What legendary Pokemon can be soft reset to farm for a shiny variant, and, in which games?

Example: If Groudon in Ruby can but cannot in Omega Ruby, make sure to tell.

One more thing, I do not care about the Game Boy Pokemon games legendaries, just because I can not get them to my newer games. You do not need to include any of them in your answer. I do care about Game Boy Advanced though.

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According to Serebii, starting in Pokémon Black & White, the developers started instituting locks where Pokémon could be caught in a wild but prevented from being shiny. These locks are mostly done on the signature legendary Pokémon of the games, but do range further.

These Pokemon are:

  • Victini, Reshiram and Zekrom in BW
  • Reshiram and Zekrom in B2W2
  • Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo, Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde in XY
  • Kyogre, Groudon, Rayquaza and Deoxys in ORAS
  • So I can still mainly get the secondary legendaries Shiny in the newer games?
    – The Man
    Feb 3, 2015 at 12:48
  • Yes, many shiny hunters have uploaded videos on YouTube, so I'm pretty sure you can get every legendary in its shiny form, but those 4 I've listed.
    – pinckerman
    Feb 3, 2015 at 12:55
  • I believe Kyurem is also shiny locked in B2W2, but not in BW. Also, all Wondercard Pokemon are shiny locked, which means all event Pokemon that aren't received in game through a Wondercard-unlocked event can't be shiny. This currently includes Celebi, Arceus, Keldeo, Meloetta and Diancie (as well as the Pokeball and Fancy patterns of Vivillon). These 5(7) and Victini, Xerneas, Yveltal and Zygarde are the only Pokemon not available in their shiny form since ORAS brought back Reshiram and Zekrom as non-shiny locked.
    – scenia
    Feb 3, 2015 at 16:39
  • @scenia I don't know about Kyurem, I have a shiny one and I don't know from which game is. Of course wondercard pokemon are shiny-locked, you can obtain their shiny version only if they are released shiny (like recently Jirachi).
    – pinckerman
    Feb 3, 2015 at 16:43
  • Well, "of course" might not be the correct term, I can totally see why someone would neither know nor expect this. Especially since those that come in in-game events that are unlocked via Wondercards can be shiny (e.g. Mew, Shaymin and Darkrai in some regions). Manaphy also is a notable exception.
    – scenia
    Feb 3, 2015 at 16:46

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