Can you get a Shiny Starter Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet?

A pink Fuecoco? Sign me up!

Starter Pokemon are precious partners who will journey with their trainers until they’ve reached the peak of their adventure. Of course, it’d be better if they were a little more uniquely colored than the rest. But what are the odds of you getting a shiny starter in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? Let’s find out.

Are Starter Pokémon Shiny locked in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet?

Unfortunately, starter Pokémon are shiny locked in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. This is the case since Pokémon Sword and Shield, where the games are programmed to shiny lock NPC-given items like certain eggs, starters, and NPC-traded Pokémon.

But don’t worry! You can shiny “hunt” starter Pokémon via breeding. You can breed starters by coupling a female species of it and a male Pokémon in the same egg group (such as terrestrial or monster-like). You can always wait for a Ditto if you don’t have a female starter. You can also capture all three starters later on in your adventure.

Related: All ‘Paradox’ Pokémon & typings in Scarlet and Violet leaks

What are the chances of a Shiny Starter Pokémon in Scarlet & Violet?

Since Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is heavily inspired by many mechanics introduced in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, its shiny rates are the same. That’s 1/4096 or roughly 0.02%. We know it’s low, but wild Pokémon spawn in hoards. You don’t need to battle them 1v1 and face that excruciating 1/4096 shiny odds. Eating sandwiches can also increase your encounter odds, making shiny hunting that much easier.

Every starter you can have in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

  • Fuecoco
  • Quaxly
  • Sprigatito
  • Scorbunny
  • Sobble
  • Grookey
  • Rowlet
  • Fennekin
  • Froakie
  • Chespin
  • Oshawott
  • Cyndaquil
  • Charmander

For more help with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, take a look at What is the final evolution of Sprigatito in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? and All Gym Leaders in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (So far) here at Pro Game Guides.

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