The elusive shiny pokemon in Pokemon Sun and Moon is among the most sought out tier of pokemon in the main series franchise. Originally introduced in the first run of Pokemon Gold and Silver (Gen II). The shiny pokemon mechanic has gained so much popularity that dedicated YouTuber's and Twitch streamers have made careers on the web showing the experience of the shiny hunt.
Among one the most popular is RenaeCollects who live streams her reactions as viewers join her on shiny hunts to ravel in her dedication to catch them all!
Although shiny encounters may seem impossible, do not fret because its actually a lot easier than you think; with the right preparation and patience, you too can be a pro shiny hunter!
How Do You Shiny Hunt Pokemon?
This is quite an easy question to answer. You must chain the same pokemon in succession to increase the chances of encountering a shiny. In Pokemon Sun and Moon, there is a dedicated mechanic that makes shiny encounters not only possible but also easier. The mechanic is known as the SOS method where wild pokemon call for help when their health points drops to red. Additionally, the SOS chain method also increases the chances of getting higher IV's and access to hidden abilities as the chain increases. The SOS method can also be activated by using an adrenaline orb which is an item that makes a pokemon nervous enough to call for help. It's important to note that sometimes pokemon may still call for help even if their health doesn't drop to red. Now that you know the basic mechanic to encounter a shiny pokemon, lets move onto how you can implement a system to become a pro shiny hunter.
1. Complete The Pokedex
Completing the Alola Dex is among one of the most important items to finish to make shiny hunting a much faster and smoother process. Upon completing the Alola Pokedex you can receive the Shiny Charm from the Game Director on the 2nd floor of the Gamefreak headquarters next to the Dimensional Research Lab in Heahea City (Akala isand). The Shiny Charm increases the odds of encountering a shiny pokemon. In addition, completing the Pokedex also makes catching pokemon easier because it increases the likelyhood of getting critical catch rate which helps the ball not break.
Although completing the Alola Pokedex is time consuming, in Pokemon Sun and Moon the Alola Dex is only compromised of 301 pokemon unlike prior games where getting a Shiny Charm required the completion of the national dex and with more than 800 pokemon to date, 301 seems like a much more manageable feat.
2. Creating The Perfect Shiny Hunting Team
Recruiting the right pokemon to join you on the shiny hunt is key to your success. The basics are to have a False Swipe pokemon and a status inducing pokemon to make catches easier and less stressful. False Swipe is a normal type move that will leave a wild pokemon with 1 health point if the attack strength is high enough. The move can never faint a pokemon. Another move comparable to False Swipe is the move Hold Back which does exactly the same but False Swipe is a better option because it can be received by Professor Kukui as a TM after completing the first grand trial early on in the game.
False Swipe Pokemon Suggestion:
Smeargle learns the move sketch which allows it to learn any move that it sketches from an opponent pokemon. The suggestion above gives a list of the most popular moves used to make shiny hunting a breeze without the need of constantly replenishing PP and Health.
Secondly, adding a status inducing pokemon to the team can help make catching pokemon by putting them to sleep or paralyzing them, furthermore, status ilments will help in stopping a chain at the right moment. Many shiny hunters can find themselves in a tight predicament where a shiny pokemon appears and keeps calling for help. A Pokeball can only be thrown when there is a single pokemon on the field. By putting the shiny pokemon to sleep or paralyzing it during battle will stop it from calling for help so that a Pokeball can be used.
Status Inducing Pokemon Suggestion:
Buttefree is a great status inducing pokemon to use because it can learn a variety of moves that will aid in catching shiny pokemon. It is an early route pokemon that can be caught at the beginning of the game as a Caterpie. It has a fast growth rate so evolving and learning status moves will be quite quick.
3. Farming Leppa Berries
Leppa Berries are a shiny hunter's main staple because it's a berry that automatically replenishes a move's PP by 10 once it depletes. A Leppa berry farm can be started by planting them in the Poke Pelago feature on Isle Aplenny. Be sure to add poke beans to lessen the time to harvest berries. Other popular berries are Sitrus, Cheri, and Rawst berries for cases in which your main False Swiping pokemon gets paralyzed, burned, or needs some extra health.
4. Pokemon Moves & Faint Switching
Mastering shiny hunting is all about keeping track of how many pokemon you faint and knowing when to switch targets. As you may know, all pokemon have a limited amount of PP moves which deplete as you continue to use a move. When fainting pokemon, you can use your decreasing PP moves as markers to let you know how many pokemon you have fainted in a chain. In addition, opponent pokemon are also limited in moves as their PP depletes. Once an opponent pokemon uses all of its PP, it will have no choice but to use Struggle which is a Pokemon's last resort when it is unable to use a move. Struggle causes a pokemon to lose health drastically each time it uses this move so it's important to switch targets before a pokemon has run short on PP so that the chain can continue.
This is what is known as Faint Switching where you faint the pokemon that originally called for help when you feel the pokemon is getting close to using up all of its PP moves. Once the pokemon that originally called for help faints, you would then False Swipe the comrade pokemon that was called onto help and continue the chain as the comrade pokemon then calls for its own help. The general rule for faint switching is after 20-30 fainted ally pokemon before switching targets. This is all dependent on whether or not you missed an attack so keep track oh how many moves the pokemon has used.
5. Stocking On Pokeballs
Stocking on a variety of pokeballs of all kinds is an added bonus to catching a shiny pokemon in a pokeball that closely matches its shiny color scheme. Although pokeball matching is really up to preference, its nice to know that you can match a shiny pokemon with a pokeball that gives it an extra added effect when using shiny pokemon to battle once the shiny hunt is done.
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