Generation 2 brought me the best and worst luck of any game. The very first shiny I encountered was Phanpy on my Silver version, which would erase any save data after turning the game off. Back then I had no idea what a shiny was, though, I just thought the Phanpy that emerged sparkling was really cool. Later on, I had just caught Lugia in Crystal version but used all of my Poke Balls on it, went fishing without buying more, and found a shiny Krabby. The first shiny I managed to capture was Venonat in the Bug Catching Contest. It lost to a Metapod in the judging part, though.