Pokemon Scarlet & Violet: The Hardest Pokemon To Shiny Hunt (2023)

Shiny hunting has never been as easy as it's been in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. From Outbreaks to Sandwich Powers, getting your favorite shiny Pokemon can be done without even getting the shiny charm. That being said, getting certain Pokemon to appear shiny can be a little more challenging.


From those with subtle differences to those affected by the games' lighting, certain Pokemon are just easier to find shiny than others. Whether you decide to pursue these Pokemon is entirely up to you, but for those looking for a challenge, here are the most difficult Pokemon to shiny hunt in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.


10/10 Special Breed Tauros

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The new forms of Tauros are, unfortunately, one of the new Pokemon that received a lackluster shiny form. The only difference between the two is that a shiny Tauros' face and mane will swap colors. This wouldn't be a problem if Paldean Tauros' fur and mane weren't practically the same color. This alone makes Tauros difficult to shiny hunt, but getting a shiny version of the other breeds is something else entirely.

The Blaze and Aqua Breeds of Tauros are difficult to shiny hunt for the same reason they are to encounter. They're a rare spawn in a herd of 'standard' Tauros. Finding one of these rare breeds is already difficult and finding that one shiny is borderline impossible.

9/10 Tatsugiri

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Tatsugiri is possibly one of the best Pokemon designs to date. These pieces of sushi given life were even rated the sixth most popular Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet. As such, many wish to add a shiny version of these cute false dragons to their collection, but there are some difficulties with this.

For one, the shiny forms of the Curly and Stretchy forms are the same color orange as the standard Curly form with only a few subtle differences. Secondly, if you're intending on using the Outbreak mechanic, only the Curly form will appear in increased numbers. If you want the Stretchy and Droopy forms, you'll have to shiny hunt them using a different method. Finally, for some reason, Tatsugiri can know Memento in the wild. Hunt at your own risk.

8/10 Wattrel

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Paldea's new Electric-Flying type has a subtle, but pleasant looking shiny. The black feathers on its head and wings become lighter and gain a slightly purple tint to it. Additionally, the shiny form's body is slightly lighter, and its feet are a darker orange color. It's not the easiest to spot from far away, but you can see the changes. Sometimes.


At certain times of the day, both that standard Wattrel and its shiny form can look very similar to the point that you wouldn't notice from a cursory glance. Additionally, because Wattrel will fly away as soon as you get near them, the chances that you won't see it before it flies away and despawns is high.

7/10 Varoom

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The graphics of Scarlet and Violet are some of the best that we've seen in a Pokemon game. Just the lighting alone makes the game pop in a way that no other Pokemon game has managed to accomplish. From how the sun and moon reflect off of water to how the light illuminates Pokemon make this game feel more real. However, the lighting can be a problem for some shiny hunters.

Because of how reflective a lot of Steel-types are in the game, Pokemon like Varoom, whose bodies are a reflective gray, the ambient lighting makes them look gold, much like their shiny. Upon closer inspection, you can tell if a Varoom is shiny or not, but if you're just walking by, there's a chance you won't notice, especially when they're hurtling themselves at you at 50 mph.

6/10 Mimikyu

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Once more, Mimikyu is a Pokemon whose shiny is affected by the lighting. Under normal circumstances, you would definitely be able to notice a grayscale faux Pikachu walking around, but it's different in Scarlet and Violet.

In nearly every place that Mimikyu spawns, there are large trees present. This may seem arbitrary, but they cause an immense difficulty in spotting shiny Mimikyu when the Ghost-Fairy types wander under them. In the shade, a normal Mimikyu will look almost exactly like their shiny variant. This is incredibly frustrating as it will have you second-guessing every Mimikyu you see.

5/10 Ditto, Zorua, And Zoroark

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Finding these three Pokemon is hard enough. With their ability to disguise themselves as other Pokemon, the only way to differentiate a Pokemon from a Ditto, Zorua, or Zoroark is to use the games' Lock-On function. This is all fine and dandy, but when it comes to finding one of the shiny versions of these elusive Pokemon, things get a little complicated.

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For one thing, these Pokemon won't appear shiny in the overworld. As previously stated, they hide their appearances under the guise of other Pokemon — this includes shiny versions of these Pokemon. The only way to determine if a Ditto, Zorua, or Zoroark is shiny is to engage it in battle or try to send out a Pokemon to Auto Battle it, as your Pokemon won't attack a shiny Pokemon.

4/10 Dusk Form Lycanroc

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are the first games where you can obtain the coveted Dusk Form Lycanroc outside an event. Not only can they be encountered in the wild, during the five minutes that dusk occurs in the game, but also Rockruff with the Own Tempo ability spawn in the wild. The latter is a rare find and normal Rockruff can't get this ability using an Ability Capsule or Ability Patch. It's because of these factors that shiny hunting a Dusk Form Lycanroc is challenging.

