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Pokémon X & Y Shiny Pokémon Catching Guide

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Once you've played through Pokémon X & Y's campaign of gym leaders and elite trainers, it's time to get down to business and complete that Pokédex, but you don't want to fill up Computer Boxes with lame, unspecial Pokémon. You want the rarest, most illusive monsters you can find.

Here's how to find and catch Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon X & Y.

First, you need to gather the Pokéradar, an item available to trainers after they've beaten the Elite Four. You can get it from Professor Sycamore's lab.

Next, you need to pick up as many Max Repel cans you can buy.

Finally, you need Pokéballs or else you won't be able to catch the shiny Pokémon you find when you find them!

When you want to start hunting shiny Pokémon, you first need to load your Pokéradar by walking 50 paces. I use the D-pad on my 3DS to ensure I can count up the steps accurately. In fact, while you're hunting for a shiny Pokémon, you only want to use the D-pad. Using the skates is a sure-fire way of losing a shiny monster or making a mistake. You also need to charge your Pokéradar up near a big field with a full section of grass. If there's a random spot in the field that's bare, it's not the best field to use.

Use one of your Max Repels before you enter the field, then walk to the most central point of the grass. At this point, you want to use your Pokéradar which will make the grass around you shake. That's where the Pokémon are hiding. If you walk into that patch of grass and find the kind Pokémon you're hoping to catch a shiny version of, then you can move on to the next step.

If you don't find the kind of Pokémon you want a shiny version of, you need to exit the grass, charge up your Pokéradar again, and try once more.

If you did encounter the correct Pokémon, but it wasn't shiny, you need to either defeat it or catch it. Once the battle is over, you can continue searching for your desired Shiny, but there are a few rules to maintaining the Pokébalance of shiny hunting.
  1. Don't walk in grass around the border of the field you're in.
  2. Don't go into grass that's shaking in pairs.
  3. Don't go into grass that's shaking directly adjacent to your current position
  4. Don't go into grass that's only one or two paces away from your current location.
There are also different types of shaking grass to watch out for:
  1. Slow shaking grass is a red herring. Don't go into slowly shaking grass or your'll break the Pokébalance. There isn't even a Pokémon in slow shaking grass, so it's a real waste of time.
  2. Normal shaking grass is also a red herring. Don't go into normal speed and volume grass. A different type of Pokémon from the one you just encountered is in this grass and will disturb the Pokébalance.
  3. You do want to go into fast and loud shaking grass. This is the same type of Pokémon you just encountered and pursuing this type will further your hunt for a shiny one.
  4. Shiny Shaking Grass is the holy grail. This is the grass you want, but be prepared because your shiny will be waiting within.
If you don't see Fast and Loud grass or Shiny grass, it's OK to exit the field, charge up your Pokéradar again, and try once more, but don't step in any other shaking grass while you do this or you'll upset the Pokébalance. Make sure to leave Poké-eggs at home too. When they hatch it could disrupt your hunting.

Shiny Pokémon hunting is not a science. It's an art and it can take FOREVER to find the monster you're looking for. You need a lot of patience to become a shiny hoarder, and breaking some of the rules laid out above won't necessarrily inhibit you from finding a shiny. Bottom line, keep trying, never give up, be the very best like no one ever was, catch them, that's the test. Train them if you want... cause... oh I give up.
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