Now that Pokemon Sun and Moon are officially out, you'd expect trainers everywhere to jump right into the world of Alola. Actually, though, veteran players with a lot of patience are opting to restart their games endlessly, up to hundreds of times, all in the name of gaming the system.
As many of you know, Pokemon games all open with a big decision: What "starter" monster will you pick? After choosing between Popplio, Rowlet and Litten, most of us just take whatever the game hands us and go off on our merry way. The secret is that the starters the game generates for you are not predetermined -- there can be variances.
The biggest one is something known as "shiny Pokemon", which are creatures that have special, non-standard colouring. There's a very rare chance that a starter might appear as a shiny from the get-go, which is exactly what some people are hoping from when they restart their game over and over again. But, there are other incentives to reset your Sun and Moon game, too. Maybe you want a specific gender for your Pokemon -- Popplio owners in particular seem concerned with the 87 per cent chance that it will appear as a male, for example. Another compelling reason to restart your game many times is to make sure that your starter has the right nature or statistics, so that it's competitively viable.
Whatever the motivation, one thing is clear: Players are braving a lot of tedium before playing Sun and Moon (or are planning to):
I've gotta get up early so I can't do too much Pokemon but I sure as heckie can reset for a good owlfriend
— Klim Ovzek (@FreakInASheet) November 18, 2016
I soft reset for a good nature and characteristic for my starter so it always takes me awhile to actually start Pokémon games lol
— Dylan (@SpeakNowDylan) November 18, 2016
Am I doing something wrong it's never ever taken me this long to soft reset for a female Pokémon starter it's been over an hour now
— super sonicaty ☆ (@shinyninetaIes) November 18, 2016
When I do eventually get Pokémon moon, it should be known I'm going to soft reset till I get a shiny starter I won't even use. 8')
— Punkim (@MawTeef) November 18, 2016
The 'choose your pokemon' intro is so long I only managed to soft reset for my female Popplio four times before we got home.
— Fos★ @ Alola! ? (@allehooparing) November 18, 2016
Pokemon Moon Day 1:
No Ds charger
Need software update
Needs to charge so it can update
Then I gotta soft reset for a female popplio
— Inkblu ? (@Inkblu_) November 18, 2016
@TeamPrimarina yo this new games called "reset pokemon moon a million times" is really fun! Can't wait to play the actual game! LMAO
— IncineRaph (@VARaphael) November 18, 2016
I'm gonna go for it and attempt to get a female Popplio. Sometimes I get a female Pokémon fast when I soft reset, and sometimes....
— ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ™ ☉?? HYPE❗ (@tougekiss) November 18, 2016
Im gonna reset my pokemon until i get a female Litten
Im deciding between naming her Scarlet or Killian
— It's БЕИ (@BenStarred) November 18, 2016
Ready to soft reset pokemon a bunch of times tomorrow to get female wrestle cat
— Ham ? (@Babirousa) November 17, 2016
— Evo2587 (@Evo2587) November 11, 2016
YouTuber SmkGaming05 has some tips for anybody who might be interested in soft resetting their games for better starters, which you can watch below. Worth noting that when Sun and Moon initially present the starters to you, they do not LOOK shiny. You won't know if the monster is shiny until you select it, which might mean sitting through the initial cutscenes repeatedly:
If it helps, out of all of the starters, it seems that Rowlet will be the easiest shiny monster to obtain, because it's the first option on the menu selection.
Good luck to all you shiny hunters out there!