So, we had a lot of threads discussing the various different methods of obtaining Shiny Pokémon; those sparkly little critters that only bother to show up once in a blue moon. So it was decided to put it all in one nice little package!
In this thread, you may discuss your encounters with shiny Pokémon as long as the following rules are followed:
1) Generation IV/V Only (So Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/HeartGold/SoulSilver/Black/White only).
2) If you are attempting to hunt down a particular shiny, don't update every day with how you haven't obtained your target yet; just one post to state your goal, and then another when it's done will be enough (In fact, that could be fun in timing how long it took you!)
3) Pokémon that are set to always be shiny don't count. This includes (but isn't limited to):
- The Red Gyarados found at Lake of Rage in HGSS.
- The Pikachu-Coloured Pichu.
- The Crown/Winter 2011 events for Raikou, Entei and Suicune.
- The VGC 2009 Milotic and 2010 Eevee.
- The upcoming Hydreigon and Golurk Wi-Fi Events.
Everyone who plays the games / attended the event got them, so we don't need people posting when they obtain them. However, if it's a Pokémon of the same species encountered in a different way (for example, fishing up a Red Gyarados) than that's fine, as long as you say so.
4) No updating about RNG attempts. It's somewhat similar to the last rule, where you try to make a Pokémon have a 100% chance of being shiny. It's not fun when someone posts over and over again when they RNG a Pokémon.
5) This isn't a place to fondly remember past shinies; you can do that in the First Shiny - How? When? Where? thread.
6) You can discuss shiny Pokémon that you have encountered that have escaped from you, as hopefully, that won't happen very often.
Now, in the Pokémon games, there are numerous ways to encounter these Pokémon in which this thread is for discussing, for example:
When you're in grass, exploring a cave or sailing along the sea, there is a 1 in 8192 chance that a Pokémon will appear with that magical sparkle (that does nothing except make it look pretty). These are usually pretty rare events (the chance is like getting a dice with 8192 sides, rolling it, and hoping for a single number - or rolling a 65536 sided die and hoping for 8 numbers if you want to get technical).
Another way of obtaining shiny Pokémon. This method has the same chance as the previously mentioned method, but is based around hatching eggs rather than finding the Pokémon in the wild. It's important to note that a Pokémon's characteristics (Nature, IV, Shinyness or lack off) is determined when you collect the egg, so you can either hatch a multiple eggs, or soft reset before you collect it (more on Soft Resetting in a bit).
This method, named after Junichi Masuda, the Director of the Board at Game Freak (the company that makes the main series Pokémon games), after Masuda revealed the method on his "Hidden Power" blog. Basically, when breeding Pokémon that originate from different language games (for example, a Japanese Pikachu with an English Pikachu) the chances of hatching a Shiny Pichu drops to 1 in 2048 - by three quarters! (In Generation IV), and to 1 in 1366 in Generation V!
However, whether the Masuda method works depends on the language of the game, not the region. Therefore, an American Pikachu breeding with a British Pikachu would still have the 1 in 8192 odds; as would be if one of those Pikachu was breeding with an Australian one.
Note: This does not work with foreign Pokémon obtained in-game, such as Meister's Foppa (Magikarp) and Lt. Surge's Volty (Pikachu). Also, in Generation IV, the everstone can't be used to pass on nature.
Same odds as the previous two, but this one revolves around stationary Pokémon (be they legendaries, or one-off Pokémon like the Telepathy Musharna). Basically, a player saves in front of said Pokémon, then initiates a battle. If the Pokémon isn't shiny, they hold a button combination (L+R+Start+Select on the DS systems; or by lightly touching the power button on DSi/XL systems) to restart the game without a need to reboot the entire system, then they try again...and again...and again (etc).
Note: Victini, Reshiram and Zekrom are programmed to never be shiny.
PokéRadar: (Also known as "Chaining")
This method is exclusive to the Diamond, Pearl and Platinum versions. When a Pokémon is caught or knocked out when encountered using the "PokéRadar" key item, the device will go off once more - with the patches that shake having a higher chance of containing the same Pokémon that started the chain (the patch furthest away from the original patch have a higher chance of having the same Pokémon). The only catch is that a player must not encounter any Pokémon just by walking through non-wiggling grass, only by walking into the grass that shakes. As a chain grows, the chance of encountering a shiny Pokémon (which have their own special patch animation) increases.
So yeah, capture us with your stories of Shiny encounters!