Pokemon Let’s Go revamped the classic Pokemon catching formula by importing elements of Niantic’s Pokemon Go into the Nintendo Switch Pokemon Yellow reboot. Pokemon trainers no longer have to rely on random encounters to fill up their Pokedex and the removal of wild battles makes for a much more relaxed experience. Creatures now spawn in the over-world, giving the franchise a much-needed breath of fresh air and realism – a feature lacking from the previous generations.
This new Pokemon encounter mechanic, coupled with catching combo bonuses, is the key element which makes catching shinies easier than ever before.
But before you head out to catch every shiny under the sun, here is a brief overview of how catching combos affect shiny spawn rates and experience farming.
Pokemon Let’s Go does away with random encounters and wild battles in exchange for a catching mechanic adapted from Pokemon Go.
Players simply walk into the Pokemon they want to catch and feed them berries and toss Pokeballs until they are caught.
On the surface, this might seem too simple for veteran Pokemon players used to the past turn-based JRPG-style combat, but the process is much more rewarding in the long term.
Pokemon Let’s Go: Catching shiny Pokemon is now easier than ever
By chain-catching the same Pokemon over and over again, players build combos which increase the amount of EXP gained and affect the spawn rates of nearby Pokemon.
You will also get a multiplier bonus for catching a new Pokemon, the size of the Pokemon, for catching a creature on the first throw, the type of throw and the number of chained Pokemon you have in your combo.
With enough patience and Pokeball throwing skills, trainers who have chained hundreds of Pokemon in one area have been able to farm up to 90,000 EXP per catch.
And the good news is doing all of this rinse-and-repeat will boost the odds of shiny Pokemon spawning near you.
How to catch shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Let’s Go?
The odds of catching shiny Pokemon have always been stacked against the player but this time around there seems to be rhyme and reason to the process.
Catching shinies is still an incredible grind but chaining Pokemon through combos adds a degree of predictability to the affair.
Typically, your odds of encountering a shiny Pokemon are abysmally low – about one in 4,096.
But by chaining up to 31 Pokemon in a row you can decrease the odds down to one in 341.3 and potentially even lower.
And the odds will stick with you regardless of whether or not you travel around the world map, meaning you will not lose your combo if you fly from one town to another.
Pokemon Let’s Go: By chaining catch combos you increase shiny spawn rates and EXP points collected
Here are the catch combo rates for catching shinies:
Catch between zero and 10 Pokemon for shiny spawn rates of one in 4,096
Catch between 11 and 20 Pokemon for shiny spawn rates of one in 1,024
Catch between 21 and 30 Pokemon for shiny spawn rates of one in 512
Catch 31 or more Pokemon for shiny spawn rates of one in 314.3
The odds will further decrease if you combine your catch combo with a Lure or Super Lure or a Shiny Charm.
By combing a 31+ catch combo with a Lure and Shiny Charm at once, your odds of spawning a shiny Pokemon come down to just one 273.07.
This might still seem like a lot but the odds are now better than they have ever been and you will actually see the shiny Pokemon when they spawn next to you.
Pokemon Let’s Go: Catching shinies is easier because they spawn in the over-world
How to keep you Pokemon catch combo going
If you aim to keep your combo as high as possible while you are hunting for shinies or want to reap the benefits of EXP multipliers, there are a few things to look out for.
1. Catch combos only increase if you keep catching the same Pokemon over and over again. If you are chaining Ponyta’s, for instance, and you decide to catch its evolution Rapidash, the chain is broken.
2. If a Pokemon runs away before you can catch it the chain is broken. One of the most frustrating things to see is a Pokemon dash away just when you were about to hit a massive catch combo. At the same time, if you decide to run away from the encounter, you will not lose your combo.
3. You will lose the combo if you turn off the game or your Nintendo Switch’s battery dies on you. Putting your console into sleep mode or dipping into the main menu will not affect you catch combo.