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How to catch Shiny Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet: How to get Shiny Charm item

Here’s how to increase your odds of catching Shiny Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet using the Shiny Charm and other methods.



Shiny Venomoth Pokemon Scarlet Violet

There are several ways to increase your odds of catching Shiny Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet. The most popular is the use of the Shiny Charm item, and we’ll detail everything you need to know when it comes to Shiny hunting.

Shiny Pokemon remain the most highly sought-after but elusive features of the franchise in Scarlet and Violet. Shiny Pokemon have been a part of Pokemon Games since Gold & Silver and these alternately colored versions of Pokemon are extremely rare.

Despite their rarity, Pokemon fans love to hunt for Shiny Pokemon and this remains true for Scarlet and Violet. Luckily there are a few things you can do to increase your odds of encountering a Shiny Pokemon from the base odd of 1/4096.

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

Do Pokemon appear Shiny in Scarlet & Violet’s overworld?

Shiny Pokemon will appear in the Scarlet and Violet overworld. This will make catching Shiny Pokemon slightly easier, as long as players know what to look for.

As you stroll around Paldea’s various terrain, you may encounter Shiny Pokemon along the way as players are no longer required to enter a battle to discover if a Pokemon is Shiny.

Shiny Cetitan in Pokemon Scarlet Violet

Can the Let’s Go feature defeat Shiny Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet

Thankfully, the Let’s Go auto-battle feature in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet cannot defeat Shiny Pokemon in the overworld.

This new feature is certainly handy as it’ll allow your Pokemon to roam free and gain EXP independently. You won’t have to worry about the feature ruining your chances of catching a Shiny Pokemon.

How to get Shiny Charm in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

As with previous Pokemon games, trainers can get the Shiny Charm item in Scarlet and Violet by completing the Paldea Pokedex. Naturally, this will take some time, and players will likely only obtain it after sinking many hours into the game.

Catching every Pokemon in the game may seem like a daunting task but the Shiny Charm is invaluable for Shiny hunters as it improves the base odds of encountering a Shiny Pokemon by half to a possible 1/2048.

Shiny Charm Pokemon

Does the Masuda Method for breeding Shiny Pokemon work in Scarlet & Violet?

Yes, the Masuda Method for breeding Shiny Pokemon will work in Scarlet & Violet. This is a special method that boasts increased odds of obtaining a Shiny when breeding. To partake in the Masuda Method you’ll have to breed to Pokemon of different language origins.

In Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, Eggs are obtained via the Pokemon Picnic and the Masuda Method requires two compatible Pokemon from games in different languages. Without a Shiny Charm, the rate to breed a Shiny using this method is 1/683.

How to use Sandwiches to improve Shiny odds in Scarlet & Violet

Thanks to the Herba Mystica obtained from defeating Titan Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet and beating 5-Star Tera Raid Battles, you can craft Sparkling Power.

This rare item can be added to Sandwiches that boost the odds of encountering Shiny Pokemon. The effects will last for 30 minutes and only impacts wild encounters across Paldea.

If you’re interested in even more Pokemon Scarlet & Violet content and guides, we have plenty more for you to check out below:

How to get Gimmighoul Roaming Form in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet | How to connect Pokemon Scarlet & Violet to Pokemon Home | Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid Battles explained | Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Terastal Phenomenon explained | Pokemon Scarlet & Violet online Battle Stadium explained

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