Hi All! Since I got pretty good at chaining, I decided to share how I do it~ Now remember, everyone has their own ways of chaining! You can find your own method or try another! This is the way I chain for shiny pokemon :3 And sorry if there is any confusion with this guide, I'm not very good at explaining things!
>>WHAT YOU NEED:
+Poke Radar (Obtained after you beat the game. It is on the second floor of Prof. Sycamore’s lab.)
+TONS of Repels. At least 300 to 500. I usually buy the Super Repels since they are cheaper than Max Repels. But use whichever repel you want to! As long as you have a lot, it won't matter.
+A pretty big patch to chain in. You can chain in smaller ones, but I’d recommend a big one if you’re just starting. The best patches to chain in are the big green grass patch on Route 7 near the caves, Pokemon Village, and the large patch of purple flowers on Route 5 just before Camphrier Town.
+A Pokemon that is pretty high leveled and knows a move with 40 PP or two moves with 20 PP or any other combinations. As long as you have a pokemon that have moves that equal 40, because you will be using the PP to count how many pokemon you have chained. Make sure the pokemon will faint with one hit.
> I also recommend that the pokemon is over level 70 if you have just completed the game and got the radar, since one of the legendary birds (Zapdos, Articuno or Moltres) can appear while you are chaining. I've heard that they don't break the chain, but I've also heard that they do, so just be cautious. Or catch them before you do any chaining. Your choice!
+Patience. Chaining takes time. Don’t get discouraged if your first few
hundred chains fail!
>>STARTING A CHAIN
+Register the Poke Radar. Make sure that it is the ONLY item registered! The Bike and Roller Skates WILL break your chain if you accidentally activate them! SO don’t have anything else registered and DON’T TOUCH THE CIRCLE PAD! Also, the radar will reset after you take 50 steps.
+Use a repel!
+Activate the radar! This will cause patches of grass to shake. Go into one of the patches and a Pokemon should appear (Unless, of course, it is a trick patch). If it is not the pokemon you want to chain, run from it and keep resetting the radar until you find the pokemon you want to chain. Once you do, catch it or make it faint (Fainting is recommended in order to start counting how many you chained) but do not run or your chain will break. There are four types of patches:
~The Fast shaking patch.
>This is usually the patch you want to look for after you begin your chain. More detail will go into this later in this guide.
~The Medium shaking patch.
> Not a patch you want to run into if you have a chain started. Usually breaks the chain but it can be the pokemon you are looking for.
~The Soft shaking (AKA “trick”) patch.
> This patch shakes very softly and can be easy to miss if you are not paying attention. If you walk into this patch, you will get a message that says “There seems to be no Pokemon here…” and your chain will be broken.
~The Shiny Patch
> This is the shiny pokemon you have been chaining for! This patch usually appears after you reach a chain of 40, BUT it can appear earlier! It has a little noise (that sounds much like the move leer when it is used) and it sparkles!
+So, you’ve just started your chain for the pokemon you want a shiny of! Yay! Now, after you faint (or catch) the pokemon, more patches of grass will shake. No matter what kind of patch you stepped into you’ll always want to look for the fast shaking patch because that is the pokemon you are looking for! But, there are some rules!
Ø The high shaking patch needs to be AT LEAST 4 spaces away from you IN ALL DIRECTIONS! (meaning the patch you can go into is the 4th one.) I say this for a reason. A patch could look like it is perfectly far enough away, but is it really?
>> If you don't find as patch that matches this, then just reset the radar until you do!
Ø DIAGONALS. They are probably the number one killer of chains! A patch can look like it is four spaces away, but if it isn’t four spaces away diagonally it could break your chain!
Ø DON’T GO INTO PATCHES NEAR YOU! They are usually not the pokemon you are looking for!
Ø DON’T GO INTO PATCHES THAT SHAKE NEXT TO EACH OTHER! It can break your chain!
Ø BEWARE OF PATCHES BEHIND YOU!! You can easily go into a different patch that can break your chain if you're not paying attention.
Ø You can leave the patch, just make sure you don’t go too far away or else your chain will break! (Which you will know because the music will stop.) Also, do not reset the radar outside of the patch!
Ø If you go into a differently shaking patch and end up getting the pokemon you were chaining, then you got very lucky! Reset the radar after this and do not go into any patches until you reset it (unless a shiny patch appears).
Ø You can go into the patches at the edge of the grass/flowers that fit the criteria, BUT BEWARE! These can make it so no grass shakes after, and it can break your chain.
Ø There is special upbeat music (different from the regular radar music) that happens to go sometimes while you are chaining. This means your chances of seeing a shiny patch have increased! Just reset the radar until the music vanishes or you see a shiny patch.
Ø Once you reach a chain of 40, DON’T GO INTO ANY MORE PATCHES! You have reached the maximum number of pokemon seen to run into a shiny patch! Your chances of finding a shiny is now 1/200. If you get to 40, just reset the radar until a shiny patch appears.
Ø It can take a while for a Shiny patch to appear. Just be patient and keep resetting until one appears. This is where your repels get really depleted. I once chained a pokemon and the shiny patch took 3 HOURS to find. I think I lost at least 100-200 repels just trying to find the shiny patch.