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Ethan encounters a Shiny Charizard

Ethan encounters a Shiny Charizard.

'Shiny Pokémon' (Japanese: ポケモンの光る Pokémon no Hikaru) are Pokémon with a very different type of color than the original colored Pokémon. Shiny Pokémon has been introduced since Generation II in Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version which the first shiny Pokémon that was introduced was a Red Gyarados. Shiny Pokémon have been considered to be one of the rarest Pokémon due to their rare appearance. The term "shiny" is a reference to their difference in color than the original also to their sparkling animation and sound effect when the battle starts. The term was unofficial prior to Generation V, when the Pokédex began cataloging shiny Pokémon and using the term itself.


In Generation II, when a battle starts the game picks four random numbers between 0 and 65535. If any of the numbers is less than eight then the encounter will be a shiny Pokémon. The chance of seeing a shiny Pokémon is 1 in every 8192, or 0.0122%. From Generation III onwards, shiny Pokémon are determined by other factors such as the Trainer ID number and the personality value of the Pokémon. They can sometimes become shiny when you got the right amount of Soft Resets, also known as SR through a shortcut. This can be time consuming because of the amount of the time spent constantly SR'ing. Achieving a shiny this way can take days or even weeks.


There are a few different methods to increase your chances of obtaining a shiny Pokémon.

Chaining (Gen IV)

This method uses the Pokéradar in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl and Pokemon Platinum to encounter chains of the same Pokémon. Here's a few tips:

  • If the bush just shakes, it is a Sinnoh Pokémon.
  • If the bush has a whitish shake, it might be a non-native Pokémon.
  • Never use it in water, caves or tall grass.
  • The bush with the same type of shake as the first Pokémon you battled that is the farthest away within a four by four grid most likely is the same Pokémon.
  • The likelihood of finding a Shiny Pokemon increases the higher your chain continues unbroken. After finding 40 of the same Pokemon in a row, the odds are at their highest. Sparkling grass indicates a Shiny Pokemon is in that bush.

Masuda Method (Gen IV-V)

This method is when you breed two Pokemon, one from your game, and one from another language's game (Japanese, English, French, etc.). At first the chances of finding a shiny are 1/8192, if you use this method in gen IV the chances are cut, to 1/2048, whereas in gen V they are cut even more to 1/1365.3. So the chances of hatching a shiny are extremely easier. Although this seems to be high, and it is much higher than the normal method, but using the Masuda Method still mathematically averages one shiny egg per every 947 eggs. So if you got a shiny egg before the 947th egg you hatched, you should count yourself lucky. This method was created and announced by Junichi Masuda, director of GameFreak to add fun stuff to the game after you beat it. Such as shiny hunting, using the GTS, and more!


  • I suggest going on to the Global Trade Station (GTS) and get a Japanese Ditto.
  • Then select a pokemon and put it in the Day-Care with the Japanese Ditto.
  • Keep hatching until you find a shiny.

Soft Reset (Useful for Legendaries and Shiny Starters (Gen. II to Gen. V))

One method which is easy enough (but often very time consuming) works for starters and most Legendary Pokémon. Basically, the method is to stand in front of the legendary Pokémon you will catch/starter you will take and save. If you don't get a shiny when you get your starter/battle the legendary, soft reset the game by pressing A+B+Start+Select on the GBA and L+R+Start+Select on the DS. This method can easily require over 1000 resets before you get a shiny, however with enough dedication and patience your efforts can pay off.

In-Game Shiny Pokémon

In-game shiny Pokémon are met as part of the main story in some Pokémon games. For example, the Red Gyarados appears in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Versions, and in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions as part of a story arc, and can be caught in a way similar to most legendary Pokémon.

In FireRed and LeafGreen, a Trainer with a shiny Espeon can be battled inside the Trainer Tower on one of the Sevii Islands. There is also another trainer with a shiny Meowth.

In Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokemon White Version 2, the player can catch a Shiny Haxorus in the post-story. The player can also receive a Shiny Gible in Black 2 and a Shiny Dratini in White 2.

Shiny Pokémon in the Anime series


  • In Generation II games shiny Pokémon are, on average, slightly stronger than their normal coloured counterparts. However, this is not true for later generations.
  • There are examples of Pokémon which, although colored differently, are not officially shiny, such as gender differences in regular coloring such as in Hippowdon, Jellicent and Frillish however these are not shiny but each gender will have its own shiny colour that differs from the usual colour for their gender.
  • The first alternately colored Pokémon to appear in the anime series was seen by Ash in the first season when he released his Butterfree so it could find a mate.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, two Kecleon own a shop in the town square. One is a dark purple color.
  • The Pokémon which reside in parts of the Orange Islands are coloured differently to other Pokémon. The color changes are due to climate and natural adaption according to Professor Ivy.
  •  In the Anime, "The Island of the Pink Pokemon" was just that apparently, eating the berries there turned Pokemon pink however if the Pokemon stop eating the berries they will discontinue being pink. Ash's Pikachu was temporarily pink due to this.



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