How to get Shinies in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Man in Pokémon Violet opens a purple book.

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Twitter data miner and self-described “efficient” pokemon player @Sibuna_Switch shared Pokémon Scarlet and purple‘s “shiny” rates, set for the soon-to-be-released game, and an important decree: “all static encounters, NPC transactions, and NPC gifts are locked shiny.” That means you won’t get a shiny starter right away.

NPC gifts this time out include the starters, Sibuna_Switch indicated, so constantly soft or hard resetting your game won’t affect them. Static encounters, also the “four subordinates, Koraidon/Miraidon, the ex-Titans, and all the Gimmighoul,” so that’s a bunch of shiny red tape. But you can fast-forward to all kinds of shinies by using what fans solemnly call the Masuda method or by making chance-enhancing sandwiches.

Shiny? sandwiches? Yes, I’m confused too. Let’s break it down.

What is a Shiny Pokémon?

A “shiny” Pokémon does not shine like a diamond ring, but instead appears in a rare color scheme. The fire-type starter Pokémon Fuecoco is mostly a pot-bellied red dinosaur, but its shiny version is a thick taffy pink dinosaur. Yes, that’s the only difference between a normal Pokémon and a shiny Pokémon, the color. It’s not much, but it’s a fair difference. And so-called shiny fighters are willing to work for it…said one Redditor it took them 35,000 soft resets and five years to get a shiny Torchic in Pokémon Sapphire.

Collecting shinies usually comes down to this kind of humble patience and a bit of luck. If you’re hoping to smuggle in some of your own shinies Scarlet and purplebe prepared with both – it has been reported Scarlet and purple shinies have that familiar from 4,096 base rate.

But I can use the Masuda method to breed pokemon Scarlet and purple shinies right?

Correct – with the Masuda method, which refers to breeding two Pokémon from two foreign copies of the game, your base rate improves to one in 683. You can also introduce a glossy charm to the mixan item that increases shiny odds so that the rate gets even better, one in 512.

You said something about…sandwiches?

Scarlet and purple maintains the cooking mechanism also found in Generation III, IV and pokemon sword and Shield. Simply set up a picnic and begin your 10-minute time frame to create a certain kind of sandwich which, when consumed, should help you obtain certain kinds of Shiny Pokémon in the wild (sandwiches don’t work on Tera Raids or Eggssaid Sibuna_Switch). A batch of Cherry Tomatoes combined with two Salty Herba Mystica should help you out for example, find a shiny bug type. Yummy.

Now we are all on the same glossy page. Excellent. Your hungry hunt begins when Pokémon Scarlet and purple is out, on November 18 at noon Eastern Time.

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