I haven't found a shiny once (not counting Red Gyrados) and that makes me quite salty. However, if I managed to breed a Timid female Shiny Fennekin, I'm pretty certain that my body would burst into flames from the overwhelming amount of raw hype.
I'll probably do the fishing trick to get a shiny Skrelp or something. Iunno...
I caught a random shiny Spiritomb in the Friend Safari, and it certainly seems people are finding quite a few there. I'd bank on there being some sort of up in the frequency of shiny appearances this gen. It especially feels like it to me since I've never encountered a shiny by chance like that before.
This guide for catching Shiny Pokemon in X/Y is pretty nice.
I found my first ever Shiny in Sapphire - shiny Tentacool. Green ass motherfucker.
But yeah, I'm 99% sure the shiny rate in X and Y is jacked waaaaay up. My friend who has never had a shiny before got one, and I got another one just out of the blue (he was a blue Electrode actually, dope). I've heard lots of people recounting similar stories.
I weighed in up once, I've got over 600 hours in the main Pokemon games (Red, Yellow, Gold, Diamond, X) ... and I've never caught a shiny except for that red Gyarados. I did contract PokeRus in Gold which had a 3 in 65,536 of ocurring acording to Bulbapedia. Can't win them all.
I did some chain fishing and now possess a shiny Goldeen and Sharpedo. With a pokemon that has Suction Cups or Sticky Hold, it's really hard to not get a bite. I'll have to try radar chaining at some point too, because there aren't a ton of fishing rod pokemon I'd be super stoked to catch.
While I have admittedly ground for nearly 30 hours before the third gym (because... I'm crazy or something), I've found 2 shinies so far just from regular grass; a Skiddo and a Ducklett. I've seen one shiny before that, in Black, which I think was a natural one too. So I'm gonna say shiny rate is up.
The Friend Safari boosts the chances because if your friend is OFFLINE then there is only a total of TWO pokemon that can be encountered, and as you may or may not know, encountering the same pokemon repeatedly boosts your chances of finding that pokemon in shiny.
@letsgamefreak: That's not quite true, only when you're chaining the same Pokemon through the Pokeradar does encountering the same one boost the shiny rate. You can't use the Pokeradar in the Friend Safari which is a bummer.
Also, the third Pokemon in each safari only shows up when your friend has beaten the Elite 4 and you have both been online at the same time. You don't need to always be on together to unlock the third.
I haven't found a shiny yet, but I've been trying all week to. I did manage to catch Pokerus from a wild Pokemon though, and from what I hear the chances of that are even smaller then the chances of finding a shiny. I was pretty happy about that, at least. Also, I totally have Pokerus if anyone needs it, I'll hook you up. (PM me, don't ask on the thread)
Also, from what I've been seeing around the internet, it seems like the shiny rate is around 1/4000ish as opposed to 1/8000ish, and in the friend safari it's around 1/2000ish. The rate from breeding has been doubled as well, including with the Masuda method. I don't have any direct sources, but I've been scouring the internet about this stuff all week and those are the numbers that stuck with me, so I'm assuming those are the ones I saw the most.
Chained up a shiny absol- the way Pokeradar works in this game, for every 20 pokemon in the chain your guarenteed 1 perfect IV so at 40 it had perfect Attack and Speed. Found a shiny Scraggy in a horde and a shiny Emolga in the Safari. Once Pokemon Bank finally comes out, I'll have a nice stock of chained shinies from Diamond. Back when it didn't limit you to 1 shiny per pokeradar chain.