In Pokémon Sword/Shield, there are two variants of shiny forms which have different types of sparkles:
- Square Sparkles
- Star Sparkles
Yesterday, I received a shiny Pokémon in Pokémon Home through the GTS. The Pokémon had never been transferred into either Sword or Shield (it had the question mark icon and displayed the warning message stating it cannot be moved back into it's original game). I continued to move the Pokémon into my Sword game. After sending it into battle, I noticed the Pokémon had square sparkles.
That got me wondering: Given the separate variants is a new thing in these games, can a shiny Pokémon that's never been transferred into Pokémon Sword/Shield from Pokémon Home have a chance of being either star or square sparkles, or will it always be square sparkles? If it can be either, are the odds the same as if you were encounter one in the wild or are the odds more even?