I don't even know how many encounters that was, but it wasn't all that much... 10 days after obtaining Buneary:
Yup! Shiny Bronzor
appears absolutely unexpectedly in the secret basement of Wayward Cave. If I were to guess, this would be about... 5000 REs? 6000 REs? I did not keep up in the slightest, especially considering I have been hunting the Johto starters on Soul Silver along with it, which split my focus between the two games. I'm... baffled that Bronzor shone before one of the starters did, which is a hunt well known for its rapidity.
I've nicknamed it Onoclea
after a genus of ferns, which is what I believe the plant sigil on Bronzor and Bronzong's back sprite is based on. I wanted the name to be gender neutral too so that works! Onoclea is Careful natured, has Heatproof for ability and has a pretty good IV spread all things considered! Despite being Careful, I'm not sure if I want to make it a physical, special or mixed attacker...
I'm still in shock as I type this. It came out totally out of the blue. I also had such a strong feeling I would get Gible for some reason, that conviction lead me to not expect a shiny Bronzor to ever show up. It was my main target yet again and I am floored.
One more shiny for my Diamond BQ to reach completion. This feels totally unreal. I have kept my most anticipated and awesome hunt for last. But I don't think it will begin any time soon, as I will need time to prepare and I am also trying to finish my summer semester in one piece. My final target for this stunning Diamond BQ will be... Munchlax. Yep. I have determined the location of my 4 honey trees (which thankfully are all accessible at this point in the game) so once I get my 7th badge I will start hunting down the little monster which in over a decade of owning this Diamond copy I have never even encountered before, so this will be exciting. I will update you guys when I land on a honey tree containing Munchlax!