Easiest Shiny Pokemon in Every Game

Easiest Shiny Pokemon in Every Game

January 30, 2020 100 By Sebastian Fry


– Greetings Pokefans! Michael here and
the recent event in Pokémon Sword and Shield where Magikarp Raids were
spawning all over the place with a dramatically increased
chance of being Shiny, got me thinking about Shiny
Pokémon that are easy to get. So, I thought it would
be fun to go through every single main series
Pokémon game and figure out what the easiest Shiny Pokémon
to find are in all of them. The only real disclaimer I
have is that event distribution Shiny Pokémon like the
Shiny Zygarde you can get from an event, don’t count. You’re not finding those
Shiny Pokémon in game you’re being given
them via the internet. So, don’t forget to
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with Generation I. The games being Red,
Blue and Yellow. Now I know what a lot
of you are thinking, how can there be an easiest
Shiny Pokémon in Generation I, when Shiny Pokémon didn’t
exist until Generation II. Well, first off, it is
possible for a Pokémon captured in a Generation I
game to become Shiny when it’s transferred to
a later generation game. Back then Shininess was
determined by the Pokémon’s IVs. So, if a Pokémon found
in Generation I happens to have the right IVs, it would then turn
Shiny when transferred to a game that could
display that Shininess. This is true in both
the original versions of the Gen 1 games
where they can be traded to a Gen 2 game, and in the virtual console
version of the Gen 1 games where the Pokémon can then be
transferred to Pokémon Bank. So, we’ve established that
Shiny Pokémon can technically be found in Gen 1. However, there’s not
really any of them that are particularly
easy to get. The odds are about one
in 8192 across the board and there’s no methods
to increase that. In fact there’s
actually some locations like caves for example where
the IVs that you can find the Pokémon with
are predetermined, meaning they can never be Shiny. However, there is actually
a sort of glitch method that can give you
a guaranteed Shiny in the Generation I games. But there’s two catches
that go along with it, the first is that you already
have to have a Pokémon you know to be Shiny
in a Generation I game. And the other is that the only
Pokémon you can make Shiny via this method is Ditto. The method is kind of quirky. First off as I said, you need a Shiny
Pokémon in a Gen 1 game that you know to
be Shiny already, meaning it has the correct IVs. The easiest way to get this
is by trading the red Gyarados from a Gen 2 game
into a Gen 1 game. Once it’s in the Gen 1
game you teach it Mimic via the use of a TM. You then enter a wild
battle with a Ditto and use Mimic first therefore teaching
your Gyarados Transform for the duration of that battle. But Ditto will then transform
into your Shiny Gyarados, then all you have
to do is wait until the Ditto uses Transform
for a second time, which it knows because
your Gyarados used Mimic before the Ditto
transformed the first time. Because of a quirk in
the coding of the game when the Ditto transforms
for a second time, it not only copies
the appearance and
stats and movesets of the Gyarados but it
also permanently copies the Gyarados’s IVs or DVs as
they were called in Gen 1. Therefore when you catch it, it has the necessary IVs
to activate Shininess. So, when you transfer
it back to a Gen 2 game it will be a Shiny Ditto. So, it’s a convoluted and
kind of difficult method to execute that requires
two devices and two games, but it is still possible and a
relatively easy Shiny Pokémon to get compared
to just full odds in the rest of the game
and then having to transfer those Pokémon to another
game to figure out if they’re Shiny. So, therefore the easiest Shiny
Pokémon in the Gen 1 games is the double transform Ditto. Now on to Generation II and as many of you
probably anticipated, the easiest Shiny
Pokémon to find is the red Gyarados. It’s the first ever
guaranteed Shiny Pokémon, and you are actually required
to battle it to progress in the story in all three
Generation II games. It doesn’t get easier
to find than that. Now I know that some of you
think that the red Gyarados shouldn’t count because
it’s guaranteed. I personally think
it should count which is why it is the
entry for this generation. But to appease those of you
who think it should not count, I’ll go over the easiest
Shiny Pokémon in Gen 2 that are not guaranteed. In Gold and Silver versions,
the easiest Shiny Pokémon to find that are not
the red Gyarados, are babies bred
from a Shiny parent. Since Shininess is
determined by IVs and parents can pass their
IVs down to their offspring, the babies end up with a much
higher chance of being Shiny that works out to
be about one in 64. If your red Gyarados is male, you can create
Shiny breeding trees to get higher odds Shiny Pokémon for almost 200
different species. The Pokémon that can
in no way connect to Gyarados’s egg groups
are those in the Mineral, Amorphous and
Undiscovered groups, plus the Pokémon
that are always male because you can’t breed them, since breeding anything with
a Ditto didn’t exist yet. Now this is true in
Crystal version as well, but they’re not the
easiest Shiny Pokémon that are not red Gyarados in that game because of
an even easier method, the odd egg. It’s a gift egg that you
receive that will hatch into one of seven
