So you want to know about all the shiny locked pokemon in scarlet and violet? Well, we have the entire list for you right here.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet introduce many new things in this generation of Pokemon but keep many things the same since they are staples of the franchise. These include but are not limited to gyms, vast numbers of pokemon, box art legendaries, and shinies.
Table of Contents
This guide will focus on the shiny Pokemon in the game or, more accurately, the ones that aren’t in the game by design. Gatekept from the larger fandom as a whole intentionally from GameFreak.
We will elaborate on the shiny locked Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet by going over each individually since there are almost as many as you would expect.
Shiny Pokemon are rare and have a different color palette than their counterparts.
The three starters of this generation, Fuecoco, Sprigatito, and Quaxly, are shiny-locked.
Titan Pokemon are not obtainable in shiny form due to their already rare status as unique pokemon.
The box art legendaries of this generation, Koraidon, and Miraidon, are shiny-locked due to the pattern followed from Generation V onwards.
All Pokemon traded with NPCs in this generation are not obtainable in shiny form due to a restriction applied to them by the developers.
Shiny Pokemon are a rare occurrence in the world of Pokemon. They are available after Generation III and have different colors than their standard counterparts. Two ways to get a shiny Pokemon are to find one randomly in the wild or breed two together to make one.
The first way is more likely to happen, but it is still challenging. The second way is more reliable, but it takes quite a bit longer and requires more work on behalf of the player. The chance for a shiny Pokemon to appear in the wild is about 1 in 8,192. However, the chances of receiving a shiny Pokemon from breeding are only 1/8192. This means you must breed a lot before getting your hands on one.
In addition, different conditions will make players more or less likely to find their shiny Pokemon in the wild. These effects were introduced in Generation VI and onwards, such as the Poke Radar, Shiny Charm, etc.
Shiny Lock Explained
Now that we know what shiny pokemon are, it’s time to introduce the concept of shiny locking. This was when the game devs decided not to let the pokemon be encountered as a shiny without them wanting it to be.
This means these pokemon have shiny forms but can not be encountered in any legitimate way in-game. The only way to get them is to receive them as prizes in tournaments and events sponsored by the official Pokemon company.
This practice began in Generation V when they decided to shiny-lock the box art legendaries alongside Zorua, Zoroark, and any pokemon from the Dream World.
Sadly, this generation of starter pokemon is shiny-locked, which means you will not be able to get your hands on the shiny versions of these adorable critters as soon as you start the game.
Before you could always go for the soft reset strategy and try your luck at getting a shiny starter but now that has been removed, we have no concrete reason as to why this was removed, but there remain other methods to obtain shiny starters.
The only other legal method that we are currently aware of is breeding. This means that you should try to take your time and breed your starters with compatible egg groups so that you can hatch eggs quickly to see if you are awarded a shiny or not.
A new feature was introduced in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. You can now face Titan Pokemon as part of a unique questline called “Path of Legends.”
This is a separate storyline in which you help a classmate, Arven, find ingredients known as the Herb Mystica. Fighting them is how you gain access to the materials and face them in battle.
Be warned; these are not your basic pokemon but rather a very tough version of them that will undoubtedly give you a hard time. There are a total of six titan pokemon, and not one of them is ever going to appear as a shiny. Not even after you defeat them and can catch them.
After defeating each, you unlock a different ability for your Koraidon and Miraidon companion. They are all stated in the table below.
A staple of all pokemon games, the legendaries make up a big part of the pokemon games’ story since they are always crucial pieces in the story’s mechanism toward a conclusion.
It is either their capture, rescue, or use in some shape or form that intends to be exploited by the antagonists in that story. In Pokemon Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire, there were Rayquaza, Groudon, and Kyogre, respectively. Meanwhile, in Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, it was Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina, respectively.
In this generation of pokemon, there is Koraidon and Miraidon for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, respectively. These two Pokemon are both counted as Paradox Pokemon, hence their names which relate to an aspect of them.
Koraidon’s name is an amalgamation of the Japanese word for ancient and dinosaur. At the same time, Miraidon is similar as its name is an amalgamation of the Japanese words for future and dinosaurs. These magnificent Pokemon are sadly shiny locked Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet.
There might be events in the future that change this lack of shiny legendaries, but for now, they are forever out of our reach.
Some more pokemon forever out of our reach would be the new Treasures of Ruin group of legendary pokemon. These are special encounters that have also been shiny-locked, quite possibly regarding the same reasoning as the box art legendaries, Koraidon and Miraidon.
NPC Traded Pokemon & Misc.
Traded pokemon can be obtained without catching or trading with another person. This can happen by simply having the desired pokemon be in your party and swapping it with an NPC in the game world for their pokemon.
The table for these trades can be found below and is quite helpful. Some interesting information to note is that upon completing the Haunter trade, it will immediately evolve into Gengar since that is a form obtained by haunter after being traded.
Another interesting fact, after completing the Wooper trade, you will see that it was holding a Rare Candy, which is essentially a free level-up for one of your pokemon if you decide to use it on them.
Sadly, these are all shiny locked Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet, so you can never get a shiny Gengar from this trade, no matter how hard you try.
Now another two pokemon that don’t quite fit into any category are also shiny locked and we thought to fit them into this section to be quite fitting. Since they don’t really fit anywhere else on this list’s headings.