How to find Shiny Pokémon

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Preliminary information

Prima di enter the dettaglio della procedura su how to find Pokémon Shiny, I think you might be interested in learning more about these shiny Pokémon.

Well, Shiny Pokémon are very rare and hard to find Pokémon, which may appear randomly within the various video games in the series. Shiny Pokémon have always managed to attract players, as they are exhibited as "trophies" by the latter. Usually the Shiny variants do not in fact vary the statistics of the Pokémon and are therefore simply aesthetic variations.



Pokémon of this type are recognized by the coloration, since it varies from that of the traditional Pokémon, and the glitter that emit when they appear on the screen. Let's take concrete examples: Pikachu is notoriously yellow, but in its Shiny version this color becomes much more lively. Gyarados, on the other hand, has always been blue, but in its Shiny variant it becomes red. I remind you that Shiny Pokémon were first introduced in Generation II.

In short, having Shiny Pokémon in your team could make you look good with your friends and I assure you that hunting for this type of Pokémon is quite interesting, as you will see in the following chapters of the guide.

Come trovare Pokémon Shiny su Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO is a rather "unusual" chapter of the series, as it is only available for smartphones and tablets and requires players to walk in the real world to catch Pokémon. For this reason, Niantic's title makes it even more exciting to catch Shiny Pokémon.

To find a Pokémon of this type in Pokémon GO, you will have to walk a lot and hope that luck is on your side. If you were wondering, unfortunately it is not possible to see the Shiny Pokémon in the game map, but you will find out if the Pokémon is Shiny or not only when the capture phase starts. As already mentioned above, you will recognize it due to its shimmer and different coloring compared to the basic version of the Pokémon.



I Pokémon Shiny can also be found during Raid Bosses or inside eggs. However, even in this case, these are lucky strokes and you will find out if the Pokémon is of the chromatic type only when the capture phase starts or the egg hatches.

In addition to this, by evolving the Shiny Pokémon found through the aforementioned methods, it is clearly possible to obtain other Pokémon of this type. For more details on the evolutions in the Niantic title, I recommend that you consult my guide on how to evolve Eevee on Pokémon GO.

In short, finding Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO is solely a matter of luck and there are no methods to speed up this process. However, in case you like a particular Pokémon, I give you one list of Shiny Pokémon that can be found in Pokémon GO.

  • Shiny all'interno delle uova: Magikarp, Sableye, Shuppet, Pichu, Duskull, Snorunt.
  • Shiny selvatici: Pikachu, Duskull, Snorunt, Magikarp, Sableye, Shuppet.
  • Shiny Raid Boss: Mawile, Magikarp, Absol.
  • Shiny ottenibili tramite evoluzione: Gyarados (Magikarp), Raichu (Pikachu), Banette (Shuppet), Pikachu (Pichu), Dusclops (Duskull), Glalie (Snorunt).

I want to clarify that Pokémon GO is a constantly updated game and, therefore, the information reported in this guide may no longer be valid in the future, since the developers could change the title at any moment.

Come trovare Pokémon Shiny Let’s GO


Pokémon Let’s GO, Eevee! e Pokémon Let's GO, Pikachu! are two chapters released in 2019 only for Nintendo Switch: these are games with different mechanics than traditional chapters, which also make it easier to capture Shiny Pokémon.


In fact, in Pokémon Let's GO, Eevee! and Pokémon Let's GO, Pikachu! You can see the color and shimmer of Shiny Pokémon even before the capture phase begins. This means that you can understand if a Pokémon is of this type or not already while you are walking around the game map, since all the Pokémon are visible even without going into the tall grass.


In addition to this, there is a method to exponentially increase the chance of finding a Shiny Pokémon: catch 30 Pokémon of the same species in succession. You can do this in a very simple way, since the Pokémon are already visible on the map and you just have to go to them to start the capture phase. Obviously, you never have to break the chain to have a better chance and therefore you don't have to catch Pokémon of other species or make the prey flee.

In any case, my advice is to save the game after each capture, so that there are no unpleasant inconveniences. In short, it still takes a certain amount of luck to find a Shiny Pokémon in the aforementioned titles, but at least these aids make life easier for aspiring trainers.

How to find Shiny Pokémon in traditional Pokémon chapters

The methods for finding Shiny Pokémon are very similar in the traditional chapters of the series and simply require the player to have a lot of luck during the search and capture phase of Pokémon.

However, there are methods to speed up Pokémon Shiny's meeting, which of course I'll explain shortly. In any case, by "traditional chapters" I mean all those video games in the Pokémon series that have very similar mechanics, from Green leaf a Diamond passing through X e Ultra sun.


