In the compelling world of Pokemon Sword & Shield, trainers navigate through an elaborate ecosystem filled with vibrant battles, arduous quests, and a delightful array of Pokemon characters. One of the most captivating challenges is shiny hunting, a popular pastime in the end-game stages. However, the thrill of the hunt can sometimes take an unfortunate turn, as was the case with one trainer’s shiny Regieleki, who met its end all too soon.
The Heartbreak of Shiny Hunting
Shiny hunting, the pursuit of rare discolored Pokemon, offers a fresh level of intrigue for seasoned players. Without any bonuses, the odds of encountering a shiny Pokemon are quite slim at 1 in 4096 in the newer games. Consequently, players can easily invest over ten hours searching for a single shiny Pokemon, often without success. The chase doesn’t end there – even after finally encountering a shiny, you still need to catch it. Without the right preparation, one slip-up can result in losing hours of hard work, as one unfortunate player discovered during a hunt for shiny Regieleki in Gen 8.
The Ill-Fated Encounter: Amoonguss Vs. Shiny Regieleki
The game took a bitter turn when the player’s Amoonguss encountered the shiny Regieleki. Upon the activation of Effect Spore, a triggered ability, the shiny Regieleki was poisoned, resulting in its untimely demise. This was a particularly hard pill to swallow, as the player had only switched in Amoonguss for one turn in an attempt to put Regieleki to sleep with Spore. The harsh sting of misfortune was further exacerbated by the fact that Effect Spore only had a 33% chance of inflicting poison, with the remaining possibilities of paralysis or sleep, neither of which would have spelled the end for the shiny Regieleki.
The Unexpected Lesson and Community Reaction
The increased catch rate of a sleeping Pokemon makes them a tempting target. With Premier Balls, the catch success rate of a sleeping Regieleki could have doubled, jumping from 3.57% per throw to 7.1%. Unfortunately, this potential reward never came to pass for the unlucky trainer.
The incident sent shockwaves through the Pokemon Reddit community, with some users describing the video of the encounter as “the most painful ever.” Others seized the opportunity to offer advice and critiques, urging fellow gamers to avoid similar fates. Several warned against using Pokemon with effect spore, while some advised practice with “two or three test captures to familiarize yourself with the situation.”
Rising from the Ashes: Preparing for the Next Hunt
Despite the loss, the disheartened trainer has already resolved to resume the shiny hunt, determined to learn from this unfortunate setback. Armed with a wealth of experience and advice from the community, the trainer is ready to brave another round of the shiny chase. Here’s to weeks filled with anticipation and challenge as the hunt for Pokemon’s fastest monster resumes.
In the world of Pokemon, even a loss can be a chance for growth, a stepping stone to becoming a better trainer. Shiny hunters, keep your spirits high, remember your lessons, and may the odds be ever in your favor in your next encounter!