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GS Ethan encounters a Shiny Charizard

Ethan encounters a Shiny Charizard.

Shiny Pokémon (光るポケモン Hikaru Pokemon or 色違いポケモン Irochigai Pokemon) are very rare Pokémon with different coloration than the normal versions of the Pokémon although they have no stat differences at all. Shiny Pokémon have been included since Generation II in Gold and Silver in which the first shiny Pokémon that was introduced was a Red Gyarados. The term "shiny" is a reference to their difference in color and their sparkling animation and sound effect when they enter into battle. The term was originally a fan name prior to Generation V. However, it became so popular that the term became official and the Pokédex began cataloging shiny Pokémon and using the term itself.


Some shiny Pokémon have very noticeable color differences, e.g. Charizard:

Other shiny Pokémon are very similar to their normal versions, e.g. Clefable:


In Generation II, a Pokémon randomly assigned 5 integers between 0 and 15 to determine their base stats. (HP, Attack, Defense, Special, and Speed). If all 5 numbers are equal to 10, the Pokémon's color scheme will be set to 0. The chance of seeing a shiny Pokémon is 1 in every 8192 (213), or a probability of 0.012% during each encounter. From Generation III onwards, shiny Pokémon are determined by other factors such as the Trainer ID number and the personality value of the Pokémon. Despite this change, the odds of randomly encountering a shiny Pokémon is still 1 in 8192. As of Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, the Shiny Charm can be obtained to significantly increase chances of encountering a shiny Pokémon. In Pokémon Sword & Shield, there are two variants of Shiny Pokémon; one that sparkles stars and one that sparkles squares. These two different shines don't give any effects to the Pokémon, but show how they were encountered. A Shiny Pokémon that shines stars was encountered in the overworld while a Shiny Pokémon that shines squares was encountered through a random encounter. This stacks with most methods listed below.


In every generation, there are some Pokémon that can't be legally Shiny. Starting for Generation V, there is a coding in the games that prevent certain Pokémon from being found in the Shiny form in the wild through legitimate ways; they are always Legendary, Mythical and other event Pokémon. They are:


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

Breeding (Gen II)[]

In Generation II, breeding with a Shiny Pokémon can increase the odds of producing a Shiny up to a 1/64 chance. This is due to that in Generation II, Shininess was determined by IVs and the fact that IVs are passed down through breeding. However, this only works if the offspring is of the opposite gender as the Shiny parent. An exception to this is if the player possesses a Shiny Ditto, which can breed with almost every Pokémon.

Chaining (Gen IV)[]

This method uses the Pokéradar in Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, X and Y to encounter chains of the same Pokémon. Here's a few tips (Non-Gen VI):

  • 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 one has battled that is the farthest away within a four by four grid is most likely the same Pokémon.
  • The likelihood of finding a shiny Pokémon increases as the chain increases, maxing out at 40. Pulsing, sparkling grass indicates a Shiny Pokémon is in that bush.

For the Gen VI games, specifically ORAS, chaining has been made much easier thanks to the DexNav application on the PokéNav+. Using the DexNav function, players can see which Pokémon is in a patch of grass without having to risk encountering it. Likewise, scaring off a Pokémon using the DexNav (i.e. failing to sneak up on it) does not break the chain.

Masuda Method (Gen IV)[]

To use this method one must breed two Pokémon from games in different languages. Using this method improves the odds of hatching a shiny Pokémon from 1/8192 to 1/2048 or 1/1365.3, in Generation IV or Generation V, respectively. This method was the brainchild of Junichi Masuda, director of GameFreak.

Cute Charm Glitch (Gen IV)[]

While having the first Pokémon in your party have the ability Cute Charm, the ability allows for a 2 in 3 chance of encountering a Pokémon of the opposite gender of the first Pokémon in the party. This ability changes the ID and SID (Secret ID) of the player, giving them a randomly high chance to encounter Shiny Pokémon. If the player has a certain ID or SID number that is very low, then this causes Cute Charm to change it into an unidentifiable number, messing up the ID and SID of the player and the wild Pokémon around the player, allowing for a 21% chance of encountering a Shiny Pokémon rather than the 1/8192 chance.

Soft reset (Gen. II to Gen. VII)[]

One method which is easy enough (but often very time-consuming) works for starter Pokémon and most Legendary Pokémon. Basically, the method is to stand in front of the legendary Pokémon the player character will catch or the starter Pokémon they will take and save. If one doesn't get a shiny Pokémon when getting the starter Pokémon or battle the legendary Pokémon, soft reset the game by pressing A+B+Start+Select on the GBA, L+R+Start+Select on the DS and L+R+Start on the 3DS. This method can often require over 1000 resets before getting a shiny Pokémon.

