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Shiny hunting in Pokemon Sword and Shield: How to increase your odds

Published: 20/Jan/2020 16:56 Updated: 20/Jan/2020 17:12

by Paul Cot


Shiny hunting continues to be a huge part of Pokemon games, with Pokemon Sword and Shield being no exception. Here’s everything you need to know about shiny odds and how to increase your chances.

Looking for shiny Pokemon has become an increasingly popular past-time for trainers, especially in the post-game. There is something about their rarity and the bragging rights of finding them that just clicks with trainers.

However, there will be some players that look at it from a different perspective. There is no actual discernible benefit from owning a shiny, at least in comparison to its normal color. On top of that it can take a very long time to find them.

Shiny Galarian PonytaWho wouldn’t want a shiny Galarian Ponyta?

That’s one way to look at it, but try telling that to shiny collectors. The allure of a super rare Pokemon is a big part of the games. Add the potential of finding a shiny rare Pokemon and trainers will spend hours on end trying to find it.

In some cases, the difference between shinies and their normal counterpart is barely noticeable but even this doesn’t seem to deter shiny hunters who are always looking to add to their collection.

Increase shiny chances

We said shinies are rare, and boy did we mean it. The base rate of finding one Pokemon in Sword and Shield is 1 in 4,035 — similar to the chances from previous games.

Shiny Charm

Another similarity with past generations is the inclusion of the Shiny Charm, which as you may already know, and the name suggests, increases your chances. Unfortunately, finding the Charm in the Galar region is also a pretty difficult task.

When you finally get hold of one, it will increase all chances of getting one by 3x. So, without any other bonuses considered (more on that below), the base rate of finding a shiny species with the Charm is 1 in 1,345. These are still long odds but a significantly improved from the base rate.

Chain count

Shiny hunters from last year’s game, Pokemon Let’s Go, will be aware of chain counts having a significant effect on your chances. In Pokemon Sword and Shield these are better known as encounter chaining.

Each time you encounter a particular species and you ‘faint’ it your chain count will increase by one. If you encounter a different species then you should run away so you don’t break the chain.

Obstagoon’s shiny form is one of the more obvious ones…

Unfortunately, there is no official chain count display in Pokemon Sword and Shield, so you’ll have to keep track of it yourself. The good news is that it does have a noticeable, yet modest, effect on finding a shiny. The odds proportionately increase based on how many of that Pokemon you have battled (again, more on that below).

Number battled

Pokemon Sword and Shield introduces a new mechanic to the shiny odds — the number of a particular species you have battled. This is shown when you go to a particular Pokemon in your Pokedex under “Number Battled.” The more you encounter, the more likely you are to find its shiny form.

The numerical effect this has on the odds, along with chain counts and the Shiny Charm can be seen in the table below:

Pokemon Sword Shield Shiny Odds Chances Table
Reddit: ChaosVisionGames
Pokemon Sword and Shield shiny odds – How the Charm, chain counts and number battled affects the chances…

Shiny odds

This means if you are looking to optimize your shiny chances, then you’ll need to have battled more than 500 of the species you’re trying to find, a chain count of 25 or more and, of course, be in possession of the Shiny Charm. This will result in 1 in 458 chance or roughly 0.2% — a big improvement from the initial rate of 1 in 4,035.

Locked shinies

There are some Pokemon that you won’t be able to a shiny for, though. So, before you go desperately trying to find some, let’s take a look at which Pokemon you can’t find in their alternative color because of shiny locked feature.

This will save you from the incredibly time-consuming process of hard resetting your Nintendo Switch. If you haven’t gone through this before then check out this shiny Mewtwo fail.

Playing from the start over and over in an attempt to find starter shinies looks like it’s a thing of the past. The starters were shiny locked in Pokemon LGPE and this has carried over to Sword and Shield. To clarify, this means you won’t be able to get Grookey, Scorbunny or Sobble in their rarer color, at least from the beginning.

Pokemon Sword Shield Zacian Zamazenta Shiny
Pokemon Company
Finding a shiny Zacian or Zamazenta is going to be hard work…

The same applies to both Zacian and Zamazenta (we know you really didn’t want to read that). You won’t be able to encounter either of the box legends in their shiny form, despite one report to the contrary. An explanation for this has yet to materialize.

Finally, one other notable Pokemon you won’t be able to get is Charmander. The popular fire-starter is received as a gift in Pokemon Sword and Shield and all gifts are also shiny locked.

Don’t dwell too much on the ones you can’t catch, though, as you’re now fully equipped to go off and find some for yourself! Good luck and hopefully Pokemon Sword and Shield is kind to you and doesn’t keep you searching for too long.


How to make money selling Pokemon trading cards

Published: 17/Nov/2020 0:53 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 2:45

by Brent Koepp


With the Pokemon TCG exploding in value in 2020, new collectors may be wondering how to make money off their cards. Here is everything you need to know.

Pokemon Trading Cards have never been hotter than they are right now. The hobby’s popularity has reached an all-time high in 2020, after celebrities like Logan Paul put a spotlight on it.

