These factors apply for all users without exception. These boosts are the Pokémon of the Day and Sei's Bonus Counter. The PotD selects a random Pokémon that has a 10% improved chance of hatching Shiny for the day. Sei's Bonus Counter gets activated after a certain amount of Shiny Pokémon are hatched (3,777) and boosts the chance of hatching a Shiny overall for one day.
While Sei's counter is influenced by the activity of the users, the PotD is completely random.
A user has the possibility to raise their own chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon. These boosts stack with the site related boosts and with each other.
After the rate adjustment of August 28, 2019, the chances of hatching a Shiny and Albino Pokemon were switched, resulting in Shiny Pokemon becoming less common when using boosts than Albino Pokemon.
Shiny Charms double the chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon. There are two different Charms that may be used for Shiny hunting; both can be active at the same time. The usual Shiny Charm can be purchased for 150. It doubles the chances of hatching a Shiny Pokémon for 24 hours after activation. If the user does not possess a Shiny Charm Box then the Shiny Charm will disappear after using it. When in possession of a Shiny Charm Box, the Shiny Charm will turn into a Dead Shiny Charm after being used. Dead Shiny Charms can be recharged using Gold Poké. Recharging one Shiny Charm costs 100 and takes 5 days, while recharging multiple Shiny Charms at once lowers cost (per charm- up to 80%) and duration down to 24 hours.
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It is possible to recharge more Shiny Charms at once, with every further Shiny Charm costing an additional 20 and does not lower the duration time any further. After reaching 68%, the discount is +1% every 2 Charms. (I.E. 16-17 Charms are 68%, 18-19 are 69%, etc.)
A PokéRadar can be purchased for 750,000 on the Shiny Hunt page. This allows you to chain up to 38 eggs, granting a boost of up to 1,277% on its own. Together with Hypermode, the PokéRadar allows the user to chain a species of Eggs up to 40. This boosts the chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon up to 3,996%.
A chain compromises of a set of consecutive Eggs hatched of the same species. A chain is only possible with an active Hypermode or after having bought a PokéRadar. Hatching the same Egg raises the chance of getting a Shiny Pokémon, the boost depends on how many eggs were hatched. The maximum boost is reached after hatching 40 Eggs of the same species, which boosts the chance of a Shiny Pokémon by 3,996%. A Shiny Pokémon that is hatched in a chain will have an entry in their Timeline that can look like this:
Shiny hatched 4/86 in chain +Sei +Charm +Über
The numbers mean that this Shiny Pokémon was the 4th one to hatch in this chain and hatched at Egg 86. Active boosts when hatching were the Sei Bonus Counter, a Shiny Charm, and an Übercharm. The Timeline only lists boosts that raise the chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon; boosts that made it easier to hatch due to more Interaction gain, like the PokéRus, are not listed.
Breaking a Chain
Breaking a chain means losing all progress made in the chain. This is usually done when starting a new Shiny Hunt. The chain will either fail completely or start at 1 Egg again, depending whether the user still owns the PokéRadar or not. The following causes a chain to break:
- Hatching a different Egg than the species that is currently being chained when the Type Race is not ongoing, or if the Pokémon's type is different from your assigned type during the Type Race.
- Hatching an Egg while not possessing a PokéRadar
To avoid breaking the chain, an Egg Pass can be purchased. It allows the user to hatch one Egg without breaking the chain.
Alternatively a PR Memory Stick can be purchased for 300. This allows the player to save their current chain and resets their Pokéradar when used. The saved chain can then be resumed at any time (overwriting any existing chain at that time). Each PR Memory Stick can only be used once.
When chaining a Pokémon, a hidden Shelter boost applies. Starting from chain 1, each time the user reloads the shelter, there is a small chance that one of the eggs on their screen will be replaced with an egg that they're chaining if it exists in the Shelter. This chance caps at 25% at chain 100.
Some Pokémon have different formes or appearances, which influences Shiny Hunting. If a Pokémon has more than one forme, then each forme has a different EggDex and therefore break the chain if different ones are hatched together. A different appearance does not give another EggDex and therefore count as one species even though they look different from one another. The only way to identify whether a Pokémon has a different forme or only a different appearance is by looking at the PokéDex; different formes are always listed there.
Pokémon with different formes:
Pokémon with different appearances:
- Shellos: Hatches Orient if hatched on the right side of the user's Party; hatches Occident if hatched on the left side of the user's Party
- All Pokémon with gender differences: This includes Frillish, Nidoran, and Petripeep, which evolve into different Pokémon depending on their gender.
- Deerling: Changes its appearance with the season
- Flabébé: Hatches with a random colour
- Spinda: Hatches with a random pattern of spots
- Oricorio: Hatches in a random Style. Only Pointe Style requires the Green Nectar to obtain its Dex entry; all canon Styles can be changed through different-colored Nectars
- Pumpkaboo: Hatches in different sizes depending on how many hours the egg took to hatch (<1 hours = small, 1-2 hours = average, 2-3 hours = large, and >3 hours = super size). Note that, at the time of this edit, the counter starts when the egg is created, not when it is adopted.
- Seasonal Turtwig: Changes its appearance with the season
- Vivillon and Maravol: Each user is assigned a pattern which is determined by hatching a Scatterbug or Maravol Egg, respectively. These patterns are account-locked, but unlike account-locked Pokemon, these Pokemon can be traded among users.
- Basculin: Stripes hatch based off which hatched Basculin forme is in the party, if any.
Unown is the only Pokémon with different formes that have the same Egg sprite. There is currently no visual way to distinguish between the different Unown forme eggs.