What breeding a shiny Pokémon has taught me

A couple of weeks ago I managed to complete the Pokémon Shield Pokédex and it was the first time in many years I actually managed to do so in a Pokémon game. Countless hours of trading, raiding and catching Pokémon in various areas in the game later I completed it and finally got my hands on the reward I was after: the Shiny Charm.

The Shiny Charm makes it “a lot” easier to get a shiny Pokémon and during some more trading for a foreign Ditto (which is essential for breeding any Pokémon you  want) I even got a very generous trade with a perfect 6IV Ditto. 6IV means that the base stats (or Individual Values) of this Pokémon are the very best the can be, which is perfect for breeding, because you can pass these stats on to the baby!

Shiny Mawile 3

After watching videos on YouTube and reading guides on Reddit, I was ready to start my shiny breeding adventure! I did a couple of batches almost every day and from the 21st of July I found an even faster way of collecting and hatching eggs, as you can see above. And finally, after 1392 eggs, there it was: Shiny Mawile!

Shiny Mawile 1

So, what has this whole ordeal taught me?

1. It’s a very mundane task, which means you can do other things in the meantime

A couple of things! Since this is a very mundane task, I didn’t really need to keep my full attention on the game, which leaves a lot of mental capacity to do other things. So, while I was doing all this breeding stuff, I put on an audiobook and listened to that. That way I had the idea I was spending my time in a more meaningful way.

2. It’s a great lesson in patience

There were a lot of times during the breeding process where I was questioning my own sanity and whether I was doing things right. Especially once I passed the 600 egg mark I was thinking Okay, statistically speaking, I’m due for a shiny now. but then it took me another whopping 1192 eggs before it finally happened. So you can understand that I was starting to doubt if I had everything set up properly. But in the end, my patience did pay off and I’ve got my first bred shiny ever!

3. It’s a test of willpower

Not only me, but also my friends where questioning my sanity for hatching this many eggs, but at some point during the whole process I was thinking This is a test of my willpower. If I quit now, I’ll forever be known by a quitter who didn’t get a shiny Mawile. Also If I quit now, I bet the shiny is in the next egg. So it becomes a test of not only patience, but also willpower. But I’m really glad I pulled through. A lot of people may think What the hell does a grown man even need a Shiny Mawile for? It’s not even that good a Pokémon in the grand scheme of things. Well, no I don’t need it, but similar to why I wanted to complete the Pokédex for completionist’s sake, this was a thing of principle. I just wanted to see if I could do it. And I did. So, yay me! 😛

Shiny Mawile 2

So, now what?

Well, now that I’ve managed to do this, I’m going to keep trying to breed my favourites into shinies and hope they’ll hatch a bit faster than Mawile did. As I said before, it’s perfect to listen to an audiobook while doing this, so my intention is to keep doing it. There’s even a certain charm to doing something so mundane and listening to an audiobook. But I won’t spend as much time per session as I did the first time. 😉  And then there’s the Isle of Armor Pokédex to complete as well, as well as finding all 150 Diglets on the island, so it will be some time before I’m done with this game 😉

I wish you all a good week!

Happy gaming!

~Jeffrey

 

4 replies »

  1. Jeffrey, OK, I remember the Pokémon Shield Pokédex & your achieving the award, the Shiny Charm. But following moving on is more challenging for me with “6IV means that the base stats (or Individual Values) of this Pokémon are the very best the can be, which is perfect for breeding, because you can pass these stats on to the baby!” But you did it, despite the tedium, saved by listening to audiobooks: ” I did a couple of batches almost every day and from the 21st of July I found an even faster way of collecting and hatching eggs, as you can see above. And finally, after 1392 eggs, there it was: Shiny Mawile!” And when you said this was a test of patience & willpower I better understood your attraction here & motivation! Does this make you a Pokemon Master of sorts I would think???!!! I guess yes & no because you say there is more: “And then there’s the Isle of Armor Pokédex to complete as well, as well as finding all 150 Diglets on the island, so it will be some time before I’m done with this game.” –You love this for sure! It’s satisfying for you I can tell! –That’s great! Phil

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  2. Hi Phil! I know it might be a bit much to take in for people who have never even played these games. That’s why I tried to explain as best as I could for those who don’t. But this is just one of the many aspects of this game and many Pokémon trainers covet these shiny Pokémon because they’re extremely rare to get. They have a different colouration from their regular versions, hence the term “shiny”.

    It will be quite some time before I’m done with this game. Not only because the Isle of Armor still has a lot to offer, but in August there will be yet another expansion called The Crown Tundra, which will offer even more Pokémon fun! 🙂 I really love these games and even Bren has started playing them, which says a lot, because she’s not into gaming that much, yet Pokémon seems to have a certain attraction to her. 🙂 It’s also fun because I can help her with all the knowledge I have of these games, so we can share the experience together, which has been a lot of fun!

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  3. Jeffrey, From all you said, Pokemon with its advanced games is a rewarding experience, challenging, & plan old fun for you. And now with Bren taking an interest & participating in Pokemon it’s a family activity! How great all-around for you & Bren too! Phil

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