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Leaks indicate shiny Pokémon appear on the overworld, but without sound effects in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

A bad day for the colorblind as shiny Pokémon fall silent.

The upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are not going to stray too far from the tried and true mechanics of games in the past, recent leaks show. Between monster battling and searching for the Pokémon with perfect stats, shiny hunts have been a tradition in almost every Pokémon title, and the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are only going to offer a small tweak to the experience.

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A group of leakers that appear to have gotten their hands on Pokémon Scarlet early are eagerly informing soon-to-be players of the unique twists on the game, and shiny hunting is one such area. Shiny Pokémon will appear in the overworld, but they no longer make a sound when spawning to alert players of their presence. It appears that the spawn rate of shiny Pokémon has increased, considering that players are already finding them in-game.

A unique animation and sound will play when entering battle with a shiny Pokémon, but the only way it appears players will know it’s a shiny is if they can recognize the altered color scheme that appears in the overworld. Some fans are applauding the mechanic shift, as it will readily reward experienced players that know default color schemes for multiple Pokémon, knowing to chase a specific one that others would bypass.

Others are concerned, however, noting that colorblind Pokémon trainers are going to be at a severe disadvantage. Whether this current mechanic is intentional or a bug is unknown, but fans appear divided. Searching for shiny Pokémon is typically a concern for more advanced players, seeking to master a unique title of the longstanding franchise and its repertoire of creatures. Some believe that doesn’t mean, however, that it should be gated behind accessibility.

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