The Builder

let's go and pogo and US, oh my

I got Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee the other week and here's a picture of my nerdy boy:
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(President of Chess Club, Magic: The Gathering enthusiast)

But you didn't come here to see that. You came for the shinies!
This one burst onto the scene at random, full odds, no charm or catch combo or lure or nothin':
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(yes that is absolutely a shiny. what do you take me for)

There's also this guy who rocked up to my actual house one night last week asking for donations. I donated a Poké Ball to his face:
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(dang it i should have said "donated a poke ball to his dome", how friggin' witty would that have been)

And then this that I keep forgetting, I got super bored on a train ride a few weeks ago and went Ultra Wormhole surfing and, well...
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(definitely got the shinning charm in that game tho)

There's a ton more that I've SOS chained in the Gen 7 games and maybe I'll do a megapost later to show them off but uh. that's it for now. Adios!

Reflections on Eight Years of Shiny Hunting

I know LiveJournal is not the hub it used to be, but I wanted to come back to this community I've enjoyed so much over the years to celebrate the passing of a personal milestone.

Back when I chained my first shiny in Pearl with the pokéradar (Shellos, West Sea), I loved the process so much that I set a ridiculously long-term goal for myself: to chain at least one shiny in each chainable evolutionary family in the Gen IV games. I made that goal in March of 2010, and just last month, I finally did it. Eight whole years! Egad.

The night before I made my last catch (Ekans, if anyone's curious) I scrolled through the shiny dex I've been keeping in HeartGold and had a sentimental time remembering where I was living and what was going on in my life during many of my catches. It was like going through a photo album in its own way. Almost a full decade of changes to reflect upon through the lens of pokémon.

Back when I started doing this, I remember feeling odd about being one of the oldest shiny hunters I knew. Most folks involved in the hobby back then seemed to be in high school or college, and at 24 years of age I was in a completely different stage of life. I think it's funny to reflect on this now that I'm 32 and shiny hunting is incredibly mainstream among all sorts of demographics in the present day. My small insecurities about being a weirdo seem so quaint in hindsight.

It's interesting too to think back on those early days in general, when information on shiny chaining was relatively scarce and folks were still in the process of confirming the basics. I can remember reading online guides that weren't yet sure if shiny odds capped at chain 40 -- and without good quality screenshots, who can forget the anxiety of wondering whether or not we'd be able to recognize a shiny patch if one actually appeared?

And even beyond the comparatively niche circles of pokéradar devotees, when I originally found this community, hubs that brought enthusiasts together to discuss and share pictures of their shinies of any stripe were rare (or at the very least, not easy to find). Nowadays if you want some quick hits of shiny enthusiasm you can just search #shinypokemon on Twitter and get hundreds of results. It's especially significant to note that not only do more hubs for sharing exist, but more people exist who have shinies to share. It's really a trip to realize that the player who has not encountered a shiny outside of the Lake of Rage event is no longer the norm.

I wish I could talk to the handful of people responsible for the concept and design of shinies and shiny chaining. Did they have any idea how big a passion this would become among players? Are they surprised the hobby ballooned the way it did, to the extent that we now have shiny hunting livestreams and websites like How long did it take to design the shiny patch animation? Did the team have to prove their case to get this seemingly random minigame implemented in Diamond and Pearl, or was it embraced from the start? Did they ever imagine it would be implemented in later games in the series?

Such have been my rambling thoughts about a bizarre sidehobby that caught fire as posted on a journaling platform that continues to fade. After eight years, how the landscape has changed!

Also, please, if anyone still checks back on this community and has their own reflections to share, I'd love to read them. Comment with abandon.
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Shinydex Database

Hi everyone,

I don't know how active this community is these days, but I wanted to log in and share my living shiny dex compilation with you.

If you visit, you'll have a choice to see the shiny species I've caught by any means (Shiny Dex) or the chainable pokémon I've successfully captured (Chained Shinies).

I created this database for myself so I could see how much progress I'd made and which pokémon I had yet to pursue. I've been doing this for seven years now (egad), and I hope that eventually I'll be able to say I've captured every chainable shiny available in Gen IV.

Someday in the future I'll be putting calculations into it so numbers will tally automatically, and even further in the future I hope to have a searchable database of every single individual shiny I've caught along with their natures, characteristics, and so on.

Hope you enjoy looking at it, and good luck with your own hunts!

Statistics Questions & Saying Hi

Hello, shiny folks!

It's been a while, and I've enjoyed catching up on everyone's activity here. It's so nice to see that Pokémon X and Y have sustained the interest in shiny hunting with the introduction of chain fishing and the reboot of the Poké Radar (wooo!).

I have a question for the community that focuses on the D/P/Pt games, though. Does anyone know if there are sources anywhere that list the total number of chainable shinies within these games? I'm asking because I've been on a mission to capture a shiny of every species found by Poké Radar in Gen IV for several years now, and I'd like to break out my statistics and know with certainty how many I've caught out of how many obtainable species, possibly by finer category distinctions (e.g. Trophy Garden exclusives, element types, grand total, etcetera).

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Why doesn't she just tally them up herself?" The answer to this is that I have, but I constantly second-guess whether or not my numbers are correct. I bit the bullet once and combed through Bulbapedia to generate my own list, but just tonight I found a mistake (Clefairy is in the Trophy Garden; this is not indicated as a possible location on Clefairy's Bulbapedia page, but it is indicated on the Trophy Garden page, as I just discovered). Knowing that I've made errors makes me wish I had another source to confirm whether or not I'm right in believing, for instance, that there are 202 separate chainable pokémon in D/P/Pt.

So, does anyone know of a source like this for shiny hunters? Or is anyone willing to compile it themselves? I'd be super grateful for any information. Thank you!
The Witch who Cleans

Shiny Pokemon Parade

Well, hello everyone! Glad to have found this nice little community!
Small intro aside, thought it would be fun to flaunt my Shiny Pokes. These are all legit and totally random encounters... Except for the ones from White 2 since I got the Shiny Charm. Still technically random though, I suppose? Anyways, small bunch of shinies below!

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