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I've been playing Pokémon Gold, and I'm going to do a test.
But before I do this test, I need to see if anyone's already done it and confirmed the results.
The test is, how long would it take to get a shiny Cyndaquil, Tododile, Chikorita, Sudowoodo, Ho-oh, or Lugia using cloning if possible?
These Pokémon are only available once in the entire freaking game, and I want 'em shiny.

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According to Bulbapedia:

In Generation II, Shininess is determined by the IVs of a Pokémon. If a Pokémon's Speed, Defense, and Special IVs are all 10, and its Attack IV is 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 or 15, it will be Shiny.

If you clone a Pokemon you will get a perfect duplicate of the starting Pokemon, including nickname, level, moveset, OT, ID and IVs. This means that you can't obtain a shiny clone from a non-shiny Pokemon.

So, the chances of a clone being shiny are zero.

However, unique (but NOT Legendary) Pokemon are like any other Pokemon.
In a wild encounter, the probability of a Pokémon's IVs lining up in any of the above manners is 1/8192.

Also, you can still breed them with Ditto looking for a shiny.

Breeding has different odds due to parents passing on IVs to their offspring. For example, if one breeds a Shiny Pokémon properly, the offspring may have as high as a 1/64 chance of being Shiny, depending on the species of Pokémon.

This works with a shiny Ditto as parent, too.

  • Dang. So this means without breeding, which I can't figure out, I'll never get my BRUTIFUL SHINY SUDOWOODO? – SuperDoom1 Sep 27 '16 at 1:49
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    @SuperDoom1 You can also soft-reset until Sudowoodo spawns shiny, but this works only if you haven't caught it yet. – pinckerman Sep 27 '16 at 2:18

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