How to Get Shiny Charmander in "Pokemon Lets Go!"

Updated on December 31, 2018

You could end up with this handsome beast!


So you've got Pokemon Let's Go on the Nintendo Switch and are curious about how Shiny Hunting works compared to previous Pokemon Games, this guide will cover the main differences and best methods of how to get these Shiny Variants, mainly focusing on Charmander.

Catch Combo's/Streaks/Lure's

To begin with, Pokemon Let's go handles things a lot differently than previous Pokemon Games. Instead of running in to specific area's and entering random encounters, all of the Pokemon in that area spawn in the overworld for the game, and you can simply run in to them to encounter them, rather than encountering battle after battle in hopes of something you would like to get.

Now because of this you can easily chain Pokemon that you want to get, and avoid one's you don't want to get at the same time! Chaining Pokemon is very important, as having larger chains (5+) of the same Pokemon will make it a more common spawn in the overworld, which works better in the instances of finding rarer Pokemon!

Catch Combo's work as follows:

No Lure or Shiny Charm
Lure + Shiny Charm

Obtaining Charmander

The best method that I found to encounter Charmander in the wild was as follows:

(Note, you need to be past the point in game where you receive "Light Up")

Build a Catch Combo of 31 with a common spawn Pokemon anywhere in the game world (Geodude, Pidgey, Rattata, Magikarp, etc)

Head to Rock Tunnel, East of Cerulean City & North of Lavender Town, enter from the Cerulean City side for ease and speed, and navigate through the first room until you get to the first Ladder, there should be one Charmander spawning in the room as you were heading to the ladder. Check if it's shiny (Sparkling and a slightly more yellow colour than usual Charmander's) and if not, go down the ladder to the next level,look for the Charmander spawn on this level, and repeat the Shiny Check, go back up the ladder if not and keep on Shiny Checking, going up/down the ladder until you see one NOTE: Try to move away from the ladder as soon as you spawn back in to the game, to save accidentally seeing a Shiny Pokemon and then running down the ladder in excitement!


Note: If you haven't applied a Lure yet, now I would recommend doing so, these lower the odds of Shiny's by a fair margin and are cheap to buy in the game, so pop a Lure of your choice and happy hunting!

Shiny Charmander

Closing thoughts and info

Due to spawning restrictions and Rare Pokemon table's in place, only one Charmander can spawn in the overworld at once, hence the ladder method used it, due to this it may seem to take longer to find a shiny Charmander than other Pokemon, as others can spawn multiple in the world at once, but keep hunting and you will find the Shiny eventually!

Questions & Answers


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        9 months ago

        I got a 79 combo on a zubat and literally was hunting for hours still didn't find any yet i have hope

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        Cameron Sweeney 

        14 months ago from United Kingdom

        Thank you! It definitely does, one of my favourite shiny Pokemon for sure!

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        14 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Nice article! Shiny Charizard looks badass.


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