Pokemon come in all different sizes and shapes depending on the species. One thing that doesn't change however - The color of the Pokemon.
Rattata. You know it's always purple, right?
But what's this? a GOLDEN RATTATA?
Some Pokemon you may find are "oddly colored". Meaning they aren't the same colors as they are ordinarily. Many refer to these Pokemon as "Shiny Pokemon" hence when you run into one in the wild, you will notice that initially it will have sparkles shoot out of it.
A Shiny Metagross being sent out - Notice the sparkles and the Alternate Color of the Metagross.
Any species of Pokemon can be shiny except event only Pokemon as they are pre-determined to be shiny or not beforehand.
Whenever you run into a Wild Pokemon, there is a 1-8192 chance of it being Shiny.
Shiny Pokemon Guide
~Hatching a Shiny
~Chaining a Shiny (D/P/PT only)
~ The Traditional Method~
This method works in every Pokemon Game *except* Red/Blue/Yellow since shiny Pokemon were introduced in Gold, Silver and Crystal.
Before attempting this, make sure to have many ultra balls, great balls and pokeballs because it's very depressing to lose a Shiny Pokemon.
Once you have a good party ready, figure out which Pokemon you want a Shiny of. Check the Pokedex and find the area. Once in the area, constantly run into wild Pokemon. If it's not shiny, run away or faint it. Continue this until you come across a shiny. It may take some time to run into one however.
~ Hatching a Shiny Pokemon~
This method works in every Pokemon game except Red/Blue/Yellow.
Hatching a Shiny Pokemon requires you to take one Pokemon and another and place it in the Day Care. Simply hatch eggs until you receive a shiny.
~ Masuda Method~
This method only works in Diamond, Pearl, Platinum
The Masuda Method was introduced in Diamond Pearl and Platinum. It requires you to take the Pokemon you want shiny, and place it in the daycare with a Japanese Ditto (if you own an ENGLISH Game.) Place the ditto in the daycare with the Pokemon you want to be a shiny of.
Taking a foreign Pokemon and placing it in the daycare with a Pokemon from your game will increase the chances of hatching a shiny Pokemon. Your odds will go from 1-8192 to 1- in about 2000.
~ Chaining a Shiny~
Please note: This will only work in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum. NOT HeartGold or SoulSilver.
Chaining was introduced in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. If you obtained the National Dex, Professor Rowan will give you the PokeRadar which is a key item.
To begin chaining for a Shiny Pokemon, register your PokeRadar, and go to a PokeMart and buy upwards of 100 Max Repels. It may seem like a lot but you'll go through them like mad.
Once you have all the items, look for the Pokemon that you want Shiny. Take a look in the PokeDex and find where it can be found. After you know where to find it, look for a large patch of grass. It has to be decent size or else the PokeRadar will have problems along the way.
After you walk into the grass, head to the middle. It's the best place to start. Go into your bag, and make sure to register your Pokeradar. This is VERY useful. Now, you want to use your max repels. After you use one, use the Pokeradar. You will see a number of patches of grass shake.
There are three kinds of grass that shake.
1.) The rustle - This contains a normal Sinnoh Pokemon.
Above: Grass rustling normally with the use of PokeRadar.
2.) The flash - Usually a rare, exotic Pokemon is hidden in this patch of grass. Often a Pokemon not from Sinnoh. You'll notice that it is different from the Rustle due to white lines coming out of the grass.
Above: Flashing patch of grass.
3.) The glow - This means a Shiny Pokemon is hiding in this patch of grass!
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The best way to start is by going into a normal rustling patch of grass. After you encounter your Pokemon, defeat it, or catch it. NEVER RUN AWAY FROM A POKEMON WHILE CHAINING - if you run away from the Pokemon, it WILL break your chain and you will have to start all over again!
After you have defeated your Pokemon, the grass will shake again. MAKE SURE THERE IS AT LEAST 3+ PATCHES SHAKING! If you go any lower, the odds of the same Pokemon being in that patch WILL DECREASE! And your goal of chaining is to hit 40 Pokemon before rapidly resetting for a Shiny.
When choosing your patch of grass, go to the patch of grass that is the farthest away. This increases the chance for the same Pokemon to appear. If you go into a Flashing patch of grass, while your chained Pokemon was found in a Rustled patch, the odds of it being a different Pokemon are VERY high! And this is NOT recommended.
Okay, so you've gotten your second Pokemon chained. Be aware that you will have to reset your radar MANY times before you can encounter a Shiny Pokemon. So if you don't see a good setup, don't sweat it. Just reset again. Besides, the more you reset, the better the odds of finding a Shiny Pokemon!
Once you've hit 40 Pokemon, you can stop chaining, and start resetting. Why 40? This is the best chance for a Shiny Pokemon. About 1 in 200. That's a lot better compared to the normal 1 in 8192! So, you want to keep running around, and keep resetting your radar. MAKE SURE YOU DON'T LEAVE THE GRASS AND DO NOT GO TOO FAR OUT OF THE GRASS! YOUR CHAIN WILL BREAK!
Finally! You see a glowing patch of grass! (This is also know as a sparkling patch) BE CAREFUL WALKING INTO THE GLOWING PATCH! if you accidently break your chain before, it WON'T be a Shiny Pokemon!
So, here are the Do's and Don'ts of chaining:
-Do reset the radar often. Never be afraid of resetting too much, there's no such thing.
-Do go into the farthest patch of grass. -Do stay on the same patch of grass that you're chained Pokemon was found in.
-Do use max repels AT ALL TIMES - If you run out, use another one. Always keep one sprayed.
-Don't go into a patch of grass if there's only 2-3 shaking. Always try to go for 4 of the same type of patch shaking.
-Don't stop using repels. This will break your chain. -Don't leave the grass or fly away from your chain. It WILL break.
-Don't wander too far from where your patches shook. There's a chance it will break.
~ Soft Resetting~
Soft Resetting for a shiny is a popular way to obtain Shiny Legendary Pokemon.
As you probably know, most legendaries allow you to save before battling them. To soft reset, save in front of the Pokemon, and then battle it. If it's not shiny, press L+R+START+SELECT on your Nintendo DS. This will reset the system and you'll be brought back to where you saved last.
Keep battling the same Pokemon, and within time, you will come across a Shiny.
Well that's every method of catching a Shiny Pokemon! (Without Hacking)
Guide written by PokeFreakPlatinum
All Pictures (excluding Sprites from Pokemon Elite 2000) by PokeFreakPlatinum