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User Info: torNATEo

4 years ago#1
I had this thought while I was watching some videos from the latest Pokemon nationals...

Why does every competitive battler seem to have at least one shiny Pokemon one their team, or more frequently having their entire team being shiny? I've noticed the occurring very commonly on Pokemon Online/Showdown/etc. also...

I just don't get it. Maybe it's me, but usually the shiny Pokemon don't look any cooler. (There are a few exceptions, but really, who wants a pink Kingdra, or a lime green Scrafty?)

Having shiny Pokemon nowadays isn't even a bragging right either. We all know they exist, and it's not that hard to hack or RNG a shiny, so owning one doesn't really make you look any cooler.

So why exactly do people use shiny Pokemon competitively so much?
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User Info: Thepenguinking2

4 years ago#2
Because why the f*** not?
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User Info: FuneralCake

4 years ago#3
Maybe because they like the way shinies look? Sure, they're not exactly rare now, but they're still uncommon.
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User Info: MetaFalconPunch

4 years ago#4
My mostly uneducated guess: Because they're hacked and the people think having shinies instantly makes you cool, so they hack them to be shiny.
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User Info: Luigifan141

4 years ago#5
MetaFalconPunch posted...
My mostly uneducated guess: Because they're hacked and the people think having shinies instantly makes you cool, so they hack them to be shiny.

If they really are hacked, then all of those people wouldn't be able to participate in those tournaments.

I've been wondering the same thing that the TC asked for a long time now, and I'm curious as to why everyone who battles in tournaments seems to have a shiny Pokemon as well.
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User Info: X_Ayumi_X

4 years ago#6
If I like the Pokémon, and if I have it as a shiny, I will have it in my team.
I have a shiny Gengar that I caught (okay, caught a shiny Gastly) that's been with me forever and I will always have it on my team.

I had a shiny Mismagius that was originally a Misdreavus. I was stupid enough to not look up how a Shiny Mismagius looked as I thought she would look like Gengar and found out she turned out to be yellow. I traded her to my friend to own and used a normal one on my team ever since.

Also, I don't know how to rng or hack so I consider mine special and rare and I don't use them to brag. I use them because I like them.
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User Info: LightningHawk90

4 years ago#7
Because 90% of the time they're cheaters and hack all their pokemon.
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User Info: Dark Young Link

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4 years ago#8
Personally, I preferred when a shiny Pokemon was your jewel of the team so I'm not fond of 6 shiny Pokemon to a team either.
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User Info: CakeOfLies

4 years ago#9
Maybe the people just happen to like the shiny colors more (look at Haxorus, for example. I freaking LOVE shiny Haxorus).

Or maybe they're bragging to whoever is gullible enough to think that the shininess is legit?
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User Info: Luigi player

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4 years ago#10
I guess they feel they're special.

I only use shinies when they look good imo (which are very few), and even then only sometimes.
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