different baby Pokémon, all of which have a
substantially increased chance to be Shiny. In the Japanese version
of the game you have an astounding 50% chance
of hatching a Shiny Pokémon from the odd egg. In the international
versions the chances dropped to only 14% but that’s
still really high, about one in seven. That chance is
not evenly divided among all possible
hatched Pokémon though. So, in the end the Shiny Pokémon
you are most likely to get on any given hatch are
Shiny Igglybuff and Cleffa, which have a 3% chance each
of hatching from the odd egg. All right so that
wraps up Generation II. I still think red
Gyarados counts as the easiest Shiny Pokémon but I’ve covered
the other bases too to appease hopefully
more of you. Now on to then
Generation III games and in all five of them, there really aren’t any
Shiny Pokémon that are easier to find than just the
blanket full odds. There’s no methods
to increase your odds and there’s no
guaranteed Shiny Pokémon, so the easiest and also
hardest Shiny Pokémon to find in the Gen
3 are all of them. Although I should note there
are two small exceptions. The first is that there are
some guaranteed Shiny Pokémon in Trainer Tower in
FireRed and LeafGreen but they’re trainer’s Pokémon, so you can’t catch them. So, those don’t count. The second exception also
occurs on Seven Island within FireRed and LeafGreen and it has to do with Unown. But dear God, it’s complicated. The very simplified summary
is that the Shiny odds and the Unown forms
are both determined by their personality values which is a complicated
secret data point. As a result of
this, the Shiny odds for different Unown
forms vary wildly and they’re also not
consistent between games because they are also impacted by the trainer ID and secret ID. In short, different Unown
forms have different Shiny odds in different games that can get
as good as about one in 5000 or as bad as about
one in 18,000. So, it is super complicated and also super inconsistent. So therefore, I don’t think
they should count as any easier than just the blanket
full odds Pokémon. Now onto Generation IV. First I’ll cover the easy one. The red Gyarados in
HeartGold and SoulSilver. It makes its return in
a very similar fashion to its first appearance, a guaranteed Shiny that
you have to battle. Like was the case
in Generation II, it doesn’t get easier than that. Meanwhile, Diamond,
Pearl, and Platinum do not have any
guaranteed Shiny Pokémon but they did
introduce two methods that can make it easier
to find Shiny Pokémon. Only one of these methods is
in HeartGold and SoulSilver but since those games
have red Gyarados, the red long boy
wins on those games. The first is one that many
of you have probably heard of and have probably even
used it at some point, that being the Masuda method. If two parents in the
daycare originates from two different
language games, their offspring have a
dramatically increased chance of being Shiny. In the Generation IV games, the Masuda method odds
are about one in 1683. If you don’t think the
red Gyarados should count as the easiest Shiny Pokémon
in HeartGold and SoulSilver, then Masuda method
Pokémon are the easiest in those games. However, the Sinnoh games
have a second method that HeartGold and
SoulSilver do not, that being the PokéRadar. This method requires a
bit of skill and practice but if you are able
to get a 40 chain, each shaking grass patch has
Shiny odds of about one in 200. Since you can see a maximum of four grass patches
shaking at one time, this results in an effective
rate of about one in 50. Therefore, PokéRadar Shiny
Pokémon are the easiest to get in Diamond,
Pearl, and Platinum because odds of about
one in 50 are way better than the Gen 4
Masuda method odds. Also before I move on
from Generation IV, I should acknowledged
that there is a glitch that has to do with
using Cute Charm that can result in dramatically
increased Shiny odds of like one in three
or something like that. However, it can only be done for certain trainer
IDs and secret IDs, so if you start your game
and you don’t have those IDs, then you can’t do the method. So, I didn’t think
that should count because it doesn’t apply
to every single save file. Now onto Generation V,
starting with Black and White, games which do not have any
guaranteed Shiny Pokémon. The only method of
increasing Shiny odds in Black and White
is the Masuda method which returns from Gen 4. In fact, it actually
had its odds boosted of from about one in 1600 to about one in 1365. However, Gen 5 also
introduced the Shiny Charm, which you can get if you
complete the National Pokédex, no small feat, and that
boost the Shiny odds from Masuda method even more, increasing them to
about one in 1024. So, while it’s difficult
to get the Shiny Charm, it does make the Shiny
Pokémon easier to find, so, therefore, the easiest
Shiny Pokémon in Black and White are Shiny Charm
Masuda method Pokémon. Black 2 and White
2 would be the same but these games featured
guaranteed Shiny Pokémon. In both games, you can
get a Shiny Haxorus in the Nature Preserve, which you can access once
you’ve seen every Pokémon in the Unova Pokédex. In Black 2 you can get a
Shiny Gible as a reward for beating Benga
in Black Tower, and then White 2 you
can get a Shiny Dratini for beating him in
White Treehollow. Of course, if you don’t think guaranteed Shiny
Pokémon should count, then Masuda method
