In all the years I’ve casually played through each game in the Pokémon series, I think the number of shiny Pokémon I’ve caught numbers in the dozens.

With 720 Pokémon out there in the virtual wilds of the latest game in the series, it would take a heck of a long time to fill your Pokédex with all of them caught. What about how long it would take to catch all of the shiny Pokémon possible in the process? That is, how long would it take to catch every shiny Pokémon the game has to offer?

Three years, apparently. Robert Meehan did it, catching all shiny Pokémon without cheating or trading.

For reference, you have something like a 1 in 4,096 chance of actually finding a shiny Pokémon. Add in the extra layer of catching it, and this would be no easy task to accomplish.

This is pretty nuts, folks.

Shiny Sandshrew

What is a shiny Pokémon, anyways? They’re exceptionally rare, alternately colored versions of the pre-existing Pokémon. They get their name because they shine and sparkle during battle scenes.

Once you catch all possible Pokémon, you’ll get a charm that makes finding shinies easier. Big whoop, I say. There’s still a lot of work to be done.