Shiny hunting is one of the most popular challenges Pokémon players take on in order to add rare variations of some of their favorite creatures to their collection. The Paradox Pokemon introduced in Scarlet and Violet are some of the most sought after and powerful Pokémon in the new games, and many players have already begun their hunt for their Shiny variants.
Some of the toughest to catch are shiny Roaring Moon and Iron Valiant. These two powerful Paradox Pokémon are already some of the hardest to track down in Area Zero, and with the shiny odds tacked on top of that, these two are quite the challenge to hunt. Luckily, there are some strategies that can greatly increase your chances of finding them, and here are the best ways to do so.
Tip: Completing the Paldea Pokedex will earn the player a special item called the Shiny Charm, a Key Item that triples the chances of finding Shiny Pokémon in the wild.
How to get Shiny Roaring Moon and Iron Valiant in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
The best way to boost shiny odds is to make the corresponding Sandwiches for whichever Pokémon you are trying to hunt. For Roaring Moon, making a Dark or Dragon Sandwich will do the trick, while a Fairy or Fighting Sandwich will work for Iron Valiant.
Roaring Moon is a Pokémon Scarlet exclusive, and can be found in Area Zero in a somewhat hidden cave entrance near Research Lab 3. Iron Valiant can be found in the same cave in Pokémon Violet, but players possessing the opposite versions can access version-exclusive encounters by entering a Union Circle with a player playing their copy’s counterpart.
The cave will spawn a bunch of different Pokémon types, likely including other Pokémon of your Sandwich’s boosted type, so be sure to explore every inch of the cave to ensure you’re spawning the most amount of Pokémon at once.
Pokémon respawn upon leaving the cave or when other Pokémon are caught or defeated in battle. Since Roaring Moon and Iron Valiant spawn separate from the typical large packs of Pokémon that spawn, defeating individual Pokémon and making that single slot respawn is your best way to spawn either Iron Valiant or Roaring Moon.
These Pokémon are among the rarest in Area Zero, so doing the above methods will still take a lot of time to generate a shiny. Shiny Roaring Moon is considerably more green on its body with yellow accents on its face and wings, with Shiny Iron Valiant shedding its more noticeable colors for a more silver, chrome-based shine.
Keep an eye out for these easily miss-able color variations and stay persistent in order to catch one of these great Shiny Pokémon for yourself.
Eric Bartlett is a seasoned writer, player and content creator for Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.