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Shiny Hunting refers to the act of attempting to hatch a specific Shiny Pokémon by hatching the same type of Egg repeatedly. There is an extremely small chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon without the use of any Boosts or the PokéRadar.

For more detailed information, please visit Guide:Shiny Hunting.

About the Shiny Hunting Page

An example of the Shiny Hunting Page.
The Shiny Hunting page consists of five tabs:
  • Information: Shows Active modifiers and their Current chain.
  • PokéRadar: Allows for the purchase of a PokeRadarPokéRadar.png and PR Memory StickPR Memory Stick.png.
  • Shiny Charm: Explains about Shiny CharmsShiny Charm.png. Allows for the purchase of Shiny Charm. This page is also where a user would go to activate their Shiny Charm.
  • Egg Pass: Explains about Egg PassesEgg Pass.png and allows users to purchase them.

Information

The Information tab explains what Shiny and Melanistic Pokémon are. Below is the Active Modifiers section. The progress bar is a user's Current chain. In the example picture, the user is currently hunting Noibat which is indicated by the mini-sprite. Their current chain is 42/38 the 42 is how many eggs have been hatched in their chain. While the 38 is representing the shiny bonus level which is approximately 1,276.8%.

Below the progress bar explains that having Hypermode can give a user a higher boost. It also explains that reaching a chain of 100 will allow a user to start receiving the Long Chain Bonus.

Site related Boost

These factors apply to 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 site-wide (3,777) and boosts the chance of hatching a Shiny overall for one day.

Note: While Sei's counter is influenced by the activity of the users, the PotD is completely random.

User related Boosts

A user can raise their chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon. These boosts stack with the site-related boosts and with each other.

After the rate adjustment on the 28th of August 2019, the chances of hatching a Shiny and Albino Pokémon were switched, resulting in Shiny Pokémon becoming less common when using boosts than Albino Pokémon.

PokéRadar

A PokéRadarPokéRadar.png can be purchased for Cr small.png 750,000 on the Shiny Hunt page. It allows users to chain eggs of the same species and significantly boosts a user's Shiny hatching chances. When a user chains at least 39 eggs, the maximum boost is 1,958%. Together with Hypermode, the maximum boost of 3,996% will be granted after the user has chained at least 40 eggs.

Shiny Charms

Shiny CharmsShiny Charm.png boost the chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon for 24 hours after activation by 2.5 times. A Shiny Charm can be purchased for Zophan Canister 16x16.png 200. The Shiny Charm will turn into a Dead Shiny CharmDead Shiny Charm.png after being used. Dead Shiny Charms can be recharged using Gold Poké. Recharging one Shiny Charm costs Gp small.png 100 and takes 5 days, while recharging multiple Shiny Charms at once lowers the cost (per charm- up to 80%) and the duration down to 24 hours.[1]

Note: Persephone's Bonus Counter affects the recharge cost.

Users have the option to be reminded to use a new Shiny Charm each day. Unchecking the option will ensure that the user is not notified.

Below is a chart for recharging multiple Shiny Charms at once.

Number

of Charms

Total cost

(in Gold Poké)

Charge time Discount (in %)
1 100 5 days 0%
2 180 4 days 10%
3 240 3 days 20%
4 280 2 days 30%
5 300 1 day 40%
6 320 1 day 47%
7 340 1 day 51%
8 360 1 day 55%
9 380 1 day 58%
10 400 1 day 60%
11 420 1 day 62%
12 440 1 day 63%
13 460 1 day 65%
14 480 1 day 66%
15 500 1 day 67%
16 520 1 day 68%
17 540 1 day 68%

It is possible to recharge more than 17 Shiny Charms at once, with every further Shiny Charm costing an additional Gp small.png 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.)

Chain

A chain comprises of a set of at least 3 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 and if Hypermode is in use. 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 

This means 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 and a Shiny CharmShiny Charm.png. 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.

Chain Boost

The maximum boost is 3,996% after hatching 40 eggs with the use of Hypermode and 1,277% after hatching 38 eggs without the use of Hypermode.

