The PC Shuffle is a term given to periods of time where little is accomplished and the stream merely moves their party around within the PC. Usually, releases are performed in the midst of a Shuffle. PC Shuffles usually occur when trying to retrieve a Pokemon deemed desirable or necessary or when trying to deposit a Pokemon that is deemed useless or detrimental to the success of the party.
The first widespread use of the phrase 'PC Shuffle' was during Twitch Plays Pokemon Emerald, and has continued since then. However, that is not to say that PC Shuffles did not occur in Gens 1 and 2. In fact, what is likely the longest continuous and certainly most dangerous PC Shuffle was Bloody Sunday, during Twitch Plays Pokemon Red.
PC Shuffles can vary greatly in length. For example, Bloody Sunday was roughly 9 hours of near-continuous PC usage. In contrast, the Gator Wars were over 20 hours in which uses of the PC were separated by periods of regular gameplay.
PC Shuffles can be as short as the Release of Abby and Jay Leno or the Release of C3KO, both less than 45 minutes, or as prolonged as Bloody Sunday or the Gator Wars. Or, they can be very short and heavily conflict driven, such as Ponyta Deposit Shuffle, which was under 20 minutes, but a lot of people wanted the Mr. Mime gone for good. Some others wanted Ponyta deposited/released.
|Name||Run||Conflict-driven?†||Time||Number of Releases||Notable Releases|
|Kakuna PC War||Anniversary Red||Yes||3d 2h 24m - 3d 23h 59m||16||Growleerzard, Kakuna|
|Cinnabar PC Shuffle||Anniversary Red||No||14d 16h 34m - 14d 21h 19m||13||Jigglypuff, Lapras|
|Bloody Sunday||Red||No||10d 8h 17m - 10d 17h 14m||12||Cabbage, Dux, Digrat|
|Murder Monday||Black||Yes||1d 13h 25m - 1d 14h 43m||5||The Commander|
|Fatal Friday||Black||Yes||5d 6h 1m - 5d 12h 31m||5||Tirtouga, Lillil|
|Slaughter Saturday||Omega Ruby||Yes||0d 12h 14m - 0d 17h 45m||4||Scarface|
|Withdrawal of Lord Helix||Red||No||11d 10h 44m - 11d 11h 28m||3||Macho Man|
|The Gator Wars||Crystal||Yes||2d 21h 14m - 3d 18h 24m||3||Prince Omelette, Wooper Goldberg|
|The Second Great PC War||Platinum||Yes||0d 5h 22m - 0d 19h 35m||3||Chimchar, Oreo|
|Release of Abby and Jay Leno||Red||No||4d 8h 41m - 4d 8h 54m||2||Abby, Jay Leno|
|The First Great PC War||Emerald||Yes||7d 14h 51m - 7d 20h 48m||2||Dottie, Oddish (Emerald)|
Minor PC Shuffles
|Name||Run||Conflict-driven?†||Time||Number of Releases/Deposits||Notable Releases/Deposits|
|Ponyta Deposit Shuffle||Anniversary Red||Yes||16d 20h 20 min - 16d 20h 40 min||2 (1 Deposit, 1 release)||Ponyta (Was deposited), Caterpie (released)|
|C3KO withdrawal attempt||Red||No||6d 22h 32m - 6d 22h 55m||2||C3KO, X-Wing|
†This column denotes whether the PC Shuffle was primarily caused by factions within the stream with conflicting interests. For example, Bloody Sunday was driven not by conflict but by the captured Zapdos in the PC; on the other hand, the Gator Wars were caused by differing opinions on how to deal with LazorGator's overlevelling.