Have you ever wanted to catch a Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee? Well, you can and this guide is going to tell you how to do it!
Pokemon Let’s Go added a new feature called Catch Combos which help you get Good IVs and increased shiny odds! The way they work is if you catch the same Pokemon (not species) in a row you get a catch combo. For example, I run into a Caterpie, catch it, then run into another Caterpie and catch it, I’ll have a catch chain of 1. Thankfully, if you have a catch combo of Caterpies and I run into a Weedle, if I run before it runs away or I catch it, the chain will not be broken!
They also made it pretty hard to break the chain, the only ways you can break the chain is if: the Pokemon runs away from you (not the other way around), you close the game, or you catch another Pokemon. You can even leave the route and come back and the chain won’t be broken!
According to Serebii, a chain of 2-10 Pokemon has the normal chance of 1/4096 (~1/1365 w/ Shiny Charm) to get a shiny. Once you get a chain of 11-20 Pokemon, there’ll be a chance of 1/1024 (1/682.6). 21-30 will give a 1 in 512 chance (1 in 409.6) and finally 31+ gives a chance of only 1 in 341.3 (292.57). These odds are already fabulous but there is still another way to increase the odds!
Pokemon Let’s Go added a new item called Lures. Lures increase the odds of Rare Pokemon occuring normally to around 1/2048 (1/1024 Shiny Charm) for 100 steps with regular Lure, 200 steps with a Super Lure, and 250 steps with a Max Lure.
Amazingly, these can be combined with Catch Combos to give insane odds for catching Pokemon! At a chain of 2-10, there are the base odds of 1 in 2048 (1/1024) chance of getting a Shiny, with a chain of 11-20 the odds are 1 in 819.2 (1 in 585.14). With a chain of 21-30, the odds are 1 in 455.1 (409.6), and finally at a chain of 31+ there is a 1 in 315.08 chance (1 in 273.07)!
Like all the other main-series Pokemon games since Black and White 2, there is an item called the Shiny Charm. The Shiny Charm is unlocked by getting all 153 Pokemon with the exclusion of Mew, Meltan, and Melmetal. Once you get the 150 required Pokemon, you go talk to the Game Director and he will give you a diploma and a shiny charm. The Shiny Charm does two extra rerolls to get a shiny. You can think of it like a random number generation that goes from a 1 to 4096 and it’s trying to get a one. It’ll get 2 extra tries to see if it’ll get that one. This makes the odds roughly 3/4096 but not exactly as if you had 4095 rerolls there wouldn’t be a 100% chance.
Soft-Resetting (or rather the lack of):
In most other Pokemon games, doing something called a “soft-reset” will help you catch the Pokemon. As the name implies, a soft-reset resets the game without restarting the game.
Most people save right before a legendary Pokemon, see if it’s shiny, if it’s not soft-reset and repeat that process until you get a shiny. This doesn’t apply just to legendary Pokemon, but it’ll only work on stationary encounters or gift Pokemon. In this game, you’ll have to close the game and re-open it, it isn’t the end of the world but is inconvenient.
Like any other Pokemon game, you can’t use a “method” to find a shiny stationary/gift Pokemon. The only somewhat method-like thing that works is the Shiny Charm. A stationary or gift Pokemon will have the regular odds of 1 in 4096 or 1 in 1365.3 if you have the shiny charm.
Those are all of the ways you can shiny hunt in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee! Hopefully, this helped you catch shiny Pokemon!