Ultra Wormhole method (Gen VII)[]

In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the player can enter the Ultra Wormhole located at the Alter of Sunne/Moone and play the Wormhole Running mini game. Once the player passes 3,000+ Light Years, the chances for encountering Shiny Pokémon increases. The highest odds that the player can achieve in finding a shiny Pokémon is surpassing 5,000 Light Years and finding a Type 4 wormhole, which results in a 36% chance of an encounter.

Furthermore, the shininess of a Pokémon is determined when the player lands on the Ultra Space Wilds. Thus, the player saves the game before encountering the Pokémon, and can soft reset the Shiny Pokémon in order get a better nature or IVs, and ensure that they can recapture the Pokémon in case it is accidentally defeated in battle.

There are 19 Pokémon that can be encountered in their shiny forms through this method: Crustle, Heliolisk, Swellow, Hippowdon, Nuzleaf, Audino, Sigilyph, Swanna, Altaria, Medicham, Drapion, Quagsire, Lombre, Grumpig, Floatzel, Magcargo, Stunfisk, Yanmega, Abomasnow.

NOTE: If the player has the Shiny Charm, this does NOT increase the odds of the Wormhole hunting method, as the shiny rate for Wormhole hunting has its own rates.

Shiny chain (Gen VII)[]

In Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, the player is able to start a catch-chain if they repeatedly catch the same Pokémon over and over again. In order to start a catch-chain, one must consistently catch the same Pokémon over and over again without catching any other species (If a player catches 5 Weedles in a row and nothing else, they will have a catch-chain of 5 on Weedle). Notice how other evolutions or pre-evolutions of a Pokémon species do not count (If a player catches 5 Ekans and then catches an Arbok, the chain will break and you will have to start over). If you catch over 31 of the same species, the shininess rarity will not drop lower, as the highest a Catch-Chain can go while also modifying the rarity is at 31. The greater a catch-chain gets, the more likely you are to run into a Pokémon that either has at least 4 perfect IVs or a Shiny Pokémon due to catch-chains being able to lower the rareness of shinies. If you have a Lure in effect or a Shiny Charm (or both), then the chances of running into a Shiny Pokémon will increase. With a Shiny Charm, +31 catch-chain, and a Lure, the chances of running into a Shiny Pokémon drop to a 1 in 273 chance.

Sandwiches (Gen IX)[]

Players can make sandwiches at the Pokémon Picnic that can increase the chances of encountering Shiny Pokémon if the sandwich has the "Sparkling Power" effect on it, as it adds 1-3 rolls to the shiny Pokémon table. The sandwiches stack with other effects. A level 1 sparking sandwich increases the rate to 1 in 2048, a level 2 increases it to 1 in 1365 and a level 3 increases it to 1 in 1024. With a Shiny Charm added with the sandwich, the rates would further increase to 1 in 1024, 819 and 683 respectively.

As each power also has a specific typing, players must also use the according ingredients to do so; e.g to shiny hunt Fighting-type Pokémon, the player would use a hamburger, onion, avocado, tomato, two servings of pickles and two Herba Mystica of their liking without having any of the ingredients fall off.

Due to the auto-battle feature introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the player's Pokémon will not attack nearby shiny Pokémon. However, there are no cues to indicate if a shiny Pokémon does appear.

A good way to shiny hunt in the open world is to set up Picnics, as these force a complete wipe of the current Pokémon on the screen and generates new ones when the picnic ends. If this is not available, simply circle around the area, letting Pokémon despawn to allow the game to load new ones. If the area has Pokémon groups, it is important not to despawn more than four Pokémon at a time if the hunted Pokémon is not of that type, as to prevent unnecessary groups from spawning in.

Since some Pokémon share the same typing and habitat as other Pokémon in the area, it may be beneficial to wait for a mass outbreak for that Pokémon to appear first before attempting to shiny hunt them. Outbreaks ensure most of the spawns will be of the targeted Pokémon, and when combined with other effects can significantly increase the chances of running into a shiny Pokémon.

Tera Raid Battle Pokémon can appear as a shiny, but always at the flat rate; neither sandwiches nor the Shiny Charm can increase it, nor is there any indicator of it being one.

In-game Shiny Pokémon[]

Certain in-game shiny Pokémon are met as part of the main story in some Pokémon games.

A Red Gyarados appears in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, as part of a story arc, and can be caught in a way similar to most legendary Pokémon. In Pokémon Crystal, the player can acquire an Odd Egg from the Day Care Center that has higher odds of hatching a Shiny Pokémon. However, this only true in Japan as the Odd Egg has a 50% chance for Shiny and all other games have a 14% chance for Shiny. In the GBC versions of Gen 2 games you'll occasionally encounter a Shiny Chansey at Battle tower.

