- Shiny hunting has become easier in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, with players discovering a method to guarantee shiny Pokemon encounters.
- The method involves creating level 3 sandwiches with sparkling and encounter powers and exploiting game mechanics.
- This strategy is especially valuable for identifying shiny Pokemon that are difficult to distinguish, such as Minior, and for species with similar shiny and regular colors.
Many fans agree that shiny hunting is easier than ever in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet games, but some players may have identified a method that guarantees a shiny Pokemon encounter with nearly any species that spawns naturally in the wild. While such a thing might just seem too good to be true, the mechanism behind the method has proven useful for shiny hunters in the past, and members of the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet community have had success in replicating the strategy.
While the practices employed by shiny hunters have evolved considerably over the years alongside the core series Pokemon games themselves, the tradition of shiny hunting has thrived among fans since the Gen 2 games were released in the 90s. These extremely rare, alternately-colored shiny Pokemon have a base spawn rate of 1 in 4096 in the latest titles, making them the prime targets for collectors among the Pokemon community. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet provides a number of new features which can significantly boost these odds, but incredibly enough, some fans have found a way to make shiny appearances a certainty.
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Of course, for this strategy to work effectively, players will need to start by shifting the odds to work in their favor a bit. This does require some top-grade sandwich ingredients on hand so that level 3 sandwiches with sparkling and encounter powers can be made, but the rest of the process largely comes down to exploiting game mechanics in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Once the necessary sandwich powers are in effect, fans can continually reset Pokemon spawns by opening and closing a picnic until a total of 16 nearby Pokemon of the same species are counted. Once this is done, players have proven that at least one of the 16 Pokemon is guaranteed to be shiny.
This method was originally shared in a post on Reddit by the user zQubexx which has since been taken down, but the strategy itself has spread rapidly through the larger Pokemon community online. The reason the process guarantees a shiny spawn is due to the fact that the game will maintain a maximum of 15 wild Pokemon in the overworld at any one time, excluding shiny Pokemon, which are counted separately and do not despawn. Therefore, players can repeatedly reset local spawns safely until a shiny appears, which is easily identified due to there being a sixteenth Pokemon on screen.
While players will be able to notice a shiny Pokemon’s appearance by its variation in color in most cases, this method is game-changing for players looking to shiny hunt Pokemon such as Minior, which can’t be identified as a shiny without battling one. This method is also useful for identifying some of the more ambiguous shiny Pokemon around, as some species have shiny colors which are almost identical to that of their regular colors.
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- November 18, 2022