When you start playing the Isle of Armor DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield, it won’t be long until you get your hands on the outrageously cute Kubfu. Kubfu will play pretty heavily into the story of the Isle of Armor, so we don’t want to drop too many spoilers here. One thing that people are wondering, however, is if Kubfu is Shiny locked.
At the moment, it would appear that Kubfu is indeed Shiny locked, and will not be a Shiny, so there is little point in trying to save-scum the moment when you get him in the game. According to dataminer SciresM, you won’t be able to get a Shiny Kubfu to drop this way.
To make things even more interesting, according to another dataminer, you also will not be able to breed Kubfu with a Ditto, and you won’t be able to breed their evolved form of Urshifu with a Ditto either.
This will be disappointing news to people who wish to try and get their hands on a Shiny Kubfu, but it is important to note that this is all datamined information which could prove to be incorrect, or end up being changed in a future patch.
We also don’t know if this is the only way to get a Kubfu right now, so we will be digging through the game ourselves to see if we can find another source for the cute little Legendary. We will be updating this guide as we learn more about Kubfu and the chances of getting a Shiny.