I have completed the National Pokédex (by game standards, I still need Genesect and Meloetta)and now I’ve moved towards other goals. There’re a few pokémon I’d love to have shiny versions of, but there’re not many easy ways to obtain them. Thankfully there is the Masuda Method.
Masuda Method is a programmed aspect of all pokémon games from Generation IV and onwards. It’s a means of acquiring shiny pokémon easier. Named after Junichi Masuda, a GameFreak director, the method entails breeding pokémon of differing regions to cut down the statistics on hatching a shiny one. Masuda wanted to increase international trade, and deemed this an appropriate means.
The statistics of hatching/finding a shiny pokémon in X&Y is 1/4096 (already double the chances of any other game). There are many ways on cutting that down to be much less (I wrote about this in a Generation V article) but the Masuda Method cuts statistics to 1/1365.3. If you catch every pokémon in the national pokédex, you can obtain a shiny charm from the game’s professor (B&WII and X&Y) which cuts statistics down further to 1/1024.
Now, to put that to the test! Using this method, you can obtain any shiny pokémon you wish to have AND legitimately. It will take work and time, but it’s possible. First, you’ll want to make sure you have a pokémon with the Flame Body ability. This will cut your egg steps in half, which is a much needed time saver. (Talonflame is a pokémon with this ability, and easy to obtain) Second, you’ll want a foreign version of whatever pokémon you have. For example, I have a French Solosis (Nucléos) and an American Solosis. You can tell a pokémon’s nationality by a black box next to it’s name (reading something like JPN, FRE, GER). If I put my Solosis both in the daycare (and they like each other) they will produce eggs. Ditto DOES work to breed in the Masuda Method, however pokémon of the same kind produce eggs quicker, and again, you’ll want time.
Once both of my (differing region) Solosis are in the daycare the eggs will begin pouring out. You’ll want your Flame Body pokémon to be the ONLY in your party so you can hold five eggs at once!
Once you’ve filled up your party with eggs, bike, bike, BIKE! They will hatch in the time it would normally take to hatch just over 2 eggs because you have the Flame Body pokémon. Do not expect to hatch a shiny pokémon right off the bat. Your statistics are still only 1/1024 technically meaning if you hatched 1024 eggs one would be shiny. However, I’ve heard as a general rule people are lucky enough to find it within a range of 150 eggs.
Continue this until you’ve hatched your shiny pokémon. There are a couple of things to keep in mind; Firstly, in game trade pokémon are counted as the same region as the game (IE, “Kinniekins” from Shauna is US if the game is in the US and will NOTwork in the Masuda Method). Secondly and again, the statistics will be slightly higher than 1/1024 without the shiny charm, roughly 1/1,365.3. Only slightly higher, but every bit counts. Thirdly, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH ALL THESE BABY POKÉMON??? I merely release them and hatch more! Unless you want over a thousand of one pokémon… I can tell you if you have every pokémon in the National Pokédex, you have no room for all those in your PC.
Good luck!! (I’m still working on my Solosis!)