Trainer handed second chance after shiny Pokemon trade disaster

by David Purcell
Pokemon / Nintendo


Trading Pokemon in Sword & Shield can be a seriously useful tool for upgrading your team, but one player couldn't help think another trainer had made a devastating mistake after receiving a shiny Scorbunny. Now, they're looking to give it back. 

The feature allows fans to connect online and exchange Pokemon, some of which can even evolve by taking part in the process such as Haunter, meaning that there can be many mutual – as well as personal – benefits to swapping species from one game to another.

However, one trainer was potentially left absolutely devastated after trading away one of the Galar Region's rarest types of Pokemon, a shiny Scorbunny, during an online trade.

Pokemon / Nintendo
Pokemon / Nintendo
You can trade Pokemon between both Sword and Shield.


While many might have exited the trade, delighted by their new addition, a user has taken to Reddit to explain what happened, in search of the player that was shortchanged in the process. If they are found, they have said the Pokemon will be returned to its rightful owner.

For those who don't know, shiny Pokemon are the rarest type found in the video games, some of which can take hours and hours to obtain by using different methods – such as chaining – which is essentially finding and knocking out the same species numerous times.

That's very difficult to do with starters, though, as you only get one chance at the beginning of the game to spot them.

The Reddit user, IamPiety, posted the following to the Sword and Shield subreddit: "PSA: To the poor soul who (most definitely) accidentally traded a legit shiny Scorbunny. If you can prove your OT, I would be happy to give it back! Please share this, so we can find this guy!"


This act of generosity shows that no matter how terrible a mistake you have made in trades, there's always a chance that an accidental exchange of shinies could be rectified by honest members of the community. Yet, it did leave a few trainers pretty conflicted about what they would do in the same situation.

One wrote: "Props to you my man. Also, f**k you because you made me realize that if this happened to me I probably wouldn't even try to trade it back." Another user was a little more crafty, posting: "If it makes you feel better you can pretend I was the OT as I'll gladly take it off your hands."

Whether or not the original trainer will step forward and be reunited with their shiny Pokemon remains to be seen, but the sentiment is really nice nevertheless. Hopefully they see this post and get their rare starter back.

If you would like to read more about shiny Pokemon, check out our comprehensive Pokemon Sword & Shield shiny hunting guide for tips, tricks and how to increase your chances of finding one.