In FireRed and LeafGreen, a Trainer with a Shiny Espeon can be battled inside the Trainer Tower on one of the Sevii Islands. There are also other Trainers with Shiny Meowth and Shiny Seaking.

In Black and White 2, the player can catch a Shiny Haxorus in the Nature Preserve, available only after the player completes the National Pokédex. The player can also receive a Shiny Gible in Black 2 and a Shiny Dratini in White 2.

In Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, after becoming the Champion, a man in the Seafolk Village Pokémon Center will battle the player character with his shiny Exeggcute.

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, there is a quest where the player can obtain an Shiny Ponyta after beating The Frenzy of the Lord of the Woods quest.

In Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, players who have acquired the Teal Mask and Indigo Disk DLC can acquire two Shiny Pokémon; a shiny Munchlax can be acquired after completing Ogre Oustin' on Hard difficulty, and a shiny Blitzle from Cyrano after defeating him.

Pokémon GO[]

Certain Pokémon can be obtained as their shiny form through Pokémon GO. However, some of them are only available at certain times or during certain events.

Date Shiny Pokémon
March 2017
August 2017
October 2017
December 2017

Date Shiny Pokémon
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018

Date Shiny Pokémon
January 2019
February 2019
March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2019
July 2019
August 2019
September 2019
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019

Date Shiny Pokémon
January 2020
February 2020
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
July 2020
August 2020
September 2020
October 2020
November 2020
December 2020

Date Shiny Pokémon
January 2021
February 2021
March 2021
April 2021
May 2021
June 2021
July 2021





Non-shiny alternate coloring in the anime[]


Supporting or Minor[]

There are a few alternate-colored Pokémon that do not appear this way in the games. These are:


Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee shiny

A Shiny Nidoran♀ in Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee.

  • In Generation II games, shiny Pokémon can be slightly stronger than their normal colored counterparts. However, this is not true for later generations.
    • This is due to the IVs of a Pokémon in Generation II depends on whether or not it is shiny. This makes it so that certain strange things happen depending on the IVs and shininess of a Pokémon.
      • In Generation II, Unown's IVs depend on its letter, so only Unown letter "I" and "V" can be shiny.
      • The move Hidden Power is also dependent on IVs in Generation II, so the only type of Hidden Power a shiny Pokémon can have is either a Grass-type or Dragon-type.
      • Gender is also dependent on IVs in Generation II, so there can't be a shiny Pokémon with a gender ratio of seven males to one female that is also female.
  • There are examples of Pokémon which, although colored differently, are not officially shiny, such as gender or form differences in regular coloring such as in Hippowdon, Jellicent, and Gastrodon. However, these are not shiny variants, but each gender or form will have its own shiny color that differs from the usual color for their gender or form.
  • 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 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, two Kecleon own a shop in the town square. One is a dark purple color, similarly to Reddy.
  • The Pokémon which reside in parts of the Orange Islands are colored differently to other Pokémon. The color changes are due to climate and natural adaption according to Professor Ivy.
  • In the Anime, "In the Pink" was just that apparently, eating the berries there turned Pokémon pink. However, if the Pokémon stopped eating the berries, they would discontinue being pink. Ash's Pikachu was temporarily pink due to this.
  • Although both Legendary Pokémon and Ultra Beasts can be encountered in the Ultra Wormhole, they are NOT affected by the shiny formula, and can only be encountered in their shiny form through normal odds soft resetting. However, they can be affected by the Shiny Charm if the player possesses it.
  • In the American version of Pokémon Crystal, the Odd Egg has a 14% chance of hatching into a Shiny Pokémon. In the Japanese version, the odds are increased to a 50% chance of a Shiny.
  • Certain main events in the game can include Shiny Pokémon:
  • It is possible to get Shiny Pokémon in the demo versions of Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee, though they will not appear in their Shiny Pokémon coloration. Instead, the Pokémon will play the Shiny Pokémon shine animation when sent out in battle.
  • In Generation IV, if a Double Battle is started and both Wild Pokémon are the same species AND are both Shiny Pokémon, the game will crash.
  • In Pokémon Colosseum, some Pokémon have changed Shiny colorations. For instance, Camerupt's Shiny normally has black fur with yellow rings in the main games, but it instead has dark red fur with green rings in Pokémon Colosseum.
  • In Pokémon HOME, some Pokémon have Shiny colorations that don't appear in the games. For instance, Castform doesn't have alternate colors for its other forms when Shiny in the main games, but in Pokémon HOME, it does.