Pokémon X And Y Community Solves Shiny Hatching -- And Crowdsources It

Pokémon X and Y Community Solves Shiny Hatching — and Crowdsources It

For those who can't get their hands on the magic machine that auto-finds shiny Pokémon for you, there's the next best thing — a crowd sourced database that will pair trainers in Pokémon X and Y to eggs guaranteed to hatch a shiny.

It will depend upon the good will and cooperation of the Pokémon community, particularly the one working through the /r/pokemontrades subreddit. But if nothing else, they've peeled back Oz's curtain on how this game decides to hatch a shiny Pokémon. It's a background roll, true to the series' nature.

Here's the nitty gritty: An app called the Instacheck Hotspot program has turned up a new field, in Pokémon X and Y, called "Shiny Value." A trainer has one and every egg has one. When they match, the egg hatches as a shiny, or an alternate coloration of a Pokémon species.

Instructions on how to use the program are here. In effect, people are using that tool to discover their own SV and that of the eggs they find. There's a big Google doc where folks are sharing their shiny values and where they may be contacted.

This is not a hack in the sense that a player may hatch every egg he or she finds as a shiny Pokémon, but more of a cooperative where people give eggs to those who can hatch a shiny Pokémon for them. What happens from there, of course, depends upon the honesty of the participants. "As long as everyone's polite and cooperates and nobody tries to con someone it's a very useful system," says this Redditor.


[PSA] The Shiny Hatcher Community Database & Shinies In General [Reddit, via Verlisify. h/t Manuel. Image via Bulbapedia]

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    I wonder how this ties in with the Masuda Method? Unless they ditched that in X/Y.

    Edit: A quick bit of googling shows that it should still be in effect. I wonder if it means one less ID digit needs to match or something like that?

    Last edited 18/11/13 9:32 am

    Guys, some clarification. You don't "get your hands" on a machine that catches shinies for you, the guy built it. He planned the circuitry, he wires it and he programmed it himself. Give credit where credit is due will you

      That is completely irrelevant. There is no machine related to this article. You basically use a program on your PC to read the values of your pokemon/eggs via your wireless connection.
      The point is to find the hidden Shiny Value (a hidden stat like Effort Value...well not hidden in X/Y) of the egg and match it to a trainer's Shiny Value.

      At least read the article or click the links before having a go at people.

      The article doesn't once mention that you actually get a machine that catches shiny Pokemon for you. It opens with stating that if you don't have one of these machines (which of course, only the person who built it does), there another way to do so, and then goes on to explain that there is a database of trainers and their 'shiny value' that can be used to find people to trade with in order to get shiny Pokemon. The article about the machine that catches shiny Pokemon is linked in the very first sentence, and did in fact credit dekuNukem for creating it.

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