When playing Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you may notice that occasionally, one of the Pokemon you pass in the Paldea Region is a different colour than usual.
This is what players refer to as a "shiny form", a very rare, alternate form that every Pokemon has started since the second generation of games. Now, seven generations later, shiny forms are still prominent.
Let's take a look at the shiny odds and how to increase them.
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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Shiny Odds
The shiny odds in Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet have a fixed base of 1/4096 which can be increased in various different ways.
New to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will are Sandwiches which can be made during picnics. Set up a Picnic by opening your menu and making a sandwich with the Sparkling Power Lv.3 effect to boost your odds dramatically.
Mass Outbreaks have also made a return from Pokemon Legends: Arceus, giving players an increased chance of collecting a specific shiny Pokemon with the more Pokemon that they K.O while the outbreak is ongoing.
The final method of increasing your shiny odds while in the field is by getting the Shiny Charm, a common key item in the franchise that boosts shiny odds. To get the item, you need to complete the Pokedex and then talk to a specified NPC.
Combining these different methods will drastically increase your odds of finding a shiny Pokemon on your travels, getting you up to the highest possible shiny odds of 1/512.44 according to calculations made by Twitter user Sibuna_Switch.
This brings it equal to the highest odds possible for hatching shiny Pokemon from eggs without a shiny parent, with the popular Masuda Method also having 1/512 for its shiny-charm-boosted odds.
To do the Masuda Method, you'll need to breed two compatible Pokemon that come from different language versions of the game. An easy way to do this is to surprise trade Pokemon with other players across the world.