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Pokémon X / Y Shiny Hunting FAQ

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This walkthrough was originally written for Pokémon X on the 3DS, but the walkthrough is still applicable to the 3DS version of the game.


                             SHINY HUNTING FAQ

                    Written By: Devan Braden (Gameplay)
                 Contact Information: devan_braden@yahoo.com

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                              Introduction
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Hello, and welcome to my Shiny Hunting FAQ! This FAQ is of course an in-depth
guide to all of the methods of hunting and finding Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon
X & Y Versions. From Chain Fishing, to the Poke'Radar, to Wild Encounters, you
will find all of the information that you need to successfully hunt for Shinies.

Shinies are those rare and sought out Pokemon that give you a great thrill
when encountered. Just type it into the Google Search Bar and you'll find
hundreds of pages of information about Shiny Pokemon. People like to collect
them, hunt for them, brag about them, etc. Whatever your reason for searching
for Shiny Pokemon is, you need to know how to find them and that's what this
FAQ is for. So read on and you should be a Shiny Hunting Pro in no time.

If you have any questions or Feedback, my email is listed above.

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                             Chain Fishing
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|=====================|
|What is Chain Fishing|
|=====================|

Introduced in Pokemon X & Y. This method entails casting your Fishing Rod out
into a body of water numerous times in hopes of landing that shiny Pokemon.
This method has proven for everyone to be the most effective and easiest way
of encountering a Shiny Pokemon. There are 38 different kinds of Pokemon that
you can encounter as Shinies throughout the two versions from Chain Fishing.
This includes Evolutions. Provided also is a list of where all of these
Pokemon are located and which Rod to use to hook them.


|=====================|
|How Do You Chain Fish|
|=====================|

Approach or enter a body of water and cast any of your Rods in the water.
Chain Fishing can be done in ANY body of water that you can fish in. As
soon as you reel in your first fish, this begins your Chain. And each
consecutive link to your Chain slightly raises your odds of encountering a
Shiny Pokemon. Pay Attention to the prompt to reel in your fish because it
can become easy to miss, which will break your chain. When that happens
you have to restart completely.

Sometimes you'll get a "Not even a nibble" message. This is the games way
of breaking your Chain. To prevent this, use a Pokemon with the ability
Suction Cups or Sticky Hold. This is explained in detail later in this
section.

There are many things that will break your Chain as well. Also provided is
a list of actions and circumstances that are sure to break your Chain.

|============|
|How It Works|
|============|

The odds begin from 4092 and go down to being extremely low, though the exact
number is unkown. It's possible and relatively likely that you will encounter
a Shiny in a very small Chain. The goal is to increase your Chain until you
find a Shiny. Sometimes this can take until you eventually run out of Pokemon
to catch in the high hundreds. So it's still about luck, but you are definetely
bound to catch a Shiny if you keep at it until you do.

|=========================|
|Thoughts on Chain Fishing|
|=========================|

It's definetely the easiest and most reliable way to encounter Shinies in the
game. You can quickly build a team of Shinies that can be used in the Battle
Maison or online battles to be shown off. And all you need is time and enough
patience, and sometimes you don't even need that much patience either. The
only downside to this method is that there are few Pokemon that aren't Water
Type. This would put your shiny team at a disadvantage. The Pokemon that aren't
water type are only Dragon Type too, though Dragalge is also Poison, so he can
counter the Fairy Types.

 =============================
|Things That Break Your Chain |
 =============================

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| 1- Don't Move or Equip Your Roller Skates |
 -------------------------------------------

      Moving breaks chain, even if you equip your roller stakes and don't move
from that spot. Though if you accidentally attempt to surf into the water,
this doesn't break your chain. So long as you don't accept the prompt to Surf.

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| 2- Don't Switch or Faint Your Pokemon     |
 -------------------------------------------

      This breaks your chain. Your Chain is tied to the Pokemon you are using.

