It’s easy to mistake these for shiny Pokémon when you’ve just started the game.

Every now and then, you can find Pokémon with a glowing yellow aura on the overworld. These Pokémon are rare, although you mustn’t mistake them for the far more rarer Shiny Pokémon. Known as “Brilliant Pokémon”, if you defeat and catch one of these, you’ll earn Watts that you can spend in the Wild Area.

In addition, if you catch a Brilliant Pokémon, you’ll discover that it knows one Egg Move, which is normally a move only acquired via breeding. Also, if you look further, this Pokémon will have at least two stats with perfect IVs (in basic terms, these two stats have the maximum potential).

There are two ways to improve your chances of finding Brilliant Pokémon.

Firstly, if you continue to defeat a specific species of Pokémon, the chances of finding Brilliant Pokémon of that species will be permanently increased. You can check this value by going to the species’s Pokédex page.

Number defeated Rate multiplier
0 0x
1~19 1x
20~49 1.3x
50~99 1.6x
100+ 2x

Secondly, you can temporarily increase the chance by chain fishing. To do so, you must keep hooking a Pokémon–it doesn’t matter what species–and defeating it. The chain will stop if you fail to hook a Pokémon, catch the Pokémon, flee from the battle or exit the current area.

Number defeated Rate multiplier
0~2 1x
3~6 1.3x
7~14 3.3x
15~24 6.6x
25+ 16.6x

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    3 December 2020
    Version History
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Welcome to our comprehensive strategy guide for Pokémon: Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon video game franchise. Our guide also incorporates all the DLC, including the Isle of Armor and brand new Crown Tundra DLC.

In Sword and Shield, you explore the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom, alongside rivals Hop, Bede and Marnie, with the aim to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion.

The games introduce several new features such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, functions that increase size and change forms of certain Pokémon; the Wild Area, a large open world with free camera movement; and raids with co-op battling. They also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

Brand New October 2020:

Version 1.2

  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
  • Details of all 16 new Wild Areas, including Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All the new Max Raid Dens: Locations and Featured Pokémon.
  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
  • Recipes for the Cram-o-matic.
  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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