Pokemon fans all over the world know that the chances of finding a shiny pokemon in Pokemon Sun and Moon is 1/4096 .That’s pretty bad. So, it might be time to give up on those dreams you’ve had since childhood, right?Wrong! Because I have a secret for you: Nintendo re-releases pokemon!These re-releases are often called “shiny pokemon” since they usually have weird i.e. shiny colors.

But guess what: some of them actually do have the right stats and abilities to be competitive in VGC!

What is a Shiny Pokemon?

The first question we need to answer is: what makes a shiny pokemon, well… shiny? The answer is simple: it’s color. No matter how big or small the difference between two pokemon are, if their colors are different enough, they are considered to be two separate entities. I have noticed that some people don’t seem to know this. So, let me break it down for you: Pokémon Mewtwo has two shiny variants in Sun and Moon. One with white fur, one with pink. Other than color, they are the same exact pokemon.

There is only one pokemon with this particular color scheme. Once you have captured it once, there will never be another one like it.

How to find a shiny pokemon

Now that you know what shiny pokemon are, how do you go about finding one for yourself? The odds of encountering a shiny in the wild are 1/4096. However, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances:

– Use a Pokémon with the ability Synchronize. When you encounter a wild pokemon, if your Synchronize pokemon is the first in your party, there is a 50% chance that the wild pokemon will be shiny.

– Use a Pokemon with the ability Static. If a wild pokemon has the ability Static, there is a 1/3 chance that it will be Shiny when you encounter it.

– Use the Masuda Method. If you breed two pokemon from different language games, you have a higher chance of breeding shiny pokemon. The basic odds are 1/1365 which is pretty high already if you ask me.

– Use the Shiny Charm. If your pokemon has the ability Synchronize and it’s in the first slot of your party when you encounter a wild pokemon, the chance of a shiny pokemon appearing is doubled.

Shiny pokemon ranked

Now that you know how to find shiny pokemon, let’s take a look at some of the most popular ones. These are ranked according to their competitive viability in VGC.

1. Gyarados

This big, blue dragon is one of the most feared pokemon in the game. With a massive attack stat and the ability Intimidate, gyarados can deal massive damage or tank out your opponents.

2. Umbreon

Umbreon is a great defensive pokemon with a wide variety of moves at its disposal. It has the ability Synchronize which make sure that you always have a chance of encountering a shiny pokemon.

3. Jolteon

This Electric-type pokemon is fast and can deal massive damage with its STAB moves. Jolteon also has the ability Volt Absorb, which makes it immune to Electric-type attacks.

4. Gengar

Gengar is one of the most feared pokemon in the game. It is a ghost and poison-type pokemon and can OHKO many of your opponents if you use the right moveset.

5. Kyogre

Kyogre has an insane ability which, depending on the weather conditions, doubles its attack or special attack stat. Other than that, it can deal massive damage with its Water-type attacks.

6. Salamence

Salamence is a dragon and flying-type pokemon that can deal massive damage with its STAB moves. It also has the ability Intimidate, which reduces the attack stat of your opponents.

7. Machamp

Machamp is a fighting-type pokemon that is famous for its four arms which make its attacks super powerful.

8. Garchomp

Garchomp is a dragon and ground-type pokemon that has the ability Sand Veil, which makes it much stronger when there are weather effects in play.

There are a lot of opinions when it comes to ranking pokemon. This is simply my opinion on the most popular shiny pokemon. Feel free to disagree in the comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for reading!