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Posted by JJOR64 (19572 posts) 2 years, 4 months ago

Poll: Have you ever caught a Shiny Pokemon the legit way? (97 votes)

Yes 55%
No 45%

So lately I have been replaying Pokemon LeafGreen and been in the Pokemon mood. While thinking about what Pokemon I have caught over my games, I have never caught a Shiny Pokemon the legit way. So I created this poll to see if any fellow Bombers have caught one the legit way.

Shiny Gyarados, Event Pokemon, or Pokemon caught with cheating devices such as Action Replay don't count.

For those of you that don't know how to catch one, here is a video that scratches the basics of it.

#1 Edited by _Chad (999 posts) -

I don't think I've ever seen a shiny. So no. I guess the Red Gyarados but I don't think that counts.

#2 Posted by Jack268 (3368 posts) -

I've caught a red Gyarados...

#3 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4748 posts) -

No. Don't bother me. It just look different.

#4 Posted by BisonHero (8566 posts) -

Getting this deep into Pokemon that you game the Shiny Pokemon system or you game the EV system has NEVER made sense to me. I just never had enough peers at high school or university that cared about Pokemon for there to be anyone to appreciate such a carefully manicured team of dudes.

#5 Posted by SexyToad (2939 posts) -

Nope. Only the Gyarados.

#6 Posted by Shadow (5110 posts) -

I killed one back in the day playing gold version. That was the first time I saw that particular pokemon (ice pig thing, forget the name) so I thought it was just the animation for it. It was months before I found out what a shiny pokemon actually was.

#7 Edited by Petiew (1384 posts) -

I found a shiny Shellos in Diamond. It's a lighter, almost brown colour and looks terrible.

Aside from that I got a shiny baby pokemon from the day care couple in Crystal a bunch of times. I think the egg they gave you had like a 30% chance of being shiny.

#8 Posted by captain_max707 (537 posts) -

I never even knew they existed. And I played a lot of pokemon..

#9 Posted by 49th (3118 posts) -

Yeah, I found a shiny Sableeye in Emerald which I managed to catch.

#10 Posted by MistaSparkle (2283 posts) -

I did by accident. I just thought they screwed the coloring up on Sandshrew.

#11 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4313 posts) -


#12 Posted by BisonHero (8566 posts) -

Statistically, there is no fucking way that 45% of you legitimately encountered and then caught a Shiny Pokemon.

#13 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6805 posts) -

Nope, I didn't even know that they existed until about half a year ago when I saw a forum post about one.

#14 Posted by JohnDudebro (955 posts) -

I've caught a shiny Electrode and a shiny Tropius.

#15 Posted by Rothael (17 posts) -

@bisonhero: Take into account the fact that people aren't obligated to respond to the question. The majority of people in these forums have not caught one, and most of those people don't feel that they have something to contribute to the conversation by just saying 'no I haven't caught a shiny'. You are going to have an incredibly skewed ratio of "Yes"'s to "No"s here.

#16 Posted by Turtlebird95 (3145 posts) -

I've caught a few. Most recent one was Liepard in Black and White.

#17 Posted by Nev (598 posts) -

I think so. I don't even remember which game or what it was, but some random wild Pokemon in one of the more recent generations popped up as, I assume shiny. I caught it, after some work, then it proceeded to sit in the computer at the Pokemon Center until I probably deleted the save to start a new game.

So it was probably an ugly Pokemon.

#18 Posted by ShadowConqueror (3354 posts) -

I don't think so, but I'm color blind so it might be hard to tell.

#19 Posted by Icemael (6798 posts) -

Many years ago in Pokemon Sapphire I reloaded my save in front of Rayquaza until I encountered a shiny one, which I caught with a Master Ball. It took about 40 minutes of restarting. In hindsight I realize that it was stupid as shit and probably the most autistic thing I have ever done in my life.

#20 Posted by ajamafalous (12515 posts) -

Plenty. It's not like it's hard, you just have to have played enough. Considering I put ~300-500 hours into each gen of Pokémon 1-3, I caught probably something like 10 shinies.

#21 Posted by Piqued_Interest (66 posts) -

I've seen 2 or 3, with the only catch being a Sharpedo.

#22 Posted by coakroach (2493 posts) -

Closest encounter i've had with a shiny was when I was watching a friend play Pokemon Ruby.

First time he battles Groudon it shows up gold, needless to say we both lost our shit... but then he couldn't catch it and had to reload and it was replaced by a normal Groudon.

It was a sad day.

#23 Posted by hidys (1063 posts) -

Shiny Wurmple in Ruby

#24 Edited by ThePaleKing (613 posts) -

I've caught/encountered a few. First one was a shiny Eggsecute I encountered in the Safari Zone, and actually managed to catch it. Then a shiny Rattata that I also managed to catch. Also encountered some shiny dog pokemon I can't remember, but I was running through the area and just escaping fights, so my muscle memory caused me to escape the fight just as I noticed it was shiny.

#25 Edited by Petiew (1384 posts) -

@bisonhero said:

Statistically, there is no fucking way that 45% of you legitimately encountered and then caught a Shiny Pokemon.

Shinies have been in Pokemon since Gold and Silver, there have been a lot of games since and a lot of opportunities to catch one.

The radar in Diamond/Pearl and the masuda method also increased the chances of a shiny pokemon appearing. 45% isn't very farfetch'd.

Since we're on a similar topic. Has anyone caught pokerus in their game?

#26 Posted by Itwongo (1547 posts) -

Yup. Tentacool.

