Shiny Pokemon are extremely rare, alternate colored Pokemon. They were first introduced in Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver back in Generation 2. Every time one of these Pokemon appears in battle, shiny sparkles flash around the Pokemon, earning them the moniker “Shiny Pokemon.”
These Pokemon are so rare that some trainers still haven’t seen one! The exact odds of finding a shiny Pokemon are 1 in 8192. They can be found in the wild or through breeding. Other than the alternate color and sparkles, there is nothing special about them. Some Pokemon trainers will be willing to trade some valuable Pokemon for lesser shiny Pokemon simply based on their rarity.
There are a few ways to increase your odds of finding Shiny Pokemon in the wild or through breeding. Below are a few methods.
After capturing all 784 base Pokemon and legends (the event Pokemon do not count: Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Deoxys, Phione, Manaphy, Darkrai, Shaymin, Arceus, Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, Genesect, Diancie, Hoopa, Volcanion, Magearna, and Marshadow), you will receive a Key Item called the Shiny Charm. This item automatically increases your odds of finding a Shiny Pokemon in the wild.
This method was named after Game Freak’s Director of the Board, Junichi Masuda, who was once a programmer to earlier entries in the Pokemon franchise.
If you have two Pokemon from different language Pokemon games, you can breed them and raise the odds of finding a shiny Pokemon to 1 in 1366. An example would be breeding a Japanese Charizard with an English Dragonite.