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Need some help. Trying to get a shiny Ha torchic for compteitives via the medusa method but I dont really know how the medusa method works so if someone could help me that would be great.

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It doesn't actually matter your Pokemon's country of origin -- only the language that it is associated with on its summary screen. I'm from Australia and I know my Pokemon are simply tagged ENG.
Your pair definitely works though, since ENG crossed with JPN still triggers Masuda method. It just means you can't do an American Pokemon with an Australian one (for example), since they'll likely both be ENG.
Huh, I always thought it had to do with the country of origin... TMYK
Yeah, it's a bit messy. I don't want to complicate things too much: but another detail is that your Pokemon's tag is actually determined by the language you chose for your game. Your country of origin plays no role in things whatsoever, except that you'd probably choose English if you were American, etc.
I could buy a copy of US/UM and play it in Japanese, and then get Masuda method working using Pokemon from my English S/M save file. Too bad I only know English lol.
The Ditto/target Pokemon don't have to be Japanese right? You could use a French Ditto and Spanish Pokemon for example and it would still count right?
Yep, that works. There doesn't have to be a Ditto either, just any two compatible Pokemon with different language tags. Not sure how it worked before language tags were a thing though.

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You're doing it right.

Breeding any Pokemon with a Ditto will pass down its ability.
Breeding a Pokemon with a Ditto from another country is "The Masuda Method", so your chance of getting a shiny is increased.

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