There are many different types of ways you can shiny hunt in Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon and in this article by ExtremeGamingTips I will show you how to shiny hunt!
Method #0: Shiny Charm
This is not really a method but it does help increase the chance of shinies! In Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon you get the shiny charm by completing your Alolan Pokédex! If you have completed your Pokédex go to Heahea City. In Heahea City go to the Game Freak building and talk to the Game Director. Once you talk to him he will give you the shiny charm. The shiny charm increases your chance of getting a shiny in a wild encounter from 1/4096 to 1/1536.3.
Method #1: Mesuda Method
Now let’s get onto the first method of shiny hunting, the Mesuda Method! The Mesuda method is when you take two Pokémon from different languages and breed them in the day care (in the same egg group of course). If you are doing this I would highly recommend getting the Oval Charm which you get by defeating Mesuda in battle in the Game Freak Building (in Heahea City). The Oval Charm increases the chance to get an egg from the Day-Care Lady. If you are using the Mesuda Method there is a 1/683 chance to get a shiny from every egg from those two Pokémon or with the Shiny Charm it is a 1/512 chance.
Method #2: SOS Chaining
The second method of shiny hunting is SOS chaining. As you probably have already noticed most wild Pokemon can call for help and call in another Pokemon. Well the more calls for help that happen in a battle, the higher chance there will be a shiny! All Pokémon found in the wild can call for help except for Minior, Komala, legendaries, Ultra Beasts, Pokémon found in wormholes, Island Scan Pokémon, and Pokémon inflicted with a status condition. If you want to make it more likely for a Pokémon to call for help get the wild Pokemon down to 1 HP (using False Swipe or Hold Back) and use an Adrenaline Orb. If your Pokémon has Intimidate, Pressure, or Unnerve it will also be more likely to call for help. If you are facing a Ghost type Pokémon use a Pokemon with the ability Scrappy, or the moves Odor Sleuth or Foresight and then you will be able to hit a Ghost type Pokemon with False Swipe. If you are facing a Pokémon with some sort of recoil move if it is a Normal type recoil move switch into a Ghost type Pokémon so the Pokémon doesn’t take any recoil. Use a Phantump or Trevenant with Harvest, Skill Swap, a Leppa Berry and Trick or Bestow or use an Exeggutor with Harvest, Skill Swap, a Leppa Berry and Bestow. If you skill swap the ability Harvest onto the SOS Pokemon and use Trick/Bestow to pass the Leppa Berry to the wild Pokémon, the Pokémon will have a very slim chance of running out of PP and then it call for help as much as it wants to! If you kill the Pokémon that the wild Pokémon calls for help for unless if it is a shiny. If the Wild Pokémon doesn’t call for help during a turn use an Adrenaline Orb because even though it won’t have an effect (if you’ve used one in this battle already) it wastes a turn and doesn’t waste the Adrenaline Orb. The chance of finding a Pokemon with the SOS chain is 1/4096 for the first 69 encounters without shiny charm or 1/1365.3 with shiny charm but after 70 encounters it adds 3 extra rolls for a shiny so the chance gets bumped to 1/1024 without shiny charm or 1/683 with a shiny charm. Once you get 255 encounters the chain resets back to 0 and you are back with 1/4096 or 1/1365.3 odds.
Method #3: soft-resetting
The third method, soft-resetting is mainly used to catch Legendary Pokémon, Ultra Beasts, and Type: Null as there is no other method to get them. It is also used sometimes to get shiny starters even though they can be used with the Mesuda Method to get. If you save in front of an encounter or gift you can later soft reset if you do not get a shiny and the encounter you just did never happened. You can soft-reset by pressing L, R, and Start/Select. It will restart the game and take you to your last save point. The Pokémon that can be soft reset for a shiny in Sun and Moon are Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, and Type: Null. The Pokémon that can be soft reset for in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Type: Null, Mewtwo, Nihilego, Xurkitree, Guzzlord, Poipole, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Cresselia, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Mesprit, Uxie, Azelf, Terrakion, Virizion, Cobalion, Ho-Oh, Lugia, Entei, Raikou, Suicune, Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Heatran, Regigigas, Zekrom, Reshiram, Kyurem, Xerneas, and Yveltal. Ho-Oh, Raikou, Groudon, Dialga, Heatran, Reshiram, Tornadus, and Xerneas are exclusive to Ultra Sun. Lugia, Entei, Kyogre, Palkia, Regigigas, Zekrom, Thundurus and Yveltal are exclusive to Ultra Moon. Suicune is only available if you have Entei and Raikou in your party; Rayquaza is only available if you have Groudon and Kyogre in your party; Giratina is only available if you have Dialga and Palkia in your party; Kyurem is only available if you have Zekrom and Reshiram in your party; Landorus is only available if you have Tornadus and Thundurus in your party.
Method #4: Ultra Wormhole Hunting (Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon only)
The fourth and last method of shiny hunting in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is wormhole hunting, the most broken of them all. If you go to the Altar of the Sunne or Altar of the Moone (after you beat Necrozma) you can go into the Ultra Wormholes. The farther you go in the Ultra Wormholes the higher chance there is to find a shiny. This method does not apply to Legendary Pokémon or Ultra Beasts. The shininess of the Pokemon is determined when you land on the island so you can’t soft reset for it if you didn’t get a shiny. You can however soft reset (on the island) for a different nature or IVs and the shininess will stay the same.
I hope you learned how to shiny hunt in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon today!