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|3- Don't Run From the Encounter            |
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      This also breaks your Chain. I've read on sites that it's ok, but most
people still say it's not. So don't chance it.

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| 4- Don't Turn Off Your Game               |
 -------------------------------------------

      This one is kind of obvious, but turning off your game resets your Chain.

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|5- Don't Fish Without Help                 |
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      Often times you won't fish up anything with your rods. You'll just be
left with a message that says "Not even a nibble." To prevent this you can use
the Suction Cups or Sticky Hold Abilities.

 =========================
|Adivce for Chain Fishing |
 =========================

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| 1- Use an Ability                         |
 -------------------------------------------

      Effective Chain Fishing can only be done through the use of certain
abilities. Otherwise your Chain will break just from not getting any bites.
The Suction Cups or Sticky Hold Ability will prevent you from breaking your
Chain due to not finding any fish. Pokemon that have this ability are Octillary
with Suction Cups and Garbadore with Sticky Hold. This isn't 100% though, you'll
eventually get that message anyway. Though it doesn't usually happen until your
in the higher Chains of around 150.

Pokemon with the Suction Cups Ability

|-------------|
|[] Octillary |
|-------------|
|[] Lileep    |
|-------------|
|[] Cradily   |
|-------------|
|[] Inkay     |
|-------------|
|[] Malamar   |
|-------------|

Pokemon with the Sticky Hold Ability

|-------------|
|[] Gulpin    |
|-------------|
|[] Swalot    |
|-------------|
|[] Trubbish  |
|-------------|
|[] Grimer    |
|-------------|
|[] Muk       |
|-------------|
|[] Shellos   |
|-------------| 
|[] Accelgor  |
|-------------|

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| 2- Train Your Pokemon                     |
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      Of course it's best to knock out the normal fish with one hit. This also
keeps helps you keep track of your Chain without keeping score in your head.
Super/Ev Train your Pokemon and raise to a level that's significantly higher
than 35, like around 50 or 60. This way your stats are high enough to breeze
through your Chain.

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|3- Choose the Right Moveset                |
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      Choosing four moves with high PP is a good idea. As long as the total
of all moves reaches 40 you should be fine. Employing PP Power when your moves
run out will keep your Chain going for as long as you find fish.

Example of the Right Moveset

|-------------==========================|
|Octillary (Evs) 252 Attack & Sp. Attack|
|---------------------------------------|
| -Surf      -Energy Ball               |
| -Ice Beam  -Thief                     |
|---------------------------------------|

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| 4- Carry Lots of Poke Balls               |
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      When you do run into your Shiny Pokemon, you definetely don't want to
faint it. Carry lots of Pokeballs and especially some Quick Balls with you to
catch it with full HP. Since your Chain resets after encountering your Shiny,
you can switch to a Pokemon with False Swipe if you want to take the chance of
it knocking itself out with a move. Though I've never seen any of these water
Pokemon with recieve any recoil damage. The only one with Take Down is
Relicanth and he has the Rock Head ability which prevents recoil damage.

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|Pokemon That Can Be Caught Via Chain Fishing |
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|------------------------------------------|
|[] Magikarp                               |
|------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Route 3, Route 22, Parfume Palace |
|------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Old Rod                              |
|------------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------------|
|[] Gyaradose                              |
|------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Route 3, Route 22, Parfume Palace |
|------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                            |
|------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|[] Corphish                     |
|--------------------------------|
|Routes: Route 3, Parfume Palace |
|--------------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod                   |
|--------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|[] Crawdaunt                    |
|--------------------------------|
|Routes: Route 3, Parfume Palace |
|--------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                  |
|--------------------------------|

|------------------------------------------|
|[] Goldeen                                |
|------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Route 3, Route 22, Parfume Palace |
|------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod                             |
|------------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------------|
|[] Seaking                                |
|------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Route 3, Route 22, Parfume Palace |
|------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                            |
|------------------------------------------|

