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  • Cute Charm Abuse

    Overview
    This tutorial was written, so that players can modify their Generation 4 saves to perform cute charm abuse to obtain shinies.
    Granted, it is possible for the user to legitimately reset their game to obtain an abusable save,
    but the point of this guide is to allow users to make their own modifications to create such a save.
     

    How it works
    The ability Cute Charm in the overworld significantly increases the chances of the player encountering a Pokémon of the opposite gender.
    In Generation 4, this is done by forcing the Personality ID of the opposing Pokémon to 1 out of 25 values,
    that is preset and predetermined due to the Trainer ID and Secret ID.

    As shininess is determined by Personality ID, Trainer ID and Secret ID, that means that certain Trainer ID and Secret ID combos,
    together with Cute Charm, will generate shiny Pokémon.
    This has been fixed in Generation 5 and onwards, and doesn't work for Generation 3.

    Cute Charm only works on Pokémon that can be both genders, meaning it will not work on Pokémon that are 100% male ratio, 100% female ratio, or are genderless.
     

    Pre-requisites
    1. Ability to modify your save with PKHeX (save either dumped from cart, or snagged from emulator etc)
    2. Ability to load back up and play with your modified save (send it back to cart, load save in emulator etc)
    3. Have either RNGreporter or Pokefinder installed and working on your computer.
    4. Ability to follow instructions, and a hella lot of patience.
     

    Instructions
    1. Decide on whether you want your wild Pokémon to be male or female & what nature you would like.
    Pick a PID from a table below that corresponds to your choice. (also remember what's gender lead is required)
    The shiny Pokémon will you will encounter will be within the same shiny group.

    For example, I want it to be female, but I don't care about the gender ratio of my intended opponent, and I would prefer a Timid creature,
    so I chose 0000000A from the table above.
    image.pngImage source: https://www.smogon.com/ingame/rng/dpphgss_rng_part5


    2. Open RNGreporter/Pokefinder, and open up the TID/SID generator.
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    3. Use your chosen PID to generate TID/SID combos. Choose the combination you favor.
    For example, using the chosen PID of 0000000A, I generated multiple TID and SID combos, as per the image below.
    In my examples, I've chosen 35880/35876.
    image.png


    4. Open PKHeX, and change your save's TID/SID.
    For example, I edited my save based on my choice above.

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    5. Ensure that your party leads with the correct gender Pokémon and has Cute Charm.

    For example, based on the Smogon Table above, I wanted to encounter Females,
    The table states the lead I need is a Male (cause cute charm works on opposite genders).
    I went ahead to ensure my 1st mon in my party is a male cute charmer.
    image.png

     

    6. Load back up the modified save, and encounter them shinies.
    For example,
    My trainer card showing that I changed my TID

    Spoiler

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    My Shiny Encounters (within 10 battles)

    Spoiler

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    For those that struggle with this

    If you are struggling with the guide, and do not really care about the TID/SID pair you use, then you could consider using this:

     

    Useful Resources
    Kazowar has a great video showing the effect.
    Smogon has a great page regarding the abuse, as well as other RNG abuses.
    Bulbapedia also as a page dedicated to the ability Cute Charm and it's specific mechanics.
    If you are feeling lazy, I've got a page with some Cute Charmed Shinies I encountered. (I haven't been updating it, though).

    If you need a save to modify (maybe for some reason, you don't want to use your own), I have all released generations saves here.
     



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    i feel like im so close. but the cleffa never adds to my pokemon party! do i have to be further in the game?

    I was able to change my trainer id like your example but cant figure out the cute charm pokemon part

    i really hope you still check this

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    10 hours ago, Ziggers14 said:

    but the cleffa never adds to my pokemon party

    either you did not export the edited save from PKHeX, or you did not restore the edited save back into your game.

    10 hours ago, Ziggers14 said:

    I was able to change my trainer id like your example but cant figure out the cute charm pokemon part

    It's not Rocket science; all you need is an edited TID/SID, and a cute charm mon in the lead with the correct gender. Until you can restore edited save properly, there isn't much for you to figure out.

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    I have so many backups and game files now all over my computer in different folders im completely lost. No matter what i try i cant even load a game with the edited TID/SID now. Ive read and done the steps a million times just like your setup but now i cant seem to start up my game with the edited save. I read that Drastic is a little harder to successfully edit the save but please do you have any suggestions. I cant save the edited file straight back on my phone because its write protected or something so i save it in my documents or something then move it into the drastics backup but that doesnt seem to work so could that be part of it.. Thank you for getting back to me btw 

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    8 minutes ago, Ziggers14 said:

    I have so many backups and game files now all over my computer in different folders im completely lost. No matter what i try i cant even load a game with the edited TID/SID now. Ive read and done the steps a million times just like your setup but now i cant seem to start up my game with the edited save. I read that Drastic is a little harder to successfully edit the save but please do you have any suggestions. I cant save the edited file straight back on my phone because its write protected or something so i save it in my documents or something then move it into the drastics backup but that doesnt seem to work so could that be part of it.. Thank you for getting back to me btw 

    try the app I linked.

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    does how far i need to take my save file matter? do i need to have the pokedex and pokeballs before trying to add the cleffa? i cant get the edited to load

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    12 hours ago, Ziggers14 said:

    does how far i need to take my save file matter? do i need to have the pokedex and pokeballs before trying to add the cleffa? i cant get the edited to load

    If you can’t get the edited save to load, then you’re doing something wrong. It’s unrelated to cute charm abuse. Create your own thread and ask for help there. Don’t stick up the comments here.

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