So, you’ve beaten Pokémon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon. Well done, but the game is far from over. There’s tons of post-game content packed into these two new Pokémon games, and one of the most important things for you to knock out first is collecting the two Key Item charms.
Obtaining the Shiny and Oval Charms is not only part of the post-game bucket list, but doing so is going to help you progress even further into the game by obtaining new and Shiny Pokémon even more easily. Want to know how to get your hands on these two powerful items? Here’s how.
How to Get the Shiny Charm in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Getting the Shiny Charm requires that you complete the Alola Pokédex, which is around 400 Pokémon (not the full 800). This does mean that you’re going to have to invest time in getting the Ultra Beasts and Legendaries, as they are part of Alola.
Once you’ve done that, go to the Game Freaks building. The Game Freaks building is on the second island (Akala), right on the main strip in Heahea City, making it accessible pretty early on into the game. Once inside the Game Freaks building, go up the stairs to the second floor, and you’ll find the game director. He’s the guy with the red headband.
Talk to him and he’s going to give you a stamp for your passport book, the Shiny Charm, and a unique outfit: Karate Gi Jacket and Karate Gi Pants.
What does the Shiny Charm do?
The Shiny Charm is a Key Item that originally comes from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. It increases your chance of encountering Shiny Pokémon, and you receive this effect by simply having the item in your inventory.
This increase makes Shiny encounters go from 1 in 4,096 random encounters to 1 in ~1,365. Getting Shiny Pokémon from methods like Masuda breeding will also experience an increase in probability.
How to Get the Oval Charm in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Just like the Shiny Charm, the Oval Charm can be obtained in Heahea City at the Game Freaks building. Go to the second floor of this building and head to the left of the room. Here, you’ll find Morimoto. Talk to him and you’ll jump into a battle against Morimoto and Iwao. You can only participate in this battle after you’ve beaten the Elite Four.
Both of them have very high-level Pokémon, so be prepared. Upon beating them, Morimoto will give you the Oval Charm. As an additional fun fact, Shigeki Morimoto is the game designer that created Mew, and Kazumasa Iwao was one of the leads that developed Pokémon’s battle system.
What does the Oval Charm do?
Just like the Shiny Charm, the Oval Charm is another Key Item originally from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. It increases the chance of Pokémon Eggs being found at the Nursery. You experience this effect any time the item is in your inventory.
There doesn’t seem to be any precise data on the increase percentage yet, but I do know that an egg cycle consists of 255 steps, and the Oval Charm chance changes every 256 steps. People have reported increases ranging from about 5% to 12%. This item is great when used in tandem with the Shiny Charm during Masuda method breeding.
With these two charms, Pokémon breeding is just about as good as it gets in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Anyone who’s interested in trading Pokémon needs these items, and they’re really not too hard to get once you’ve reached the endgame. For more on the latest mid-gen remakes, be sure to check out the rest of our Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moonguides.