Pokémon Sword and Shield has a new kind of shiny Pokémon that’s rather than usual. In the past shiny Pokémon have always been this sought after treasure by fans due to their rarity but in Sword and Shield there is another type of shiny that has been introduced, previously a shiny Pokémon would sparkle once found or sent into battle but in Sword and Shield they can now have two different types of animations. It’s a very small difference but normal shiny Pokémon would have stars but the rarer shinies will have squares, but according to Serebii the odds of square shinies is actually not working properly at the moment.

With breeding Pokémon, static encounters and Max Raid Battles, when you encounter a Shiny Pokémon it will have a 15/16 chance of being a Pokémon with the Stars sparkle and a 1/16 chance of having the Squares sparkle. However, due to a programming quirk, at time of writing when you encounter a shiny Pokémon as a standard wild encounter, this is essentially inverted with a 4095/4096 chance of the Pokémon having the Squares sparkle and a 0.9375/4096 chance of it having the stars one when encountering a Shiny Pokémon.

Down below is an example of the small difference between normal and square shinies.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is available now exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

Source: Go Nintendo

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