You’ve got a limited but decent choice of Pokémon starters in Scarlet and Violet, and are able to choose from Quaxly, Sprigatito and the incredibly cute Fuecoco. You can find out all about the Starters evolutions right here, if you’re finding it hard to decide what Pokémon to go for.
Shiny Pokémon also return in the game, which – for those new to the series, refer to incredibly rare Pokémon sought after by trainers.
One of the most popular ways you could get a Shiny was restart the game over and over until you finally got one. Given the extremely low probability of getting one, players would sometimes need to restart hundreds of times. But does this trick work in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? Let’s find out.
Are starters shiny locked in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?
Sadly, restarting the game over and over will not get you a Shiny Pokémon. It appears the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet starters are locked, which will come as no surprise as this has been the way for the last few Pokémon games. For example, the starters in Pokémon Legends: Arceus – Decidueye, Typhlosion, and Samurott – were all Shiny locked, too.
There’s no point trying as it’s likely been hard coded into the game, but the good news is that there is a simple breeding system in the game that you can use to get a Shiny.
To acquire one, you need to start hatching eggs, which which can be done via the Pokémon Picnic feature. All you need to do is pair two compatible male and female Pokémon and eggs will be created. If you get lucky, one of the 10 eggs held in the basket will contain a Shiny Pokémon.
For now, this is the only way to get Shiny Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet.
Are starters shiny locked in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet FAQ?
What are starter Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet?
The Pokemon Scarlet and Violet starters are Quaxly, Sprigatito and the incredibly cute Fuecoco. They are all Shiny locked.
Are Pokémon Scarlet and Violet the same game?
There are slight differences between the two, with each game featuring some unique Pokemon, outfits and professors.