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I am trying to collect shiny Pokemon, but my luck has been down in the dumps. I don't want to resort to using my action replay, are there any ways that are proven to increase the chance to find or hatch a shiny Pokemon?

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There are a couple of methods available to increase your likelihood of encountering a shiny pokemon.

Capture All National Pokédex

Method: Finally, when you manage to capture all the Pokémon in the National Pokédex (not counting event legends) and show it to Cedric Juniper, he will tell you his daughter has a present for you.

This present is the special Shiny Charm. This item increases the likelihood that you will encounter Shiny Pokémon. When you have the item in your bag, then the chances of encountering Shiny Pokémon in the wild is increased to 33% of normal, making it a 1 in 2,370.6 chance. If, however, you\'re using the Masuda Method to breed, it increases it from 1 in 1,365.3 down to 1 in 1024.

Source: Serebii

The Masuda method mentioned above can also be used without the Shiny Charm:

Rather than encountering Shiny Pokémon with a probability of 1/8192, the Masuda method lets players breed Pokémon of differing real-world geographical origin with a 5/8192 (Generation IV) or 3/4096 (Generation V) probability of being Shiny upon hatching.

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