Pokémon Legends: Arceus brings a brand new experience to the Pokémon fanbase. Players get to run around chasing Pokémon in the overworld and work to defeat or catch them in various ways. Fortunately for all of us shiny hunters, shiny Pokémon can be seen directly in the overworld, which means that you just need to chase them down and then work on capturing them if you see one.
As with most games, the shiny catching rate starts at 1/4096, but there are some things you can do to lower the odds and increase your chances to just 1:128.49. Since this game is so new, we still have to learn a lot. We’ll continue to research and update as time goes on.
SPOILER WARNING: This page is heavy with spoilers, so turn away now if you don’t want things to be ruined for you.
Shiny Pokémon in Legends: Arceus A few things to know
- You can see shiny Pokémon in the overworld: Within Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players battle and capture Pokémon directly in the overworld. Because of this, you can tell if a Pokémon is shiny just by looking at it.
- Look for stars: As you’re exploring, keep an eye out for subtle stars or sparkles popping up nearby as this is a giveaway that the Pokémon you’re looking at is a shiny.
- Special sound: An exciting alert lets you know that the Pokémon you’re approaching is shiny.
- Some shinies don’t look that different: Some shiny Pokémon are completely different looking, like how a shiny Shinx is yellow rather than its normal blue. However, others will be more subtle. For instance, a shiny Pikachu is only a slightly different shade of yellow.
- This might take a while: While shiny hunting can pay off relatively quickly, it can also take dozens of hours or even days for anything to happen. Nothing is guaranteed, but if you keep trying, it might happen.
Now that you know that information, let’s get to the good stuff.
Shiny cheat sheet
As with most Pokémon games there are ways to increase your shiny odds. I’ll dive into the specifics about how these odds work further into the page, but here’s a quick reference point in case anyone needs it. It really seems like Pokémon Legends: Arceus has made it easier for most people to get their hands on shinies.
|Name||Rate||W/ Shiny Charm|
|Dex Level 10||1:2048.25||1:819.6|
|Dex Lvl 10 & Mass Outbreak||1:152.19||1:137.02|
|Complete Dex & Mass Outbreak||1:141.72||1: 128.49|
Dex Level 10 and Complete Dex increase shiny odds
Each time you complete a specific Pokémon’s Pokédex entry and get it to level 10, your chances of seeing a shiny for that Pokémon species increase to 1:2048.25. Austin John Plays on YouTube explained that getting to level 10 means that the scoring on the Dex entry equals ten. You can do several things to help fill out your Pokédex entry, and the number of points on the left of the vertical dash added together equal your total score.
If you complete all of the tasks assigned to a Pokédex entry, this completes the page and puts special stars around the Poké Ball. A Complete Dex raises your chances to 1:1024.38.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Mass Outbreaks
Keep capturing or defeating the Pokémon in the Mass Outbreak, and with luck, you might see a shiny. However, these are timed events, which means a message eventually will pop up saying, “The reported Pokémon seem to be gone,” indicating that the Mass Outbreak has ended.
It’s unclear when exactly Mass Outbreaks can start in the game, but so far, the earliest players have noted coming across them is after defeating the first Noble Pokémon, Kleaver. We’ll update you when we learn more.
What about the Shiny Charm?
This being the case, the Shiny Charm is something you can only earn later on in the game after you’ve put a lot of work into each Pokédex entry.
Soft reset if you mess up on a shiny Pokémon
- Open settings.
- Scroll down to Autosave.
- Select Disabled.
- Manually save the game.
From here on out, you need to manually save whenever a shiny Pokémon comes in view or whenever a big thing happens. Then if you mess up and accidentally defeat the shiny or it runs away, here’s what to do.
- Press the Home button.
- While hovering over Pokémon Legends: Arceus on the home menu, Press X.
- Select Close.
4.Press A on Pokémon Legends: Arceus to start the game up again.
You’ll be brought to the last place you saved with the same Pokémon in view, including the shiny you saw earlier. Go ahead and work on catching it again.
Can I get a shiny starter? Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott
Source: The Pokemon Company
Size-locked Pokémon in Legends: Arceus
Another thing to note is that certain Pokémon in Legends: Arceus are size-locked. On your journey, you’ll come across everything from smaller-than-average Pokémon to special Alpha Pokémon that are bigger and larger. While it would be cool to get an extra-large shiny Pokémon, keep in mind that all starters, Mythical, and Legendary Pokémon are size-locked.
Are any Pokémon shiny locked?
Source: The Pokemon Company
- All Unown
- Pokémon from quests/gifts*
*If you’re specifically sent on a quest to capture a specific Shinx, you know for sure that Shinx won’t be shiny.
Space-Time Distortion Rifts and Shiny Hunting
It’s possible that some new shiny mechanic is also in place in these Space-time Distortions, but we need more information. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and report back as soon as possible.
What about Breeding shiny Pokémon with the Masuda Method?
This is the first Pokémon RPG that doesn’t have any breeding. As such, there is no way to obtain shiny Pokémon from a nursery using the Masuda Method.
Shimmer and sparkle
Good luck shiny hunting in Pokémon Legends: Arceus! I hope you all can catch some special Pokémon during your adventure.
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