Shiny Pokémon

Shiny Pokémon, having existed in the games since Pokémon Gold & Silver once again make a return in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. However, as always there are a few tweaks. The standard rate remains at the general 1 in 4096, however in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, there's a twist; The Shiny Charm, obtained by catching every Pokémon in the National Pokédex, does not work on wild encounters so they will always have the base rate.

However, the Shiny Charm does still work on breeding Pokémon and rates can be improved further by breeding with Pokémon from a game in another language. This changes it to 1 in 682.7 without a Shiny Charm or 1 in 512 with the Shiny Charm.

This game also reverts the addition of Star/Sparking and Square/Glistening Shiny Pokémon, with there only being one Shiny animation.

In this game, all Legendary Pokémon and the starters are not Shiny Locked. The only Shiny Locked Pokémon are the gift Jirachi and Mew from Floaroma Town, as well as the Mystery Gifts.

There are, however, a few different ways to improve your odds.

Shiny Pokémon

Grand Underground - Diglett Bonus

A new feature implemented into the Grand Underground is the Diglett feature. Throughout the Underground, you will see various Diglett and Dugtrio at junctions and corners. They will retreat before you can get to them but will leave some energy; 1 Point for Diglett and 3 points for Dugtrio.

If you collect 40 points in one session, then you will get a small bonus. For 4 minutes, you will have a slightly increased chance of encountering a Shiny Pokémon in the Underground, 1 in 2048 compared to 1 in 4096.

Diglett Bonus - Grand Underground

Poké Radar - Chain Bonus

One of the first shiny hunting methods makes a return in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. After you receive the National Pokédex, you will get the Poké Radar. This item lets you search out for various Pokémon and create a chain of encounters.

This is done by knocking out a Pokémon and moving to the next shaking spot to battle another of the same species. If you get a wild encounter before then or the Pokémon is different, then the chain breaks. The higher your chain, the better the shiny odds.

The Poké Radar isn't affected by the Shiny Charm, but the odds for Shiny with it go down to a very good 1 in 99 chance for each patch of grass. When a Shiny Pokémon is in a patch of grass, it will sparkle.

Chain NumberShiny Rate
01 in 4096
11 in 3855
21 in 3640
31 in 3449
41 in 3277
51 in 3121
61 in 2979
71 in 2849
81 in 2731
91 in 2621
101 in 2521
111 in 2427
121 in 2341
131 in 2259
141 in 2185
151 in 2114
161 in 2048
171 in 1986
181 in 1927
191 in 1872
201 in 1820
211 in 1771
221 in 1724
231 in 1680
241 in 1638
251 in 1598
261 in 1560
271 in 1524
281 in 1489
291 in 1456
301 in 1310
311 in 1285
321 in 1260
331 in 1236
341 in 1213
351 in 1192
361 in 993
371 in 799
381 in 400
391 in 200
40+1 in 99
Poké Radar