Because the odds of catching a Rockruff with Own Tempo are already low, the odds of finding one that's shiny decrease drastically. You can attempt to go directly after a Dusk Form Lycanroc, but the small timeframe in which they spawn is so small that it's just as infuriating.

3/10 Tynamo

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Shiny hunting Pokemon with subtle shiny variants is difficult, to say the least. They're hard to spot without closer inspection making them easy to miss when you're making your way through the game. However, no other Pokemon's shiny form is as hard to see as Tynamo's.

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Because Tynamo is so small, it's nearly impossible to see the light blue coloration of its shiny variant. Additionally, because Gen V's electric eel Pokemon only spawns in the northeastern half of the ocean, players also have to contend with the games' buggy water effects. In a lot of cases, you might not even see a normal Tynamo spawn in the water, let alone a shiny one.

2/10 Family Of Three Maushold And Three-Segment Dudunsparce

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Obtaining the shiny versions of the Family of Three Maushold and Three-Segment Dudunsparce are both difficult for the same reason. That reason is the odds of a Tandemaus or Dunsparce evolving into said form. At a minute 1/100 chance, getting these particular forms normally is tough considering they don't spawn in the wild, adding on the odds of catching them shiny makes obtaining these Pokemon even harder.

Additionally, because each Tandemaus and Dunsparce have a specific Encryption Constant that determines which form these Pokemon will take upon evolution, resetting your game until you get your desired form doesn't work. The odds of finding a Tandemaus or Dunsparce able to evolve into the desired form, even with Sparkling Power and the Shiny Charm, is roughly 1/68,300.

1/10 Authentic Sinistea

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This one Pokemon has plagued the shiny hunting community for years. Encountering a Sinistea with the Authentic stamp is hard enough on its own, but getting a shiny tea cup with this stamp is nigh impossible. This is especially true in Scarlet and Violet.

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The odds of encountering a shiny Authentic Sinistea are roughly the same as encountering a shiny Tandemaus with the ability to evolve into the Family of Three. However, unlike with Tandemaus, neither Outbreaks nor Encounter Power affect the spawn rate of Authentic Sinistea. In fact, they only increase the amounts of Phony Sinistea. If you want to get your hands on an authentic pink teacup, you'll need good old fashion RNG on your side.



What are the lowest shiny odds? ›

Shiny rates
  • The standard base Shiny rate is 0.2% (1 in 500). ...
  • Some species have a permanently boosted Shiny rate of 1.6% (1 in 62.5; ×8). ...
  • Some species have a permanently less-boosted Shiny rate of 0.8% (1 in 125; ×4). ...
  • Legendary and Mythical Pokémon all have a rate of 5% (1 in 20; ×25)

Is there a secret to catching shiny Pokemon? ›

Shinies are found by simply trying to catch Pokémon and seeing if they display as an alternate colour in the battle and post-battle screens. They won't appear as a different colour in the field, so you have to attempt to catch them first.

What is the longest shiny hunt in Pokémon? ›

The longest shiny hunt ever turned into the biggest shiny fail ever in... TikTok. it finally happened 90 hours 4200 attempts invested into the shiny hunt. we got ourselves a shiny Regidrago encounter in the Pokemon Sword and Shield game.

How rare is shiny Ditto? ›

Shiny Ditto

(the exact observed rate was 1 in 56.5 with a 95% confidence interval of 1 in 81.9 to 1 in 40.3). This means Ditto falls within the permaboost category of our shiny database.

What Pokémon are impossible to shiny? ›

Events & Un-obtainable Shiny Pokémon

In addition to this, in Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 & White 2, several of the wild Pokémon are coded to not be shiny, specifically the legends Victini, Reshiram and Zekrom.

What is the highest shiny rate? ›

Once the player passes 3,000+ Light Years, the chances for encountering Shiny Pokémon increases. The highest odds that the player can achieve in finding a shiny Pokémon is surpassing 5,000 Light Years and finding a Type 4 wormhole, which results in a 36% chance of an encounter.

How rare is a full odds shiny? ›

How to find Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. According to one of the game's Biology lessons, shiny odds are 1 in 4,000. In other games they've been 1 in 4069, so it's likely that this is a simplification, but either way, it's very possible to go through the entire game without seeing any.

What are Alpha shiny odds? ›

The base odds of finding a Shiny in the wild are 4096/1, but these odds can be altered via different methods.

What is the rarest type of shiny? ›

Incredibly, there are some versions of the Pokémon that have never ever actually been caught before. With that in perspective, a Shiny Spinda is truly one of a kind. If a trainer somehow managed to get two Shiny Spinda with the same pattern, it would without a doubt become the rarest Shiny of all time.

