The best way to find shiny Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet

Melany Moncada • November 19, 2022 10:55 am

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is now available around the world and players are already sharing the tricks and tips to find shiny Pokémon.

Hunting for shiny Pokemon is one of those unwritten side quests that Pokemon players like to take on. A shiny Pokemon is the same Pokemon but with different colors. The stats and moves don’t change, so shiny Pokemon are not stronger than the regular version.

According to early data by players, there is a 1 in 4,096 chance of a Pokemon being a shiny, or 0.02%. Not a great number.

Is there a trick to getting shiny in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

There are multiple methods to improve the chances of encountering shiny Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet. The first option is catching as many Pokemon as you can. When a player catches between 30 and 59 Pokemon consecutively, the chances improve to 1 in 2,048 or 0.04%. Still, not ideal.

Catching over 60 Pokemon increases the odds to 1 in 1,365. The chances can go as high as 1 in 512 but for that, players will need a Shiny Charm and a sandwich.

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, players can prepare sandwiches and each recipe has a different outcome. The sandwiches are prepared at the picnics and the ingredients can be acquired at different shops across the Paldea region.

The graphic above, created by a player, shows all the combinations to find a specific type and increase the chances of encountering a shiny.

Not all Pokemon are available in their shiny version. The following Pokemon cannot be found as shiny at the moment of the release:

  • Starters, Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly
  • All in-game trades with NPCs
  • The Titan Pokemon
  • Galarian Meowth gift
  • Gimmighoul chest form
  • The ruinous Pokemon, or sub-legendary
  • Koraidon and Miraidon

It is unclear if Pokemon plans to unlock the shiny versions in the future.

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