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Prof. Slowfreak

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PostSubject: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:59 am


Ok so ive noticed in the chatbox that some poeple dont know what shiny chaining when the topic comes up, but hopefully this guide will help you understand it, or maybe even help you with it if you already know how.

What you need to chain shinys:
max/super repel
poke radar
stress ball (optional)
Pokemon diamond/pearl

ok now you should have what you need, here i will explain what each is used for. the repels are used for avoiding any other pokemon while walking to break your chain, the repel will not repel pokemon on the poke radar though. The poke radar is a device given to you by Prof.Rowan once you have seen all 150 Sinnoh pokemon. You use it to find rare pokemon is the wild grass, but remember that you cant use it in teh tall grass (the one you cant ride your bike in) Patience is needed because you will not always find the pokemon your looking for on the first try, it'll take time. A stress ball is for when your chain breaks after a high number, that or screaming works, but please dont squeese your DS!


well finding a shiny pokemon in the wild by running in the grass randomly is a 1/8192 chance, its fine to do it this way if you want to dedicate your life to it, but its not a good idea so try to chain. Basically what you do is use your pokeradar and look at the moving grass, walk in the rarest type (i will explain this later) and kill/catch the pokemon. after that look and go into the next patch and repeat until you got to 40 o fthe same pokemon or so and then once at forty your chances of finding a shiny goes from 1/8192 to 1/200!
its easier said then done so please read the rest of this guide for more help.

yes, yes indeed. Shiny's are concidered very rare, which they are in fact. They can be traded for many useful thing that you need, so stocking up on these bad boys(girls/nogenders) can be very helpful, NOT TO MENTION THE COOLIEST POKEMON EVER!!!

-if the pokemon your chaining knows explosion/self destruct, bring a pokemon with the ability DAMP
-if the pokemmon your chaining knows roar or whirlwind, bring a pokemon with suction cup
-always go to a patch in the grass where it is shining/sparling
-teh patch farthest away from you is said to have a more rare poekmon than the closer ones, so go to those.
-if your worried about money, buy super repels to save money, max repels are a rip off
-chaining in swarms is a better way to chain, except for swarms that are in wheather conditions such as fog, rain, sandstorm.
-take advantage of your counter attachment and and count your chain so you dont loose count in your head
-if your chaining electric pokemon bring a pokemon with static
-if your chaining steel pokemon bring a pokemon with magnet pull
-if the pokemon your chaining knows teleport bring a pokemon with shadow tag, arena trap, or a fast pokemon with mean look.
-save before you chain incase its a failure, to save those repels!!!!!
-if your a beginner try to chain something easy like bidoof or starly
-if you bring a pokemon with syncronize, the shiny pokemon, if any, will have a 50% chance of being the same nature as teh pokemon with syncronize.
-if you want a certian gender, use a pokemon with cute charm and the pokemon will be (probably) the opposite gender.
-try places with TONS of grass

OK i give all this credit to GAMEFAQS, i found this on there and i though it would help a lot
again this is from GAMEFAQS

Chain -------- Probability ------- One in (insert number) chance
1 | 0.000140256881714 | 7130
2 | 0.000146835728696 |6971
3 | 0.000143461961013 | 6810
4 | 0.000150391862199 | 6649
5 | 0.000154145558675 | 6487
6 | 0.000158113752093 | 6325
7 | 0.000162315368652 | 6161
8 | 0.000166771628640 | 5996
9 | 0.000171506404877 | 5831
10 | 0.000176546650548 | 5664
11 | 0.000181922912598 | 5497
12 | 0.000187669951340 | 5329
13 | 0.000193827492850 | 5159
14 | 0.000200441148546 | 4989
15 | 0.000207563546988 | 4818
16 | 0.000215255737305 | 4646
17 | 0.000223588943481 | 4473
18 | 0.000232646776282 | 4298
19 | 0.000242528048429 | 4123
20 | 0.000253350394113 | 3947
21 | 0.000265254974365 | 3770
22 | 0.000278412668329 | 3592
23 | 0.000293032328288 | 3413
24 | 0.000309371948242 | 3232
25 | 0.000327754020691 | 3051
26 | 0.000348587036133 | 2869
27 | 0.000372396196638 | 2685
28 | 0.000399868304913 | 2501
29 | 0.000431919097900 | 2315
30 | 0.000469797307795 | 2129
31 | 0.000515251159668 | 1941
32 | 0.000570805867513 | 1752
33 | 0.000640249252319 | 1562
34 | 0.000729533604213 | 1371
35 | 0.000848579406738 | 1178
36 | 0.001015243530273 | 985
37 | 0.001265239715576 | 790
38 | 0.001681900024414 | 595
39 | 0.002515220642090 | 398
40 | 0.005015182495117 | 199