|-----------------|
|[] Carvahna      |
|-----------------|
|Routes: Route 22 |
|-----------------|
|Rod: Good Rod    |
|-----------------|

|-----------------|
|[] Sharpedo      |
|-----------------|
|Routes: Route 22 |
|-----------------|
|Rod: Super Rod   |
|-----------------|

|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|[] Luvdisc                                                                      |
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Ambrette Town, Route 8, Cyllage City, Shalour City, Route 12, Azure Bay |
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Old Rod                                                                    |
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|---------------------------------------------|
|[] Skrelp (Pokemon Y)                        |
|---------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Ambrette Town, Route 8, Cyllage City |
|---------------------------------------------|
|Rod: GOod Rod                                |
|---------------------------------------------|

|---------------------------------------------|
|[] Dragalge (Pokemon Y)                      |
|---------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Ambrette Town, Route 8, Cyllage City |
|---------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                               |
|---------------------------------------------|

|---------------------------------------------|
|[] Clauncher (Pokemon X)                     |
|---------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Ambrette Town, Route 8, Cyllage City |
|---------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod                                |
|---------------------------------------------|

|---------------------------------------------|
|[] Clawitzer (Pokemon X)                     |
|---------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Ambrette Town, Route 8, Cyllage City |
|---------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                               |
|---------------------------------------------|

|----------------------|
|[] Staryu (Pokemon X) |
|----------------------|
|Routes: Route 8       |
|----------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod         |
|----------------------|

|----------------------|
|[] Starmie (Pokemon X)|
|----------------------|
|Routes: Route 8       |
|----------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod        |
|----------------------|

|------------------------|
|[] Shellder (Pokemon Y) |
|------------------------|
|Routes: Route 8         |
|------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod           |
|------------------------|

|------------------------|
|[] Cloyster (Pokemon Y) |
|------------------------|
|Routes: Route 8         |
|------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod          |
|------------------------|

|-----------------|
|[] Qwilfish      |
|-----------------|
|Routes: Route 8  |
|-----------------|
|Rod: Super Rod   |
|-----------------|

|------------------------------------|
|[] Horsea                           |
|------------------------------------|
|Routes: Ambrette Town, Cyllage City |
|------------------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod                       |
|------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------|
|[] Seadra                           |
|------------------------------------|
|Routes: Ambrette Town, Cyllage City |
|------------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                      |
|------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------|
|[] Relicanth                        |
|------------------------------------|
|Routes: Ambrette Town, Cyllage City |
|------------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                      |
|------------------------------------|

|------------------------|
|[] Clamperl             |
|------------------------|
|Routes: Route 12        |
|------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod           |
|------------------------|

|------------------------|
|[] Huntail (Pokemon X)  |
|------------------------|
|Routes: Route 12        |
|------------------------|
|Rod: Super ROd          |
|------------------------|

|------------------------|
|[] Gorebyss (Pokemon Y) |
|------------------------|
|Routes: Route 12        |
|------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod          |
|------------------------|

|------------------------------------------|
|[] Remoraid                               |
|------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Shalour City, Route 12, Azure Bay |
|------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod                             |
|------------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------------|
|[] Octillary                              |
|------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Shalour City, Route 12, Azure Bay |
|------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                            |
|------------------------------------------|

|-----------------|
|[] Corsola       |
|-----------------|
|Routes: Route 12 |
|-----------------|
|Rod: Super Rod   |
|-----------------|

|--------------------------------|
|[] Chinchou                     |
|--------------------------------|
|Routes: Shalour City, Azure Bay |
|--------------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod                   |
|--------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|[] Lanturn                      |
|--------------------------------|
|Routes: Shalour City, Azure Bay |
|--------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                  |
|--------------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|[] Alomomola                    |
|--------------------------------|
|Routes: Shalour City, Azure Bay |
|--------------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod                  |
|--------------------------------|

