the Pokémon, grass rustles again. This starts what is called a chain.


For example, I use my Pokéradar and find a white rustle. A battle begins and I find a Skiploom, which I defeat. After the battle is over, more grass rustles, and I find one that looks exactly like the white rustle. (Remember there are different kinds of rustles, and you want to go to the one the same as yours). Then I go to the same rustle farthest away from me, and encounter another Skiploom. I battle or capture it, and this process is repeated many times.
1 Get off the bike if you're on one, and go into the grassy patch where the Pokémon your hunting for is.
2 Use the key item Pokéradar. Don't forget to use Super Repels!
3 Go to any rustle in the grass. If your Pokémon is one of the rarer kinds, its best to start at the white rustles. If your Pokémon is quite common, start at the small, green rustles.
4 Battle the Pokémon. If it isn't the one you want, run away and recharge the Pokéradar and repeat steps 1-3. If it is the one you want, capture or defeat it.
5 After defeating the Pokémon, more grass will rustle. Go to a rustle that is the same as the one you saw when you encounter the Pokémon you just battled. Walk to the one farthest away from you, avoiding other rustles. This increases your chance of seeing the same Pokémon.
6 Battle the Pokémon and defeat or capture it. Repeat step 5 over and over again.
7 You will then begin a chain. Use Super Repels when necessary and watch out for other rustles on the way to the rustle you are after.
8 After a while, you hopefully will see one of the sparkly rustles! That rustle has a 50% of being a shiny, so good luck!

This method improves your chance of getting a shiny since you've seen 80 Skiplooms in a row. You're bound to see a shiny Skiploom (although the laws of mathematics say otherwise). But, if you go to a rustle, and happen upon another Pokémon, your chain is broken and you must start again.
That's why it's advised to use Super Repels so you don't mess up your chain by. You can also use Pokétch App #20 to see your current and previous chains.

Soft Resetting Back to Top 

You are probably most familiar with this type of shiny hunting. This only works for some legendaries and other Pokémon that you can save before you catch them. If you mess up or do not find a shiny Pokemon, all you have to do is shut down the system and restart it!
The method doesn't work for common Pokémon such as Rattata or Stunky. For a list of all the one time Pokémon you can save in front of, please click here!

1 Save right in front of the place to catch the particular Pokémon and begin the battle or talk with a person that has that Pokémon.
2 If it is a shiny, then catch it. If not, soft reset* the game.
3 When you load the game again, you will be right where you saved the game, which should be in front of the Pokémon you are hunting.
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you get a shiny.
*For the GBA, press and hold A, B, start, select. For the DS and DS Lite press and hold L, R, start, select. For the DSi press the power button once without holding.
This is yet another one of those long processes in catching a shiny. This requires all of your patience as you need to turn the game on and off multiple times. While it may seem like it would harm the game by turning it on and off, it's been proven that it won't. This is the way most people use to get shinies.

List of Soft Resettable Pokémon
Some legendaries can only be found in certain games. This is indicated by the different colors, with the colors labeled according to the title on the left.

Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald | Starters, Mew, Sudowoodo, Lugia, Ho-oh, Electrode, Castform, Lileep, Anorith, Beldum, Regirock, Registeel, Regice, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Deoxys.

FireRed and LeafGreen | Starters, Eevee, Snorlax, Aerodactyl, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Kabuto, Omanyte, Mewtwo, Mew, Lugia, Ho-oh, Deoxys.

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum | Starters, Drifloon, Spiritomb, Rotom, Dialga, Palkia, Uxie, Azelf, Heatran, Regice, Registeel, Regirock, Regigigas, Giratina, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus.

HeartGold and SoulSilver | Starters, Gyarados*, Snorlax, Lapras, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Sudowoodo, Suicune, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Celebi, Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina.

Breeding Back to Top

This method is one of the long ones, but lets you choose which Pokémon you want to be shiny. First you need to know how to breed. If you don't, check out this page here!

A common mistake is assuming that saving before an egg hatches, then resetting if a shiny does not appear is a valid method. However, this does not work, because once an egg is made, all details about the Pokémon are already set. Save before you make an egg!

1 Put the Pokémon you want to breed into the Daycare center.
2 Walk around for a few steps until you get an egg from the Daycare Man. Make sure you have space for the egg!
3 Continue walking, and more eggs will be made. Try to get five eggs into your party to make this quicker.
4 Hatch the eggs. If they are shinies, congratulations! If not, you have to walk around more until the Daycare Man has more eggs.
5 Repeat steps 2 through 4 to get more eggs, and hopefully one of them will hatch into a shiny!

Hopefully you've caught a shiny Pokémon using these methods! If you know of any better or newer methods, please contact me!

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