So recently a friend of mine told me that you could boost your chance of getting a shiny by giving a high tip when going to the restaurant or by taking pictures everywhere you can.

Is this actually true? And if yes, by just how much does it increase the chance?

I know about the Chaining and Breeding methods that were discussed in multiple questions on Arqade, but are there some other secret methods?

  • Possible dupe:gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/134343/…
    – LLF
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 21:27
  • My bad, I misread your question. But the link I posted might help a little with yours. It asks about the tipping part, at least.
    – LLF
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 21:59
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    If they're secret, how would we know about them? (Keep in mind that the 3DS hasn't been hacked yet.)
    – jwodder
    Commented Jan 16, 2014 at 22:46

2 Answers 2


It is currently unknown what tipping does, and taking photos gives you items, but doesn't affect the shiny rate. The only known ways to increase the shiny chance are:

  • Breeding with a pokemon from a different region. (The Masuda method)
  • Chaining via the PokeRadar.
  • Chain fishing
  • Obtaining the "Shiny Charm", which is a key item obtained by catching one of every non-event pokemon.

Sources: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Photo#Pok.C3.A9mon_X_and_Y (photos) http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Shiny_Pok%C3%A9mon#Generation_VI (shiny methods)


Tipping in the restaurants is very unlikely to do anything. If you want an "easy" way of getting a shiny, get a foreign (foreign as in not from the country your game is from) Ditto and breed pokemon.

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