Also some advice about Roselia. There are better places to chain it. If you are using platinum then route 229 is best during the day as it has a 45% encounter rate and from personal experience it is very good. I got 6 shiny Roselia from there. You could also try route 222 (in front of pal park) it is one of only four pokemon to appear there (when Farfetch'd are not swarming) with 25% encounter rate. I got two shinies from there.
Shinies are good.
Why not chain Budew in Eterna Forest instead? Then it's just an evolution step to Roselia. I don't have the guts to chain in the trophy garden. @_@
As for identifying shiny patches- I never jump on one unless I'm absolutely certain it's shiny. If I missed it because I was distracted, or the patch is directly behind me, I reset. At least in my eyes, a shiny patch has a long, pulsing glow instead of a quick sparkle. Also, if you look at the patches of grass directly in front of you that you kick up as you walk, the shiny patch kinda looks like that.
I find it interesting to know what people are chaining, why, when they stop, and what problems they run into. Keep 'em comin, folks. I'll post an update of my own later.
i had a shinx chain up to 38 and i broke on a "corner". i was on the outside edge and 2 steps away from an actual corner. let me know if this happens to anyone else and how to tell which spots are "corners"
@T-B0ne 27 - the corner spots are the ones that are in a diagonal line in any direction from your character. The main one to stay away from is the one that is four to either side by four up/down (so four away diagonally).
I've still had a lot of troubling chaining Bagon. I can't even easily get back to 40 where I was last time before it broke. I tried chaining the swarm today which was Eletrike at Valley Windworks with a static pokemon lead, but even with the 70% appearance rate for it, I still messed it up. I think I'm just bad in small grass spots compared to something the size of the spot for chaining on route 222. I wish every route had a patch that size... darnit
I've had a fair amount of luck lately with chaining. In the past couple weeks I've gotten 5 shiny Togepi, 4 shiny Corsola, 4 shiny Smeargle, a shiny Zigzagoon, Beldum, and Krabby (at 15!).
I've evolved 2 Togepi into a Togetic and Togekiss, and evolved my 2 shiny Eevee I got a while ago into Espeon and Umbreon, which are awesome shinies.
I don't know what to do next. I really want a Gastly and Ponyta, but they've given so much trouble before for some reason. I've gotten Gastly to 36 and Ponyta to 34 before breaking.
man, i don't know how people do this! i've read a bunch of guides and still my record chain is 11. on shinx. XD
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i got 25 chains of Gastrodon. but i didn't like it so i broke the chain myself. lol. i am aiming for shiny buizel. just trying out.
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What a week for chaining. After I bagged the Oddishes I was going for, I decided to try something a little more challenging - Duskulls (10%, night only). I had to use super strict/paranoid methods to avoid breaking the chain, but it worked. I'm very pleased with how Duskull and Dusknoir look. Too bad Synchronize failed over and over (only 3 out of 9).
Then I went to Fuego Ironworks to get some Magnemites. That place gives me lots of trouble- I think it's the patches that jut out from the sides, and the lack of trees to keep me from running out of pokeradar range. After a few false starts, I completed my chain and got a few magnemites (one of them at the 23rd chain).
Finally, I went back to the place with the Duskulls for Ralts (20% morning/day, 10% night). I am not fond of pokemon whose encounter rate goes down at certain times of day, but I wanted the Ralts for its dual evolution paths. I got off to a rough start- 20% doesn't really seem easier than 10%- but by applying strict criteria to resetting, I got a chain going (broke one at 32 though).
A shiny patch appeared at 28, but I entered it without first moving the low-level Gengar I'd prepared with Mean Look and Night Shade to the front. So I panicked, and killed it with a Scyther instead of taking my chances with a Quick ball or Ultra ball. That was a dumb move. But I did chain to 40, and got up to 6 shinies until I nodded off for an instant in my greed to get a few more chains in before bed, and ran into a bad patch (and now I'm wide awake, gah!!!). Synchronize failed again - a puny 1 out of 6, but one of the failures was the Modest female I was also hoping for. I'll have to check the other 4's natures later. I'm steamed, but I can always go back for more if I need to.
I'm probably going to cut back on chaining for a bit. My current playthrough on Platinum was supposed to be a speed run before the real thing with the gender/name I wanted, and I was planning to restart after soft resetting for shiny Regis - soft resets aren't my style, so I don't know if I'll be able to do it without giving up. @_@
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well I guess I want to start to chaining again!! I think is fun...
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I've had a good night of chaining. First, I checked the swarm and it was Nosepass on route 206. I decided to go for it and on my first try, I got it to a 55 chain with 2 shinies in it, and both shinies happened within the same super repel!!! After that chain broke at 55, I decided to stick around at route 206 to try my hand at chaining some Bronzors. I got it to 40 relatively easy with my Magnet Pull Magnezone. After forty, I caught 4 shinies and extended my chain up, past my personal best, to 70. Since I'm on a roll, I've been going after Murkrow now and currently working on my third attempt. The first one broke after 37 (so close!!!), the second broke quickly after 22. Hopefully I'll get even more lucky after this amazing chaining night and get some shiny Murkrows. Its purpleness is amazing too.
Can some explain me how PokeRadar works? And how I can catch shinies with it?
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I fell off the wagon after less than a day. First I tried chaining Buneary, but the chains kept breaking and I'm baffled as to what I did wrong. I got lucky and got a shiny patch on #23 and then broke the chain not long after. Synchronize failed, but at least it doesn't have Klutz, so I'm satisfied.
The day after I tried chaining Pichu in the trophy garden and failed miserably. I think using Static backfired on me. So I went for something easier- Snover at Lake Acuity.
