Ever since the concept of Shiny Pokemon was first introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver, players have gone to incredible lengths to obtain them, often with little result. This remains the case in Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl on Nintendo Switch. Twitch streamer CalebHart42 has discovered how long the process can take, trying over 10,000 times to get a Shiny Rayquaza. The streamer apparently spent 167 hours before getting the Shiny in 10,140 attempt. Naturally, the streamer was pretty excited when the Shiny Rayquaza finally appeared!
A video showcasing the moment can be found in the Tweet embedded below.
167 HOURS AND 10,140 ATTEMPTS LATER WE HAVE GOT THE BOYS! NEVER GIVE UP! pic.twitter.com/BhCgcda4Z6
— Calebhart42 @Midgar (@calebhart42) December 18, 2021
For those unfamiliar with the concept of Shiny Pokemon, they are mostly identical to their normally colored counterparts, just offering different color schemes. Sometimes Shiny Pokemon features colors that are noticeably different from the norm, but other times the changes are much more subtle. Naturally, Pokemon that offer bigger deflects tend to be more popular among players. These coloration differences are enough to have some players spending countless hours hunting down Shiny Pokemon, whether through legendary encounters like this, or hatching hundreds of eggs. In Rayquaza’s case, it would have required CalebHart42 to save, start an encounter, color check, then shut down and restart the game.
Rayquaza is not a Pokémon that appeared in the original version of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. The Legendary first appeared in Pokemon ruby and sapphire, corn Brilliant Diamond and Brilliant Pearl have added new encounters with several Legendary Pokemon spanning the series. Some of them are specific to each version of the game, while others, like Rayquaza, can be obtained in both brilliant diamond and shiny pearl. Of course, players who want to get a Shiny build will have to put in a lot of effort, just like CalebHart42 did!
Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl is available now, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Readers can check out our previous coverage of the game here.
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