#27 Posted by Jack268 (3368 posts) -

Statistically, there is no fucking way that 45% of you legitimately encountered and then caught a Shiny Pokemon.

A lot of people would say the Gyarados in the lake of rage is a "legitimate encounter".

#28 Posted by Snail (8776 posts) -

I've played well over 200 hours of Pokémon games over the past 3 years, and still no luck finding shinnies.

#29 Posted by TooWalrus (13342 posts) -

Yeah, I came across a shiny Natu and a shiny Solrock in Ruby version. My little brother- I don't know how he has the patience to reset his game over and over, but he's gotten a legendary Groundon and Chikorita.

#30 Edited by Hunter5024 (6447 posts) -

I'm generally considered an unlucky person, because all of my luck is wasted on shiny pokemon. It's the worst superpower ever. I've caught a Muk, a Banette, a Lairon, a Makuhita, a Slowpoke, an Onix (which I didn't catch, it hatched that way), a Steelix, a Nincada (which was two for the price of one), and my absolute favorite, a Rayquaza. Also I encountered a genuine Red Gyarados in Ruby, which I accidentally killed, but he's not a very cool one to have anyways. I've played waaay too much Pokemon you guys.

I also have some from friends, which I can't vouch for the authenticity of, some from events, and a whole bundle of Eevee's from this weekend where I was stuck at my grandparents and tried out chaining. I don't do that anymore, it kind of ruins what's special about them.

#31 Posted by Korolev (1796 posts) -

I have FOUND a shiny pokemon - a shiny zubat in fact - legitimately. Accidentally killed it. This was, I kid you not, literally about an hour after my brother told me about the existence of shiny pokemon.

I can't believe I didn't catch it.

#32 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

My tepig in my second play through of Black 2 was shiny. Always wanted a shiny Lucario but no luck so far.

#33 Posted by jewunit (1091 posts) -

I caught one in Pearl. I believe it was a Nidoran. It took a number of hours hunting with the Pokemon Radar to get it.

#34 Edited by AndrewB (7782 posts) -
Pidgey to Pidgeot
Budew to Roserade

Of course I raised them to level 100, because I was craaazy back then!

Oh, and I love telling the story of how the first shiny Pokemon I'd ever seen was a "different colored" (red) Sudowoodo back in Gold. Those are some crazy odds considering he was a unique back then. And of course, I ran out of Pokeballs.

#35 Posted by spiceninja (3153 posts) -

I never have. I didn't even know they existed until a couple of years ago and I've played hundreds of hours of Pokemon over the years ever since the original came out. I guess that's just how rare they are.

#36 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7802 posts) -

Nope, I haven't played a crazy amount of any of the Pokemon games besides Pearl though, so that's probably why. Maybe I'll play a lot and get lucky this Pokemon generation?

#37 Posted by Zerys (2 posts) -

I encountered a shiny pokemon, forgot what it was, but I accidently one hit killed it. Sad day. I did trade a shiny ditto though.

#38 Posted by awadnin (293 posts) -

I couaght a red Gyarados in Pokemon SoulSilver.

#39 Posted by NiKva (133 posts) -

Red Gyarados and a legit one on Emerald. I don't remember what I caught...

#40 Posted by Nux (2559 posts) -

No unless you count the time I had a shiny hatch from an egg or the time I got a shiny from a fossil. Then yes.

#41 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12904 posts) -

I did catch a shiny Weedle legitimately in Soul Silver. It's a pity that Beedril is kind of crap, because otherwise I would've used it on my team.

#42 Posted by Dethfish (3739 posts) -

Does chaining count? It should, it's not easy. If so, then I've caught upwards of 50 shiny pokemon. Then after awhile I figured out it was easier to just abuse the RNG and get shiny pokemon from eggs. Still, using the pokeradar and finally finding that one shiny patch of grass is an amazing feeling.

#43 Edited by Marmalade (201 posts) -

Back when I first read up on IVs I started breeding my favourite pokeman, Milotic, to get one with good stats on it. After about the fourth one a sickly looking purple Feebas popped out. That shiny Milotic has stayed with me since. It's my only shiny and it's SPECIAL! Interestingly enough, according to that video Pokerus is more rare than shinies, yet I've managed to encounter it in every generation I've played.

#44 Posted by Neonie (438 posts) -

I remember going out of my way to get a shiny pokemon in Gold and eventually caught it using a scyther. But I have no idea which pokemon it was or where that cart is.

#45 Edited by Canteu (2891 posts) -

I had a shiny Butterfree once! Can't remember what version though...

The real question, however, is have any of your Pokémon ever contracted Pokérus!?

#46 Edited by awesomeusername (4537 posts) -
@bisonhero said:

Statistically, there is no fucking way that 45% of you legitimately encountered and then caught a Shiny Pokemon.

Don't hate! I've caught 2 that I remember. It was a shiny Tentacruel and I think a shiny Nidoran, the female version. Both were in Pokemon Silver and both were the legit way. No cheats. I may have caught a couple more, I don't remember though.

Also would like to say it's at 45% because a bunch of people caught the Red Gyarados which OP forgot to exclude until after.

#47 Posted by awesomeusername (4537 posts) -

@canteu said:
have any of your Pokémon ever contracted Pokérus!?


#48 Posted by Bucketdeth (8235 posts) -

I haven't, but I have always been intrigued by them. Maybe when X&Y is released I can get my first.

#49 Posted by I_Stay_Puft (5048 posts) -

I once tried to breed a shiny pokemon, but then was like fuck it and started playing Bayonetta.

#50 Posted by crusader8463 (14755 posts) -

I have never seen one by any means.