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Are There Square Shinies in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Shine on you crazy square.
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Encountering shiny Pokémon is like finding a four leaf clover. It is nice, unique, colorful, very rare, and it works exactly as their normal counterpart. But the aesthetics is what give this Pokémon their value and why they are very sought after. Now, imagine a shiny of a shiny. Those are called square shinies, also called ultra shinies. They consist in instead of having star-shaped sparkles, it has square-shaped sparkles. Now, that’s a minor detail, but you don’t know how rare are those Pokémon. Extremely rare, by the way. This type of Pokémon was first included in Sword and Shield, and players are already looking for them throughout the region of Paldea. Are there square shinies in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Are There Square Shinies in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

If you are looking to find square shinies in Paldea, then you’re out of luck. Don’t get me wrong, the answer to the question is: yes, there are square shinies in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. When I say you’re out of luck, it is because of the mere drop rates or possibilities of finding a square shiny in the wild. They drop chances have been brought back all the way from Sword and Shield.

That means that there is a 1 in 4,096 chance to encounter a shiny Pokémon, and on top of that, there is 1 in 16 chance of those shiny Pokémon to be square shinies. So, the average chance of encountering a shiny Pokémon in the wild is 1 in 65,536. That’s what I call lucky. Of course, there are some ways you can increase the chance of finding shiny Pokémon like eating a sandwich with Sparkling Power or getting a shiny charm, so those things can help you get a square shiny as well.

Related: How to Easily Get a Shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

With all of that being said, be sure to start your hunt for square shinies right now, chances are that there will be a bit of grind awaiting you. Boost your chances and hustle up, you are for a great and long endeavor.


Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is available on Nintendo Switch. If you like our Pokémon content, be sure to check out All Shiny Boost Sandwich Recipes in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and All Meal Power Effects in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

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