Shiny Hunting Guide for Pokémon: Let’s Go

Three Methods and Tips

One of the many beautiful things about the main series of Pokémon video games is the multitude of unique ways to play. Some play for the story. Others try and fulfill the tagline of the franchise and “Catch ’em all.” There are even players who breed and catch hundreds of mons to optimize their stats for competitive battling. However, there is one community, a very patient one at that, that I will be focusing on today: the shiny hunting community.

What exactly is shiny hunting? Ever since the second generation of Pokémon, there have been methods to obtain these different colorations of the critters we have grown to love over the past 20 plus years. Seemingly every generation since has incorporated their own way to maximize your chance of seeing one of these rare beauties and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are no exception. Here are the three methods to shiny hunting in Let’s Go. However, before we dive right into our search for some different colored mons, we should prepare for the journey ahead.

*Please note that the following tools are not required to shiny hunt, but will make the overall process go much smoother and faster*

The Shiny Charm was first introduced back in Generation V with Black 2 and White 2 and increases the odds of finding or breeding a shiny Pokémon. It can be obtained by completing that game’s specific Pokédex. In the case of Let’s Go, it’s the Kanto Pokédex. If you play or have played Pokémon GO, you can transfer your first generation mons into Let’s Go through the GO Park complex in Fuschia City to get your Shiny Charm even quicker if you played and collected enough mons in GO. Mythical Pokémon are excluded for dex completion, as they are only obtainable through events or other means that tend to occur months after the game’s release.

Shiny odds have also changed over the past few generations. Back in Generation V and the generations prior, your odds of finding a shiny Pokémon were 1 in 8192, and with the Shiny Charm 3 in 8192 (roughly 1 in 2731). From Generation VI onward, the shiny odds were cut in half to 1 in 4096, and with the Shiny Charm 3 in 4096 (roughly 1 in 1365)

The Lure item was introduced in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! that when used increased the rate at which Pokémon spawn, including rarer wild mons and, of course, shiny Pokémon. There are three varieties (regular, super, and max) that increase the number of steps your Lure will be in effect (150, 200, and 250). A quick tip is when you use your Lure to stay still to preserve your steps and see more Pokémon per Lure use. Lures are fairly cheap with the Max Lure only costing 900 Pokédollars, and if you are ever strapped for cash, please refer to my moneymaking guide for Let’s Go. Now that you are prepared, it is time to hunt, but how?

Method I: Static Encounter Resets

Static encounters in Let’s Go have mainly been reserved for the legendary Pokémon (Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo) with minor exceptions. The two Snorlax blocking the way and the Lapras you receive during the Silph Co. take over come to mind. A static encounter is where you can save in front of a Pokémon and keep encountering them until they shine. There is no soft reset button sequence as in games prior, so you will have to exit and reopen the game after EACH unsuccessful encounter. There is an option to skip cutscenes (which all legendaries have) before encountering them to save a little time, but each reset will take roughly 45 seconds to a minute.

*Tip: If you want a specific nature visit madame Celadon prior to your hunt to set the nature for the next 24 hours*

Method II: Random Encounters

Let say you are going for a shiny Spearow. Your hunt can be as simple as running around the area where Spearow spawn and one pops up shiny. However, there is a way to maximize your odds and time to see that shiny Spearow faster. The catch-chaining method was introduced in Let’s Go and serves many purposes. The higher the chain the more IVs your mon will have for competitive use. After a chain of 11, rarer spawns begin to appear; and you guessed it, the higher the chain, the higher the odds of getting a shiny.

Remember the Shiny Charm and Lures I mentioned to have in your possession? Now is their time to, no pun intended, shine. After reaching a chain of 31, the max odds per spawn is 12 out of 4096, and it can still increase from there! If you have the Shiny Charm and a Lure active though, your odds jump to the max 15 out of 4096. These are by far the best odds one will ever have while shiny hunting, but be fair warned. When hunting wild encounters, the mon you are hunting may not be the only mon in the area, so you may get a shiny you were not aiming for.

Method III: Trading with NPCs for Alolan Pokémon

Alolan variants to Kanto Pokémon were introduced in Generation VI and are rather exclusive to Let’s Go. The only two ways to get the Alolan form of these mons is through the GO transfer system or trade with NPCs scattered throughout the region’s Pokémon Centers. There are a total of 18 alolan variants and eight NPCs to trade for those alolan mons:

Rattata (Alolan)

  • Location: Cerulean City

Geodude (Alolan)

  • Location: Vermilion City

Diglett (Alolan)

  • Location:  Lavender Town

Sandshrew (Alolan)

  • Note: Let’s Go Pikachu Exclusive
  • Location: Celadon City

Vulpix (Alolan)

  • Note: Let’s Go Eevee Exclusive
  • Location: Celadon City

Raichu (Alolan)

  • Location: Saffron City

Marowak (Alolan)

  • Location: Fuchsia City

Grimer (Alolan)

  • Note: Let’s Go Pikachu Exclusive
  • Location: Cinnabar Island

Meowth (Alolan)

  • Note: Let’s Go Eevee Exclusive
  • Location: Cinnabar Island

Exeggutor (Alolan)

  • Location: Indigo Plateau

Each trade animation takes roughly a minute with no save after every trade, as in generations prior, making it a lot easier and quicker to trade batches of mons. I recommend catching anywhere from 50-100 of the Kanto variant you are trying to trade for, save in front of the NPC and if none in the batch are shiny, restart your game and retrade the batch again until you get your shiny.

The shiny hunting methods in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are not difficult, but rather time-consuming. Just remember that at the end of the day, it all comes down to a random number generator (RNG). Some hunts have taken me as quick as two resets and as long as over 10,000 resets. Do not get discouraged if the mon you are hunting has yet to shine after a few days or weeks. Just follow this guide and as the citizens in the Capitol of The Hunger Games said, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

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