Pokemon Sword and Shield - Brilliant Pokemon and Shiny Pokemon

Details on Brilliant Pokemon and Shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Included are an overview, how to find Brilliant Pokemon, how to fish for Brilliant Pokemon, and how battling affects the chance to find Shiny Pokemon.

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Brilliant Pokemon and Shiny Pokemon

Brilliant Pokemon and Shiny Pokemon Guide

The tall grass and the vast wild area are home to many wild Pokemon. The wild area also offers Pokemon that inhabit dens and come in their dynamaxed or even gigantamaxed forms. Whether you’re looking to join raids, do some training, or are out to catch all sorts of Pokemon, the wild area serves as a hub for Pokemon Trainers to explore.

However, if you’ve been battling Pokemon for a while, chances are that you’ve come across some Pokemon cloaked in a golden aura. Here, we take a look at their features and their relation to the odds of finding Shiny Pokemon.

How to find Brilliant Pokemon

Pokemon that emanate a bright aura are known as Brilliant Pokemon. These rare Pokemon come at higher levels than their regular counterparts and have special moves. Similar to Pokemon found in dens, they have at least two maxed out IVs. When defeated, these Pokemon give experience and some bonus watts. The amount of watts you earn depends on the Pokemon’s level, with stronger Pokemon giving more watts.

Unlike previous games, you don’t need to defeat these Pokemon consecutively. You need about 100 encounters of the same Pokemon to max out the chance of finding them.

Defeated Pokemon Effects
1 or more
  • Chance to find Brilliant Pokemon
20 or more
  • Have 1.3 times the chance to find Brilliant Pokemon
50 or more
  • Have 1.6 times the chance to find Brilliant Pokemon.
  • Have two times the chance to find Shiny Pokemon
100 or more
  • Have two times the chance to find Brilliant Pokemon Pokemon.
  • Have three times the chance to find Shiny Pokemon
200 or more
  • Have four times the chance to find Shiny Pokemon
300 or more
  • Have five times the chance to find Shiny Pokemon
500 or more
  • Have six times the chance to find Shiny Pokemon

Fishing for Brilliant Pokemon

Another way to find Brilliant Pokemon is to go fishing. Dark spots in the water signify the presence of a wild water type Pokemon. Similar to the above mentioned features, some of these spots also contain rare Pokemon. Search for fishing spots that have a gold aura. While the goal is the same, fishing has its own process which requires chaining. You can’t afford to break the chain if you wish to raise the chance of finding these Pokemon. In other words, you can’t fail reeling a Pokemon in, back out from the battle, exit the area, catch the encountered Pokemon, or turn off your game. Fortunately, you don’t need to battle the same species over and over. Simply knock out whichever Pokemon you land and keep fishing. After fishing and defeating Pokemon at least 25 times, you will have maxed out the probability that a Brilliant Pokemon will appear.

Hooked Pokemon Effects
At most 2 Chance to find Brilliant Pokemon
3-6 Have 1.3 times the chance to find Brilliant Pokemon
7-14 Have 3.3 times the chance to find Brilliant Pokemon
15-24 Have 6.6 times the chance to find Brilliant Pokemon
At least 25 Have 16.6 times the chance to find Brilliant Pokemon

Shiny Pokemon

Apart from Brilliant Pokemon, you can also encounter Shiny Pokemon. You need to battle and defeat 50 of the same Pokemon to raise the chance of finding Shiny Pokemon by two. If you’re hunting for a certain shiny Pokemon, aim to defeat 500 of the same species to get the highest chance. After knocking out a Pokemon, wait in the same patch of grass and you might encounter the same species again. If battling is also your strong suit, doing this method also helps you earn certain Effort Values. After battling many Pokemon of the same species, the chance of finding another increases. Continue knocking out these Pokemon and you may find not only find more Brilliant Pokemon but also have a chance to find a Shiny Pokemon.

Shiny Pokemon

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