I know how to chain Pokémon and I'm aware of what unique traits the chained Pokémon can have, but how does each level of the chain affect things like hidden abilities, maxed IVs, and shininess?

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    AFAIK it doesn't change anything, it's just faster than trying to run through some grass and find that specific pokemon again.
    – FoxMcCloud
    Commented Dec 1, 2016 at 15:16
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    @ChaseC: It changes plenty. For example, it actually guarantees a number of maxed-out IVs, reaching 4 at high chain levels. If it was just about encountering Pokemon faster, it'd be useless for IVs, because you can only catch one Pokemon in a chain, and you can't tell how many perfect IVs a Pokemon has before you catch it. Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 22:42
  • @user2357112 Do you have any proof that it maxes out a certain number of IV's?
    – FoxMcCloud
    Commented Dec 5, 2016 at 23:47
  • @ChaseC: Just the testing people online have done. Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 0:29

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Directly quoting someone who's read the compiled code, IVs, shininess, and hidden abilities are affected as follows:

If chain is less then 5 -> Fixed 31 IV Count = 0
If chain is less then 10 -> Fixed 31 IV Count = 1
If chain is less then 20 -> Fixed 31 IV Count = 2
If chain is less then 30 -> Fixed 31 IV Count = 3
If chain is 30 or more -> Fixed 31 IV Count = 4

If chain is less then 10 -> Hidden Ability Chance = 0%
If chain is less then 20 -> Hidden Ability Chance = 5%
If chain is less then 30 -> Hidden Ability Chance = 10%
If chain is 30 or more -> Hidden Ability Chance = 15%

About the shiny chance, well the code is not easy to read on this, but it does not affect the chance, it affects the try count.
Everytime a pokemon is generated, there is a "Shiny try count", by default it's 0, so the functions gives up after 1 try.
But somehow the chain count affects this try count, the min is 0, the max is 3. If i read the code correctly, then it starts after a chain of 70.

Note: this means, it's the default 1/4096 for each try, if 3 trys it's 4/4096 -> 1/1024.

It's not clear exactly what they were trying to say happens at a 70-chain for shiny chances - whether the chances max out at a 70 chain, or whether a 70 chain is the first point at which shiny chances increase, or what. We're already seeing people making conflicting assumptions about that. It's also unclear how this interacts with the Shiny Charm.

There's been at least one report of the chain counter overflowing back to 0 after hitting 255, resetting the above benefits. I've only seen one report, and no one who's read the code seems to have confirmed it, so it could be wrong.

Additionally, SOS chaining also provides improved EV gains. /u/foxhull on Reddit claims to have tested and found that all EV gains from an SOS battle are doubled, including EVs from the original wild Pokemon and from power items, stacking multiplicatively with Pokerus. Other people in the thread seem to agree.

SOS chaining does not boost your chances of getting a 5-IV or 6-IV.

  • As far as I know, the Shiny Charm adds two tries to the shiny roll. Most factors that modify shininess do so by rolling additional times when determining whether the Pokémon will be shiny or not. I have to say though, only three extra tries is a little disappointing, considering what the DexNav did. Commented Dec 11, 2016 at 9:46
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    Much of this has been directly confirmed by the Pokémon Company, who have said that you need 70 Pokémon to appear to get the best odds. Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 18:47

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