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This article will show all the information on how to know if a Pokemon is Shiny, its difference with normal Pokemon and the different kinds of Shiny Pokemon in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield.

What is a Shiny Pokemon

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Shiny Pokemon are Pokemon that have a different shade of color from their normal counterpart. Shiny Pokemon were introduced way back in Generation 2.

How to Tell if a Pokemon is Shiny

Shiny Pokemon can be identified by the entrance animation of the Pokemon where it shows a shining effect hence the name shiny. Shiny Pokemon can be obtained from either encountering Pokemon in the wild or by breeding a Pokemon.

Difference Between Shiny Pokemon and Normal Pokemon

Shiny Pokemon and Normal Pokemon

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The difference between Shiny Pokemon and normal Pokemon is the color of the Pokemon and the particle animation when it enters battle.

Shiny Pokemon have a special particle animation when entering the battle so be sure to watch out for this as there are Shiny Pokemon with little to no difference with their non-Shiny variant.

The Pokemon's abilities, stats, and appearance will remain the same. Some Pokemon will have a drastic change in colors and some Pokemon will only have a slight change of appearance in color.

Types of Shiny Pokemon

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Starting from Generation 8, there are now 2 kinds of Shiny Pokemon. In previous generations of Pokemon, only Star Shinies were available in-game. Generation 8 introduced Square Shinies in the game.

Square Shiny & Star Shiny Differences

The only difference between the two is the particle animation when they enter battle.

Star Shiny Star particle animation
Square Shiny Square particle animation

Square Shiny & Star Shiny Appearance Rate

Star Shiny More common when breeding
Square Shiny More common during encounters

How to Hunt for Shiny Pokemon

Shiny-Locked Pokemon

Shiny-locked Pokemon are Pokemon that cannot be obtained by soft-resetting the game.

These shiny-variant Pokemon are obtained either through events or breeding.

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