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# Does releasing Pokemon count as an encounter for Shiny hunting?

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I've been going for a shiny rowlet for a couple months now but everytime my 5 eggs hatched (using mesuda method) i've been releasing them does this still count as an Pokemon towards the odds or not

like as soon as I get my rowlet can I straight away release it?

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Why are you concerned about "encounters"? Are you doing swap breeding or something like that?

Yes, you can release the Rowlet whenever you like. It will not affect your chances of getting a Shiny Rowlet.

I don't think you've understood how probability works. There is no such thing as a Pokemon "counting toward the odds". Each Pokemon you encounter is not ticking down on some timer that will spit out a Shiny when it hits zero. Shiny hunting is random (at least, as random as a computer can make it).

All you are doing is repeatedly trialling the 6/4096 chance you have of getting a Shiny on any particular encounter. None of your encounters are guaranteed to give you a Shiny, no matter how many encounters you do; you just have to keep trying and see if you get lucky. (Are you ever guaranteed to roll a six on a die? No, but if you keep rolling it, it'll "probably" happen eventually -- same principle applies.)

There is a rigorous process called binomial probability that will tell you how likely you are to have at least one Shiny after x number of encounters, but even that makes no guarantees. You could do 100,000 encounters, and there'd still be a tiny fraction of a chance that you don't get a Shiny. The good thing is that's exceedingly unlikely.

One thing you can be sure of, though, is that releasing Pokemon won't affect your odds of getting a Shiny.

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