Image Credit: Bethesda
Forgot password
Enter the email address you used when you joined and we'll send you instructions to reset your password.
If you used Apple or Google to create your account, this process will create a password for your existing account.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Reset password instructions sent. If you have an account with us, you will receive an email within a few minutes.
Something went wrong. Try again or contact support if the problem persists.
Image via The Pokémon Company

Are Koraidon and Miraidon shiny locked in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

These two Pokemon may not shine.

Koraidon and Miraidon are the box legendaries in the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet game, and these powerful beasts stay with you for a good majority of the game. Whether you’re riding on their backs while exploring Paldea, or sending them into the heat of battle, these legendary companions are here to stick with you and protect you, while also looking pretty sick. These are great designs for legendary Pokemon, but you might want to take their coolness to the next level.

Recommended Videos

Shiny Pokemon are a mysterious phenomenon where Pokemon have a different color palette. These Pokemon tend to be extremely rare with very low spawn rates, but there are players dedicated to shiny hunting Pokemon and building up a collection of oddly colored Pokemon. However, legendary Pokemon tend to be “shiny-locked,” meaning they are unable to be spawned as shiny without the use of hacks or third-party software.

Related: Are the starter Pokémon shiny locked in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Are Koraidon and Miraidon shiny-locked?

Unfortunately, the box legendaries in Scarlet and Violet are also shiny-locked. You cannot get a shiny version of Koraidon or Miraidon through legitimate means. If you really want these two awesome legendaries in their shiny variant, you’ll have to do so illegitimately or get someone to hack them in for you. Hacking Pokemon like this comes with some risks, however, and you might find yourself barred from online play if you do so.

As stated before, box legendaries tend to be shiny-locked, but previous legendary Pokemon have gotten their chance in the shiny spotlight. It’s possible Koraidon and Miraidon will have shiny variants in the future through events, mystery gifts, or through other games such as Pokemon Go. Therefore, while this pair of Pokemon aren’t able to have that extra shine you might want right now, that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless.

Gamepur is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Image of Joshua Chu
Joshua Chu
Joshua Chu is a Contributing Writer at Gamepur and is known for fantastic guides on Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. They cover a variety of interesting tips and tricks to succeed in the games, and how best to tackle each world. Joshua also has writing at Kotaku and PCInvation.