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|[] Poliwag                                                                    |
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|Routes: Route 14, Laverre City, Route 15, Route 16, Frost Cavern, Couriway    |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Town, Route 19, Pokemon Village, Route 21, Victory Road                       |
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|Rod: Old Rod                                                                  |
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|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|[] Poliwhirl                                                                  |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Routes: Route 14, Laverre City, Route 15, Route 16, Frost Cavern, Couriway    |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Town, Route 19, Pokemon Village, Route 21, Victory Road                       |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod                                                                 |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|---------------------|
|[] Poliwrath         |
|---------------------|
|Routes: Victory Road |
|---------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod       |
|---------------------|

|---------------------------|
|[] Barboach                |
|---------------------------|
|Routes: Route 14, Route 19 |
|---------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod              |
|---------------------------|

|---------------------------|
|[] Wiscash                 |
|---------------------------|
|Routes: Route 14, Route 19 |
|---------------------------|
|Rod: Super Rod             |
|---------------------------|

|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|[] Basculin                                                                   |
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|Routes: Laverre City, Route 15, Route 16, Frost Cavern, Couriway Town, Pokemon|
|Village, Victory Road                                                         |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Rod: Good Rod (Red-Eyed) Super Rod (Blue-Eyed)                                |
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|-----------------|
|[] Dratini       |
|-----------------|
|Routes: Route 21 |
|-----------------|
|Rod: Good Rod    |
|-----------------|

|-----------------|
|[] Dragonair     |
|-----------------|
|Routes: Route 21 |
|-----------------|
|Rod: Super Rod   |
|-----------------|

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                           Friend Safari
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|=========================|
|What is The Friend Safari|
|=========================|

The Friend Safari is a place in Kiloude City that is only reachable after
becoming the Champion. For every friend registered in your Friends List you
will have a Safari. Which provides three Pokemon that you can encounter.
If you lucky, they are Pokemon you can't get anywhere else in the game. The
Pokemon you encounter are based upon your friends Friend Code So even if he
restarts, they'll always be the same. And each Safari is broken down into types.
So you can get a get a Dragon Safari or even a fire one. There are all types of
Safari that can be registered. The idea behind the Friend Safari is that Shiny
Pokemon have a higher encounter rate.

|================================|
|How Do You Use The Friend Safari|
|================================|

By regsitering people into your Friends List, you add Safari Types into your
list of Safaries. You can do this by tapping the Orange Smily Face Icon on the
Main Menu. You can find friends through your own friends that own a 3DS, online
Forums, or by interacting with the passerby's you meet online and then choosing
to register them when you are done.

|============|
|How it Works|
|============|

The Shiny Rate has been decreased dramatically in the Friend Safari. Just go
in and run around for a couple hours or less and if you're lucky, you'll run
into a Shiny Pokemon. The odds are rumored on Serebii.net to be 512, while
other sites say that it's around 1,000 or 2,000. Either way, they're lower
odds than anywhere else in the game.

|=============================|
|Thoughts on The Safari Method|
|=============================|

I have yet to encounter Pokemon in the Friend Safari. But if you to the forums,
you'll see that people do ALL the time it seems. So it's still a Shiny Hunting
method, but despite the better odds, it's still just a game of luck. The idea
is great though, choosing the type of Pokemon that you encounter can help give
your Shiny Team an edge. Or add to your collection in valuable ways. If it works
for you, then use it. I train my Pokemon in the Friend Safari, so that I'm not
wasting my time and don't come out with a shiny.

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|Strategies That Help         |
 =============================

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| 1- Use Illuminate + Encounter Power       |
 -------------------------------------------

       Both of these tricks increase the encounter rate, which is said to lead
you to a Shiny Encounter faster by increasing the rate at which you encounter
Pokemon by a significant amount. Illuminate is an ability that Pokemon like
Starmie have. And Encounter Power can be obtained from Mr. Bonding from the
Laverre City Pokemon Center.

