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Shiny hunting is one of the most popular aspects of modern Pokémon games. Every time a new Pokémon game is released, players work to have the best method for shiny hunting. Here is how to most effectively shiny hunt in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

How to go shiny hunting in Pokemon Legends

The most common shiny hunting method that has been discovered so far is through the use of mass outbreaks. These are spots on the map that contain four of the same Pokémon, allowing players to shiny hunt for groups of Pokémon instead of just one at a time. Hunting for mass outbreaks increases the odds of having a shiny appear. The method was originally devised by Twitter user @Lunagarde.

Step 1: Look for mass outbreaks on the map and fast travel

Talk to the Diamond member outside of Jubilife Village that allows a player to fast travel. Look for outbreak spots on the map that correspond to a specific Pokémon that is being shiny hunted. Icons of specific Pokémon will appear on the map if there is a mass outbreak of said Pokémon in a location. If the desired Pokémon is not on the map, continue to travel between Jubilife Village and different locations in order for new mass outbreaks to appear.

mass encounter map in Legends Arceus
An example of a Legends Arceus map with a mass encounter. In this picture it is Gastly. | Provided by Nintendo

Travel to the location in order to encounter the mass outbreak of the desired Pokémon.

Step 2: Locking the mass outbreak for shiny hunting

In order to shiny hunt the same Pokémon over and over again, the player must first lock the mass outbreak by either knocking out or catching a single Pokémon out of the mass outbreak. Doing so makes it so that the mass outbreak will remain in the same place, with the same Pokémon indefinitely. Within 60 seconds of knocking out or catching the desired Pokémon, travel back to Jubilife Village. If the travel is not completed within 60 seconds, this method will not work.

Shiny hunting starly
The player hunts a mass outbreak of Starly in the gameplay trailer. Provided by Nintendo

Step 3: Return to mass outbreak location and repeat

Once the mass encounter has been locked, the player can return to the same location as many times as it takes in order to fund a shiny encounter. However, after the mass encounter has been locked, simply look from afar in order to spot if any one of the Pokémon in the mass encounter is shiny. If the Pokémon is shiny, start the encounter. However, if none of the Pokémon are shiny, do not walk too close. When a player walks too close to an encounter a message will appear that says “You found the mass outbreak that was reported.” Do not go beyond this point to save as much time as possible.

If no shinies are found, simply travel to Jubilife Village and back to the desired mass encounter location in order to repeat the process.

What are the odds of finding shiny Pokémon?

The base odds of encountering a shiny Pokémon are 1/4096. However, with mass encounters, it is speculated to be around 1/136.5. Keep in mind these numbers are not exact and are an estimate. If the player has completed the Pokédex and has the shiny charm, the odds increase to 1/124. Pokémon Legends: Arceus has made it easier than ever to find shinies, and no doubt trainers will work hard to find the alternate colors of their favorite Pokémon.