Any self-proclaimed Pokémon expert has probably tried to capture or breed a Shiny Pokémon at some point. There is a 1 in 4096 chance of coming across a Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield, the same as in previous generations.
These extremely rare variants are identical to standard Pokémon in all other respects, including their stats, moves, evolutions, and natures, but have different color schemes.
This is not a hobby for the impatient or the weak-hearted, as catching and breeding Shinies is not a simple task.
Finding a Shiny Pokémon in Sword and Shield can be difficult, but there are a few tricks and strategies you can use to improve your odds.
This guide will explain the best methods for increasing your chances of encountering a Shiny Pokémon, whether you’re out in the wild or trying to hatch an egg.
It’s important to keep in mind that the Shiny version of some Pokémon is unavailable, including the starters, legendaries, “strong” Pokémon in the Wild Area, gifted Pokémon like Charmander, and in-game NPC trades like Toxel.
But even after you’ve unlocked all the Fossil Pokémon, you can still catch a Shiny if you’re lucky.
What Are Shiny Pokémon?
Shiny Pokémon are extremely rare variants of the standard monsters encountered in the game. Their coloring often deviates drastically from the “normal” variety, even if the differences are subtle.
These Pokémon aren’t necessarily more powerful in battle, but they are highly sought after by collectors because of their rarity and scarcity. After all, having something that’s hard to come by has always been cool, ever since kids started trading Pokémon cards in the playground.
See a standard Wooloo on the left and its shiny counterpart on the right in the image below. There are a few exceptions, but Shiny forms of nearly all Pokémon can be caught. When a Shiny Pokémon is discovered in the wild, one of two sparkle animations will play around the Pokémon before battle begins, and a special shiny marker will appear on its Summary page after capture.
How To Catch Shiny Pokémon
Shiny Pokémon are no longer visible in the overworld, which may disappoint players coming from Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.
Initiating a battle with a Pokémon is the only way to discover whether or not it is Shiny; if you’re lucky enough to face a Shiny, you’ll see a sparkling effect.
One simple strategy for raising the odds of encountering a Shiny is to repeatedly engage in battle with Pokémon of the same type, or “chain.” To use this strategy, you should first find a grassy area where the Pokémon you want to catch tends to congregate.
The next step is to confront the target Pokémon in battle. If you faint a Pokémon during battle, it will reset your chain.
Once you’ve returned to the overworld, continue your search for that Pokémon and repeat the procedures from before. Your chances of finding a Shiny Pokémon will increase slightly after encountering the same Pokémon 25 times. Bear in mind that starting a fight with a different species will always restart your streak.
This strategy works best when combined with Sword and Shield’s in-game battle tracker, which keeps track of how many times you’ve faced off against each Pokémon. For this, open your Pokedex and look under “Number Battled” for the Pokémon you’re interested in.
If you’ve been fighting and defeating a lot of them, you might be lucky enough to stumble upon a Shiny or one of the other uncommon occurrences listed in this official Nintendo table:
The Shiny Charm is the simplest way to improve your Shiny odds in Sword and Shield. You can’t get this item until you’ve caught or defeated all 400 Pokémon in Sword and Shield.
After you’ve collected all 600 Pokédex entries, you should travel to Circhester and check into the hotel on the left side of the town square. Guests should take the elevator to the appropriate floor. As soon as you exit the lift, turn left and enter the room at the end of the hall. There’s a doctor in there, and if you help him out, he’ll give you a Shiny Charm as a reward.
Simply possessing a Shiny Charm increases your chance of encountering a Shiny in the ways detailed in the following table.
|A Charming Unlikelihood
How to Breed Pokemon Basics
- I want you to pick a male and a female Pokemon.
- See to it that they get along well.
- Drop them off at the Pokemon Nursery on Route 5 or at the one in Bridge Field in the Wild Area.
- At some point, they’ll lay an egg that you can retrieve from beyond the Nursery.
- Don’t let the Egg leave your group until it’s ready to hatch!
- Water 1
- Water 2
- Water 3
What’s In the Egg?
How to Hatch Eggs Fast
Pokemon with Flame Body or Steam Engine
- Sizzlipede (Instinctive Talent)
- The Centiskorch, or Secret Skill.
Get the Oval Charm
How to Pass Down Individual Values (Destiny Knot)
About Hyper Training
You don’t have to breed perfect Pokemon if you have a Bottle Cap because you can use it to Hyper Train a Pokemon’s stat as if it had a value of 31 (Best). These Hyper Trained abilities, however, will not be inherited by future generations. Here you can learn more about using bottle caps for Hyper Training.
