I'm running Pokemon Fire Red on an Android phone using "My Boy!" emulator. Is it possible to get a shiny starter pokemon (Charmander) by reseting the game everytime I choose the starter pokemon? (I saved the game right before chosing it).

I made this question because I read on the Internet that it's not possible to get a shiny starer pokemon by reseting the game if you're using an emulator, because the interal code that determines whether if a pokemon is shiny or not does never reset.


It depends on how you reset the game.

Most emulators offer what is called "save states". Save states contain the entire memory dump of a game, unlike regular save games which only contain what the developer believes is important for the game.

Save states are particularly popular among emulator users, because they offer a way to cheat, such as resetting a particular move in combat.

In this case, the save state will contain the RNG (Random Number Generator) which a regular save game would not; why keep the RNG in memory, if you can generate a new one every time you launch the game? Of course, this also means you cannot simply load a save state to improve your chances of getting a shiny Pokémon, you'll have to reload a regular save game instead.

In other words: you'll have to quit the game, launch it again, then load the save game from within the in-game menu.

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    If you want to know more about RNGs, here's an interesting read. It's very technical, but it also explains why "random" numbers aren't really random. – Nolonar Nov 27 '14 at 21:47
  • So I'll just have to exit the game and open it again or quit the game, close the application (My Boy!) open again the emulator and enter the game? – user93299 Nov 27 '14 at 22:20
  • You probably won't have to close your emulator. Most emulators should have a "Reset" option, which basically just reboots the game. Not to be confused with reloading a save game. – Nolonar Nov 27 '14 at 22:24

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