Pokemon Sword and Shield have proven to be one of the most popular Nintendo Switch games. For fans of the original Pokemon games, breeding Shiny Pokemon has become an obsession, and catching them can be a rewarding experience as well. Here’s a guide to the best ways to breed and catch Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Breeding Shiny Pokemon
The basics of breeding for Shiny Pokemon are still the same in Sword and Shield as they were in previous games. Players must first find two compatible parents with the desired Nature, Individual Values (IVs), egg moves, abilities, and gender. Then, they will need to give each parent a Destiny Knot or Everstone item before putting them into the Day Care facility.
When selecting a Ditto for breeding purposes with other Pokemons, the player should pay attention to its “shiny rate.” This determines how often it will produce shiny eggs when bred. The shiny rate can range from 1 in 8192 to 1 in 4096 depending on the Ditto’s level. Generally speaking, higher level Dittos have higher shiny rates.
Catching Shiny Pokemon
Shiny hunting is another popular way of finding these elusive creatures. In Sword and Shield’s Wild Area, players can encounter wild Pikachu that are always Shiny locked – meaning they will always appear as normal colored Pikachu on first encounter but if caught they will eventually turn out to be shinies! Apart from these Pikachu there is also an increased chance of encountering other Shiny Pokemons in certain areas – such as Route 5 or Hammerlock Hills – under certain weather conditions.
Max Raid battles are another great way of catching shiny pokemon. In Max Raid battles players can team up with three other trainers to battle a Dynamaxed pokemon that has high CP stats (