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                            Horde Farming
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|==========|
|What is it|
|==========|

I'm sure you've encountered Hordes of Pokemon. These Hordes have a higher
percent chance of being a Shiny, due to there being 5 Pokemon in each Horde.
Horde Farming is mostly used as a way to gain Evs quickly, but you always have
that better chance of finding a Shiny.

|=================|
|How to Horde Farm|
|=================|

There are hordes everywhere that you can encounter Pokemon beginning from
Route 5. So just pick a spot and Horde Farm. You can attract Hordes of Pokemon
instantly by using either Sweet Scent or Honey. Sweet Scent doesn't have a
limit on how it can be used though. Though, you can't use Sweet Scent in the
rain.

|============|
|How it Works|
|============|

There are different opinions on how the mathematics work. But some say you have
a 5/4092 chance of encountering a Shiny, some say it's the same, and others,
say it that it increases your odds by five times.

|=========================|
|Thoughts on Horde Farming|
|=========================|

I like it mostly for Ev Training. I've only found a Shiny Vanillite from
Hordes, but I see Shiny Horde Pokemon on the GTS all the time. So do your Ev
Training in the Hordes for a chance at a Shiny Pokemon.


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|Strategies That Help         |
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| 1- Use Moves                              |
 -------------------------------------------

       The move Sweet Scent attract Hordes of Pokemon to you. So grab a
Combee with the ability, Honey Gather to gather Honey's as you Horde Hunt.
You can't use Sweet Scent in the rain though.

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| 2- Use Items                              |
 -------------------------------------------

       The item, Honey, attracts Hordes of Pokemon to you. They can be obtained
daily from Route 12 using the Dowsing Maching near the fence at the beginning of
the Route, or from Route 4 using the Dowsing Machine in the hedge maze to the
left. You can also gain them while Horde Farming using a Combee with the Honey
Gather Ability. Since you can't use Sweet Scent in the rain, use Honey instead.

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| 3- Carry a Pokemon with a Multi-Strike Move|
 --------------------------------------------

         Horde Pokemon battles can be tedious and take alot of time, or they
can end instantly. Using moves like Earthquake, Surf, Bulldoze, or the two
turn Razor Wind can take out an entire Hord in one hit. It's also good for
this Pokemons levels to at least 10 higher than the hordes. The highest Horde
Level is 32 though, so you don't have to train for very long.

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                          Masuda Method
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|==========|
|What is it|
|==========|

Named after the person who programmed the method into the game. The Masuda
Method was designed to encourage players to interact with foreign players.
Compared to the Wild Encounter rate of 1/4092 you now have 1/2046! What it is,
is that you breed two Pokemon from two different regions and your chances are
improved.

|========================|
|How to Use the MM Method|
|========================|

The Masuda Method requires you to use two different Pokemon from two different
Regions and breen them together. It doesn't matter where, just as long as they
are from different Regions. Japan, Germany, France, etc. Each Egg takes a
certain number of steps to hatch. A Pokemon like TalonFlame with the Flame
Body ability will reduce the number of steps required by half. Some people
just ride back and forth between route 7 and 5, while others go to the
Lumiose Square, put a coin under their Control Stick and circle around the
Tower until all their Eggs hatch. I personally think that the first method
is the quickest, but use the Square if you get bored but don't want to quit.

|============|
|How it Works|
|============|

You consistently breed your two Pokemon until you get a Shiny. There are no
items that influence your odds one way or another, besides maybe the Shiny
Charm. This can take anywhere from your first Egg to a few thousand Eggs. It's
all luck. Though the average is between 100 and 600 Eggs. This method takes a
while, so have patience and go for it. It's very rewarding when your Pokemon
breaks through that Egg and it's shiny.

|=============================|
|Thoughts on The Masuda Method|
|=============================|
`
I like that breeding gives you a chance for Shinies. You can hunt passively
by breeding for natuer and IVs, or hunt aggressively by riding back and
forth for hours. I hatched my Shiny Zubat in just eight Eggs, but a couple
hundred Eggs later, I have seen nothing.


