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How rare is it to find a shiny Pokemon?

Pokegirl_24 asks:
Added Jun 21st 2008, ID #121219

How rare is it to find a shiny Pokemon?

I found a shiny wurmple level 2 when I just started the game over. Its purple and stars fly when I send it into battle. Now it's a level 10 Dustox.How rare is finding a shiny pokemon?


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gamefreakgabe answered:
Added 22nd Jun 2008, ID #263647

Its about a 10000000(0000?) to 1 Chance....hehe, Pretty slim if you catch my drift...For example..I've played just bout' all the versions, many times and I didn't get a shiny Pokemon till' bout my 20 run though Emerald...It was a zubat and it was pink. =)

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Guest said: 15th Aug 2016 | REPORT
i found a shiny oddish just now :D
Guest said: 28th Aug 2016 | REPORT
I found a shiny charzard last week
Guest said: 24th Sep 2016 | REPORT
I found a shiny poochyena
Guest said: 1st Oct 2016 | REPORT
I just caught one when my starter was lvl 13

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sk8rboy answered:
Added 27th Jun 2008, ID #264910

The rarity of a legendary is no match to the ratity of a shiny. If you ask me, those chances are VERY slim. The very first time I've every found a shiny was in Emerald, and it was a gold and red Hariyama. I was sooooo happy I found it! So, it's most likely that you also will find your first shiny Pokemon in Emerald.


dragom_mlb answered:
Added 26th Jul 2008, ID #271632

As rare as getting struck by lightning while holding a winning loto ticket
But my first shiny was a gold volpix that turned into a light purple nine tales

Guest answered:
Added 31st Mar 2011, ID #395889

The only time I ever found one was a gold geodude in leaf green I was so upset I didnt have any pokeballs on my I used up my last cathing a normal geodude
I have read that 1 in 8141 battles is the odds of seeing one

Guest answered:
Added 8th May 2011, ID #404282

The chance is 1 in 8192
There are ways of increasing it though, such as the Masuda method and the PokeRadar

Guest answered:
Added 20th Jul 2011, ID #423904

I found shiny tentacool it was green. Right now I am trying to get a shiny mudkip.

Guest answered:
Added 30th Jul 2011, ID #427020

I found a shiny magnemite and my neighbor wants it for a 52 zapdos thats how awesome and rare they are.

Guest answered:
Added 28th Sep 2011, ID #443605

Put it this way, I've been playing Pokemon games for about 4 or 5 years, and I only just found one. It was a Ponyta with Blue fire Smile

Guest answered:
Added 29th Sep 2011, ID #443787

I have been playing Pokemon since Pokemon Red... The only Shiny I have ever seen is a Red Gyarados... And thats cause it is part of the story.
Never seen a random one in the wild before.

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Guest said: 7th Jun 2016 | REPORT
I was so stupid once, I found a lv 78 shiny Magikarp in Platinum once, I decided to evolve it into the easiest shiny to find ever....Then fought the Elite, so I couldn't even restart afterwards....
Guest answered:
Added 28th Dec 2011, ID #467457

I only found a shiny Oddish, but somehow I managed to get that one twice.

Guest answered:
Added 19th Dec 2012, ID #558060

For the person who said they got the same shiny Pokemon twice - the same thing happened to me in the original Silver version. I found a purple Drowzee and after I caught him and saved and healed him at the Poke'Center, I went back to that same patch of grass to try him out... And behold, a second purple Drowzee appeared!

This leads me to believe that there might be a time frame involved on when the shiny Pokemon is active. Like perhaps the purple Drowzee was available for 10 minutes and I found him twice easily, then never again.

Guest answered:
Added 31st Dec 2013, ID #612620

Ok Here's an example. I've been playing Pokemon since I was 5 years old. I am now 15 and I have YET to encounter a shiny Pokemon in the wild.

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Guest said: 25th Jun 2016 | REPORT
I found a shiny lv 24 magnemite in New Mauville in pikemon sapphire
Guest answered:
Added 15th Oct 2016, ID #684418

The easiest method is masuda method, Japanese ditto with ever stone bred with English Scyther...

From Bulbapedia:

"While the standard encounter rate for a Shiny Pokémon (either in the wild or by breeding) is 1/8192, the Masuda method multiplies this rate by 5 (to 5/8192 or about 1/1638) in Generation IV and by 6 (to 3/4096 or about 1/1365) in Generation V. It occurs whenever Pokémon of differing language are bred."

TL;DR cross-breed your Pokemon with a foreign and native origins species and you have higher chance because Masuda blessed us.

Guest answered:
Added 5th Jul 2017, ID #691114

I found a shiny Wurmple, too! But it must be pretty rare because I have played the game a LOT!! ;) But sadly, my Gardevoir is too OP and I accidentally used Grass Knot without thinking, and POOF! My first shiny was gone... :( :( ;( ;(


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