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This website is all about Shiny Hunting, so it uses some expressions like "Full Odds" or "Chain Links". While the majority of shiny hunters will know what these expressions mean, beginners in the art of shiny hunting may not be aware of their significance. That is the issue this page hopes to mitigate.

There are lots of expressions used by shiny hunters to describe certain aspects of their hunts. These are some of the most usual:

  • RE (Random Encounters) - Random Encounters are the most basic way of finding Shiny Pokémon, but it's also one of the ones that take the longest amounts of time. Performing Random Encounters is running around aimlessly in a location that allows the player to encounter wild Pokémon (grass, water, caves, ...). Just enter a battle, check if the Pokémon is shiny, catch it if it is, and run if it isn't.
  • Soft Reset - There are times where you're forced to encounter a certain Pokémon, as part of the story, like the Mewtwo in Cerulean Cave. Soft Resetting involves saving the game before starting the encounter, start the encounter and check if the Pokémon is shiny. If it is, you catch it, if it isn't, you Soft Reset.
    But how do you Soft Reset? For nearly all Nintendo consoles, there's a button combination that will restart the game without restarting the whole console. You must press the buttons at the same time. Listed below are the all the Soft Reset combinations for all Nintendo consoles:
    • GameBoy (Classic, Color and Advance/Advance SP) games - A + B + Start + Select
    • Nintendo GameCube games - B + X + Start (Only works for Pokémon XD Gale of Darkness)
    • Nintendo DS games - L + R + Start + Select
    • Nintendo 3DS games - L + R + Start or Select
    • Nintendo Switch games - The Nintendo Switch does not have a Soft Reset function.
  • FE (Fishing Encounter) - This one isn't really used nowadays, as Chain Fishing uses chains, but stands for encounters done by fishing.
  • HB (HeadButt) - In the Johto games, players could shiny hunt by having their Pokémon headbutt small trees, and a Pokémon would often fall down those trees, and sometimes, it would also be asleep.
  • RA (Run Away) - Some stationary Pokémon don't disappear from you if you run away from them, such as the Shaymin in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. In the Shiny Hunting Helper, these are included in the Soft Resetting section, but does not need to be reset to generate a new encounter. Simply running and encountering it again will start a new encounter.
  • Full Odds - Full Odds refers to the standard rate of encountering a Shiny Pokémon in the wild, which is 1/8192 in all games until X and Y, and 1/4096 from then on until the Let's Go games. Information of the Generation 8 games will be updated when available.
  • Methods - Methods refer to techniques that players can perform to increase the likelihood of getting shiny Pokémon. These include:
    • Shiny Breeding and Masuda Method - Which involve breeding Pokémon with the goal of hatching a shiny Pokémon.
    • Poké Radar - The Poké Radar is quite an interesting tool. It allows you to build a chain of a specific species of Pokémon and, if you do it correctly, you can get a shiny of that species.
    • DexNav - DexNav uses a chain and something called the Search Level, as well as a random number for its calculations, so you never know when a shiny will pop up. DexNav is one of the most discussed methods so far. Why? Because no one could quite figure out how it worked, and everyone had their theory on it. And even after dataminers figured it out and posted their results, people stuck to their guns and branded the results Fake News. But enough about this.
    • Friend Safari - "No man is a failure who has friends." - Mark Twain. This method does not depend on you, but your friends. On Pokémon X and Y, there's this facility where you can catch Shiny Pokémon With really attractive shiny rates. But the Pokémon you can catch, those depend on the friends you have registered on your 3DS...
    • Chain Fishing - Also known as Consecutive Fishing, this method is one of the easiest out there. Go to a location with water and fish. Once you hit a chain of 20, your shiny odds will be 1/100. That's nearly 40 times the base rate, without the Shiny Charm...
    • SOS Battles - Pokémon in Alola are more in tune with Nature than in any other region. This allows them to call for help, which can result in some really lengthy battles. I've had SOS battles that went for over an hour, and I'm sure some people went over that quite easily. But the shiny odds increase rather steadily, so it's relatively easy to get a shiny this way.
    • Ultra Warp Ride - If the Pokémon you're looking for doesn't exist in this world, go to another. The max rate for this method is 1/2.78. That's right, nearly 1 in 3 encounters you have will have a shiny in it. These are some broken odds.
  • Phases - Let's suppose you're hunting a shiny Ralts in Emerald, but before you find a shiny Ralts, you find a shiny Zigzagoon. And then another, and another, and another, and 3 more, until you find the shiny Ralts you want. For every shiny you catch that's not the one you want, the Phase goes up by one.
  • Shiny Badge Quest - A Shiny Badge Quest is a challenge that some shiny hunters have undergone, and some say it's quite fun. Here's how it works: Before every badge, you must catch a shiny. What that shiny is is up to you. You must also catch a shiny before AND after the Elite Four, making a total of 10 shinies. You can also shiny hunt your starter and any gift Pokémon you get, further increasing the amount of shinies you will have by the end of the run.
  • Chains - Here's that word again, "chains". A chain is simply encountering how many Pokémon you defeated/caught so far in a hunt. A few methods take chains into account, others do their calculations based solely on them. The chains are integral to Poké Radar, Chain Fishing, SOS Battles and Catch Combos hunts, but not in DexNav hunts, where is is almost ignored in favor of Search Level.
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