a normal patch of drass will be noticable, and just catch your attention by moving a little, here are just any pokemon

the next and more rare type is the sparkle one. it will sparkle and it well REALLY catch your attention, here are the more rare pokemon, but some still normal ones

teh last and most rare are the "shiny" patches. here there is a REALLY good chance a shiny pokemon is in it. It looks like the sparkle patch except the sparkles are gleaming and its much more noticable then the sparkle patches. these uaually appear around 40 pokemon chain, but some lucky ones have found them earlier.

for those who havent figured this out yet or are looking for a more in depth look at shiny chaining, here is the place. i will tell you everything you need to know, and what shiny pokemon look like apart form their normal versions. hope this part helps!

1.resaerch the pokemon you want, make sure you see if it has anything to do with anything in the "important tips", find how rare it is, find where it is, and find out the level of it.

2. bring a pokemon you know can put it to sleep..etc.. to catch or knock it out in one hit so you can make it a faster process and teh chain wont break. If the pokemon you know are chainging has something in the "important tips" bring a pokemon who can take care of it. Do to teh route of your pokemon, and find the biggest patch of grass in that route. make sure you have TONS of repels (super is preferred) and tons of pokeballs (any kind) if you are going to catch it.

3. stand near the middle of the patch and spray a repel. (make sure your pokeradar is set to registered) adn press Y. look at your screen to see the moving patches, if there were any "sparkle patches" go to them, if there werent, just go to the patch farthest away from you that moved. If it is the pokemon you were looking for, kill/catch it, if it was not, run and DO NOT KILL/CATCH IT. keep doing this until you find the pokemon you were chaining for.

4. if you have found the pokemon you are chaining for, kill/catch it and then wait. when you get out of the battle more patches should move, go to eaither a "sparkle patch" or the farthest normal one. inside it should be the pokemon you were chaining, if it wasnt, YOUR CHAIN BROKE (if it was this early your chain never formed XD), but don tget mad yet, the game is programed this way, just try again.

5. if your repel runs out fo the following steps. 1) let your radar go, and remember the patch your going to walk into. 2) spray the repel. 3) go to the patch and the pokemon should still be there, if you forgot just do the poke radar again but youll most likely break your chain.

6. Keep following the steps of my chain guide until you get around 40, this is where your heart starts beating fast. you can look for patches that are gleaming or reset your pokeradar until one shows up gleaming. Here is where your chain is most likely to break, and where the stress ball comes in handy or screaming)

7. If you have a shiny, im very proud of you and im very happy that you took the time to do all of this, give yourself a pat on your back and see what people will trade for it or keep it a memory (first shiny XD) if not, keep trying until you get one, with teh right amount of patience and luck you are sure to get one! just dont give up!!! in fact i will reward you with your choice of a berry per shiny you get, 1 berry if its the first evolution, 2 berries if its the 2nd evolutoin, and if oyu can manage to get the 3rd evoltiion 3 berries or a tm! just go in a trade with me and ill see if your is legit and YOURS, not traded.

ok so im pretty much done explaining this, if i left out anything or your not sure of something post it here or pm me!

now here are some pictures of the differences of shiny and normal pokemon:

and here is a shiny metagross:

thats a shiny rayquaza, here is a normal one:

and here is a normal skarmory:

and here is a normal gallade:

hope this was good enough for you! again please dont hesitate to post comments on what i missed or if you have questions!

my credits go to the following: Poeple of chimchar for helping me first understand this, my own knowledge, GAMEFAQS, and this one site (im sorry i forgot) that i used to get the probability (1/8192 1/200) and last photobucket for these pictures!

