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

Luca Di Marzo
Shiny Venomoth Pokemon Scarlet VioletGame Freak

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, there are various methods of increasing the chances of finding and catching Shiny Pokemon. The Shiny Charm item is the best one, so here’s all you need to know when it comes to Shiny hunting in Scarlet and Violet.

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

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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 chances 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.

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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 and Violet.Game Freak
Some Shiny Pokemon may appear out of nowhere, so keep your eyes peeled.

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

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.

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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 Paldean 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 cuts the base odds of encountering a Shiny Pokemon by half to a possible 1/2048.

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Shiny Charm in Pokemon Scarlet and VioletGame Freak
The Shiny Charm is one of the most useful items in the game.

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 effectively use the Masuda Method you’ll have to breed two 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.

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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 affect wild encounters across Paldea. You can combine this with the Shiny Charm and Mass Outbreaks for the best chances of encountering shinies.

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About The Author

Luca is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. An accomplished, writer with interests in sports and gaming alike, Luca is focused on Call of Duty and FIFA as a content creator. After earning his BA in English Literature at Concordia University, he began writing for Gamelevate, OddsShark, and H4X. Luca joined CharlieIntel in 2021. You can reach Luca at [email protected], or via his Twitter @TheLucaDiMarzo.