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Get more shiny Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet with these sandwiches

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet shiny Pokemon sandwich

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet make it easy to shiny hunt thanks to sandwiches, and players can almost guarantee themselves by eating the right sandwich in the right area.

While shiny hunting can still be time-consuming and frustrating, it’s much easier these days than it was in the past. Pokemon Legends: Arceus let players easily spot shinies in the wild and most players stumbled upon more than one just playing the game normally. Meanwhile, legendary and mythical Pokemon were made freely huntable in Pokemon Sword and Shield, then Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet streamlined things and made it so players can more effectively shiny hunt their favorites by eating the right sandwich. Here are the best practices for shiny hunting in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, and the best sandwiches for getting each type.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet selfie with shiny Eevee

How to shiny hunt in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The best method for getting shiny Pokemon is to eat a sandwich that has level three Sparkling Power and Encounter Power for the same type. This increases the odds of encountering a shiny Pokemon of a certain type, and will force almost all spawns in an area to be Pokemon of that same type. Combine this with the Shiny Charm and players are almost guaranteed to catch a shiny within a relatively short period of time.

Alongside this, mass outbreaks also boast higher odds of encountering a shiny. The more Pokemon that are defeated during a mass outbreak, the better the odds become. Improved odds from the Shiny Charm, sandwiches, and mass outbreaks stack with one another, giving better odds of a shiny than anything seen before.

That said, shiny hunting in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is still a process. The best shiny hunting sandwiches all require multiple Herba Mystica, which are difficult to obtain. Players are also still dealing with a slim chance of encountering a shiny, which can make this a lengthy ordeal. It’s also difficult to guarantee a specific shiny Pokemon in most cases, since a player could hypothetically go for a bug-type Pokemon and get a shiny Lokix spawn instead of a shiny Scyther. 

Still, players have a much better chance of getting a shiny with this method than they did in almost any other previous game. With the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC’s release looming and hundreds of popular Pokemon set to return, players will have a great opportunity to catch their favorite shinies.

Best shiny hunting sandwich recipes in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The best sandwiches for shiny hunting offer level-three Sparkling Power and Encounter Power for the same type. As such, there are technically 18 different sandwiches that qualify as the best one for shiny hunting, depending on what Pokemon the player is looking to hunt. 

Each of these sandwiches will have level-three Sparkling and Encounter Powers for the same type, as well as level-three Title Power:

Desired shiny’s typingIngredient 1Ingredient 2Ingredient 3
NormalChorizoSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
FireBasilSalty Herba MysticaSweet Herba Mystica
WaterCucumberSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
GrassLettuceSalty Herba MysticaSour Herba Mystica
ElectricYellow Bell PepperSalty Herba MysticaSpicy Herba Mystica
IceKlawf StickSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
FightingPickleSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
PoisonNoodlesSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
GroundHamSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
FlyingProsciuttoSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
PsychicOnionSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
BugCherry TomatoSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
RockJalapenoSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
GhostRed OnionSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
DragonAvocadoSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
DarkSmoked FilletSweet Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica
SteelHamburgerSalty Herba MysticaSweet Herba Mystica
FairyTomatoSalty Herba MysticaSalty Herba Mystica

Do sandwiches improve the odds of getting shiny Pokemon from eggs?

Sandwiches do not increase the odds of getting shiny Pokemon from eggs. The Sparkling Power effect from sandwiches only applies to Pokemon encountered in the world, and will not improve players’ chances of getting shinies from eggs or Tera Raids.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet shiny Bagon hatching from egg

The best option for breeding shiny Pokemon remains the “Masuda Method.” This is the act of breeding together Pokemon caught by players using different languages on their save, which offers increased shiny odds. For example, if a player breeds together a Pikachu caught by a player who was playing the game in Japanese with a Ditto caught by an English-language player, eggs from that pairing have better shiny odds than a Japanese Pikachu and Japanese Ditto. The Shiny Charm’s improved shiny odds stack with the Masuda method.

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, an egg has a 1/4,096 chance of being shiny under normal circumstances. This is improved to 6/4,096 by doing Masuda Method breeding, which is boosted to 8/4,096 by the Shiny Charm. The odds are still long at 1/512, but players are still eight times more likely to hatch a shiny through this method.

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Written by Steven Rondina

Steven Rondina has been playing video games since he was a toddler and appreciates every genre out there. He has earned the platinum trophy in every Soulsborne game, is regularly Master Ball-ranked on the competitive Pokemon ladder, and has spent thousands of hours missing shots on Dust 2.

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