Some Pokemon Players Are Spending Hours Restarting Sun And Moon For Better Monsters

Some Pokemon Players Are Spending Hours Restarting Sun And Moon For Better Monsters

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):

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!


  • If you have time to grind for a shiny at the start then you have time to play through then breed for a shiny with preferable stat weighting, natures, abilities and a good IV spread.

  • Glad I’m not the only one who does this. Starters should have 50/50 gender ratios on principle, but feminine-looking ones like Poppilo (or rather it’s evolved form) being predominately male is even weirder.

  • I remember Soft-resetting in X to get a female Fennekin with the Modest nature. Considering its chance of being female is the same as Popplio’s, you could imagine how long that took.
    Now I’m just going to play through normally. Trying for correct natures can wait till I’ve unlocked breeding.

  • When I was 10 years old I would have done this for sure, no matter how long it took. These days though, I value my free time a lot more. I’ll just be going with whatever I roll first.

  • Finished story. Working on completing Dex and then will start the shiny hunts.
    Quite enjoyed the story, was something different from previous games and made a unique twist on the old system.

  • Personaly i had to search through gts for days to find a female litten that i had the right pokemon to trade to get it

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