I want to gain some rare and valuable shinies, and I looked towards the games mascots, Yveltal, Xerneas, and Zygarde. I know in previous games (like Diamond and Pearl) you could soft reset the game until the game would give you a Shiny in for the legendary. Can you still do this?

  • Is the likelihood of getting a shiny (1 in 8124 I think) the same for soft resetting to get a shiny legendary? – Cyberson Oct 19 '14 at 16:33

As of Gen V (Black/White), legendary Pokemon encountered in-game have absolutely 0% chance of being Shiny. Shiny legendary Pokemon are now only obtainable through events or hacking.

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    That's a bummer. Why do they even put Shiny forms in if you can't get them without an event? – Shadow Z. Mar 5 '14 at 4:41
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    Because it's much easier to leave the shiny palettes in the game rather than having to patch them in later when they release an event. – Yuuki Mar 5 '14 at 4:42
  • Good point, I am still upset though. – Shadow Z. Mar 5 '14 at 4:45
  • Kyurem can be caught shiny as far as i know. Do you know the reason for this? Wouldn't this possibly apply to Zygarde as well? – scenia Mar 5 '14 at 13:17

Because Gamefreak discourages soft resetting and wants you to only get legendaries nonshiny, or through events that make them shiny, they made it impossible to catch a shiny legendary since Generation V.

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