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Shiny Pokemon in Let’s Go | Increasing Odds

Published: 26/Nov/2018 15:14 Updated: 9/Dec/2018 18:21

by Paul Cot


Shiny hunting in Pokemon Let’s Go is the latest craze! Some Pokemon trainers have been more successful than others whilst attempting to catch shiny Pokemon. We discuss how to increase the odds.

Shiny Pokemon Benefit?

With the hype surrounding shiny Pokemon you’d be forgiven if you assumed there was a statistical benefit to them. Put bluntly, there isn’t.

Shiny Pokemon behave and perform exactly the same as their non-shiny counterparts. Their benefit comes through their scarcity.

The rarity of them makes them extremely coveted. This is primarily due to bragging rights and being a collector’s item.

Shiny Hunting

Consequently, Pokemon Let’s Go players have been putting in an incredible amount of hours trying to find them.

Some have found them without trying to whilst others have spent in excess of 10 hours trying to get them, with no luck. Understandably those who are trying so hard to find them are becoming frustrated.

Shiny Pokemon Increasing The Odds

The data mine before the Pokemon Let’s Go release confirmed that catch combos increase the chance of a shiny spawn. Logically this is further increased when using a lure as more spawns are occurring.

Furthermore, the shiny charm, which is obtained after completing the game, will increase the chances further. We explain catch combos and the shiny charm in the link below.

Catch Combos

Catch combos, also referred to as chain count, unquestionably increase the chances of shiny Pokemon spawning. This has been proven in the code so it is a factor you can bank on.

However, there is a misconception whereby a lot of Pokemon trainers believe a catch combo of greater than 31, even beyond 100, increases the odds further. Whilst this isn’t proven to be false there is no evidence to suggest it’s true. Nevertheless, if shiny hunting make sure you are putting those catch combos together.

Some of the rarer shiny Pokemon in Let’s Go… don’t waste your time on Mew though!

Shiny RAM

Increasing the odds of spawning a shiny Pokemon in Let’s Go has been a hot topic all over the Pokemon community. One method that has come to light is the RAM method.

This is based on the premise that wild Pokemon reappear unless you encounter them. As a result you may be seeing the same Pokemon over and over. With that said there are two ways to remove these “repeat” Pokemon.

Encounter Wild Pokemon

If you encounter these Pokemon, and then run away, they will be removed from the spawn pool.

Reset RAM

More simply however, is to reset the RAM. This results in an entirely new pool of wild Pokemon being used. Changing routes or even going up/down a ladder apparently resets the RAM.

Catching Shiny Pokemon

There are two big differences between catch combos and this recently plugged RAM method. As stated above catch combos have proven to increase the chance of a shiny Pokemon spawning in the game code.

The RAM method makes sense also but is not proven. Even so given the simplicity of potentially resetting the RAM (leaving a route), it seems sensible to utilise this.

An interesting subplot to the validity of this theory is whether ignored shiny Pokemon respawn when ignoring them. Anecdotal evidence thus far suggests they don’t respawn although this could easily be down to statistical variance.

Stand Still or Fly Around?

Shiny hunting in Pokemon Let’s Go will continue to evolve until the odds of encountering a shiny Pokemon are maximised. On top of catch combos, lures and the game code (RAM), there is the debate as to whether it is more efficient to stand still, walk or fly around.

Now, Pokemon trainers have different opinions on this but the numbers indicate there is a conclusive answer. By flying around, on a route which covers a large patch of land like Route 17, you can go through more wild Pokemon spawns than you can by walking or standing still.

The counter argument to this is it is less efficient on your lures. However, when factoring in the increase in Pokemon spawned vs the cost and time of acquiring those lures, it is still far more efficient to fly around.

Verlisify actually explains the logic behind this very clearly in the video below. Examples of numbers behind this are included as well.

Pokemon Let’s Go Shiny Mewtwo

Legendary Pokemon such as shiny Mewtwo should be caught with a different strategy, however. The quickest way to capture a shiny Mewtwo is discussed below.

Read More: Fastest Way to Capture a Shiny Mewtwo in Pokemon Let’s Go


Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19

by Michael Gwilliam


An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

Pokemon booster box
Heritate Auctions
Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.