Pokemon Sword and Shield: Shiny Guide – How-to Shiny Hunt

With this guide we'll be taking a look at all the information about shiny Pokemon in Sword and Shield! Things are looking interesting if you're on the hunt for shinies in the newest generation of Pokemon. We're seeking to make sure you have all the details you need to catch these uniquely colored creatures effectively!

Here's a look at some key things to know about shiny Pokemon in Sword and Shield!

How-to Shiny Hunt

Here's the basic method of currently known information on How-to Shiny Hunt Pokemon in Sword and Shield:

  • Find an area where the Pokemon you're targeting spawns often.
  • Battle with them and knock them out.
  • Continue to battle that Pokemon over and over to increase the odds of catching a shiny.
  • Catch a Shiny!

That's really all you need to do to hunt shiny Pokemon in these versions of the game. This can take a really long time, but you can help increase those odds by doing the following.

Battle the Same Pokemon to Increase Your Odds at a Shiny!

It was originally found in the datamines that you could battle and chain Pokemon. However, based on a post on the official Pokemon site, it looks like you just need to battle the Pokemon over and over to increase your odds. Chaining does not appear to exist in this game, so you don't have to worry about breaking a chain by battling another Pokemon. Here are the odds that have been calculated based on the amount of times you've battled the same Pokemon and if you have the Shiny Charm or not:

Pokemon Battled No Shiny Charm Shiny Charm
100 1 in 1365.333 1 in 819.2
200 1 in 1024 1 in 682.6667
300 1 in 819.2 1 in 585.1429
500 1 in 682.6667 1 in 512

You can check how many times you've battled a particular Pokemon. Go to the Pokedex listing of the Pokemon you've been battling a lot, and you'll find a listing called Number Battled with the amount of times you've encountered that particular one.

Obtain the Shiny Charm

The Shiny Charm does exist in Pokemon Sword and Shield. To obtain it you will need to complete your Pokedex in the game. This can take a long time, but it does increase your odds enough to make it worth it.

General Shiny Information

You can find a bunch of general details about Shiny Pokemon in this section of the guide!

Starters are Shiny Locked

In a lot of the previous games you could soft-reset the game over and over until you got a shiny version of the starter you wanted. This was a tedious process, but a lot of players felt it was worth it so they could get a unique looking early looking Pokemon to take on an adventure. In Pokemon Sword and Shield you CANNOT do this! The way to get shiny starters is by breeding them at the Pokemon Day Care. You can find a Nursery on Route 5. To grind out the eggs you need to take a certain amount of steps to hatch them, so thankfully there's a long path you can bike up and down next to the Route 5 Day Care!

Legendaries Are Also Shiny Locked

You can't soft reset for shiny Legendaries in this game unfortunately. While the sprites seemingly exists for these, it is currently unknown how you will be able to receive them. If you've seen videos for these, it's likely the person hacked them into the game.

You Know a Shiny By This Icon!

Credit to Aero1333

If you aren't sure if you've gotten a shiny, open up the Pokemon's details and look below the "Points needed to level up" listing. You should see a couple of red sparkles that will let you know that the Pokemon is shiny!

Higher Level Pokemon Cannot Be Shiny

There was quite a bit of worry because high-level Pokemon that appear in the Wild Area cannot be caught. The concern was that if one was shiny, you'd be out of luck if you weren't high enough level to catch it. If you were one of these people then fear not! High-level Pokemon that can't be caught will not appear as shiny according to datamined information.

Shiny Pokemon Are Not Shiny in the Overworld

You cannot distinguish a shiny Pokemon if it is running around in the world. It will only be revealed as shiny when you encounter it.

As you can see, the Pokemon appears normally while in the grass and only when it is brought into battle does it show that it's shiny.

Dynamax Pokemon Show Up Shiny

Shiny Pokemon will appear to be shiny in their enlarged form! Here's how a Mudsdale looks when they are humongous:

Shiny Gallery

Here's a look at some of the new Pokemon that have been found in their shiny form! Credit to this post for rounding up a lot of this information.

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  1. I got my first shiny. I wanted a shiny wooloo so i started breeding them and the first egg was shiny. Gave it an everstone to keep it from evolving. Trying to get a sobble now

    1. Wow, that’s amazing! Do you know how lucky you are?!?!

  2. Sorry if I am being mean or rude… but, how to do get shiny zacian?

    1. You actually can’t. Zacian is shiny locked. This means you can never find a shiny of it in-game. The only way to is by hacking a shiny Zacian into Sword and Shield.

  3. I really wanted a shiny because I just started,but I found this article and found a shiny rookidee.

  4. There are sprites of shiny locked pokemon, why? Also note that I have seen with my own 2 eyes a red Garydos in the overworld in the wild area.

    1. For the chaining thing is that 25% chance of a shiny?, and what does reroll mean?

    2. The starters are shiny locked in that you can’t soft reset to get them in the beginning of the game. You can still obtain them by breeding eggs.

      1. Actually legendaries are shiny locked and you obviously cant breed them…

        1. Shiny sprites exist for shiny locked pokemon because they will be given out in an event… EVENTually.

        2. Okay, not sure what that has to do with what I said. I was only talking about starters.