Shiny Locked Pokémon are Pokémon that cannot be encountered as a shiny variant in the game, but they can be obtained in different games or through special promotions. Previous games have had some shiny locked Pokémon which are usually the legendary Pokémon, and recently even some of the starter Pokémon and some gifted ones in the game.
In this guide, we will go through all of the Shiny Locked Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
All Shiny Locked Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet
Listed below are the Pokémon that are shiny locked in the most recent game. Do note that there are Pokémon that are only shiny locked in certain instances, such as the starters or ones from NPC in-game trades, but it does not prevent you from owning a shiny variant through other means within the current version of Scarlet and Violet.
Starter Pokémon *Only the ones that you receive from Director Clavell are shiny locked; offsprings from these starters have a chance to spawn as shiny.
Box Legendaries *Both the one given to you at the start of the game and the one encountered in Area Zero.
Titans *All five of them are uncatchable, anyway. The ones that spawn in the wild after defeating them have a chance to spawn as shiny.
Klawf, Stony Cliff Titan
Bombirdier, Open Sky Titan
Orthworm, Lurking Steel Titan
Great Tusk (Scarlet) or Iron Treads (Violet), Quaking Earth Titan
Tatsugiri, False Dragon Titan
Gimmighoul Chest Form *By extension, Gholdengo is also shiny locked.
Sunflora that are roaming in Artazon
Galarian Meowth from Salvatore’s quest line
Snom from Cortondo Trade
Wooper from Cascarrafa Trade
Haunter (Gengar) from Levincia Trade
How to get a Shiny Starter
To get a shiny Starter, you simply need to breed your started with other Pokémon in the same egg group (if it is female), or breed it with a Ditto (female/male) and hope that one of the eggs that you get will hatch as a shiny. Check out our Easy Shiny Hunting Guide to know how to increase your chances of hatching a shiny Pokémon.
Getting shinies through breeding also applies to the in-game traded Pokémon.
But I saw a shiny *X* legendary…
Yes, and since all legendary Pokémon in the game are shiny locked at this point, that was most likely a hacked or a modded Pokémon. Be wary from obtaining those Pokémon as they are considered as illegally obtained and may potentially cause complications with your game or your Nintendo account. It is best to wait for any special promotions or official giveaways for these Pokémon that may come in the future.