Wanna Catch Your Pokémon In A Shiny New Colour In X & Y? Here's How.

Wanna Catch Your Pokémon In A Shiny New Colour In X & Y? Here's How.

Forget legendaries. The rarest Pokemon, aside from certain event Pokemon, are shiny Pokemon — as in Pokemon with a different colour scheme from that of its bretheren.

What are they? Well, we can think of 'shinies' like a palette swap (like say, the famous 'Red Gyarados' would be one — that Pokemon is typically Blue), except finding a shiny Pokemon is so uncommon that it's possible to play the Pokemon games for years and not find a single shiny.

Well, unless you know the trick for it. Provided enough patience and the right equipment, you, too can be the owner of a shiny Pokemon of your own. It's a method that has existed in Pokemon for a while now called 'chaining,' though not only has yellowfur drawn up an easy-to-understand visual guide for it, there are some new quirks on the method present in Pokemon X & Y too.

Take a look.

First, there's the prep — the items you need, what sorts of areas you should be looking for, what have you:

Wanna Catch Your Pokémon In A Shiny New Colour In X & Y? Here's How.
Wanna Catch Your Pokémon In A Shiny New Colour In X & Y? Here's How.

Then you gotta learn what types of grass you can and cannot go to:

Wanna Catch Your Pokémon In A Shiny New Colour In X & Y? Here's How.

And some X & Y specific things — this is especially relevant for those of you who have chained before. For everyone else, this'll all be new.

Wanna Catch Your Pokémon In A Shiny New Colour In X & Y? Here's How.

And some things to watch out for:

Wanna Catch Your Pokémon In A Shiny New Colour In X & Y? Here's How.

If done right, it should look a little like this:

Doesn't something like a shiny Skiddo look rad?

Of course it does. However! There are some caveats, exceptions and all that, which go along with this guide. The visual guide is mostly on-point, except that the rule of 4 and the stuff about borders isn't quite correct. If you do everything right, you can in fact step in grass next to you and in border glass — which is good news! Reddit user T3HN3RDY1 adds some more to this guide, in terms of what does and doesn't matter in your search for shinies:

What DOES matter is stepping in the correct grass. Make sure you get grass that is shaking in the same way every time. Look for the loudest, shakiest grass possible to be able to spot it more easily, and never use the grass that barely shakes. It doesn't count. Ever. It ALWAYS breaks your chain.

Speaking of the barely-shaking grass. It's hard to see sometimes. Pay CLOSE attention, never step behind sight-obstructing barriers including your head. Don't step into the grass directly above you. I've broken several chains by being an idiot, stepping straight up and realising that it barely shook. I get a "There doesn't seem to be a pokemon here" message, and the chain is broken. I lost a chain of 32 Houndours stepping on that.

Here are some other kinks you should consider while chaining:

And some additional things you may need to deal with while chaining, as explained/broken down by Reddit user Cpctheman:

Sometimes if you enter a patch of grass on accident that does not fit the criteria, you may still encounter the pokemon you were chaining. In this case, you are very lucky. However, next time you may not be so lucky.

"Hey, I accidentally entered a patch of grass that had a different shaking than the one I've been using and I still found the same pokemon!" If you happen to notice when this happens (which you likely won't) you have two choices. Essentially, what has just happened is you have "reset" the type of grass your chain is associated with. This means you could continue the chain with the new grass shaking and everything is fine. However, if you're like me and cannot notice one patch as well as the other, I would suggest just resetting your chain, if it's still a pretty small chain.

After the Elite Four, you may have noticed a certain legendary bird occasionally occurring in wild grass. These guys are unaffected by repels, so many have come to believe that encountering a bird messes up your chain. THIS IS NOT TRUE, PRAISE GOOMY. The legendary bird runs away and has no effect on your chain. Zip. Nada. Zilch.

"Help! The pokemon I've been using to KO the others is out of PP!" Calm down. Using the menus for anything does not break your chain, even if you save. However, saving in the middle of a chain does nothing because when you reset your game a chain is broken."My power died!" Sorry, chain broken. Next time pay attention to the lovely notification on the bottom screen when your battery is low.

And hey! There's even a fishing chaining guide too. Since, you know...not all Pokemon are on land.