 =============================
|Strategies That Help         |
 =============================

 -------------------------------------------
| 1- Soft Resetting Doesn't Work            |
 -------------------------------------------

      The contents of the Egg are determined as soon as you recieve the Egg.
So unless you want to just SR from the point, you can't use that method in 
this game. So don't waste your time thinking that you go one step, hatch an
Egg, and then reset if it's not Shiny. It doesn't work.

 -------------------------------------------
| 2- Set Daily Goals                        |
 -------------------------------------------

      This method can get boring and daunting quick. So it's best to set daily
goals, of filling a box or two up with Pokemon each day that you try. This way
you give it a great effort, but don't get so frustrated that you just give up.

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                            Poke'Radar
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|----------|
|What is it|
|----------|

The Poke Radar has returned from previous games. Given to you on the 2nd Floor
from Sycamore's Assistant. This can only be received after completing the
game and exploring Kiloude City. Given to you for the purpose of studying
specific Pokemon, the Poke Radar increases your chances of running into the
same Pokemon multiple times in a row. This is in fact Chaining. Each time you
encounter the same species of Pokemon, this adds a link to your Chain.

The Poke Radar is a very useful tool for finding Shiny Pokemon if you can
learn to effectively use it. Each chain increases your odds of finding a
Shiny Pokemon. You can have a maximum of 40 as a Chain.

|-------------|
|How to Use It|
|-------------|

After attaining the Poke Radar, register it to one of your action buttons.
Then head out to a large patch of grass and select it. The grass will shake in
certain parts, and you can find Pokemon in there for sure. This starts your
Chain. To keep your Chain going, you will need Super Repels to stave off other
wild Pokemon from coming your way.

|============|
|How it Works|
|============|

The Shiny Rate starts out the same as it is in the Wild, but once a Chain of
40 the Shiny Rate is changed to 250. Which can still prove to be low, but
most times you find a Shiny. When you do find a Shiny Pokemon, the Patch of
grass will shake with shiny sparkles, but only briefly. That spot will have a
Shiny in it.

|--------------------------|
|Thoughts on the Poke Radar|
|--------------------------|

The Poke Radar works well for finding Shiny Pokemon is you have the patience
and the skills. It's a challenge though, there are so many rules and you have
to pay close Attention to grass that rustles. But you can find many different
types of Pokemon through the Poke Radar if you keep trying.

|------------------|
|Keeping Your Chain|
|------------------|

 --------------------
| 1- Buy Super Repels|
 --------------------

Even while using the Poke Radar, you will find random Wild Encoutners that
break your Chains and ruins your day. The Super Repels stave off Pokemon. You
will want to buy more than a hundred because it takes that long to find a
Shiny sometimes. You'll want to buy Super Repels because they are cheaper by
Max Repels and are only 50 steps less.

 ----------------------------------------------------------
| 2- Only Go Into Rustling Grass That is the Same As Before|
 ----------------------------------------------------------

The Rustling Grass that you choose has to be the same size and shake the same
as your last patch did. So remember how each patch that you head into shakes
so that you can find the replica next time. Most of the time you have to reset
the Poke Radar to get a replica, so keep it in your mind.

 ------------------------
| 3- Follow the Grid Rule|
 ------------------------

The Grid rule goes that you must only enter a patch of grass that is four
spaces from your position. It must never be to the immediate top, bottom,
left, right, or diagonal of you.

XOOOOXOOOOX
O         O
O         O
O         O
X    X    X
O         O
O         O
O         O
XOOOOXOOOOX

The "X" are spots you don't want to enter and the "O" are ok spots.

 ------------------------
| 4- Stay Away From Edges|
 ------------------------

Edges of the grass can more easily break your Chains. Stay away from them
to ensure that your Chain won't break.

 -------------------------------
| 5- Be Careful of Empty Patches|
 -------------------------------

Often you will get lightly shaking grass. This means that there are no
Pokemon in that patch of grass and your Chain will instantly break. So
obviously, you want to keep an eye out for that.

