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Now, every person owns a shiny Pokémon.

2022-12-17  Sophia Zackary

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Pokémon aficionados from all over the world once placed a high value on the opportunity to own a shiny Pokémon. In more recent games, there is only a 1 in 4,096 chance of coming across one of these uncommon Pokémon in the wild that has a different colour scheme. Because of this, the unique Pokémon has been used for a long time as a symbol of a committed trainer who prioritises the pursuit of rare creatures above all other activities. It may take numerous sessions of grinding that last for several hours each before a single shiny Pokémon may be captured. However, this is beginning to change since more recent mainline games have made it simpler to find shiny Pokémon. As a result, it appears that everyone and their mother has at least one shiny Pokémon.

Technically speaking, everybody who has played Pokémon Gold and Silver, or their remakes, has undoubtedly captured at least one shiny Pokémon. This holds for both the original games and the remakes. In those games, capturing a red Gyarados is an integral component of the overarching narrative. However, other than this one particular Gyarados, catching a shiny Gyarados in past generations was notoriously tough. Even lower than it is currently, the chance of encountering a shiny Pokémon was 1 in 8,192 from the second generation through the fifth generation (Pokémon Black 2 and White 2) of the game.

Naturally, gamers of each game developed their techniques and approaches to increase their chances of obtaining shiny Pokémon. Shiny hunters have determined that a player has a one in sixty-four chance of hatching a shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Gold and Silver if at least one of the Pokémon in the player's egg's parents is shiny. That, however, presupposes that you already have a shiny to begin with, so players who desire a Pokémon other than Gyarados will have to put in the necessary work to catch one in the wild. Therefore, to get started, players were expected to put in a significant amount of grinding as they persevered through the poor odds of catching one in the wild. In the game's early days, there were no items available that could increase the likelihood of encountering a shiny Pokémon. As a result, players who did not breed their Pokémon were forced to cycle through encounter after an encounter in the grass as they ran around and ran into each Pokémon one at a time.

Finding sparkling objects has, on average, been less difficult as time has passed. We heard about the Masuda breeding method in Diamond and Pearl. This way of breeding Pokémon improves the chances of hatching a shiny Pokémon from an egg when you are breeding Pokémon from two separate language families. (For this reason, Dittos imported from foreign nations are an essential component in Pokémon breeding.) Sorry Ditto!) Shiny Charm was first introduced in Black 2 and White 2, which increased the chance of running into a shiny Pokémon by a factor of three. After then, Game Freak approximately quadrupled the overall likelihood of players in Pokémon X and Y coming across a shiny Pokémon.

This upward trend of shinies becoming more commonplace continued with the games and remakes for the Nintendo Switch. Game Freak made the transition from having wild monsters spawn in the grass to having them spawn in the overworld in Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee. When we went into battle, rather than witnessing a single spawn, we were able to see hundreds of Pokémon strolling around all at once, including shiny versions of several of them. When you combine it with in-game events such as Mass Outbreaks in Legends: Arceus and Scarlet and Violet, you'll find that there are plenty of chances to hunt for shinies.

There is no question, in light of the statistics and the anecdotal evidence, that this method of monster capture, which was formerly challenging, has become less difficult. Within the first quarter of an hour of putting a shiny hunting strategy to the test in Scarlet and Violet, I was successful in capturing a shining Larvesta. (Ever since Black & White, I had yearned and wished for a shine.) Undoubtedly, some good fortune was involved in my accomplishments, but rest assured that I'm not the only one. TikTok is rife with stories of users just coming across shiny Pokémon without actively searching for them, and one user claims that a viral video shows someone catching a large number of shiny Pokémon in a single day. I had the opportunity to speak with two dedicated shiny hunters, both of whom frequently Livestream their hunts for extended periods, and they both concurred that it is currently much simpler to hunt in general.

Even while games like Scarlet and Violet lack aural signs that point out the Pokémon in the wild, it has become easier for Wafer, who streams his hunts on Twitch, to find shiny Pokémon in subsequent games. (In Legends: Arceus, a chime informs players of the existence of a shiny; Scarlet and Violet do not have that feature, and it sadly can exclude players who are colourblind or who are simply unfamiliar with what a particular shiny Pokémon looks like.)

"I have to say that I'm personally happy with the changes in shiny hunting, as I don't have as much time to shiny hunt as I used to when I was younger, and I love hearing the stories about people who have played the games for years finally getting their first shiny," Wafer said. "I have to say that I'm personally happy with the changes in shiny hunting," Wafer said.

The wafer is aware of the excitement that is associated with capturing that rare Pokémon. However, in response, gatekeepers have been stressing the relative scarcity of shiny Pokémon across all of the different Pokémon games. Streamer and podcaster Steve Sarumi, who is also the host of the Pokémon podcast It's Super Effective, has observed an increase in the number of trainers who are gatekeeping shiny Pokémon now that it is simpler to capture them.

"The argument centres on how the introduction of 'easier' shining Pokémon would lower the value of existing shiny Pokémon, which makes no sense to me. If I were to be playing Pokémon Crystal and happen to find a shiny Koffing along the way, I wouldn't necessarily think that it was more valuable than if I had found the same Pokémon while playing Pokémon Shield. "At the end of the day, both are shining examples of Koffing," Sarumi added.

As time has gone on, it has been easier to acquire shiny Pokémon. As a result, those who are looking for an additional challenge have created techniques to make capturing Pokémon more difficult. Wafer mentioned to me that he's seeing an increasing number of players going for the "shiny living dex," which means they're trying to obtain the shiny form of every Pokémon in the game. As a result, trainers will focus on capturing all 400 Pokémon in games like Scarlet and Violet rather than pursuing a particular Pokémon.

However, that does not imply that there aren't any extremely rare Pokémon left to hunt down at this point. Marked Pokémon were introduced in the game Pokémon Sword & Shield. A marked Pokémon will have an additional "mark" that can be found in the ribbon submenu of the summary for a Pokémon. Each mark serves as a kind of honorific that attests to the one-of-a-kind circumstance under which a trainer got it, and they are shown on the Pokémon's body. When you release a Pokémon that has been marked, it will take on a unique title when it returns, such as "Mimikyu, the Sleepy." There are dozens of marks in Scarlet and Violet, with Serebii predicting that the most uncommon marks have an appearance rate of one in one thousand.

According to Sarumi, these marked Pokémon have just emerged as a new objective for skilled hunters.

"Not only do I believe that a marked shiny is such an incredibly fun thing to collect, but it also gives that feeling of a 'harder' target to find without making the barrier to shiny hunting intimidating for a wider audience," she said. "Not only do I think that a marked shiny is such an incredibly fun thing to collect, but I also think that it gives that feeling of a '

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2022-12-17  Sophia Zackary