Today's swarm was Phanpy, so I went for a few of those. I got an early patch (#26 or so), then after failing for 50 or 60 Max Repels, got not one, but two shiny patches at the same time. What a waste.
Guess I should go back to soft resetting... it's hard to stay interested.
Anyway, my Shiny Roselia chaining attempt didn't pay off in the end. I did something wrong, and the chain broke apart. I could've started over today, but I decided to just focus on another chain instead. I'm planning on chaining for a Shiny Houndour on Platinum version next. I've always admired Shiny Houndour, so this is a great target to be after. I'll start tomorrow morning, and with any luck, I'll find it once I do enough chains. If not, then I might have to try chaining some more next weekend when I have more time.
I also had two shiny patches show at the same time while chaining pachirisu once too. One was on the edge though so i went for the safer one in the middle of the grass. I ended up with nine shinies from that chain too.
I tried chaining buneary and mine kept breaking, i hoped for an early shiny patch but never got one.
Congratulations on your shinies though. I hope your luck continues.
Ok update on my chaining. I have managed to obtain TWENTY shiny miltank on my pearl version. And at the moment i am still chaining Lickitung with three shinies so far.
Shinies are good.
Incoming long post:
I started off by catching a few Krabby:
Then I got the hankering for Beldum, despite the horrible desert conditions. I had to monkey with the DS clock, which I hate doing because it prevents me from synching my White cartridge. Naturally, I started at night when visibility was terrible. I did get an early encounter at #9, though I don't think it was a shiny patch- just a random sparkly patch that I ran into cause I lost patience.
It was an easy catch with a Dusk ball, and at the time I had no idea just how lucky I was. The chain broke 4 encounters later, since I could barely see the patches, and the next day I decided to try again. I was overconfident from the first run. It was then that I realized how bad Beldum's catch rate is- on par with legendaries. Even worse, I forgot it had a self-damaging move (Take Down). I've been breeding them recently, so the oversight was especially bad. I wasted most of my time keeping the Beldum asleep and my Scyther and Venusaur healed from sand damage. Since the first catch was so easy, I had less than 70 Ultra balls and a smattering of other pokeballs on me. Once the Ultra balls ran out, things went downhill from there.
The end result:
Beldum lost to self-damage: 8
Beldum accidentally killed: 1
Beldum caught: 0
I should've stopped right away, but I thought I might get a lucky catch. So licking my wounds, I checked the daily swarm (Corsola), and chained a pair.
Then I reset the clock again. This time I loaded up on 500 Max Repels, 800 Ultra balls, 80-100 Dusk, Repeat, and Luxury balls, and some healing items. I brought a Gengar with Hypnosis and Night Shade to shrug off Take Down and Leftovers to heal the sand damage. Its level was high enough to take down 40% of a Beldum's hp, but too low to repel encounters, so I put it at the rear of the party.
I spent 3 hours to chain to 40 - breaking the first chain at 35+ (arrgh), failing or giving up on a few short chains, and finally gutting it out to 40. Spent a few more hours for a measly 2 encounters. I wanted to get some other things done (errands, exercise), and even having set the clock 2 hours behind to maximize daylight hours, I had to stop. Visibility gets crummier by late afternoon and is useless at night.
Chained 4 more encounters this morning until I finally slipped up due to carelessness and forgot to activate a Max Repel. A Hippodon busted my chain a few steps later- I hate those things so much! I'm seething over the early break, but a bit relieved too. Thunderstorms are on the way, and I'd like to get some less stressful gaming in over the weekend. I need a break from chaining. I think I've pushed myself about as far as I can go.
Beldum lost to self-damage: 1 (struggled 20% hp away in one turn!)
Beldum accidentally killed: 1
Beldum caught: 4
Hello everyone. I just finished chaining Starly. I already had 2, one each on my platinum and pearl versions but i wwas annoyed at the amount of chains breaking on me and decided to chain something easy. I managed to get three more shiny Starly before choosing to break off the chain as the amount of repels i was using up was ridiculous for one shiny patch and i wanted to chain something else.
I was wondering what pokemon is everyone else chaining right now? I'm a little stuck on what to chain as i have gotten virtually all the high % encounter rate pokemon.
Shinies are good.
I'm chaining scyther. It's NOT going well.
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Well I had recently started chaining for a Shiny Houndour on Route 214 in Platinum version, and I managed to find it yesterday morning. I was doing some casual chaining after one of my chaining attempts failed there, when a patch of grass started to glow. I ran towards it, and sure enough, a Shiny Houndour appeared. I got really excited, and after using False Swipe on the Houndour once, I tossed a Nest Ball at it. I captured it like that, and then I went off to train it. I'm going to see if I can evolve it into a Shiny Houndoom, since those look so cool.
I'm having trouble getting past a chain of about 12-15 (for any pokemon). Which specific rules are you guys using? (Yes, I've read the first page and several other guides). Would anyone be kind enough to spell out their chaining method for me?
I've only ever chained one shiny in the past...and that was by pure, dumb luck. :/
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Ok i think i can explain quite quickly. Right when the four patches shake. There are a few patterns that work best to get your chain up to 40.
They are (4,2) (2,4) or (4,3) (3,4) this is from where your character is and the steps away from them in any direction. So 4 down and 2 across should be a safe patch. I hope that makes sense to you. Something else is that apparently the safest pattern is if the 2 away patch is on the same line as the 4 away patch. So (4,2) and (2,2) means that the 4 away is most definitely the pokemon you are chaining.
Ok back to my chaining, i managed to chain 2 shiny pidgey just now.
Shinies are good.