Method of chaining

One of the most used methods by gamers to find Shiny Pokémon faster is that of chaining, or the chaining of catches. This method can be implemented in the chapters Pokémon Diamond, Perla, Platinum, Oro HeartGold, Argento SoulSilver, X e Y.


To take advantage of this possibility, you must first obtain the item Poké Radar, able to show you the spots in the tall grass where you can find wild Pokémon. This item is usually obtained after defeating the Superquattro, or the four coaches considered the strongest in their region. To defeat these enemies, you must have all eight medals from each region and beat all four of them consecutively. Depending on the game, the Elite Four are found in thePlateau Blue or in the Pokémon League.

In some chapters, the Poké Radar is obtained instead by talking to the Professor Oak, while in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokéwalker, a physical object present in the sales package of the two games that closely resembles the Poké Radar. In any case, playing one of the aforementioned titles in the series normally, you shouldn't have any problems finding the Poké Radar (or Pokéwalker).

Once you have the PokéRadar, equip it in the quick item menu and remove all other tools (bike, hook and the like). In case you are playing Pokémon X or Y, I also recommend that you equip the Chromamulet, an item obtained after completing the Pokédex that increases the likelihood of finding Shiny Pokémon. This item can also be found in Pokémon Black 2, White 2 and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

Another piece of advice I can give you is to buy a lot Repellents, maybe Super Repellents. In fact, in this way you will increase the speed of appearance of Pokémon and, consequently, the possibility of finding shiny Pokémon. Also, don't forget to stock up on Poké Ball, as chaining sessions can be very long.

Once this is done, I would say that you are ready to begin the chain of catches. Then go to one of the large areas of tall grass, perhaps in a place where you know your favorite Pokémon is present, and use the Poké Radar, so that the grass boxes vibrate. Pay attention to the way they vibrate, as this effect indicates the type of Pokémon you are about to catch. There are usually three different types of animation of this type.

Once you've found the type of Pokémon you want to catch, you'll need to keep following the same vibration as grass and capture in succession 40 Pokémon of the same type. In this case, it is important never to leave the grass area, not to let the prey run away, not to save the game and not to meet a Pokémon of a different type.

In short, catching a Shiny Pokémon with the chaining method can be very time-consuming, but on the other hand you are trying to catch rare Pokémon. In addition, if everything is done correctly, chaining allows you to get a Shiny Pokémon in an almost safe way, since it greatly increases the probability of finding a Pokémon of this type.

Method of reproduction

Another widely used method to get Shiny Pokémon is to breeding Pokémon from different regions. In fact, for example, making a Pokémon from Europe reproduce with one that comes from the United States of America, it is very likely that the union generates a shiny Pokémon.

Do you think this method was directly suggested by Junichi Masuda, one of the founding members of Game Freak, developer of games dedicated to Pokémon. The "metodo Masuda" can be used in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black, White, Black 2, White 2, X and Y.

To get a Pokémon from a different region, you need to make one exchange with a gamer from that country. My advice is to try to find deals with other players in the Reddit section called Pokémon Trades. Here you will find many gamers from all over the world intent on trading Pokémon, but I recommend that you use this method only if you know English well and if you are an expert in the world of Pokémon.

To understand the region a Pokémon comes from, you usually just need to open its page in PokéDex and read the three-letter abbreviation located at the top right (ex. ITA, FRE, JPN and similar). In any case, I remind you that you can normally pair only two Pokémon of the same species (or with the same Egg Group) and with the opposite sex. In case your Pokémon has no gender, you will need to pair it with a Ditto.

To pair two Pokémon, you must leave both of them at retirement and wait for the new Pokémon's egg to spawn. Finally, you will obviously have to hatch the egg, hoping that luck is on your side and make you find a Shiny Pokémon.

Fishing method

In case you have Pokémon X or Y, you can rely on the mechanics of the fishery, which makes it relatively more likely to find shiny Pokémon.

To take advantage of this method, you just need to get one fishing pole and quite a large number of Poké Ball. It is not necessary to have special hooks to find Shiny Pokémon, so you just need to start a normal fishing session to try to find this type of Pokémon.

My advice is to put a Pokémon that has the ability at the head of your team "Suckers" o "Theft Protection", which increases the likelihood of finding wild Pokémon. Once the session has begun, you will have to try to always find a wild Pokémon and never show failure messages, leave the area or exit the game.

At this point, you just have to keep going draw Pokémon in succession and hope that luck is on your side and make you find a Shiny Pokémon. In short, even this mechanic is very linked to luck, but I assure you that you will not regret it when you find the shimmering Pokémon you wanted so much!

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