Chain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Boost 14.9% 17.5% 20.3% 23.2% 26.3% 29.5% 33% 36.6% 40.5% 44.6%
Chain 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Boost 49% 53.7% 58.8% 64.2% 70% 76.3% 83.1% 90.6% 98.6% 107.5%
Chain 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Boost 117.3% 128.1% 140% 153.4% 168.4% 185.5% 205.0% 227.5% 253.7% 284.8%
Chain 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Boost 322.1% 367.6% 424.5% 497.5% 594.8% 731.7% 935.7% 1,276.8% 1,958.3% 3,996%

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 on whether the user still owns the PokéRadar or not. The following causes a chain to break:

  • Hatching a different Egg than the species that are 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 a different Egg than the species that are currently being chained during an active Weekly Tournament that does not exempt eggs that match the tournament qualifications from breaking chains. A user may find out if the active tournament has this exemption by going to the tournament event page.
Note: Eggs won as a Top Prize in the Weekly Tournament or as a prize from Mass-Click Weekend will not break Shiny Hunt chains.
  • Hatching an Egg while not possessing a PokéRadar.

When a user tries to hatch an egg that is not a part of their chain a warning pop-up will appear. This pop-up will let the user know that the egg is different from their chain along with giving them options to either break the chain or use an Egg Pass. If the user does not own any Egg Passes, they will be redirected to the page where they can buy them.

Egg Pass

An Egg PassEgg Pass.png can be purchased to avoid breaking the chain. It allows the user to hatch a single Egg without breaking the chain. Egg Passes cost Zophan Canister 16x16.png 80 each or they can be bought in bulk at 5 Egg Passes for Zophan Canister 16x16.png 240, 10 Egg Passes for Zophan Canister 16x16.png 400, or 100 Egg Passes for Zophan Canister 16x16.png 2,000.

PR Memory Stick

The PR Memory Stick PR Memory Stick.png allows users to save their current chain. After using a PR Memory Stick, it will reset the user's PokéRadar allowing them to hatch other eggs without having to worry about breaking their chain. The saved chain can then be resumed at any time (overwriting any existing chain at that time). Each PR Memory Stick PR Memory Stick.png can only be used once and they can be purchased for Zophan Canister 16x16.png 200.

Note: One-time use only means users need to buy a new PR Stick to save any hunt, even if it was a hunt that was previously saved and reactivated.


Shelter Boost

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.

Special Eggs

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 breaks the chain if different ones are hatched together. A different appearance does not give another EggDex and therefore counts 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:

  • Unown: 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.
  • Regional Variants: Alolan and Galarian formes of a Pokémon have different Egg sprites. Therefore, each forme counts as its own species.

Pokémon with different appearances:

  • Shellos: Hatches Orient if hatched on the right side (slots 2, 4, and 6) of the user's Party; hatches Occident if hatched on the left side (slots 1, 3, and 5) 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 NectarGreen Nectar.png to obtain its Dex entry; all canon Styles can be changed through different-coloured Nectars.
  • Pumpkaboo: Hatches in different sizes depending on how many hours the egg took to hatch (<1 hour = small, 1-2 hours = average, 2-3 hours = large, and >3 hours = supersize).
Note: 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 Pokémon, these Pokémon can be traded among users.
  • Basculin: Stripes hatch based on which hatched Basculin forme is in the party if any.
  • Flurrawr: Flurrawr's forme depends on if it hatches in the first two, or the last two slots of a user's party. If it hatches in one of the first two, it will hatch into a Boreal Forme Flurrawr. If it hatches in one of the last two slots, it will hatch into an Austral Forme Flurrawr.

Trivia

  • Base shiny odds are intentionally kept hidden because of too many complaints from users saying, "It says 4%, that's 1 in 25, but I hatched 26 eggs and didn't get a shiny, it's bugged!"
    • Niet wishes this was made up.
    • The base shiny chance is the same as it was in Ruby/Sapphire. Modifiers are then stacked multiplicatively on top of that.
  • There is a user-made calculator at this link https://lumiet.github.io/pfq/melancalc/ to help users calculate the odds.
    • Users should remember that the odds that are calculated are not guaranteed and still depends on the RNG.
  • Before the 3rd of February 2022, a Shiny Charm Box was needed when using the Shiny Charm for the Shiny Charm to turn into a Dead Shiny Charm. Without the Shiny Charm Box, the Shiny Charm would disappear after use.
  • Before the 4th of February 2022, an Übercharm doubled the chances of hatching Shiny and Albino Pokémon instead of boosting the chance of hatching a Melanistic Pokémon by 8x.
  • Before the 30th of March 2022:
    • The max chain for non-Hypermode users was 38 with a boost of 1,277%.
    • Shiny charms only gave a boost of 2 times instead of 2.5 times.

References

  1. Shiny Charm Recharge