Hunting for the elusive 1 of 4096 Shiny Pokemon is a little easier in Scarlet and Violet right now, thanks to a few exploits discovered by the community.
You don’t need to have progressed that far in the game for this to work, although you probably want a relatively high level Pokemon to bid for you.
I briefly tested the two methods currently circulating in the community, and while one worked for me, the other did not. So be careful, your mileage may vary.
The method of growing shinies follows the same steps described by a few people. I followed the guide Arekkz Games on Youtube. You need to find a massive outbreak and defeat 60 Pokemon. Using the Let’s Go command by pressing R is the quickest and easiest way to achieve this, so it’s a good idea to use a high level Pokemon that won’t struggle. Beating 60 will double your chance of a shiny spawn (up to a huge 1 in 2048!). If a shiny still hasn’t appeared, just have a picnic and then leave. Take another look for a shine, then rinse and repeat the whole process if you still don’t have any.
I didn’t even have to set up a picnic for this to work. Went to the water at the back of Levincia where a massive outbreak of Finizen dolphins was taking place. After a good few minutes of Tadbolt fighting Finizen alone, a Shiny appeared! (I’ve lost count of how many he shot down, but it was definitely over the 30 mark.)
I then tried to duplicate my shiny Finizen by following this guide from Austin John plays. After catching a shiny, you must return to town until its name appears on the screen. Save the game and quit, then restart the game and return to the area. The exact shiny you just grabbed should be there again. It didn’t work for me, although I plan to try it again. Unfortunately, it looks like the shiny you caught has to be near an open town for this to work (where no loading screen is required), and none of my mass outbreaks are currently near any. a named city.
I can certainly attest to the breeding method. So far I haven’t spotted a single shiny on my trip, so I’m glad I caught one (it would only sleep for the camera, as you can see in my title image). Don’t ask me how I feel about driving Finizen’s Levinicia population to extinction.
Confused about what to do next in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? Check out our guide to recommended path and walkthrough for some tips!