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Pretty much just what the title says, does the shiny rate reset? If it does, what are the factors that make it reset? Does my 1 in "X" chance of encounter begin from the start of the game, or every time I power off/on my DS and reload my saved game?

I haven't been able to find any evidence that explains this, so I was hoping to find out here for an experiment that I would like to try.

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related: gaming.stackexchange.com/a/93653/30210 –  Colin D Nov 30 '12 at 16:43

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This doesn't work exactly like you seem to think it does - it's 1 in 8192 chance. That doesn't mean there's a hidden counter and that if you fight 8192 battles nonstop that one of them is guaranteed to be a shiny, it just means on average that's how many you're likely to end up with over that number of battles. It's really just one of the many randomly rolled stats that a Pokemon has - you might get lucky or you might get unlucky. There's nothing you can really do to influence this short of activities that directly alter the rate (stuff like Poke Radar) - normal random encounters will always have these odds.

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You can also increase the chances of breeding a shiny by using the Masuda Method –  Katustrawfic Nov 30 '12 at 17:25
    
Right, there are several ways of increasing the chances of obtaining a shiny, but if you're just relying on random encounters it is what it is. (Even the Masuda method only gives you about six times better odds, which is a massive improvement but still will take some patience.) –  Shinrai Nov 30 '12 at 17:45

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