One of the best parts of any Pokemon game is collecting Shiny variants. Shiny Pokemon are rarer and often look much cooler than the regular version. Luckily, you can use a few tricks to increase your odds of catching specific species of Shiny Pokemon. In this guide, we will teach you how to get Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus.
First, you’ll need to prepare a few things before going Shiny hunting. Go to Jubilife Village and head over to the Craftworks area, where you can buy materials and recipes for crafting. Remember to speak with Anvin if you need any more crafting materials. Here are some items you will want to grab: the best Poke Balls you have available (Feather, Jet, or Ultra Balls), Stealth Spray, and Razz Berries.
How to Get Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus
Here’s how to catch Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus:
- Acquire Stealth Spray, Poke Balls, and Berries
- Listen for the Shiny audio cue and save the game
- Crouch and toss a berry for the Pokemon to eat
- Sneak up behind the Pokemon
- Throw your Poke Ball to capture it
- Reload your Save File if you mess up
Stealth Spray comes in handy when hunting for Shiny Pokemon because some Pokemon will immediately flee if they see you coming. Golden Razz Berries are another handy item you will want to take advantage of when Shiny hunting. When a Pokemon is eating one, you can sneak up behind it and throw the Poke Ball at it. Any Pokemon that eats one will also have a much higher capture rate. Lastly, you will need to have some good Poke Balls available, like the Feather Ball or Jet Ball.
Next, you will want to make sure your in-game sound effects are at the max. Every time a Shiny Pokemon is nearby, you will hear an audio cue that lets you know it. Even if you don’t see the Pokemon with your eyes, you will hear a twinkling sound. Obviously, it helps if you are wearing headphones for this, but you should be able to hear it as long as your sound is turned up. When you hear the noise, be on the lookout for a nearby Shiny.
The nice thing about getting a Shiny in Pokemon Legends Arceus is that the game will save its state when one is nearby. If you mess up and the Pokemon gets away, you can reload your save file and try again! No need to worry about failing to catch one. We recommend turning off autosave in the game settings and manually saving the moment you hear the Shiny audio cue. You can then reload from that save state if you fail to catch the Shiny.
Catch Shiny Pokemon in Mass Outbreaks
Mass Outbreaks are events that begin happening after a specific point in the game. The guard Ress will let you know he’s been hearing reports of mass outbreaks. At that point, you can open your map and look for the Mass Outbreaks. Each Mass Outbreak will feature a species of Pokemon. The Pokemon will spawn non-stop in that area for around 15 minutes until the Outbreak ends. The Shiny rates are drastically increased during this time, allowing you to catch one easily!
Pokemon Legends Arceus Shiny Pokemon FAQ
Which Pokemon are Shiny locked in Pokemon Legends Arceus?
Gift Pokemon, Legendary Pokemon, and Mythical Pokemon are all Shiny locked. Additionally, the starter Pokemon is Shiny locked, which means you cannot reset your game at the start to get a Shiny Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott. You can find those Pokemon later in the wild after the credits. There are also in-game stories that revolve around specific Pokemon, and those ones will also be Shiny locked. As a general rule of thumb, any Pokemon available in the wild is not Shiny locked.
What is the Shiny rate in Pokemon Legends Arceus?
The base Shiny rate of Pokemon in Pokemon Legends Arceus is 1 in 4096. You can increase the base Shiny rate to 1 in 2048 by reaching Research Level 10 on an individual Pokemon’s page in the Pokedex. You can further increase the rate to 1 in 1024 by completing ALL of the Research Tasks on an individual Pokemon’s page in the Pokdex. Mass Outbreaks have the best Shiny rate of Pokemon, with a 1 in 158 chance.