Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: The Best Methods and Chances for Shiny Hunting

POKÉMON Scarlet and Violet are out now, and fans are wondering how to get rare Shiny Pokémon.

Shiny Pokémon are a different color from regular Pokémon and are extremely rare to find.

Find Shiny Pokémon with this guide.


Find Shiny Pokémon with this guide.Credit: The Pokemon Company

This makes them popular with Pokémon fans who call themselves Shiny Hunters.

Here’s everything you need to know about catching Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet & Purple: How to Spot Shiny Pokemon

Game Freak has made it harder than ever as Shiny Pokémon will not sparkle like in previous games.

This means that if you want to catch a Shiny Pokemon, you have to notice the color variation when you see it.

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Some shinies are very subtle and you may not know you have one until you catch it.

When you catch a shiny Pokemon, a shiny icon will appear at the bottom of that Pokemon’s card.

Your Trainer card also lets you know how many Shiny Pokémon you’ve encountered, but not which ones you’ve found.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Shiny Pokemon Chances

There are several methods you can use to increase your chances of finding a rare Shiny Pokémon.

The base shiny rate is 1/4096making them extremely difficult to encounter.

There are four ways you can increase these odds, and some of these stack to give you the lowest possible odds 1/512.

This is still very rare, but better than your standard odds.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How to get the Shiny Charm

One method is the Shiny charmwhich you get after catching all of the Scarlet and Purple Pokemon.

This means trading or catching Pokemon in a friend’s game to get all the exclusive versions.

Owning the Shiny Charm triples your chance of finding a Shiny in the Overworld 1/1365.

It also doubles the chance of finding a Shiny Pokemon from Hatching Eggs 1/2048.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Does the Masuda Method Still Work?

That Masuda method is a method to increase your Shiny chances through breeding.

To do this, you need two Pokémon that come from games in different languages.

You can start your game in any language, so the Pokemon doesn’t have to be from another region, but you have to trade it into your game.

The best Pokemon is Ditto as it breeds with each Pokemon in the game. Otherwise, you must use a Pokemon in the same egg group.

The Pokémon that hatches from an egg shares the species with the motherso Ditto makes this easier too, since Ditto won’t hatch from the egg no matter the gender of the other Pokemon.

In order to hatch Eggs, you need to have a picnic with two breedable Pokémon in your party and feed them any sandwich. Check your cart and you’ll see that eggs keep appearing.

You then have to lay the eggs in your party and hatch them by walking in the overworld. A Pokemon with the Flame Body Ability speeds this up.

With the Masuda methods, you have six times the chance of hatching a Shiny Pokémon, which increases the chances 1/683.

If you also own the Shiny Charm, the odds increase slightly 1/512.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: How Breakouts Increase Shiny Odds?

One of the best ways to increase your Shiny Odds is by hunting Pokemon in one outbreak.

These are marked on your map with the symbol of the Pokemon that will appear in the outbreak.

Defeating Pokémon in a burst increases your chances. Between 30 and 59 defeated Pokémon double the chances of 1/2048and defeating over 60 Triples Odds to 1/1365.

You can quickly defeat Pokemon in a burst by sending a high-level Pokemon in Let’s Go mode by pressing R.

The odds stack up with the Shiny Charm. Owning one will increase the loss rate by 30-59 1/1024 and over 60 defeated odds too 1/819.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: Which Sandwiches Increase Shiny Odds?

Secure sandwiches give you sparkling power, which increases your chances of finding a Shiny Pokemon when you eat one.

Depending on the type of Shiny Pokemon you want to catch, you’ll need to make a different sandwich.

Sandwiches can be prepared and eaten at picnics and do not affect Shiny Pokémon’s hatch rate.

All sandwiches that grant Sparkling Power require a Herba Mystica to craft, which is obtained by completing Titans or in post-game in Tera Raids.

This makes it one of the more difficult methods. Here are the sandwiches you need to prepare according to their type:

  • fire type: Salty Herba Mystica, Sweet Herba Mystica and Basil
  • water type: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and Cucumber
  • grass guy: Salty Herba Mystica, Sour Herba Mystica and Lettuce
  • Electric guy: Spicy Herba Mystica, Salty Herba Mystica and Yellow Peppers
  • Psychic guy: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and Onion
  • bug guy: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and cherry tomatoes
  • dark guy: Salty Herba Mystica, Sweet Herba Mystica and Smoked Filet
  • dragon type: 2x Salty Herba Mystica, Avocado
  • Fairy guy: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and Tomato
  • battle type: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and pickle
  • flying guy: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and ham
  • ghost guy: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and red onion
  • soil type: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and ham
  • ice type: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and Klawf Stick
  • normal type: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and Chorizo
  • poison type: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and Noodles
  • rock guy: 2x Salty Herba Mystica and Jalapeno
  • steel type: Sweet Herba Mystica, Salty Herba Mystica and Hamburger

Sparkling Power increases your Shiny Odds by four up to 1/1024. It also stacks with Shiny Charm and Outbreak losses.

Sparkling power and 30-59 outbreak losses raise the odds 1/819while more than 60 losses bring you chances 1/683.

Sparkling Power with Shiny Charm also increases Shiny chances 1/683.

When you combine all three, Sparkling Power with Shiny Charm and 30-59 Outbreak Losses, you have chances of 1/585and 60+ losses give you maximum chances of 1/512.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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