 --------------------
| 6- Reset Your Radar|
 --------------------

If you don't get a desired patch of grass, take the 50 steps to recharge
your Poke Radar and trigger it again until you do find a desired spot.
This is exactly why you will want alot of Super Repels, because it can
sometimes take a long time. Just be sure not to accidentally walk into
a patch of grass that you forgot about or didn't notice.   

 -----------------------------
| 7- Don't Run From Encounters|
 -----------------------------

Running from encounters breaks your Chain. If you're out of PP use an
Ether or the O-Powers to restore your PP.

 ------------------------
| 8- Don't Leave the Area|
 ------------------------

Leaving that grassy area will break your Chain. Use the O-Powers or
purchase items before-hand to heal your Pokemon if you need to.

 -------------------------------
| 9- Your Chain WILL Break Often|
 -------------------------------

Just because you follow these guidelines doesn't mean that your
Chain won't break. It will break and may break often. The only thing
you can do is be persistent and keep trying if you really want your
Shiny. 
 ----------------------------------------------------
| 10- Once Your Chain Reaches 40, Just Keep Resetting|
 ----------------------------------------------------

Because you can reset the Poke Radar without breaking your chain, and because
you can't build your Chain past 40 it's best to keep resetting the Poke Radar
until you find a Shiny Spot.

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                           Wild Encounter
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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|==========|
|What is it|
|==========|

The natural and most luck based way of finding Shinies in the game. Just play
through the region training and catching beneficial Natured Pokemon and you 
MIGHT run into one. Though the odds are better in Pokemon x & Y than previous
generations, it's still widely based on luck. In fact, the odds now are the
same as the old Masuda Method odds, 1/4092.

|============|
|How it Works|
|============|

The odds have doubled in comparison to past games. From 1/8,192 down to 1/4092!
It isn't a sure fire method of encountering a Shiny, it just means that you might
while you are playing the game. I've encountered 2 Shinies out in the wild so
far; Binacle & Roselia. So there's definetely improvement. There are people
though who've found five Shinies in just one day though. So they've improved
dramatically, but you might not noticed still since it's all based upon luck.

|===========================|
|Thoughts on Wild Encounters|
|===========================|

Whenever I find a Wild Enouncter Shiny, I always get excited and feel very
lucky. There is no way to really improve your odds of find one in the wild,
it's all just luck. So I never Shiny Hunt in the wild but I do end up playing
at least a little a day somewhere in the Kalos Region.


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|Strategies That Help         |
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| 1- Tipping                                |
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     This is just a rumor, but it's a wide spread rumor. It goes that if you
frequently tip the NPC's (Non-Playable Characters) in the game, that you can
increase your Shiny Encounter Rate. I have found no confirmed recordings of
this though, and I've tested it out and use the Friend Safari Method with no
Shinies even after a couple of hours. If it does work, there's not telling
how much you have to pay to increase the Shiny Rate, or how much it increases,
or how long it lasts.

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| 2- Illuminate + Encounter Power           |
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       Both of these tricks increase the encounter rate, which is said to lead
you to a Shiny Encounter faster by increasing the rate at which you encounter
Pokemon by a significant amount. Illuminate is an ability that Pokemon like
Starmie have. And Encounter Power can be obtained from Mr. Bonding from the
Laverre City Pokemon Center.

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|What is it|
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The Global Trade Station (GTS) is a place where Trainers put their Pokemon up
for trade with other Trainers around the world. You can gain Pokemon from all
of the different Countries and also put yours up for Trade. Literally any
Pokemon can put up for trade on the GTS.

You don't just put your Pokemon up for Trade for just a random Pokemon though.
You have to request a Pokemon. Your request can be for any Pokemon, even
Legendaries if you want.

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|How it Works|
|------------|

The GTS is home to ALOT of Pokemon, including many Shinies! Basically, you
search through Pokemon looking for Shiny Sprites and then checking if their
requested Pokemon is one that you have. You'll have to pay attention to the
level of these Pokemon though, because often you'll find requests for high
level Pokemon.