How do you get shiny fast? ›

Shiny Hunting Tips
  1. Attend Events. Spotlight Hours, Community Days, and other Pokemon Go events will increase the chances of Shiny Pokemon. Community Day Shiny rates are 1/25. ...
  2. Hatching Eggs. Baby Pokemon have a 1/50 chance for it to be Shiny. ...
  3. Patience. Shiny Pokemon have about a 0.2% chance.
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Do Eggs Increase Chance of shiny? ›

Breeding Pokemon using this method increases the odds of encountering a Shiny by 600%, whereby: Without Shiny Charm > 1 in 682.7 chance of shiny hatched from an egg. With Shiny Charm > 1 in 512 chance of shiny hatched from an egg.

Is shiny hunting cheating? ›

The majority of Reddit users have responded to the poll stating that the method is legitimate, and shouldn't be considered a cheat. This is because those using RNG manipulation to Shiny hunt must still go through a great deal of effort to spawn the Shiny, with hunts sometimes taking days to complete.

How many shiny does Ash have? ›

Noctowl is the first Shiny Pokémon seen in the anime, although it is not the first alternately colored Pokémon to appear. It is also the first Shiny Pokémon to be owned by a main character and the only Shiny Pokémon owned by Ash.

How rare is a shiny starter? ›

The odds of getting a shiny starter are about 1 in 4100, so players will need to be ready to hunker down and soft reset the game many times before getting the starter they wanted.

Who is Ditto disguised as? ›

Pokémon GO Ditto disguises (December 2022)

Natu. Surskit. Numel. Bidoof.

Is a shiny Alpha possible? ›

As such, when players load their save, Pokemon Legends: Arceus will immediately load in a new Alpha Pokemon. This newly spawned Pokemon will have a chance of being a shiny. If players then close the game and restart it, it will once again load a new Pokemon with a chance of being shiny.

What happens if a shiny runs away? ›

So long as you stay in the same zone and don't scare away the Pokemon, it won't despawn. You can return to your camp, frolic in the flowers, or catch other 'mons to warm up - so long as the Shiny is there, it'll stay there. But if you scare it away, that's it - it's gone.

What is the rarest Pokémon? ›

Salandit and Salazzle. At the time of writing, Salandit and Salazzle are two of the rarest Pokémon in the game. If you want to add their entries to your Pokédex, your quest begins by hatching a Salandit from a 12km egg - the only way to currently obtain one.

Does killing Pokémon increase shiny odds? ›

Your odds of finding a shiny Pokemon go up once you kill 30 -- and go up even more once you kill 60.

Is Shiny more rare than legendary? ›

Although there are various methods for increasing this chance, like Mass Outbreak hunting, the Masuda Method, or Dynamax Lairs, Shiny Pokemon will always be the rarest Pokemon you can catch in any game, and at the very least, much rarer than legendaries.

What is the legendary shiny rate? ›

Pokemon Go Legendary Raid Odds

The highest odds of finding a Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go can be found in five-star raids. That's because Legendary Pokemon have a 1/20 chance of being Shiny.

How rare is an ultra shiny? ›

Same 1:4096 odds to obtain a shiny, but there are two types of shiny. 15/16 show stars, 1/16 show squares. Square rarity is 1 in 65536!

Do shiny parents increase shiny odds? ›

The chance of breeding a shiny would still be 1/8192 (or 1/4096 in Gens 6 and 7), parents being shiny does not affect that*. There are a few ways to increase the chances that a given pokemon will be shiny though, one of which works for breeding and the others for catching.

What are the odds of a shiny 100 IV? ›

There's a one in 4,096 chance, or 0.0244% portability, of finding perfect IVs from a wild catch.

Is there an alpha Eevee? ›

You can find an Alpha Shiny Eevee in the wild as soon as you gain access to the first map, the Obsidian Fieldlands. But just be warned: it's not easy to spawn, especially in its rare Shiny version. A Shiny Alpha may also be found during Mass and Massive Mass Outbreaks if you're lucky enough to get an Eevee one.

What are the SOS shiny odds? ›

Additionally, if the player has the Shiny Charm, the game rerolls two more times, regardless of chain length. In short, this means that, after a chain length of 31, the shiny odds cap out at a 1/315 chance (1/273 with shiny charm).

Which is better shiny or alpha? ›

Shiny Pokémon in Legends: Arceus make Alpha Pokémon less desirable, as Alphas are widely available and less necessary as the game progresses. Alpha Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus are being outshined by the previously elusive Shiny Pokémon, causing Shiny fatigue for Legends: Arceus players.

What color is a shiny gyarados? ›

The red Gyarados (Japanese: あかいギャラドス Red Gyarados) is a term used to refer to a Gyarados that is Shiny, which is red rather than its usual blue. According to the anime, this is due to the forced evolution; the Magikarp it evolves from retains its red color, having no time to change its scale color to blue.

