Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
The Let's Go games on Nintendo Switch go beyond simply collecting badges and becoming Pokémon Champion. As well as finishing the story and completing the Pokédex, Nintendo has made it much easier to come across shiny Pokémon.
Shinies are extremely rare, coloured differently to their regular counterparts, and sometimes have great stats. Encountering a shiny in previous Pokémon game installments was very rare. In Let's Go, however, it's possible to encounter and catch shinies fairly easily, and it's a fun and challenging aspect of post-story gameplay.
Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar are the only ghost-type Pokémon in the original 151. Gastly dwells in Lavender Town's Pokémon Tower, where deceased Pokémon are laid to rest. You need the Silph Scope to catch Gastly and it's recommended you finish the Lavender Town storyline quest first.
Getting shinies is, allegedly, easier once you've completed the Pokédex and obtained the Shiny Charm, but it's possible to find shinies without it. Here's a guide on finding and catching a shiny Gastly in Pokémon Let's Go Eevee! and Pokémon Let's Go: Pikachu!
Tips on Catching a Shiny Gastly
Before heading for the Pokémon Tower, be sure to stock up on balls. Gastly is pretty easy to catch with Great Balls, but get some Ultra Balls, too. Lures are also useful for making more Pokémon appear, but they're not essential.
Head to Lavender Town after you've obtained the Silph Scope. There are several floors in the Pokémon Tower; the second-highest (underneath the room where you meet Mr. Fuji) is the best for finding Gastly.
Start getting combos by catching as many Gastlys as possible. Here are some tips:
- Catch them fast so they don't run away. If a Pokémon runs, you lose your combo and have to start all over again.
- Run from any other Pokémon you run into (including Haunter).
- Throw Razz Berries to make them easier to catch.
- When your combo is high, start using Ultra Balls—the higher the combo, the more annoying it is when a Pokémon runs!
Reddit user silverwzw posted on Reddit about encountering Gastlys in Lavender Tower. Chanseys will sometimes appear after you start getting a combo. Let one Chansey wander around on the floor because it's very unlikely a second Chansey will appear, meaning a Gastly is more likely to appear.
When you see other Pokémon wandering about, run into them and then immediately run away by pressing B. This "clears out" the other Pokémon, leaving room for Gastlys to appear.
How Many Do I Need in My Combo Chain?
Officially, you have hit the highest chance of finding a shiny after a chain of 31 of any Pokémon (you could go and catch 31 Magikarp and then return to the Tower for Gastlys). However, Gastlys are easy to find; catching many of them will make it easier to snag the shiny and also reward you with Gastly Candies.
I recommend you catch at least 100 and then run into/run away from any non-shiny Gastlys you encounter from then on. Don't just let them wander and then disappear, because the same one might come back.
When you see a shiny, RUN TO IT! They don't hang around forever! Again, the second-highest floor is a decent place to do this because it's easier to see them and run into them before they disappear.
It's recommended you use an Ultra Ball to get your shiny. If you like, you can use a Razz Berry, but it's not necessary.
Hunting a shiny can take hours and hours, but it's so rewarding when you find one! Having a Gengar on your team is great, and it makes it all the more special when it's a rare one! Follow these steps and you'll be the proud owner of a shiny Gastly in no time.
© 2019 Poppy
Jeremy Gill from Louisiana on April 02, 2019:
Thanks for the tips, Poppy! I recently made a shiny Pokemon countdown based on aesthetics, and shiny Mega Gengar (who adopts a ghostly-white sheen) made the cut.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 19, 2019:
Thanks, Penny! So do I! It’s very exciting when you encounter one.
Penny Leigh Sebring from Fort Collins on March 19, 2019:
Great tips. I love getting shiny Pokemon!
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on March 18, 2019:
You're welcome, Ronna! Thank you so much for commenting.
RonnaPennington from Arkansas on March 18, 2019:
Thanks for the tips!