Game Freak has made it easier than ever to collect and breed optimized Pokémon in what could be the final Pokémon games for the Nintendo 3DS: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. This gives you an amazing opportunity to finally build that collection of shiny Pokémon from your dreams.
This is the ultimate quest for the most dedicated fans, and we’re going to show you how to do it.
“Shiny” Pokémon are rare variations on each of the game’s monsters with alternate color schemes. Rayquaza, a normally green legendary dragon from generation three, is black when you track down a shiny. Shiny Pokémon are functionally the same as their non-shiny versions, but they look cooler.
The catch, or maybe the point, is that they’re hard to find. One guy famously spent hundreds of hours over five years hunting for a shiny Mewtwo in Pokémon HeartGold before finally catching it in 2014. This isn’t a goal for the easily discouraged.
However, Game Freak has been making shinies a little easier to find with each generation of Pokémon games. Fifteen years ago, finding a shiny was like winning the lottery, bu...