is the easiest one in Black 2 and White 2 as well. Now moving on to Generation VI, which boosted Shiny odds across
the board for all Pokémon from one in 8192 to one in 4096. So, all Shiny Pokémon
got easier to find but there were still methods that made Shiny Pokémon
much easier to find. First in X and Y,
the PokéRadar returns but we don’t have
as clear of data on it as we do for
the Gen 4 version and there are multiple variables
that make things different. While it can result in
easier Shiny Pokémon, I can’t count it as the easiest because we don’t
have the specifics. The Friend Safari
has increased odds, having about one in
819 without Shiny Charm and one in 585 with it. The Masuda method is still
better than that though because of the boost
to the full odds, the Masuda method odds were
increased to one in 683 and with the Shiny Charm, they go all the way
up to one in 512. But none of these
methods can hold a candle to chain fishing. As you reel in more and more
of the same species in a row, your Shiny odds
increase with each bite. Those odds cap at a chain of 20, giving you a Shiny
rate of about 1%. That is an excellent Shiny rate, that is so good that
getting the Shiny Charm only increases the odds from
about one in 100 to one in 95. So chain fishing Pokémon are by far the easiest Shiny
Pokémon in X and Y. In OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire, instead of the PokéRadar, they have the DexNav which
can boost Shiny odds, but it’s complicated. If one of you can
understand this paragraph, that’s great, but basically
all I can gather is that as you get to search levels
in these several hundreds, you are increasing your odds
by 0.01% every 100 or so. Also apparently it’ll randomly
give you way better odds at random points in the middle? It’s a mess that I
barely understand but even so it’s
still clear to me that it would take
you a really long time to get to Shiny odds of 1% where with chain fishing, you can get there in only 20. So, chain fishing Pokémon
are the easiest Shiny Pokémon in OmegaRuby and
AlphaSapphire as well. Therefore, being the
easiest in all of Gen 6. Now onto Generation VII
starting with Sun and Moon. Masuda method does make a return with the same odds
as Generation VI, but there’s another method that has even easier
Shiny Pokémon, that being SOS battles. Once you’ve had 31
successful SOS calls, your Shiny odds are
about one in 315 without the Shiny Charm
and one in 273 with it. The chain number resets
when you hit 255, but you can get it back
to a full 31 chain at 286. Therefore, the
easiest Shiny Pokémon in Sun and Moon are
SOS-called Pokémon. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the SOS battling
method still exists and is actually a bit better since it doesn’t reset
your chain at 255. However, there is
another new method that makes Shiny Pokémon
even easier to find by a lot, that being the Ultra Warp Ride. Depending on how far you fly, the number of rings of
the wormhole you enter, and whether or not you’ve
caught the legendaries, you can get fantastic Shiny
odds for the non-legendary and non-Ultra Beast Pokémon. Max level wormholes are
guaranteed to give legends, but if you’ve
caught all of them, those flower-shaped
wormholes can give you a Shiny rate of up to 36%, which is ridiculous. The Shiny Charm does
not impact these odds. Ultra Warp Ride Shiny
Pokémon are so easy to get that it didn’t take me very long to get at least one
of all 20 species. So, if you’ve never
ran a Shiny Pokémon and you want one to get one, just do the Ultra
Warp Ride a few times. You’re gonna get one. And finally for Gen 7, Let’s Go Pikachu
and Let’s Go Eevee. Since these games
don’t feature breeding, there is no Masuda method, so the only method of
increasing your Shiny chances is the Catch Combo method. This is the table of
the various chances, which as you can see
max out at one in 273. Therefore the easiest Shiny
Pokémon are catch combo Pokémon. And finally is Gen 8, where the easiest Shiny Pokémon for the duration of
the New Year’s event were Shiny Magikarp. Every time an event
raid den spawned, it had an 8% chance of bringing
up a Shiny Magikarp raid, which was great! I ended up with seven of them. But now that the event is over, the easiest Shiny
Pokémon instead are Masuda method-bred Pokémon
which have the same odds as they’ve had since Gen 6. The number-battled
method is still bugged at the time of
recording this video, so it gives you worst
effective on Masuda method but even if it wasn’t bugged, it would still give
you about the same odds as the Masuda method
at the highest level. So, Masuda method
Pokémon are the easiest in Sword and Shield right now. So to recap, the
easiest Shiny Pokémon in every main series game are: the double-Transform
Ditto in Gen 1, the red Gyarados in Gen 2, any of them in Gen 3, PokéRadar Pokémon in
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the red Gyarados in
HeartGold and SoulSilver, Masuda method bred Pokémon
in Black and White, the Shiny Gible in Black 2, the Shiny Dratini in White 2, and the Nature Preserve
Shiny Haxorus in both, chain fished Pokémon in Gen 6, SOS Pokémon in Sun and Moon, Ultra Warp Ride Pokémon in
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Catch combo’d
Pokémon in Let’s Go, and a Magikarp for a bit but now a Masuda method
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