The Legendary Pokemon caught during the Dynamax Adventures in Pokemon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra expansion can shiny.
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are out now on Nintendo Switch. The Isle of Armor expansion is out now, and The Crown Tundra is out now; both via the Expansion Pass DLC. In case you missed it, you can find our review for the base game here, and our review of the Isle of Armor expansion here.
As previously reported [1, 2], one of the new features coming to The Crown Tundra are Dynamax Adventures. While Max Raid battles task a player with fighting a single Dynamaxed or Gigantimaxed Pokemon with three other allies, Max Adventures are a little different.
Players are tasked with fighting multiple Max Raid battles in a row using Rental Pokemon (rather than their own), and choosing which path to go down with events along the way. Players can also swap their rental Pokemon for the newly captured Dynamax Pokemon. Players can find Legendary Pokemon from prior games through this.
We are now hearing reports that these Legendary Pokemon can be shiny [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], along with normal Pokemon [1, 2] as well. Even considering that a large number of people will be playing the game, the odds of finding a shiny appear higher than usual.
Typically Legendary Pokemon do not appear shiny in games, only via special events in the real world and promotional offers. However, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon featured a mechanic to hunt down and find past Legendary Pokemon which could be shiny.
It should be noted that in the main story for The Crown Tundra, players must take part in at least one Dynamax Adventure, and face off against the legendary Pokemon Suicune. We are hearing unconfirmed reports that players can only catch one of each Legendary Pokemon.
When a Dynamax Adventure is complete however, players may choose one Pokemon out of all those caught to take home. If a Legendary Pokemon is rejected in this instance, we are hearing reports that players will be able to capture it again later. As such, players may wish to catch but reject the Suicune encountered.
One bizarre oddity is that the Pokemon will not appear shiny until the results screen at the end of the adventure. We previously reported how once beaten, these Legendary Pokemon have a 100% catch rate. For those who like to catch Pokemon in Pokeballs of matching or complimenting colors, we recommend you keep a picture handy in case you get lucky.
We are also hearing reports that Legendary Pokemon caught in the expansion outside of Dynamax Adventures cannot be shiny (or shiny locked). We will continue to investigate. You can expect our review of The Crown Tundra expansion soon.