Surely everyone wants a shiny Pokemon, right? Those altered colors really do shine through, and you can show off to all of your friends to boot. What are the Pokemon Let’s Go shiny odds? In this guide, we’ll tell you all there is to know about how to catch shiny Pokemon in Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.
What Are Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Let’s Go?
While they are named shiny Pokemon, it turns out that shiny Pokemon aren’t actually shiny. Instead, shiny Pokemon have been given a color palette swap. A shiny Magikarp, for example, is golden, rather than its traditional red hue. There is a shiny alternative of each and every Pokemon in the game. Unfortunately, however, there aren’t any other benefits to shiny Pokemon, except increased IV potentials thanks to Combo Chains.
You’ll know a shiny Pokemon when you see one, too, as they appear in the game world with their different colors and everything. Read on to discover how to catch green Dragonites, blue Electrodes, and pink Hypnos.
Pokemon Let’s Go Shiny Charm Location
Unlike in previous Pokemon games, Nintendo and Game Freak have made it easier to find shiny Pokemon in Let’s Go. You can get hold of an item that will make shiny hunting a whole lot easier: the Shiny Charm. Unfortunately, you can only get hold of the Shiny Charm after you complete your Pokedex. Once you have, however, simply head to the Game Director in Celadon City and he’ll hand the Shiny Charm over to you. As per its official description, the Shiny Charm is “said to increase the chance of finding a Shiny Pokemon in the wild.” Simply owning the Shiny Charm will increase the Pokemon Let’s Go shiny odds. You don’t need to activate it.
The standard Pokemon Let’s Go shiny odds are 1 in 4,096. With the Shiny Charm, these odds will increase to 1 in 1,365. Shinies will still be rare, but you’ll come across them far easier than you did before. On top of the Shiny Charm, however, there are other ways of increasing your shiny Pokemon odds in Let’s Go.
How to Increase Pokemon Let’s Go Shiny Odds With Catch Combos
Catch Combos are a new addition in Pokemon Let’s Go. Essentially, the more times you catch a single Pokemon in a row, the more likely you are to find ones that have maxed out IVs and even shinies. It’s simple and quick enough to do when you no longer battle wild Pokemon in Let’s Go. You just need to make sure that the Pokemon doesn’t run away, or that you catch a Weedle in the middle of a Caterpie hunt.
Every time you catch another of the same Pokemon species in a row, it’s Catch Combo will increase. In order to improve the shiny odds, however, you’ll need to catch at least 11 of the same ‘Mon in a row. Catch Combos of 11x, 21x, and 31x will improve your odds of finding a shiny Pokemon incrementally. The odds do not raise after a 31x Catch Combo, however, so you don’t need to worry about hitting ridiculous combos. Along with having the Shiny Charm and using Lures (more on those below), a 31x Catch Combo will increase the odds of finding encountering any shiny Pokemon to 1 in 273.
Remember, your odds of finding any shiny Pokemon will increase with any Catch Combo, it’s just that if you catch a shiny Ratata after a 31x combo of Geodudes, your combo will reset. Our advice? Head to a spot full of easy-to-catch Pokemon and build up a Catch Combo of 31x. Then, head to an area of the Pokemon you’re after and search for a shiny. As long as you escape from a wild Pokemon encounter before they run away, your Catch Combo will remain.
How to Increase Pokemon Let’s Go Shiny Odds With Lures
Aside from Catch Combos and the Shiny Charm, there is another way to increase your odds of finding shiny Pokemon. Lures are items you can buy in any Poke Mart throughout Kanto after beating the Gym Leader in Cerulean City. At first, only standard Lures will be available to buy, but the more Gym Leaders you beat, the better the Lures you will be able to purchase.
There are three types of Lures to buy: standard, Super Lures, and Max Lures. They don’t come cheap, however, with your standard Lure setting you back 400 Poke Dollars, with Super and Max costing 700 and 900, respectively. To use a Lure, just head to whatever area you’d like, open up the Item Menu and place one down. They only last a short while, with limits of steps you can take before they run out, but they increase your odds of finding shiny and rare Pokemon dramatically. With any of the three Lures activated (the Super and Max increase number of steps you can take, not strength), the odds of finding a shiny increase to 1 in 2048, rather than the normal 1 in 4096.
Of course, stacking together all three areas of shiny hunting listed in this guide will be your best bet at finding shinies. Own the Shiny Charm, hit a Catch Combo of 31x, and using a Lure will increase the odds of finding shiny Pokemon to 1 in 273. Hopefully, you’ll be finding green Cubones, purple Lapras, and blue Psyducks in no time at all. It shouldn’t take ages to find shiny Pokemon when you know all the tricks needed to incrase the Pokemon Let’s Go shiny odds.
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