Does the Masuda method work on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?


One of the favorite Pokemon fan pastimes after completing the main game is shiny hunting. Shiny Pokémon have long been a staple of the Pokémon series and continue to be present in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Although there are several methods and tricks to find or breed shiny Pokémon, one of the easiest and one that works is the Masuda method. This is what it is and how to use it.

What is the Masuda method in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

The Masuda method is a particular way of pairing Pokémon while breeding to greatly increase the chances of a shiny Pokémon hatching. It requires players to breed two Pokémon together that were originally found in different real-life regions, such as the United States and France. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the Masuda method remains the most effective method for increasing the chances of getting a shiny Pokémon while breeding up to six times. The Masuda method can also be combined with the use of a shiny charm to further increase the odds.

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The Masuda method is named after a Game Freak founder, Junichi Masuda. When Global Trading became a staple of the Pokémon series in Generation IV, the Masuda method was hardcoded into the games, presumably to incentivize players to use it. It has remained a series staple ever since.

Looking for more information on shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? See Can you get a shiny starter Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? and Are there any shiny Pokémon locked in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? here at Pro Game Guides.

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