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Shiny Pokémon

By
Vincent Lau

(1 of 2) You can discern Shiny Pokémon from regular Pokémon on the overworld.

You can discern Shiny Pokémon from regular Pokémon on the overworld. (left), Of course, Shiny Pokémon will also sparkle and have a different color in battle as well. (right)

By now, we imagine most of you know what a shiny Pokémon is. But just in case, they’re exceptionally rare Pokémon, with different colors than usual. The reason they’re called “shiny” Pokémon is because they sparkle when they’re sent out in battle. Besides their rarity and appearance, shiny Pokémon are identical to regular Pokémon.

Finding Shiny Pokémon

In contrast to other Pokémon games, you can identify shiny Pokémon on the overworld, before you even battle them. Shiny Pokémon will have sparkles around them and be of a different color. As soon as you see one, try not to delay, as they can vanish from the overworld like any other Pokémon.

Running into a Shiny Pokémon without any prep work is extremely unlikely though. You can increase your chance by…

  1. Using a Lure, Super Lure or Max Lure.
  2. Creating a high Catch Combo.
  3. Obtaining the Shiny Charm (by registering 150 Pokémon in your Pokédex).

The table below shows how the chance of finding a shiny Pokémon is affected by these three factors.

Catch Combo Shiny rate …with Lure …with Shiny Charm …with Both
0 to 10 1 in 4096 1 in 2048 1 in 1365 1 in 1024
11 to 20 1 in 1024 1 in 819 1 in 682 1 in 585
21 to 30 1 in 512 1 in 455 1 in 409 1 in 372
31+ 1 in 341 1 in 315 1 in 292 1 in 273

To emphasize, the highest odds you’ll get is approximately 1 in 273, if you can maintain a Catch Combo of 31 or higher, you’re currently using a Lure and you have the Shiny Charm in your possession. This is a 15x increase compared to the base shiny rate, but it’s still quite low, so you may need to be patient.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    23 November 2018
  • Last Updated
    19 December 2020
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Welcome to our strategy guide for Pokemon: Let’s Go!

  • A complete walkthrough with strategies to defeat all the Kanto Gym Leaders and conquer the Pokémon League.
  • Encounter tables for all the wild Pokémon, including the rare Pokémon with undisclosed habitats in the Pokédex.
  • Explanations of all the gameplay mechanics for both beginner trainers and Pokémon Masters.
  • Where to find all the Master Trainers and hidden battles after beating the game.
  • A handy mini-Pokédex containing the key details for all 153 obtainable Pokémon and where to find them.

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