How rare is a shiny Pikachu? ›

Currently, Shiny Detective Pikachu is considered by many to be the rarest Shiny ever in Pokémon GO because it was never officially released. Overall, some of the rarest Pokémon in Pokémon Go are the Pikachus with special hats because they're only available during one-time limited events.

How rare is a shiny female Combee? ›

because the chances of a combee being a female is only 12.5% which is pretty low compared to males,and it's a shiny!

What are the shiny odds for Scarlet and Violet? ›

They are incredibly rare, however, with Shiny odds being at a rate of 1/4096 - but new items and mechanics in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can improve those chances substantially.

What triggers a shiny Pokémon? ›

Besides encounters in the wild, Raid Boss encounters, Special Research Breakthroughs, Research Task rewards, and other rewards are just a few ways you may encounter a Shiny Pokémon.

Is it possible to get a lucky shiny? ›

Is it possible to get a lucky Shiny Pokémon? In Pokemon Go Lucky Pokemon are essentially Pokemon with a unique status. Think of them as being a bit like shiny Pokemon, except their appearance is the same and there's even the ultra, double-rare chance to actually find a Lucky Shiny Pokemon.

How hard is it to hatch a shiny? ›

When you have two Pokémon of different languages breed, the Egg has a 1 in 682.7 chance of producing a Shiny Pokémon. If you have the Shiny Charm we mentioned above, this gets reduced even further to 1 in 512. Very nice indeed.

How do you guarantee shiny eggs? ›

You can still get shiny Pokémon from eggs, and the way to increase your odds here is using something called the “Masuda method.” You breed Pokémon like you normally would: In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, that means having two compatible Pokémon in your party while picnicking and hoping an egg spawns in your basket.

What is the rarest shiny? ›

Although there are already many hat-wearing versions in Pokemon GO, Detective Pikachu is the rarest shiny version you can collect. It is available for catching only at a one-time limited event and is disabled after being caught in the wild.

What is the rarest shiny Pokémon you have? ›

Shiny Vespiquen is one of the rarest shinies as Male Combee are more common than females with the females having 11.86% chance of encounter as opposed to males with 88.14% chance of encounter. But males don't evolve while the females evolve into Vespiquen. What type and how many shiny Pokemon do you have?

What is the rarest shiny card? ›

Shiny Gyarados, also known as the "Red Gyarados," is the most iconic Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon, as it is the first Shiny Pokémon guaranteed to appear in the Gold/Silver/Crystal games from the second generation of Pokémon.

Is shiny rarer than legendary? ›

Although there are various methods for increasing this chance, like Mass Outbreak hunting, the Masuda Method, or Dynamax Lairs, Shiny Pokemon will always be the rarest Pokemon you can catch in any game, and at the very least, much rarer than legendaries.

Is Hundo rarer than shiny? ›

Hundo is much more rare than shiny as far as legendary raids. Shiny rate is somewhere around 1/25. But the odds for a perfect is much worse.

What's the rarest Pokémon? ›

Salandit and Salazzle. At the time of writing, Salandit and Salazzle are two of the rarest Pokémon in the game. If you want to add their entries to your Pokédex, your quest begins by hatching a Salandit from a 12km egg - the only way to currently obtain one.

How rare is a shiny polygon? ›

Shiny Polygons have 1/50,000 chance of spawning on their own, or may evolve from a Gem, which itself is classified as a Shiny Polygon.

How rare is shiny chansey? ›

These data lead to a 99% confidence interval around the shiny rate between 1 in 95 and 1 in 1,130, with an average rate of 1 in 245. This puts the shiny rate for Chansey almost equally likely between the standard, unboosted rate, and the boosted rate that is often used for short events.

What is the 1 rarest Pokémon card? ›

  • Pikachu Illustrator - Sold for $5.275 million in July 2021. ...
  • 1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4 - Sold for $420,000 in March 2022.
  • Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram - Sold for $360,000 in January 2021.
Nov 23, 2022

What are the top 3 rarest Pokémon cards? ›

Here are some of the rarest and most expensive Pokémon cards, according to Dicebreaker:
  1. Pikachu Illustrator. ...
  2. 1999 First Edition Shadowless Holographic Charizard #4. ...
  3. Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram. ...
  4. Black Star Ishihara Signed GX Promo Card.
Sep 5, 2022

What is an ultra rare Pokémon? ›

Ultra Rare (sometimes known as Super Rare) cards are typically marked as Rare Holofoil cards, but sometimes have unique symbols denoting their rarity. As such, they will replace the rare card in the Booster pack. As their name suggests, ultra rare cards are far more difficult to acquire than typical rare cards.


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