Items once traded away on playgrounds for nothing can now sell for as much as a house. We will go over some of the steps new collectors should be taking to try to make money off of this exploding market.

Promotional 1999 Pokemon Trading Card Game wallpaper.
PokeGuardian / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon cards released in 1999 can now be sold for money.

How to make money selling Pokemon cards

Before we start, we must get a couple things out of the way. First off, the real money-makers right now are from the 1999 original Base Set. If you don’t already have these cards tucked away from your childhood, getting your hands on these collectibles is next to impossible.

To put things into perspective, a booster box from that set can go for $34k (Unlimited) all the way up to $375k (1st Edition). The truth is, these items are not only in extremely short supply, but investors worth millions have been snatching them up.

This guide will cover selling cards for new collectors, as well as those that may already have cards but aren’t sure what they are worth. It’s important to keep expectations in check, and to understand that it takes a lot of work and research.

Collectors that already have cards

Screenshot of a Pokemon collector's trading card game collection.
YouTube: Leonhart
You need to figure out which cards you own are worth value before getting them graded.

If you already own cards, you need to first figure out which items actually have any value. Once you sort out the ones that have potential, you need to send them off for grading. To put it bluntly, items have lower value until they have been looked over by a professional company.

  • Step 1: Look at your cards, and put aside any holographics or rare items. Go to an auction site like eBay and enter the name of the card, as well as the number listed on the bottom right. For example “Charizard 107/105”
  • Step 2: Once you see your exact card, tick off the “Sold Items” box. Now look through all the auctions of your card that have been sold in the last month to get a general idea of what the collectible is actually going for.
  • Step 3: Now that you know which cards you own that have a high-selling potential, you need to send your cards off to either PSA or Beckett BGS grading companies to get them looked over.
  • Step 4: Due to Pokemon’s popularity, wait times may be longer than usual. But once you get your cards sent back, you will have a more definitive idea what your card is worth. For instance if your card comes back as a PSA 9, repeat Step 2 and look for other PSA 9s that have sold recently.
  • Step 5: Now you can either sit on your graded cards and wait as the prices continue to go up. Or you can sell the item on sites like eBay, trollandtoad, or even put them up at Heritage Auctions or Iconic.

New collectors

Screenshot of buying Pokemon trading cards on Ebay.
Ebay: shizmanski
You can find Pokemon cards on eBay that are cheap now, but can be worth a lot later on.

If you are a new collector, it’s going to be difficult getting your hands on the extremely rare items, though it’s still not too late. Early sets like Fossil, Team Rocket, and Gym Heroes can still be bought up. Most of the focus is still on the 1999 Base release.

  • Step 1: Use a resource like TCG analyst ZandGEmporium who tracks sales of vintage sets. Look for the cards that are currently selling high, or that show a consistent increase in value month after month.
  • Step 2:  If you plan on sitting on your cards as a long term investment, go to sites like eBay and look for ones graded by PSA or Beckett. You can either try to bid for these items and hope to pay for them at a lower value, or just bite the bullet and Buy It now – which is fine if you are sitting on them as appreciating assets.
  • Step 3: If you are looking to sell quick, you can get your hands on these same rare cards for much cheaper if they are ungraded. But be aware, you are taking a gamble as you can’t fully verify the condition of the card. Make sure to look closely at the pictures of the item, and look the seller’s rating. You will also need to then send them in for grading at PSA or Beckett once they are sent to you.
  • Step 4: Once you get your items back graded, either sit on the collectible or turn around and sell it on sites like eBay or auction houses – whichever route you prefer.

The best TCG sets to invest in

Promotional wallpaper for Pokemon Trading Card Game Set Hidden Fates.
PokeGuardian / The Pokemon Company
It’s not just retro Pokemon cards worth money. New sets like 2019’s Hidden Fates are worth investing in.

While this is subjective to some degree, we will go over what we feel are the best sets to buy cards from. This will also include modern releases, which may not have exploded in value yet, but are on the rise:

  • 1999 Base Set Unlimited Print
  • 1999 Fossil
  • 2000 Team Rocket
  • 2000 Gym Heroes
  • 2000 Gym Challenge
  • 2000 Neo Genesis
  • 2000 Neo Discovery
  • 2000 Neo Revelation
  • 2000 Neo Destiny
  • 2016 Evolutions
  • 2017 Burning Shadows
  • 2019 Hidden Fates

Due to the 1st Edition Base Set’s low population and astronomical prices, most collectors will move on to the next best thing – the Unlimited run. This is the version that most kids had growing up, and will probably have in their garage or attic.

Those looking to invest can look towards the 2016 Evolutions expansion. For its 20th anniversary, the Pokemon Company did a re-print run of many of the most popular Base Set cards, including Charizard. These items can still be bought fairly low, and prices are at the beginning of booming.

In terms of modern sets, Hidden Fates has been extremely hot since it released in 2019. The insanely rare Shiny Charizard is a great investment, and the collection features many popular Pokemon with their rare Shiny colors.