How to get shiny Pokémon with maximum IVs in Pokémon Let’s Go

A guide to catch chains to get hold of the rarest and most powerful Pokémon in the game.

Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu!  / Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee!

If you thought that completing the Pokédex was the biggest challenge in Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee !, Wrong! It is only the beginning. Whether it’s challenging the Master Trainers or showing off with your friends, not only will you want to have all the Pokémon, but also the best possible version of each of them. In this guide, we explain how to get the shiny (variocolor) versions and with perfect IVs from any Pokémon in the game.

Since things can get a bit technical, let’s do a brief review first. What are IVs and why do you want to have a Pokémon with perfect IVs? IVs respond to “Individual Values”. They are values ​​that go from 0 to 31 and are assigned randomly to each statistic of all the Pokémon you find. By the time a Pokémon reaches level 100, you can check that 1 IV represents 1 additional point, so if you get a perfect Pokémon, you will enjoy 31 additional points in all its statistics.

It paints well, right? Keep in mind that not all fights can be won with an additional 31 points in each attribute. There are other elements such as natures or AVs that play a crucial role in the development of each Pokémon, and of course it is very important to also have a good coverage of individual types and strategies. For example, a perfect Rhydon can paint very well on paper, but do you know how many Pokémon can knock it out in a single attack? Well that. But let’s not deviate.

Know the potential of your PokémonImage from Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu!  / Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee!

Logically, before going to hunt Pokémon with maximum IV you need some form of know how many IVs a Pokémon has in your stats. In Pokémon Let’s Go, there are some very specific cases in which you can already know in advance which IVs a Pokémon has: for example, your starting Pikachu or Eevee (only that one, not the ones you find in the wild) has 31 IVs in all its statistics, 100% guaranteed. The Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur they deliver to you have a high chance of having very high IVs as well, as well as Legendaries. But for the rest of the Pokémon, you will need to enable the IV judge function in your Pokédex.

For this, you simply have to have caught at least 30 different species of Pokémon, and then go to route 11 (east of Carmine City and the southern exit of Diglett Cave) to a building that connects with the following route. Inside that building, go upstairs and talk to a scientist from Oak’s lab to give you this function. With it in your possession, simply examine any Pokémon and press Y on its token to see its IV rating. You will see a graph and a phrase representing your Pokémon’s potential rating.

  • Unbeatable: 31
  • Great: 30
  • Very good: 26 – 29
  • Fairly good: 16 – 25
  • Not bad: 1 – 15
  • Bad: 0

Capture chainsImage from Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu!  / Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee!

The secret to capturing rare and powerful Pokémon is in the catch chains, or what is the same, repeatedly catch a specific Pokémon. Keep in mind that if a Pokémon runs away or you capture another of a different species, you will break the chain. The funny thing here is that the longer the chain, the more likely you are to find powerful and shiny Pokémon. Follow the table below.

Catch streak Guaranteed maximum IV
0-10 0
11 – 20 2
21 – 30 3
31+ 4
100+ 4, and extra probability of 31 IV in the others.

You probably want to catch more than 31 Pokémon of the same species because there will always be two random statistics in the equation, and that’s where only your luck comes in! Something similar happens with Shiny Pokémon– Making a chain of 31 Pokémon increases the chances that you will see one, but in this case there is no incentive to follow the chain beyond that. You can do this to earn additional experience points with each capture, but you risk failing and having to restart the chain. Below you have the odds of getting shiny Pokémon in chains of 31+.

  • 31+ Chain: 1 of 341.3
  • 31+ chain and cologne: 1 of 315.08
  • 31+ chain and shiny talisman: 1 of 292.57
  • 31+ chain, cologne, and shiny talisman: 1 of 273.07

In other words, the most common shiny Pokémon has a rarity of 0.37% if you meet the requirements above. The shiny talisman, by the way, is obtained by completing the Kanto Pokédex; and the cologne is easily bought in stores.