How to get shiny Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 3/Dec/2019 19:13

by Paul Cot


Getting hold of a shiny starter is a little more tricky in Pokemon Sword and Shield than previous games but here’s how you can do it.

Long time Pokemon trainers — specifically shiny hunters — will have spent hours in earlier generations restarting their game from the beginning until they get a shiny starter. While time consuming, this was the best way to get one.

However, with the new shiny lock feature in Pokemon Sword and Shield, this is no longer possible. The games’ starter Pokemon cannot be found in their shiny form, at least at the beginning of the game. The news upset shiny hunters but fortunately you can still find them another way.

The traditional methods of shiny hunting are unfortunately out of the window as none of the starters spawn anywhere in the Galar wild. So, with no wild spawns and a frustrating shiny lock in play, there’s only one other way to get them.

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Pokemon like Galarian Ponyta are easier to find in their shiny form as they spawn in the wild…

Breeding shinies

You can breed any of Grookey, Scorbunny or Sobble with another Pokemon in the same egg group. This will give you a chance of hatching one of them.

However, a better way to do it and guarantee yourself to hatch the Pokemon you’re after is to breed it with a Ditto. Anytime it is bred with another Pokemon, the egg will hatch the species that isn’t Ditto.

So, if you’re breeding Scorbunny and Ditto, you’ll be guaranteed to hatch a Scorbunny. The iconic Transform Pokemon can be found in the Lake of Outrage, so before you do anything head there and get one! If you’re confused as to how breeding works in general then you can check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield nursery and breeding guide.

@cjpokemon3One of the two nurseries in the Galar region…

Why can’t I hatch a shiny Pokemon?

Breeding Pokemon far from guarantees you a shiny. In fact, you have a reported 1 in 4,096 chance, which in Layman’s Terms is highly unlikely. Thankfully, there is a way to dramatically improve those odds.

The most significant way is to breed with a Pokemon that was caught using a different language. Why this increases the odds of a shiny we don’t know, but it has been proven to work and is a phenomenon called the Masuda Method.

Plenty of trainers are trading Ditto for one another in order to get the quintessential perfect breeding Pokemon. Find a trainer from Japan and you should be all set. From there, if you breed any of the Galar starters with ‘Japanese’ Ditto you will go from 1 in 4,096 odds to 1 in 682.7 — or more simply put, six times more likely.

These odds can be improved even further with the possession of the Shiny Charm. This will give you the best possible odds of 1 in 512. While these are by no means odds to shout about, they are the best you can get. It might take a while but if you keep at it you will eventually get that coveted shiny you’re so desperate for.


Pokemon Sword & Shield player loses Master Ball due to Joy-Con drift

Published: 1/Dec/2020 21:07

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon player was left fuming after they lost their coveted Master Ball due to the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift issue. The hardware error robbed the Trainer of the rare item.

Pokemon Sword & Shield made its eighth generation debut with the release of Sword & Shield in November 2019. The Nintendo Switch title introduced players to the Galar region for the very first time.

A player participating in one of the game’s new features, Dynamax Raids, was left stunned when their Joy-Con hardware error made them accidentally use a Master Ball on an incredibly common monster.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Gym Leader Piers.
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A Pokemon player was stunned after wasting their Master Ball.

Joy-Con drift problem causes Pokemon tragedy

A few months after its launch, many Switch owners began to complain about their controller’s joystick getting stuck and moving their character in-game on its own. Notoriously named “Joy-Con drift”, Nintendo’s own president Shuntaro Furukawa even acknowledged the issue in June and apologized for the “trouble caused to our customers.”

The hardware issue tragically struck a Pokemon Sword & Shield player during their Dynamax Raid. Pokemon Trainer ‘ZucchiniBoi12‘ uploaded a video of the nightmare inducing moment to the r/PokemonSwordAndShield subreddit on November 30.

In the clip, the fan goes to select a Pokeball after defeating a Ninjask, when suddenly their controller quickly scrolls up and down before unluckily landing on their Master Ball. Unfortunately, the player wasn’t paying attention and pressed A, wasting their precious Master Ball on the common monster.

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Despite the tragic circumstances, some in the community didn’t have any sympathy for the Trainer. Various players pointed out that while the Joy-Con drift did freak out during the selection process, it stopped for a few seconds on their Master Ball. Others explained that the fan should have soft-reset their game, which would have given them back their lost item.

Screenshot of Reddit comments reacting to Pokemon Sword & Shield player losing their Master Ball.

Despite the criticism, ZucchiniBoi12 explained that it was a genuine mistake, and stated that they weren’t paying close enough attention before confirming. This isn’t the first time the hardware issue has plagued the game, either. In November, a player went viral after Joy-Con drift ruined their attempt to catch a Shiny Regieleki after spending hundreds of hours to spawn its encounter.

Whether you feel sympathy or not, it always hurts to see a Master Ball go to waste. If nothing else, the tragic story is just another reminder for Trainers to always check before pressing confirm. It becomes far too easy to not pay attention while spending hours grinding, and you never know when Joy-Con drift may happen.