- To view a Pokemon’s IVs, you must first unlock the IV Checker.
- Find a Pokemon with high Best IVs and capture it. You can do this by capturing Pokemon with a Brilliant Aura, which guarantees three of the best IVs, or by participating in a 5-Star Max Raid Battle, which guarantees four of the best IVs.
- Locate a Knot of Fate.
How to Get a Destiny Knot
How to Pass Down Natures (Everstone)
How to Pass Down Hidden Abilities
How to Pass Down Egg Moves
- For a Pokemon to be able to learn an attack from a TM or TR, the father must know the move. To be effective, the move must be one that a baby Pokemon would normally be able to learn.
- If both of a Pokemon’s parents know a move that is normally taught at a higher level, the offspring will be able to learn it at a younger age. This won’t always be applicable.
- Pokemon have the ability to learn special moves, known as Egg Moves, that are only passed down through generations of breeding. If you breed a Togetic that knows Wish with a Pikachu, you’ll end up with a male Pichu that also knows Wish. You should evolve it into a Pikachu and then breed it with a female Eevee. Because Wish isn’t normally something an Eevee picks up through experience or TM, you should get one that already knows it.
How to Pass Down the Same Poke Ball
How To Breed Shiny Pokémon
Those who don’t wish to take on the challenge of completing the Pokedex may instead try their luck at hatching a Shiny Pokémon. There is a way to increase the likelihood of a Shiny Pokémon’s offspring being shiny, but it doesn’t involve breeding with a Shiny Pokémon.
You’ll need a Ditto and the Pokémon you want to evolve into a Shiny form to use the method given that name by Game Freak director Junichi Masuda. This strategy only works if the two Pokémon come from games with different language settings, as opposed to simply being from different regions.
When you have two different language Pokémon that are compatible with each other, you can put them in a Nursery and start hatching eggs. Rather than having a 1/4096 chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon, you’ll have a 1/682 chance. Shiny Charm owners can increase this fraction to 1/512.
Checking the Pokémon Summary page is a quick way to see if you have hatched a Shiny Pokémon. There will be a small starburst in the upper left corner of the screen if the Pokémon is Shiny.
Tips For Shiny Hunting
You understand the fundamentals of the Masuda method, so here are some pointers to make your hunt go more quickly and easily:
- The three abilities of Flame Body, Magma Armor, and Steam Engine are essential for hatching eggs. Having a Pokemon in your party with one of these skills will halve the time it takes to hatch an egg. Talonflame is popular among trainers due to its versatile Fly ability.
- One issue faced by Masuda method users is that their eggs hatch faster than they can replenish their supply. Since Black and White 2, the Oval Charm has been available to help with this problem. You can speed up your Pokemon’s egg production with this charm, which can be obtained by completing a region’s Dex up until ORAS (and then again as a reward for defeating Morimoto).
- After completing the National or Regional Pokedex, respectively, in Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, players will be able to obtain the Shiny Charm, a new Key Item introduced in these games. This charm not only boosts the chance of finding a shiny Pokemon, but it also multiplies the effect of the Masuda method, making it even more likely to hatch a shiny Pokemon. Your chances of hatching a shiny Pokémon are reduced from 1 in 1024 in Black and White 2 to just 1 in 512 in X and Y, and from there on down to 1 in 256 in all subsequent games thanks to the shiny charm.
List of Incense Breeding Pokemon in Sword and Shield
|A Newborn Is the Result
|The Roseliads and the Roserade
|Incense made from Roses
|Nicknames: Mr. Mime and Mr. Rime
|To Send Off Incense Like A Wave
Pokémon Sword and Shield – Shiny Chance Rates
So that you know what you’re getting into (thanks, Serebii), let’s quickly review the odds of finding a Shiny Pokémon under any and all conditions. We compare Wild encounters in the first table to breeding success in the second.
|How Many Pokémon Were Fought
|Judgement in the Absence of Glamour
|Give a Rating of Shiny Appeal
|1 in 4096
|1 in 1365.33
|1 in 2048
|1 in 1024
|1 in 1365.333
|1 in 819.2
|1 in 1024
|1 in 682.6667
|1 in 819.2
|1 in 585.1429
|1 in 682.6667
|1 in 512
|Rating Without Glitz and Glam
|Employing Pokémon of Unusual Linguistic Origin
|1 in 682.7
|1 in 512
This guide should have pointed you in the right direction, but there is a lot to consider if you want to catch a Shiny Pokémon in Sword and Shield.