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Reason: How their level is affected, how many Watts the player earns from defeating them
Brilliant Pokémon (Japanese: オーラポケモン Aura Pokémon) are Pokémon with special auras in the overworld that can appear in Pokémon Sword and Shield. They have certain properties that are distinct from other Pokémon in the area.
Brilliant Pokémon can be encountered by one of two methods: as symbol encounters or via fishing. Symbol encounter Brilliant Pokémon give off a visible yellow aura in the overworld, whereas when fishing the aura is around the fishing spot. Once the player encounters the Pokémon, its aura is not seen again.
Brilliant Pokémon have the following properties:
- They are typically a higher level than the average Pokémon in the area.
- They know an Egg Move.
- They have two or three of their IVs guaranteed to be 31.
- The player earns Watts for catching or defeating them, with high-level Brilliant Pokémon yielding more Watts.
- They receive additional bonus rolls for being Shiny, up to a total of 6 rerolls at 500 caught/defeated.
The more Pokémon of a particular species that the player has caught or defeated, the more likely Pokémon of that species are to appear as symbol encounter Brilliant Pokémon. The number of times a player has encountered a particular species of Pokémon is recorded in their Pokédex.
Brilliant Pokémon are more likely to be Shiny, depending on the number of Pokémon of that species that the player has caught or defeated. If a Brilliant Pokémon is not Shiny, the game will regenerate its personality value up to 6 additional times (depending on the number of times the player has caught or defeated that species) to try and make it Shiny, resulting in the Pokémon being approximately 7 times more likely than normal to be Shiny. This stacks with the Shiny Charm (which provides 2 bonus rolls), allowing for up to 9 bonus rolls (approximately a 1/456 chance) if the player has the Shiny Charm and caught or defeated at least 500 of that species.
|Encounters||Brilliant Pokémon rate||Approximate Shiny rate|
|No Charm||Shiny Charm|
|0||Cannot appear||Normal rate||3× normal rate|
|1–19||1.5% chance||2× normal rate||4× normal rate|
|20–49||2% chance||2× normal rate||4× normal rate|
|50–99||2.5% chance||3× normal rate||5× normal rate|
|100–199||3% chance||4× normal rate||6× normal rate|
|200–299||3% chance||5× normal rate||7× normal rate|
|300–499||3% chance||6× normal rate||8× normal rate|
|500+||3% chance||7× normal rate||9× normal rate|
When fishing, Brilliant Pokémon are more likely to occur the more consecutive Pokémon are successfully reeled in and defeated, regardless of species. If the player fails to reel in a Pokémon, catches a Pokémon, flees from a Pokémon, leaves the area, or turns off the game, their streak is broken and the rate of encountering a Brilliant Pokémon via fishing resets.
|Successful encounters||Brilliant Pokémon rate|
|3–6||Normal rate + 2%|
|7–14||Normal rate + 5%|
|15–24||Normal rate + 10%|
|25+||Normal rate + 25%|
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