The Official Shiny Pokemon Guide: Masuda Method, a Fishing Rod, and YOU! v1

Darksta
Posted: 1/19/2014 11:22:51 PM
Lucidious89's Official Kalos Fishing Guide to Shiny Pokemon!
(Credit to him for the original guide, which is found here: http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/696959-pokemon-x/67572859)
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On Route 16 there is a Fishing Shack where a Fisherman teaches you about "Fishing Streaks". As he explains, a fishing streak is simply fishing up Pokemon back-to-back, without every missing out on a bite. He challenges you to beat his streak of 7 hooked Pokemon in a row, and for this he rewards you with 20 Dive Balls.

Once completed, he gives a hint as to the true purpose of fishing streaks:

"This is just a rumor, but word is that you can catch some rare Pokemon through consecutive fishing!"

With this knowledge, it has been all but confirmed through testing that these "rare" Pokemon that he alludes to are in fact Shiny Pokemon. The goal of this topic is to explain the nature of this new fishing mechanic as best as it's understood so far.

Fishing Streaks
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A proper fishing streak requires you to continuously hook a wild Pokemon with a fishing rod without ever pulling up nothing, or missing the timing of the reel. The longer you maintain this streak, the higher your streak will go. The higher your streak, the higher the chances of hooking a shiny Pokemon.

What we know for sure breaks a streak:
-Getting the "Nothing seems to be biting..." message (Random, but the odds are manipulable)
-Getting the "No! You reeled it in too fast!" message (Pressed A too soon)
-Getting the "No! You reeled it in too slow!" message (Pressed A too late)
-Exiting the area in which you're fishing
-Getting into a battle that isn't through fishing
-Exiting the game
-Encountering a shiny Pokemon

What we know for sure does NOT break a streak:
-Running from battles
-Fainting the wild Pokemon
-A Pokemon in your party evolving
-Switching to different rods during a streak
-Going into the menu

What might possibly break a streak based on a few reports (needs 100% confirmation):

-Capturing a normal Pokemon (unlikely)

What is unlikely to break a streak based on a few reports (needs 100% confirmation):
-Putting the system into Sleep Mode (in battle)
-Capturing a Pokemon

Untested scenarios that will most likely break your streak
-Using PSS features to suspend the game and go online to trade/battle/etc.

With every consecutive Pokemon hooked, your streak increases by 1. If anything interrupts this streak, it will reset to zero. The Fisherman in the fishing shack will keep track of your personal best streak, so you can confirm with him at any time to see what your best streak has been so far. If you're unsure you're successfully pulling off a streak, do a quick test by starting a small streak, and then return to him and see if he keeps a tab of this. If it matches the number of times that you kept track of, then you were doing it right.

*Note: It has been confirmed that you can pull off fishing streaks to find shiny Pokemon without needing to talk to the Fisherman or complete his initial quest. Though I recommend doing it anyway just in case, and to help familiarize yourself with the mechanic.
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Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didnt.
Erica Jong
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Darksta
Posted: 1/19/2014 11:09:38 PM
Lucidious89's Official Kalos Fishing Guide to Shiny Pokemon!
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On Route 16 there is a Fishing Shack where a Fisherman teaches you about "Fishing Streaks". As he explains, a fishing streak is simply fishing up Pokemon back-to-back, without every missing out on a bite. He challenges you to beat his streak of 7 hooked Pokemon in a row, and for this he rewards you with 20 Dive Balls.

Once completed, he gives a hint as to the true purpose of fishing streaks:

"This is just a rumor, but word is that you can catch some rare Pokemon through consecutive fishing!"

With this knowledge, it has been all but confirmed through testing that these "rare" Pokemon that he alludes to are in fact Shiny Pokemon. The goal of this topic is to explain the nature of this new fishing mechanic as best as it's understood so far.

Fishing Streaks
--------------------

A proper fishing streak requires you to continuously hook a wild Pokemon with a fishing rod without ever pulling up nothing, or missing the timing of the reel. The longer you maintain this streak, the higher your streak will go. The higher your streak, the higher the chances of hooking a shiny Pokemon.

What we know for sure breaks a streak:
-Getting the "Nothing seems to be biting..." message (Random, but the odds are manipulable)
-Getting the "No! You reeled it in too fast!" message (Pressed A too soon)
-Getting the "No! You reeled it in too slow!" message (Pressed A too late)
-Exiting the area in which you're fishing
-Getting into a battle that isn't through fishing
-Exiting the game
-Encountering a shiny Pokemon

What we know for sure does NOT break a streak:
-Running from battles
-Fainting the wild Pokemon
-A Pokemon in your party evolving
-Switching to different rods during a streak
-Going into the menu

What might possibly break a streak based on a few reports (needs 100% confirmation):

-Capturing a normal Pokemon (unlikely)

What is unlikely to break a streak based on a few reports (needs 100% confirmation):
-Putting the system into Sleep Mode (in battle)
-Capturing a Pokemon

Untested scenarios that will most likely break your streak
-Using PSS features to suspend the game and go online to trade/battle/etc.

With every consecutive Pokemon hooked, your streak increases by 1. If anything interrupts this streak, it will reset to zero. The Fisherman in the fishing shack will keep track of your personal best streak, so you can confirm with him at any time to see what your best streak has been so far. If you're unsure you're successfully pulling off a streak, do a quick test by starting a small streak, and then return to him and see if he keeps a tab of this. If it matches the number of times that you kept track of, then you were doing it right.

*Note: It has been confirmed that you can pull off fishing streaks to find shiny Pokemon without needing to talk to the Fisherman or complete his initial quest. Though I recommend doing it anyway just in case, and to help familiarize yourself with the mechanic.
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Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didnt.
Erica Jong

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