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This little guy is so annoying. I caught a shiny Trumbeak (my first shiny ever obtained) and KOed, like, 5 heracross, which supposedly had the same chance of being obtained as Riolu. I've tried hunting in the day and night, but still no luck.

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Riolu can only be found in Poni Grove in Ultra Moon.
Source: https://m.bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Riolu_(Pokémon)

In Poni Grove, it has only a 10% chance of being found during the Day only, not at night. This leaves you 2 options.
1. Do wild encounters during the day until you find Riolu. This shouldn't be hard because 10% is still a decent encounter rate.
2. Trade for Riolu with a friend or on the GTS. This isn't as desirable as people make absurd requests.

Conclusion: Just continue to do Wild Encounters until you find a Riolu. You shouldn't expect to find it after 5 encounters due to the lower encounter rate, but it shouldn't take an extremely long time.
Source: https://m.bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Poni_Grove

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