HAPPY chaining and i hope you all get shinys!
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:15 am

This was really helpful slow...Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:41 am

very nice! i thought i knew everything about chaining, but this has given me info. that i didn't know.

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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:29 pm

i'll just say wow, in a good way
keep on learning slow

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PostSubject: well   Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:41 pm

sure helped me Smile
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:52 pm

thanks everyone Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:46 am

Thank you sooo much! i got a shiny but i handed it to my mum AND SHE PUSHED THE OFF BUTTON!!! ARGGGGHHHH, i dident save because i just caught it then handed it to her WAHH! bye bye shiny spoink Sad Sad lol
but im going to do it agian and get another one.....if i can lol im not too good
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:23 am

Yes yes, good post! The "Tips" one was really helpful, I had no idea =D
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:53 pm

is there more than one type of shiny grass
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:55 pm

1st type- moving

2nd type- sparkle grass

3rd type, gleaming grass

i swear i explained that in teh guide......
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PostSubject: A little help here, please!   Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:26 pm

'kay I seriously need some expert advice with this shiny thing. I cannot get a chain above 11 pokemon. I've followed the guide to the letter and nope, nothing, 11 starlys and then bam! a bidoof or some other completely random thing like a Solrock, wtf?? It seems impossible to me to be able to get a chain of 40 pkmn, what am I doing wrong? I go in the grass w/max repel, radar, go to wiggly bit rinse and repeat, but like I say no luck. I would really appreciate some help from the experts, because I have never come across a Shiny in all my years of playing Pokemon games and would probably pee my pants if I did!! (OK not an attractive picture, but this is seriously doing my head in).

Thanks in advance...
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:55 pm

i know this is old but the topic is still relevant to shiny pokemon colectors to this day
here are some Monkey tips:

in addition to Prof. Slow's items, i suggest you have
1. A strong, high-level Pokemon with enough PP in high power moves to take out a bunch of Pokemon in one blow
2. A Pokemon that can whittle your shiny's health down for catching
3. PP Restoring items
4. A pokeball(or any other type of catching item in pokemon) to catch the pokemon

in addition to Prof. Slow's Tips, i got a few Monkey Tips:
1. go to Dawn/Lucas's(whoever you are NOT) sister to see who the swarm is(they are easier to catch, as Slow said)

2. Only choose a patch of grass if there are FOUR patches shaking. The reason for this is that if you don't see a fourth one, it might be hiding somewhere else, and it could be the one you were supposed to go to instead

3. After the first patch you choose, all subsequent patches MUST shake in the same way. Choose any others, and you'll break your chain

4. Never choose a patch of grass that forces you out of the radar's range

5. Never choose a patch of grass that's more than seven steps away

6. NEVER choose a patch of grass that occurs on corners or edges. The fewer empty grass spots that surround your chosen patch, the greater its chance of breaking the chain.

7. Avoid patches of grass if they are right beside other moving patches

8. When in doubt, reset the radar and try again.

9. If you see a patch of grass that sparkles twice dramatically, and seems to have a differently colored hue, it's a shiny Pokemon <-----PATCH IS IN THIS VIDEO IT IS QUICK UPPER AREA!

10. Never run away from the Pokemon, and never let it flee either.

11. Never use your bike.

12. Never enter the grass directly behind your character

13. It's good to have a Pokemon that knows super fang, false swipe, or status effectors in your team

14. Put your repels at the top of your item list.

15. If you need a break, take one! But make sure you'll know where you are when you come back

NOTE: i did not do field test on these, i purely did research on it all, so stats wise, i did not test all of this!

For you lazy people who scrolled all the way down and didn't read, maybe a video can help you:
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:03 pm

I recommend a scizor for the high lved poke he can learn false swipe and is strong enough to kill most wild pokes
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:09 am

Hi guys, i'm new, can i ask a question in this thread?


I chained up to 49 yesterday with tyrogues...
and i reset the radar over and over and over and over..... you get my point..

but i didn't find a shiny..

how many times do you guys reset after you've gotten to 40 until you find a shiny?
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PostSubject: Re: How to "chain for shinys" guide   Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:03 pm

tnx so much that was so so usful
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