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Pokémon Legends Arceus: how to identify Shiny Pokémon

Shiny Pokémon are present in Pokémon Legends Arceus. We tell you how you can notice their presence and recommendations so you can catch them.

Pokémon Legends Arceus: how to identify Shiny Pokémon

Pokémon Legends Arceus has shiny Pokémon, just like in all the main installments of the series since Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal on Game Boy. The Hisui region could not be left behind and leave behind one of the favorite aspects of Pocket Monsters lovers, and the explanation is simple: these are extraordinary encounters that, until Generation VIII (the current one), can happen 1 in 4096 (0.0244%) times.

What are shiny Pokémon?

In essence, Shiny Pokémon are Pokémon with a unique, special color, different from their species. That gives us iconic creatures such as red Gyarados (instead of blue), blue-yellow Lucario, or changes of shades. It depends on each species and is absolutely random. When we capture a shiny Pokémon we will see that they receive a blue star mark in their data.

Virtually all Pokémon can be shined in wild form, when hatching eggs or when facing Legendaries; with the exception of those shiny locked Pokémon, usually Legendaries that, for reasons chosen by The Pokémon Company, cannot be shined (sometimes because they are going to make a Mystery Gift distribution of that species in shiny form in the future).

How can we identify a shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Legends Arceus?

In Pokémon Legends Arceus we can identify Pokémon in their shiny form in two different ways; it is advisable to always be alert to these two signals: one audible and the other visual.

  • Shiny Pokémon can be seen in the environment and have stars around them when they first appear in the area you are in.
  • Shiny Pokémon also make a special sound when they first appear in the area we are in.

Tips for finding shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Legends Arceus

The best (and "easiest") way to find a Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Legends Arceus is to take advantage of mass appearances. Occasionally, when starting from Jubilee Village we will see icons of a particular Pokémon appear on the map indicating that there is a mass appearance.

This is, in essence, something similar to Pokémon GO's Community Days, where during a certain time the frequency of appearance of a particular species increases. Therefore, the greater the appearance of a Pokémon in less time and space, the greater the likelihood of a Shiny species appearing at the place.

How to increase the chances of a Shiny Pokémon appearing in the game

As collected by user Anubis on Twitter, after analyzing version 1.0.1 of the game, there are several methods to increase the probability of a Shiny Pokémon appearing in Pokémon Legends Arceus and thus reduce that imposing 1/4096. They are as follows:

  1. Progress level 10 in each Pokémon's Pokédex Tasks: +1
  2. Perfect progress level in the Pokédex Tasks of each Pokémon: +2
  3. Iris Amulet (when reaching Rank 10): +3
  4. Mass Appearances: +25

Mass Appearances are the key: when you see one, don't hesitate to approach it: since there are so many Pokémon of the same species concentrated in the same place, it's easier to get lucky and one of the Pokémon that appears on the screen is a Shiny Pokémon.

Tips when facing a Shiny Pokémon

When the battle begins, our advice is as follows:

  • Alter the Pokémon's state: make it sleepy or paralyzed, so that it doesn't lose HP with each turn but there is a high probability that it won't move.
  • If possible, use an Ultra Ball: they have the highest capture rate. If it is an agile or flying Pokémon, an Aero Ball; if it is very heavy and distracted, a Gigaton Ball.
  • Don't use super-effective moves: we don't want to cause a knockout.
  • Use Agile Style to inflict less damage if it is a low level Pokémon.
  • Don't hit the flee button without realizing it (yes, it happened to us once and we're still trying to overcome it...).
  • Good luck in your Pokémon Legends Arceus shiny hunting!

References | Anubis


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