Well, I don't know how, but perhaps thanks to a combination of my new vigorous shiny hunting scheduale (around 5:30AM-10PM), my newfound determination towards finding those beautiful sparkles, and sheer unfounded dumb luck, I've more than broken my record of shinies found in a month. Here's this month's tally:
This collection in one month is already absolutely incredible in every way. But would I ever have bloody conceived that my luck could extend towards the last day of this month, that July would have one last surprise on the final day with which to smack me back to Heaven with? Quite frankly I didn't, and why would I have? I had more than accomplished any sort of "goal" I had for getting shinies this month, and was really just doing out of familiarity and just going through the motions at this point, beyond satisfied with the amazing hoard I had already accumulated. So I plopped onto my Platinum, decided to do a bunch of REs in the Valley Windworks just because, not expecting anything whatsoever but a good old hardened 20,000+ hunt to give me the karma I oh so deserved.
It seems my Platinum was a bit too generous though.
After only around 3100 or so REs at this clean little Valley, a shiny Shellos decides to ooze out into plain sight!
I was originally going to SR for Victini on Black using the shiny check removal code, but I honestly wasn't sure if I wanted to start it immediately, so to tide it over with a nice compromise, I decided to focus a little more on my Platinum badge quest to make up for the momentum I lost procrastinating over the Sinnoh Starters instead of actually hunting for them over the past 3 years or so, and what do you know, Platinum's doing pretty dang well with regards to shinies now, well onto the 3rd badge shiny already! If I'll be totally honest, I almost missed this shiny. If it weren't for the sparkles being captured in the corner of my eye, I'd wager it'd be likely than I wouldn't notice the shiny and I would've ran away from it and missed it entirely like an utter buffoon, something even ShinyStormDragoon acknowledged when I mentioned it to her! Thankfully I noticed the sparkles to confirm its shinyness, so I didn't miss a beat at all!
I honestly feel a fair bit of guilt with this shiny though, and I know I've gone over the whole "leeching off of other's luck" tangent multiple times before, but in the case of this little girl, I suppose it makes me feel it a bit more because it makes 10 shinies I've found over the course of this month, whereas you have some hunters struggling to even find 1, and it's a little harrowing to witness I suppose, so I'm really hoping that as soon as possible, these strong and proud hunters may find their gorgeous sparkles very soon! The capture was rather easy and it had the ability I wanted it to have, but perhaps more amusing was the nature, which I had predicted to be a Lonely nature as a joke. Turns out it actually ended up with a Lonely nature in the end, making this shiny perhaps the only successful nature prediction I've ever had, garnering more than a few chuckles from me in the process! I'm positive that starting with August, karma will most definitely give me its rightful tide and I'll be granted a few 20k+ hunts in time like I deserve, but honestly I don't mind that at all seeing the absolutely insane hoard I've already had this month! I'm in absolute awe at my luck, I've managed to earn myself a plethora of incredible shinies in this month alone (with stuff like Shinx, Tepig and Pinsir being dream shinies) and you can bet your backside I'm incontestably proud of this accomplishment! May this be a symbol of the amazing motivatory power of shiny hunting: How a little palette swap can make people feel 50 times better effortlessly, and it's all down to the determination and effort!