Pokemon Sword and Shield: How to catch Shinies in Dynamax Adventures

Did you know that Dynamax Adventures is the perfect way to catch the rarest shinies in Pokemon Sword and Shield? I didn’t either. Read on for tips!

With Pokemon Sword and Shield’s newest add-on, The Crown Tundra, one of the many new features that got added were the Dynamax Adventures. This was advertised as a multiplayer experience where you head into Dynamax dungeons and right in a series of raids leading you to a battle against a legendary.

What sounds like a lot is actually barely touching the surface. Did you know that altered odds and increased catch rates make it a shiny hunter’s dream? It is. Read on to find out.

Focus on the Backpackers!

Unless there is a particular standard Pokemon you’re looking for, always go that takes you towards the backpackers. These NPCs on the map grant you with one of five random hold items that can make the following battles easier for you.


And considering that if your team dies collectively four times you all, collectively, lose and leave the Dynamax Adventure, having a Focus Sash or two (they prevent you from dying and stop you at 1HP once) might be a godsend for the entire team.

There are also scientists who replace one Pokemon from your squad with another one but that one is sort of a crapshoot that’s only good if your Pokemon is really bad or about to die. There are also berries that heal your team. But…focus on the backpackers first and foremost.

Guaranteed Catching!

If you’re like me, and I’m sorry if you are not, you feel really good when your Pokeball matches the colors of the Pokeball it was caught with. Catching a Mespirit in a heal ball. Catching an Umbreon in a Luxury Ball. Almost any Ice Type in a Premier ball. Heck, catching anything that isn’t an Ultra Beast in a Beast Ball. I love doing all that. Especially if you have some of the rarer balls like Moon Balls or Sports Balls, you want to be a little precious about possibly losing them.

Guess what. Any Pokmeon you catch in a Dynamax Adventure, from a standard Pokemon to the most mythical of legendaries is a guaranteed catch. Whatever you throw out there? It’ll work. You want to catch a Magnemite with a Heavy Ball? Do you playa. Xerneas with a Dive Ball? Weird, but okay. This is a perfect chance to catch any Pokemon you want using any Pokeball you want.

This is also good for one other reason too because…

There is an Increased Rate of Catching Shinies!

You read that right, son. See, Shinies are absolutely obnoxious to obtain. In the normal game the standard catch rate of a shiny is 1/4096. If you managed to complete that Pokedex and get the shiny charm it’s about half that. Yuck.

WITH the increased catch rate, however, all Pokemon you encounter have a 1/300 rate of appearance. 1/100 if you have the Shiny Charm! That’s incredible. At first, I thought, “1/100 is still…well…one out of a hundred”. Then, three battles in, I caught this gorgeous, shiny Latios.


And remember, you can save the location of three legendary Pokemon so if there’s a particular Pokemon you’re looking to catch shiny like a shiny Pheromosa, this is…pardon the pun…your time to shine.