How to SOS Chain for Shinies in Pokemon Sun and Moon

Published on April 29th, 2017 by Shrey

Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon have introduced SOS calling in which a Pokémon can “call for help”, essentially making it a Double vs. Single battle. While that can be annoying at times, it has introduced a new way of chaining for shiny Pokémon. This method is easier than most other methods, and works with a wide range of Pokemon.

Things you will need :

  1. The Pokemon you want to get a shiny of in the wild
  2. A high-leveled Pokemon with the move False Swipe and move(s) that hits a single Pokémon
  3. Adrenaline Orbs
  4. The Shiny Charm
  5. Full restores and leppa berries
  6. And of course, the PokeBall you want to catch it with

So… Let’s get started.

Step 1: Find the Pokemon you want to chain in the wild. This works with any Pokemon as long as it can be found in the wild. For this example, I’ll be using Eevee in this guide.

SOS Chaining with Eevee in Pokemon Sun and Moon

Step 2: Use False Swipe on the Pokemon so it’s in battle with just 1 HP.

Step 3: This Pokemon should now ‘Call for Help’, bringing another Pokemon into battle. If it doesn’t, you can use the Adrenaline Orb.

Step 4: Keep knocking out the second Pokemon as it comes. This is done to build up your chain. Remember, your HP and PP will drain out in the process. Keep using Leppa Berries and full restores.

SOS Chaining with Eevee in Pokemon Sun and Moon

Step 5: Keep in mind that the Pokemon calling for help will eventually run out of PP for its moves. In this case, it would use struggle, breaking your entire chain. To prevent this from happening, knock it out after every 30-40 moves or so, when another Pokemon with the same number is in play.

Step 6: After a few (or a lot) of knock-outs, the shiny you were looking for should appear. Now, knock the normal (non shiny) version of the Pokemon and catch the Shiny one. Congrats, you caught it!

This method can sometimes take from a short time (a chain of 10-20 or maybe even less) to a really long time (a chain of 90 or more).

However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. A chain gets Pokemon with progressively higher IVs as it goes on! Therefore, the longer the chain, the better the IVs.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind:

1. If you want a Pokemon with a Specific nature, use a Pokemon with the ability Synchronise (such as Alakazam, Gardevoir) and the ability you want the Shiny to have. The Shiny will have a 50% chance of being that particular nature

2. Don’t put a status condition on the “calling” Pokemon. It will be less likely to call for help if you do that.

3. Stalling a turn: There will be times when the wild Pokemon doesn’t call for help, or the second Pokemon does not appear. You need to stall a turn. An easy way is to use your Adrenaline orb. If you have already used it once, it won’t get used again and will stall a turn. Since it won’t get used, you can do this a lot of times.

4. It is possible that a different Pokemon appears while chaining (such as Espeon, in the above example). This does NOT break your chain! Just attack the extra Pokemon and continue chaining.

5. This is more about being alert. Be careful which Pokemon you are attacking! I have seen (and even experienced) cases where people attack a Pokemon which wasn’t supposed to be. It is highly recommended you are alert while doing this.