The Masuda Method Still Works in Pokemon XY

Masuda's Breeding Method still works in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

For those that do not know, the Masuda Method is a way to breed shiny Pokémon easier. The method increases the rate from 1/4096 to 1/1638, which is still low odds, but a lot better than normal.

The name of this method was given by fans and is named after Game Freak director, Junichi Masuda because he is the one that programmed the method into Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

The method is simple: breed two Pokémon from two different geographical locations, such as one from United States and one from Japan. This is what increases the rate at which you can get a shiny. This method is also preferred because you can breed certain moves, the Nature you want, and Abilities this way. When you catch a shiny in the wild, you are stuck with whatever Nature, Ability, and moves it can learn.

I tried this method in Pokémon X and was able to get a shiny Scyther, which I evolved into Scizor. I bred a Japanese Scyther with an American Scyther. It took me a while, 50-100 eggs, before getting a shiny.


The new fishing method I explained in a previous article, Catch Shinies Easily in Pokemon XY, is still the easier way to get a shiny. I tried to do it again by breeding the same Japanese Scyther with my American Pinsir, but I gave up after going through hundreds of eggs. I'm not sure if the Pokémon have to be the same species, so that might have something to do with it.

Have you tried this method and was successful? Do you have any other information on shiny methods? If so, let me know in the comments section.

Published Nov. 6th 2013
  • Chris Y
    it doesn't have to be the same species, just make sure they belong to the the same egg group. Example: Bagon (m - Jap) x Charmander (f - US) - same egg group, Masuda Method will work
    - and yes it's better because you'll get the chance to breed it your own way (nature, egg moves, even hidden abilities) for the hidden ability, make sure you have the parent holding a destiny knot though so the chances of passing it will be from 4 to 6. hope this helps.
  • Alex_zavala
    I got a ditto from Japan and a vulpine from France will this still work to breed a shiny from the masuda method ???
  • Lagger_9743
    I was bored and started the Masuda Method with my American Tyrunt and Japanese Tyrunt. Got a shiny on the sixth egg!
  • Devan Braden
    I got a Shiny Zubat at 8 eggs, but nothing since then.
  • Bob_7590
    I don't like it when people talk about things when they don't even have their facts straight. The chances of finding a shiny in pokemon x and y isnt 1/8162 it is 1/4096.
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    I'm sorry, when I wrote this 2 months ago it was still thought to be the same encounter rate. Everything is correct though. I changed it.
  • Midnight Ninja
    I'm trying to breed a shiny Froakie, about +300 eggs already. My friend's breeding Furfrou and has hatched +700 eggs already. Should he just give up?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Is he doing the method? It's still possible, just could take a while. There is always a chance, so it depends on how much you want it.
  • Midnight Ninja
    He's breeding a JPN Furfrou with a USA Furfrou, he's at +800 now, but he's not giving up.
  • Midnight Ninja
    Shiny Froakie at 516 eggs. Shiny Furfrou at 919 eggs. Love this method.
  • emzy_1152
    you should expect to get a shiny within 100 or even 300 eggs, these people are very lucky i mostly take around 700 eggs
  • Wolfman_7182
    I've been going for a shiny Poochyena. Gone through +60, but still going.
  • TJ_5395
    I've been going for a shiny Noibat. gone thru about 160 eggs and nothing yet lol not even good IVs
  • stevebo1
    Gonna give it a try
  • Shado_Data
    Trying to breed shiny zoruas with this method been through about 60 eggs so far no luck but i have a feeling it wont be much longer
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    I hope it worked out for you. Shinies are still rare, even with this method.
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Yeah, it is still a gamble, but the odds are way better.
  • leeshoron
    Tried for a Fennekin and it only took 30 eggs. Trying currently for a shiny Chespin, somewhere around 240 eggs and still no luck. No sense giving up yet.
  • MeowDjMix
    just hit 20 trying to get shiny larvesta will update my progress
  • Anon_8331
    No luck,hatched 300+ eggs and no shiny but I'm not giving up

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