Can you believe it? Pokémon Sword and Shield are nearly one week old. In this short time frame, players have learned a lot about the new entries. One of the more interesting discoveries is the two different types of shiny animations.
This adds an extra layer to the hunt for shiny Pokémon. If you do encounter a shiny in the wild, upon entering battle, you'll either see the traditional stars animation play or an entirely new effect featuring spinning squares.
While it's all down to luck, there's also a bit of a "programming quirk" – here's how Serebii.net explains it:
With breeding Pokémon, static encounters and Max Raid Battles, when you encounter a Shiny Pokémon it will have a 15/16 chance of being a Pokémon with the Stars sparkle and a 1/16 chance of having the Squares sparkle. However, due to a programming quirk, at time of writing when you encounter a shiny Pokémon as a standard wild encounter, this is essentially inverted with a 4095/4096 chance of the Pokémon having the Squares sparkle and a 0.9375/4096 chance of it having the stars one when encountering a Shiny Pokémon.
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