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
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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.


Pokemon community goes nuts after possible Let’s Go Sinnoh hint

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:46

by Brent Koepp


A viral tweet from The Pokemon Company sent fans of the Game Freak RPG into a frenzy after some believed it was a hint about the long-rumored Diamond & Pearl remakes. Is the Sinnoh reimagining a Let’s Go sequel?

Over the last two years, rumors about a Diamond & Pearl remake have been inescapable. As we inch closer to Pokemon Day on February 27, the hype surrounding the 2006 titles has never been greater, as many believe the project to be a foregone conclusion.

A social media post from The Pokemon Company’s official Twitter account, however, had fans worried that the Gen IV reimagining would be a Let’s Go release instead. The panic became such a frenzy that Sinnoh began trending on Twitter worldwide.

Screenshot of shocked Pikachu from Pokemon Lets Go Eevee & Pikachu.
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Pokemon fans were shocked when an official tweet used Let’s Go and Sinnoh in the same sentence.

Sinnoh tweet sparks panic from Pokemon fans

In 2018, Game Freak reimagined the Kanto region in the form of Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee. The Nintendo Switch titles removed Wild Area battles and put a greater emphasis on catch mechanics. The RPG was meant to draw in Pokemon Go players to the mainline series. The project has been divisive as some fans argue its difficulty was too easy.

The community was shocked then when the official Pokemon Twitter account tweeted out a 25th-anniversary countdown message on February 23 that referred to both Diamond & Pearl and Let’s Go in the same sentence. “Let’s go, Sinnoh! Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup are preparing for #PokemonDay—it’s only 4 days away!”

While the social media post could have been purely coincidental, the phrasing of “Let’s go” immediately caught the eye of fans who believed it to be a reference to the 2018 Gen I remakes. As a result, #Sinnoh immediately began to trend on the platform as the tweet quickly went viral.

“Please don’t be let’s go. Please don’t be let’s go. Please don’t be let’s go,” a player wrote in reaction. “That doesn’t sound like remakes it sounds like a gen 4 let’s go oh no,” another user jokingly replied. Other fans panicked over the social media post. “NO, you WILL NOT. Listen here, if you guys decide to turn this game into a let’s go remake instead of a true remaster I WILL CRY PLEASE NO,” someone else said. One follower even exclaimed, “This remake better not be a sh**ty let’s go game. If it’s a let’s go game, you just wasted this remake.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fans in a frenzy over Pokemon Sinnoh Lets Go tweet.

Adding fuel to the fire, it was also discovered on February 23 that Nintendo had gotten a new certificate for the Poke Ball Plus peripheral released for the Let’s Go titles in 2018. While it’s not uncommon for companies to update recertification, user ‘Pixelpar’ pointed out that it also had testing done for the controller. “Periodic testing needs to be done (at a minimum) once per year. If a material change is made then the production batch needs retesting. This means it’s either a reprint or a new version,” they explained.

Popular rumor account Centro Pokemon commented on the frenzy, stating that they still expect a traditional Diamond & Pearl remake. “It’s funny to see the Pokémon community panic, however, our expectations remain the same; we don’t expect DP remakes to be a ‘Let’s Go’ game.” The publication then wrote, “However, Let’s Go is not dead. It will likely come back in the future, maybe in a much different way than you’re expecting.”

So what’s to make of all this? We know that in January, Nintendo created a Diamond & Pearl subdomain, and set it live for a few minutes before disabling it after fans discovered it. On February 22, there was a leak claiming a Let’s Go sequel was going to be announced alongside a Gen IV remake. Although updated reports claimed to debunk that. All signs point towards some form of a Sinnoh title in the works.

The new murmurings of Let’s Go can not be ignored, however. At the end of the day, fans should just drop expectations. In fact, expect nothing at all – that way, there is no disappointment. The 25th anniversary is only a few days away at this point, so we will soon find out what Game Freak is actually working on. The rumors and hype have gotten so out of control that it’s best to take everything with a grain of salt until we get an official announcement

One thing is for certain though – many in the community do not want Diamond & Pearl to be a Let’s Go release. While the 2018 switch titles were divisive, to say the least, it appears a lot of fans would rather have a mainline RPG similar to Sword & Shield rather than the catch-oriented projects. Just the slight mention of its title next to Sinnoh was enough to cause panic. Pokemon Day is going to be one heck of a ride, that is for sure