In case you think this cheapens shinies, catching shinies like this is not exactly something you can just do in a pinch — but it's actually a legit method that doesn't require cheating. That's worth something, right? And the effort required to do this means that shinies are still relatively rare — they belong to either those that randomly luck out, or those that have 'earned' them. Just know that not all shiny Pokemon look better than the original monster — you may want to look 'em up before you commit to trying to find a shiny version of something!

Now go out there and get the awesome versions of all your favourite Pokemon.

(Want the guide in written form, instead of through a visual guide? Here's an extensive write-up.)

Top picture: yellowfur


    I'll let you know my first shiny was in Pokemon Fire Red when I was in the safari zone trying to catch Chanseys I hoping one would be holding a lucky egg. 6-7 hours of catching 12 out of 100 Chanseys I happened to run into a shiny one and it ran away :'c.
    But Yesterday I ran into a horde of 4 Nidoran Male and one Female and one of the Male was a shiny and now I have a shiny Nidoking on Pokemon Y. it's a really good feeling.

    I've gotten two shinies in my pokemon career. Shiny Blitzle and Shiny Sigliyph. This was just by chance no grinding

    I caught a shiny psyduck (it's blue) using chaining and a shiny glameow (it's purple) using the chaining...o so satisfying.....what was awesome is there is a game on the wii that you can send all your pokemon to from your d's games, so I transferred them there.....and they were still shiny in the wii game.....it was awesome seeing that blue psyduck wattling around!

    I remember that rush of nostalgia of catching a shiny lol I was six and just got a new game and my friend told me about them found my self a shiny noctowl off route 5 the episode where ash caught his shiny noctowl just came on and I alnost had a tiny lil heart attack I recon .... now adays all theas ways of cheating is bull this is ur childhood treat the game like u did when u were a kid like nintendo was pupming pure magic and cocain straight inside lol I still treat it like that and I had a nostalgic boner when I hatched and caught my shinys and I did it cause I diddent let the magic die so be that 10 year old agin and start your journy leaving your single mother with that old man lol rejoice and prais those wonderful days

    My FC is 5069-4511-2780 add me and send yours for added Safari fun and Swapnote
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    I caught 5 shinys within 2 hours

    I caught a shiny Machop,Geodude,Zubat and Meowth but I caught a shiny Machop,Geodude and Zubat in a same cave the one in FireRed/LeafGreen and I found a shiny Meowth near Culurean city where the Water type gym is and in Sapphire/Ruby/Emreald I came across a wild shiny Girafarig in a Safari zone and it fled in a battle I was so mad that day :(

    And I also caught a wild shiny Magikarp by fishing
    In RSE I was so happy.

    I caught a wild shiny Magikarp by fishing in RSE. It made me so happy :)

    2079- 7154- 5324 is my FC

    you stated that Max repels are a must have. I suggest instead using Super repels as they are the cheapest option if you are looking at steps/pokedollar. Unless of course Shinies only appear when using max repels, then continue what you're doing, but for now, i'm trying with super repels

    In the Friend Safari Zone I caught a Shiny Growlithe,
    Shiny Ninetales and a Shiny Larvestar at the moment im trying to find a Shiny Ditto in the Normal type Zone.

    GOT SHINY DITTO IN FRIENDS SAFARI!!! I'm going to breed shinys now first one to be breed is to be Bulbasaur hopefully this should work ; ).

    Yeahhh!!! I Just found 6 shiny pokémon via chain fishing! All in a days work.

    On SoulSilver, I encountered my first zubat in the game and it was a shiny. What are the odds of that? Also, on pokemon Y, I'm trying to hatch a shiny pichu. I got a light ball to get Volt Tackle on it and the nonshiny pichus which have volt tackle are wonder traded. Some lucky trainer gets one.

    Oh I mean Pokemon X.

    IF i go shiny hunting i usually go safari because you still get the'OMG I FOUND A SHINY' feeling. have already found 6 shiny`s there (nosepass,riolu,kirlia,charmeleon,gyarados,fennekins evo)
    its still is about 1/2000 tho

    Doesn't work I tried it and it fails to other Pokemon even shakes are four a way if green it
    So don't try it it's gonna strike different Pokemon if you know where it's worthless

    Doesn't work all your gonna get something strike back if you follow this guide it's gonna hit a different Pokemon even if you think where is at gonna fail

    I went to reset my chain when I accidentally went into a not really shaky grass and I broke my chain of 2...

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