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|Thoughts on the GTS|
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I liked it at first, and sometimes I still do. Scrolling through all of the
Pokemon becomes boring after a while. From my experience, it's been that
most of the good trades that you'll be able to/want to make are in the back
of the list. They can be anywhere though, and I have seen them anywhere, so
you literally have to scroll through the whole list. I also don't like that
most people want Legendaries, especially ones you can't get, for the Shiny
Pokemon. However, I have gotten many Shinies through the GTS, so give it a
try every now and then. I recommend frequenting the Pokemon that can be
attained through Chain Fishing and the Friend Safari. Those are bound to
have new Shinies often.

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|What is it|
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A Special Hold Item that doubles your odds of encountering a Shiny Pokemon. The
Shiny Charm is sought after item that is very tedious and difficult to attain.
You Obtain it from Professor Sycamore upon regsitering all non-event Pokemon in
you Pokedex. Which means that you must use the GTS, Wonder Trade, Trade with 
you friends, and use the Pokebank to transfer Pokemon which can only be caught
in previous games.

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|How it Works|
|============|

The Shiny Charm divides all encounter rates by two. So in the wild you would
go 1/4092 to 1/2046 chances of encountering a Shiny Pokemon! Which is a
dramatic increase. Still all about luck, but you can consider yourself lcukier
if can get your hands on it. In the Friend Safari your chances go from 1/512
to 256!

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|Thoughts on the Shiny Charm|
|===========================|

It's a very good idea, but at this point, do you still want to play the game?
The trouble you have to go through just to get it isn't worthwile since it's
still all luck. But if you need shinies and want to complete the Pokedex then
it's a great reward for you. I'm working on that goal right now in fact.

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|Completing the Pokedex|
|----------------------|

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| 1- Catch All of the Pokemon in Kalos|
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While I won't provide a list and location of every Pokemon in the Kalos Region,
an excellent start is by catching all of the catchable Pokemon that are living
in the Kalos Region. There's over 300 of them! So good luck.

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| 2- Evolve Your Pokemon|
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The next step is to evolve these Pokemon. Most Pokemon have two more evolutions,
but some you catch in the second or even third evolutions. There are sites with
information about how and when some Pokemon evolve. This will be useful because
there are some Pokemon that require Evolution Stones to evolve, and some have to
learn specific moves.

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| 3- Breed for Some Pokemon|
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Breeding is another requirement to registering pages into the Pokedex. Some
Pokemon like Liepard and Ursaring can only be found in their later evolutions,
leading you to have to breen for their earlier stages like Teddiursa.

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| 4- Wonder Trade|
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Wonder Trading Pokemon is an excellent to potentially recieve free Pokemon that
you can't attain on your own. Using the Masuda Method and breeding lots of Eggs
provides you the opportunity to amass a great amount of Pokemon that you aren't
going to use and don't want. Just Wonder Trade them away for other Pokemon.
There is always the chance that you'll get a new Pokemon.

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| 5- Use the GTS|
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The Global Trade Station is another excellent place for filling Pokedex pages.
You can go through the list of Pokemon and look through the pages of Pokemon
you've only seen but not acquired. You can also manually type in any Pokemon's
name in and search that way. By this point, every Pokemon in the game should
be up for trade in the GTS.

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| 6- Use the Other Games in the Series|
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The Pokebank is there for transferring Pokemon from previous games into your
X/Y Save File. This is probably the most enjoyable method of attaining all
of the Pokemon in the game, especially if you are a fan of the series. It's
also the longest way.

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| 7- Use Online Friends|
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Many people go onto the Forums scattered around the Internet to find people
to help them complete their Pokedex. If you have Internet capabilities, then
use that to complete your Pokedex. It's the quickest and easiest way to 
complete this task, and you may make a new friend.

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Version 1- Finished FAQ: February 1st, 2014


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