I am Daniel and welcome to Pokemon Explained. In this video I am going to explain why you
need, or should very much consider, getting a Male Gyarados at the Lake of Rage in Pokemon
Gold and in Pokemon Silver. This is because having a shiny Pokemon when
breeding in the 2nd generation, it increases the chance of the offspring to be shiny too! There are some pretty hefty mechanics behind
this and I am going to explain most of them with visual examples so that you can breed
some shiny Pokemon in Gold and Silver! What you need to know about shiny Pokemon
in the 2nd generation is that the shininess is determined by a certain combination of
its stats. This was later changed to where there’s now a shiny: true OR false code
instead. Because this is not the case in Pokemon Gold and Silver, let’s have some fun with
it. The details for which stats that are passed
down can be found on Bulbapedia, but as you may see, the description of these mechanics
are pretty hard to understand. I therefore decided to do my best at breaking
this down for you visually. What you need to be aware of, is that it is
the opposite gender offspring that can have the chance of being shiny, in the majority
of cases. The exceptions, other than Ditto, I don’t want to try and explain. If Ditto is shiny, the offspring has a 1/64
chance of being shiny. Therefore a shiny Ditto in Pokemon Gold and Silver is very valuable. If you don’t have a shiny Ditto, and because
getting a shiny Ditto is pretty difficult, we need to find a way to work around that.
Our solution is our Male shiny Gyarados. [Also! an important note here before we proceed
is to check out the Pokemon Explained episode covering Egg Groups, if you don’t know what
those are. You need this for the next part to be understandable]. This visual example shows you the process
of getting a shiny Pokemon in the daycare. You put the Male shiny Gyarados in the daycare.
Because the shininess is passed down to the opposite gender offspring, you can see that
in this example, we would eventually get a shiny female Ekans. Because it’s only 50% females of the 1/64
egg hatches that can be shiny, your odds are ½*1/64=1/128.
What you can now do, is to use the female shiny ekans (and male shiny gyarados) and
hope for a male shiny ekans. The odds of getting a shiny male ekans is 1/128, and if you keep
the male gyarados you also have another 1/128 chance of getting another female shiny ekans.
Maybe you can trade shinies with other Pokemon Trainers? (The odds are now ½*1/64 + ½*1/64
=1/64 odds.) When you then get the shiny male Ekans, what
you have done, is that you have unlocked the Field Egg Group. As you have a Male shiny Pokemon, what you
can now do, is to repeat the process: find a new Pokemon, one that does have two egg
groups. One that you have already, and one that you don’t and so you can work your
way to get a male shiny pokemon in the new egg group also. What I now want from you, is to do some research
and talk in the comments about ways to access new egg groups? What Pokemon do you have to
breed from the Shiny Male Gyarados to unlock new Egg Groups? And I encourage you to trade
some shiny Pokemon with each other! Talk to people in our NPC HQ over at Discord!