How to Shiny Hunt with the Masuda Method in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Getting a foreign Ditto is the key.

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The odds of catching a Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are pretty low — 1/4,096 to be exact. These same odds apply to the chance that an egg produced through breeding will hatch a Shiny Pokémon as well. Fortunately, when it comes to breeding, there’s a way you can improve your odds of acquiring a Shiny: The Masuda Method.

Named after Game Freak director Junichi Masuda, the Masuda Method is pretty simple. First, obtain a Pokémon via an online trade originating from a version of the game that is in a different language than yours. For example, if you’re playing in English, you’ll want to trade with someone who is playing the game in Japanese, or any other language besides English. Once you have your foreign Pokémon, take it to the Pokémon Nursery and drop it off alongside the Pokémon you wish to breed it with.

As stated before, the odds of a Shiny Pokémon hatching out of an egg are 1/4,096, but utilizing the Masuda Method drastically raises the probability of acquiring a Shiny to 1/683. It’s still a long shot, but when it comes to Shiny hunting, you’ll want to take any advantage you can.

To avoid having to find a foreign version of every Pokémon you’re looking to obtain a Shiny version of, we highly recommend you try to find a foreign Ditto. As Ditto can breed with any Pokémon regardless of gender or species, having a foreign Ditto allows you to use the Masuda Method on any Pokémon you wish without the need for further legwork.

As for how you go about getting foreign Pokémon, you could end up matched with someone playing in a different language while in the Global Union Room, but it’s not guaranteed. Fortunately, Shiny hunting is taken very seriously by the online Pokémon community, and thus several social channels exist that are devoted to helping players obtain foreign Pokémon, especially Dittos.