Unless it’s Super Mario Party, I tend to have all the luck when it comes to playing games. I often slide by with a win against my sister because I get lucky with something.
However, when it comes to finding shiny Pokemon naturally, I have none of that luck. Kris has it all. When we play a new Pokemon game, she’ll just happen to come across and catch a shiny when I know I’ll have to wait until I get the shiny charm and will have to hunt for shinies when I finish the game.
But there was one time I found a shiny naturally in the wild.
At the time of writing this, I have found two shinies naturally in the wild during my playthroughs of Pokemon.
Most recently was in Pokemon Shield through the DLC. I came across a shiny Mr. Mime. I named him Mr. Lime because instead of vivid pink he’s neon green. I couldn’t let that opportunity pass me by.
My first wild shiny Pokemon
I was so excited that happened to me because the last time I found a wild shiny without looking for was on in Pokemon Sapphire, which released in 2002.
The game had recently come out and I was at my Uncle’s house for some reason. Now, I don’t know if I had played the game before and I restarted the file or if this was my first playthrough of the game.
Regardless, you know the first battle you get into with a Poochyena? The professor tells you to choose your starter Pokemon to battle the Poochyena and save him. You don’t own any Pokeballs. In fact, the starter Pokemon isn’t even technically yours.
Can you guess which Pokemon was shiny?
Yep, that Poochyena.
I remember staying in that battle for so long. I excitedly ran over to Krissy to show her that I found a shiny Poochyena. She told me to catch me which made me realize that I was at the very beginning of the game. I “didn’t know how” to catch Pokemon yet and had no Pokeballs.
I stayed on that screen for a long, long time. I refused to make the Poochyena faint. I asked Kris so many questions on how I could possibly cheat the system to keep that shiny Poochyena.
After a while, I made it faint, of course. What else was I supposed to do? But I have to admit, that Poochyena haunts me to this day. I still have yet to find a wild shiny Poochyena.
Shiny hunting today
I think that’s what got me into shiny hunting in the first place. I enjoy collecting things so when I complete my Pokedex and beat the Pokemon games, the next best thing for me to do is to shiny hunt.
I don’t do it often because you need a huge chunk of time to do so. But I do have a decent amount of shiny Pokemon.
I got sick one time and ended up being out of work and on the couch for a week. I shiny hunted Pokemon that entire week, testing out various methods that I found on the Internet. I ended up with three or four shiny Pokemon.
Despite being sick, that was a good week.
Do I have a shiny Poochyena though? No, I don’t. Maybe I’ll search for one the next time I play Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire. Or maybe that Pokemon line will get added to Sword and Shield somehow.
Either way, I’ll find a shiny Poochyena somehow. Someday.
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