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    What is everyone's thoughts on shinies in general? Do you like all of the shiny colorings, or are there ones you really dislike (for any reason)?

    For me I'm not really big on shiny Pokemon in general. In fact, I find most of them ugly! There are only very few shiny Pokemon I like, like Umbreon, Sylveon, Buneary/Lopunny, Gyarados, and, even though I don't like this Pokemon, Charizard for example are shiny colorings I do like. Otherwise for me they are ugly and sometimes on certain Pokemon lazy, like the ones that are only lighter or darker in color (Glaceon and Pikachu, for example).

    So let's hear your thoughts about these shinies.


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    I'm really interested, firstly, in the evolutionary function of the shiny form! In what ways would it have increased one's reproductive fitness to emancipate themselves from the EGG in a swath of sparkles?! Who would they have been blinding?! the mom? Would it have been a prophecy, in pokespeak, of future leadership or greatness? Would the shiny one have been destined to lead the pact away from extinction? Would they have been ostracized and mistaken for a different breed (ex: a shiny Haxorus whose shells are so dark they mistake her for an enemy Garchomp?)

    For me, I think shinies add a neat additional feature to the game! The fact that they're so rare boggles my mind - why would they need to be at the insane rate they're at, especially considering all the Pokemon that are out there in the world... soft resetters for shiny starters are doomed! I also remember famed Pokemon hacks from places like Glitch City Labs that proclaimed that if you walked by Cerulean City's boardwalk exactly 513 times (or something similar), you'd find a shiny Mew! There's a lot of mystery and hype behind shinies, and I think that in itself, although there's no explanation of why they exist, makes it fun for players to hunt for!

    I remember getting my first shiny non-gyrados in game. I was really shook! A shiny Buneary! It's pink and now I feel like I must incorporate it onto my team in some way!... It's neat for sure as a feature, but I don't obsess over it myself.

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    That's really interesting! Especially in the first paragraph, I haven't really thought of how shinies come about for in-game lore. I would say maybe in some cases that it could be what the Pokemon is eating that causes a change in their coloring (like that one episode in the series with the island full of pink Pokemon), but seeing as shinies can hatch from eggs then it could possibly be something genetic?

    Also funny story: my cousin when he was younger found a shiny Shinx in Diamond once, he told how he was confused about why it was yellow and he thought it was some glitch, I assume he didn't see/hear the stars upon encountering it. He didn't catch it since he shut off his game then restarted it, it wasn't until later he found out that Pokemon can have a different coloring (he's never played gen II so he never knew about the Gyarados in those games being shiny). Now he keeps reminding me how he regrets doing that lol.


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    Generally, I dislike rare things, and that includes shiny pokemon ;)

    I'd rather have a regular coloured pokemon on my team than a shiny one. Just catch it, and continue on the journey~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reyzadren View Post
    Generally, I dislike rare things, and that includes shiny pokemon ;)

    I'd rather have a regular coloured pokemon on my team than a shiny one. Just catch it, and continue on the journey~
    I don't mind rare things in games, especially if it's items or if it's some clothing you can get for your character that's hard to find or need to do something to obtain it, but with shiny Pokemon I don't care for generally since most of the shiny coloring is pretty ugly to me. There are only very few shinies I like anyway but even then I won't go out of my way to find one. But I agree with your post!


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    I always thought shinies were like the redheads of pokemon- no, even rarer, since I see a lot of redheads. Probably more like the albinos of the pokemon world, like, one in every 17,000 or so, right? I dont know what the strike rates for shinies even are, but I just know I've never gotten any.

    I agree with Karina about some of the designs and colourings being a bit bleh. I'm not a fan of all of them either- and some just seem bizarre! But, I guess that feeds into my headcanon about it being like albinism, wherein it doesn't necessarily exist to make the subject prettier- its just a genetic rarity that causes different colouring.

    In a way its good, because it gives people extra things to hunt for, and aim for, and collect (which does seem to be a big mechanic in the pokemon games) but also it kills me a little inside, because I'm a bit of a completionist and shinies are these things that I will never get all of unless I spend a rediculous amount of time grinding away in-game! Gah!!

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    I personally love shiny Pokemon (especially those that are predominantly yellow, white, pink, or blue variations of their normal coloration), but I don't usually dedicate high amounts of time or energy to finding them. As of this post I've only encountered two on my own - purely by accident/chance - and had the rest of the ones in my "collection" given to me by friends. The only shinies that I would go out of my way to snag would be those of Pokemon I adore, but even then I'll go about it at a slow and steady pace. Hatching dozens of eggs, chaining, and tedious soft resetting wears me out quickly.

    I don't have a real opinion on the impact of shiny Pokemon as a mechanic, but I do think that they're a nice addition for people who like a self-imposed challenge, or just plain enjoy the 'thrill' of hunting for them.
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