Can legendaries be caught shiny in DPPt?

Jonathan Drain
  • Can legendaries be caught shiny in DPPt? Jonathan Drain

    In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver, can legendary Pokémon be encountered and caught as shiny?

  • Yes.

    Legendary Pokemon can be Shiny with the same rarity as any other pokemon.

  • Yes.
    This goes for all pokemon games:

    Whenever you encounter a (wild) pokemon, the game generates it's individual values. These are numbers ranging from 0-31 for every stat and they determine how much that stat will grow when the pokemon levels up. The exact conditions for a shiny encounter can be found here but in short, based on the generated IVs the game decides if the encounter is a shiny. Since the IV generating process is the same for all pokemon (with equal odds for every species) the chance of encountering a shiny legendary is the same as a normal pokemon (although a shiny from another species might be easier to farm).

    After reading through the bulbapedia, it seems I was not entirely correct, some pokemon are not possible to get shiny without glitches:
    - Generation II -
    Mew*
    Unown forms other than I and V*
    - Generation III -
    Celebi
    - Generation IV -
    Celebi
    Arceus
    Spiky-eared Pichu
    - Generation V -
    Celebi
    Arceus
    Victini
    Reshiram
    Zekrom
    Keldeo
    Meloetta
    Genesect

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