All Shiny Locked Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet

So, you want to know about all the shiny locked Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet? Well, I have the entire list for you right here.

shiny locked pokemon in scarlet and violet

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.

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.

Key Takeaways

  • 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.

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Shiny Lock Explained

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.

Starter Pokemon

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 Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

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. I have no concrete reason as to why this was removed, but there remain other methods to obtain shiny starters.

The only other legal method I recommend 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.

PokemonEgg GroupEgg Steps
FuecocoField5140 - 5396 steps
QuaxlyFlying Water 15140 - 5396 steps
5140 - 5396 steps

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Titan Pokemon

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:

Titan PokemonAbility Unlocked
Klawf, the Stony Cliff TitanDash Ability
Bombirdier, the Open Sky TitanSwimming Ability
Orthworm, the Lurking Steel TitanJump Ability
Great Tusk / Iron Treads, the Quaking Earth TitanGlide Ability
Tatsugiri, the Fake Dragon TitanClimb Ability

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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 are 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 special encounters 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.

Below I will enlist the location and level for NPC Pokemon:

LocationYour PokemonNPC PokemonLevel
CascarrafaWooper (Paldean)Wooper18

Another interesting fact that I must let you know is that 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.

My Experience With Shiny Locked Pokemon

With no Shiny Pokemon, it was a really confusing experience for me and the same case can be with the community. This has been a part of the overall genre from the start and seeing the latest game lacking these details was a letdown. 

However, that should not halt your gameplay progress as you can still unlock and breed Pokemons that you like. I advise not bothering as it would not make any sense and you can focus on more important aspects of the game. 

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