Since the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet on Nov. 18, fans of the franchise have put countless hours into exploring the new Paldea region. With the game being the first true open-world experience in a Pokémon game, there were a lot of promises made by Game Freak. While some fans are disappointed in the game, it has gained an overall positive following on social media.
One of the things that fans are devoting their time to in the new game’s vast open world is hunting Shiny Pokémon, incredibly rare variations of Pokémon that have unique color schemes. Though Shiny Pokémon are not necessary for the game’s completion, it can be rewarding yet frustrating to find them. Here are some strategies that players can use to increase the chances of them spawning.
Players Can Try to Get Lucky
Like with other games in the franchise, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet‘s Shiny rate is approximately 1 in 4,096 without any intervention. This naturally makes Shiny Pokémon incredibly difficult to come by, but it does happen. There have been instances (albeit rare) where players have encountered a Shiny as early as one hour into the game. At the rate that players spot wild Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, they’re bound to come across a Shiny eventually.
Use Meal Powers & Sandwiches to Increase the Odds of Encountering a Shiny
Reddit user r/dannydestroyer12 recently shared the optimal sandwich recipe (pictured above) for increasing Shiny spawn rates. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet introduced the Meal Powers mechanic, in which food eaten and made during picnics gives players boosts in what types of Pokémon they encounter, raid for, and hatch. With the right ingredients, sandwiches can also improve spawn rates. All players have to do is decide what Shiny they want, check the Pokémon’s type, and build the sandwich accordingly.
Follow Mass Outbreaks
Each day, players will be notified of a Mass Outbreak in their area. Mass Outbreaks are when 120 of a random Pokémon spawn in an area and stay there until defeated or caught. This gives players the chance to hunt down any specific Shinies they’re after, for with Mass Outbreaks also come higher Shiny spawn rates. Simply check the map after receiving the Mass Outbreak alert to find out what Pokémon has spawned and where. Luckily, with the Shiny Pokémon appearing as their altered versions at face value instead of when a battle begins, players no longer need to engage every single one to find the Shiny they’re looking for.
Acquire a Shiny Charm
Equipping a Shiny Charm greatly improves Shiny spawn rates, which makes it a must-have for any Shiny Pokémon hunter. The only downside is that players must complete their Pokédex in order to get it — meaning that they must have at least seen all 400 Pokémon in the Paldea region. After completing the Pokédex, players should head to the biology lab in the Academy and talk to Professor Jacq. He will then check that their Pokédex is complete and award them with the coveted Shiny Charm.
Use the Masuda Method
One tried-and-true method when it comes to increasing the chances of encountering a Shiny Pokémon is the Masuda Method. This method requires players to breed their Pokémon with one from another real-world region. Since Ditto can breed with any Pokémon capable of producing eggs, it’s the best one to use for this method. To get a foreign Ditto, which will increase the player’s Shiny spawn rates to 1 in 683, head to the Poké Portal and click “Link Trade,” then “Set Link Code.” When prompted, type the code 4448 4448 and begin the trade. After a brief wait, players will be traded a foreign Ditto to help improve their Shiny spawn rates.