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How to save the wolf in Until Dawn (no spoilers)

Until Dawn is a game that’s best played without spoilers.

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Until Dawn is a game that’s best played without spoilers.

Admittedly that’s true of most games – in the same way that it’s better not to know what Soylent Green is (and if anybody tells you before you watch it, they’re not your friend and you don’t need them in your life) – but it’s especially important when playing a game like Until Dawn, where your lack of awareness of what’s happening and your reaction to certain fearful stimuli is, for the most part, the essence of the game.

Who am I kidding? It’s literally the whole game, but do you know what’s also really important? The fucking dog not dying.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - butterflyThere are eight fairly typical slasher-movie teens to protect in Until Dawn, and your objective is literally to get as many of them to survive until dawn as possible. If you were to read around on a wiki beforehand you’d be prepared for some of the bad stuff that’s going to happen, and might even get a few more of them to survive, but that takes the fun out of it.

There are no retries. There’s no save spamming. There are no mulligans. You get one shot at each event and you have to play right through the game from start to finish on one auto-save; once someone’s dead, that’s it.

Given some of the teens are of severely questionable likeability at times (read: all the time, for one in particular) it’s easy to shrug off a death as merely a disappointment. Sure, it’s a bit of a bump in the road for perfectionists and you might lose someone you kind of liked, but ultimately horror-movie teens are designed to be expendable.

So we’ve established that peeking ahead is wrong. It’s like leaving your finger in a choose-your-own-adventure book in case you made a poor choice… but nobody wants to see the dog die and that leaves you in a bit of a moral quandary; you want to know, without any shadow of a doubt, how to save the dog, but you also don’t want to spoil the game for yourself.

So we’ve created this short – and completely spoiler-free – guide on how to save the wolf in Until Dawn.

Befriending the wolf in Until Dawn

First up, in order to have the chance to save the wolf in Until Dawn, you’re going to have to make him your buddy.

This isn’t an especially difficult QTE in the grand scheme of things, particularly in a game that sees you having to correctly chain sub-second button presses then immediately hold the controller perfectly still for (what feels like) an eternity, but if you mess it up early then the wolf won’t be your friend when it counts.

When <protagonist name redacted> enters the <scary generic horror-movie building> they’re going to run into some wolves. The first one, a dark grey-coloured snarling Cerberus from the gates of hell itself, is going to chase you down a corridor and you’re barely going to escape without getting your face mauled off.

Until Dawn is however setting you up for one of its many bait-and-switch situations, and when presented with a second wolf shortly afterwards – a majestic white beast – you’re given the option to smack it in the face to defend yourself.

DO NOT SMACK THE WOLF IN THE FACE.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - kickYou’ll notice that this wolf isn’t snarling or charging at you. Anybody who has even a vague understanding of canine body language will see that this wolf isn’t in attack mode; it’s a little defensive, but it’s more curious than anything else about the stranger who’s just rocked up in his bedroom.

And then the game presents you with a QTE that on first glance, could be mistaken for a ‘pet wolf’ command. But it’s not. If you look closely, you’ll see it’s actually a clenched fist and not an open palm. In certain situations Until Dawngives you the option of doing nothing – it even expresses this in an early tutorial where it says “sometimes doing nothing is the best option” – and you would be wise to listen.

REPEAT: DO NOT SMACK THE WOLF IN THE FACE.

If you managed to avoid the temptation to smack the wolf in the face, he’ll sniff you a little, cock his head on one side, and <protagonist name redacted> will have the opportunity to approach or back away.

APPROACH THE WOLF.

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You’ll get a chance to give him a little pat. This furry guy is a very welcome friendly face in an increasingly stressful scenario.

You’re not quite done yet, though. Head to the very back of the room, to what looks like a Legend of Zelda-esque treasure chest on top of a little raised dais. Open it, and you’ll find human bones – don’t ask, just accept it – then grab one of the bones out of the box using the R2 button.

You’re going to want to head back over to the beautiful white wolf and hand him your macabre chew toy. He’ll make some approving noises, and you’ve made a friend for life. This friend will come in very handy later, but for now, <protagonist name redacted> leaves the <scary generic horror-movie building> and we zip the story on a few hours.

Well done! You’ve taken the first step to save the wolf in Until Dawn.

Reconnecting with the wolf in Until Dawn

<Protagonist name redacted> is, for some inexplicable reason, going to return to the <scary generic horror-movie building> they met the wolf in earlier. Don’t question it; it’s simply a horror movie in game form, and you know people have to do dumb things to progress the story. It’s one of the unwritten rules of horror.

Unfortunately in this later visit to <scary generic horror-movie building> you’re going to be hunted by a large number of <enemy name redacted> and they’re really rather unpleasant. The only thing that can kill them is <redacted> and needless to say, you’re damn short on that. You do have a sawn-off shotgun which can slow them down, but all that really does is buy you time.

<Protagonist name redacted> is therefore very pleased to run into their wolf friend from earlier. This however filled me with a dreadful sense of foreboding: The very fact we’ve run back into this wolf during a time of heightened danger, an animal we’ve grown attached to in our short time with him, means he must be on the Until Dawn hit list.

My wife, an animal lover, did a cursory Google search on the matter to protect me from spoilers. “Can the wolf die in Until Dawn?” She asked, plaintively, and I saw her face sink.

Mrs B then scanned ahead in the wiki pages, to learn about the wolf’s possible fates, and she spoiled a crap-load of the next section of the game for herself. This was a real shame, because Until Dawn is a game that – with its horror-movie sensibilities and Hollywood presentation – is almost as entertaining to watch as it is to play.

But ultimately, the desire to save the wolf in Until Dawn was stronger than the desire to avoid spoilers – we’re all animal lovers at heart – which is what ultimately prompted me to create this spoiler-free guide on how to save the wolf in Until Dawn.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn

This is where we really get down to business. <Protagonist name redacted> is making their way through the corridors of <scary generic horror-movie building> with his wolf buddy by his side for backup.

The wolf is exceedingly useful. He’ll give you clues of where you need to go to next, and he’ll growl and become agitated to warn you of danger. He’ll also throw himself at any of the <enemy name redacted> you don’t stop with your shotgun, to protect his new best friend. Unfortunately this loyalty has the potential to get the wolf killed, and there are two key moments where you need to be especially on the ball, in order to save the wolf in Until Dawn:

Moment 1: Barrel

<Protagonist name redacted> has been making their way along the corridors of <scary generic horror-movie building> being chased by <enemy name redacted> at every turn. You’re slamming doors in their faces, hitting QTEs to avoid their cloying grasp, and giving them both barrels in the face with your trusty – and mercifully, ammo-unlimited-with-zero-reload-time – sawn-off shotgun.

Needless to say you don’t want to miss any of these QTEs or bad things will happen, but there comes a point where the <enemy name redacted> gets a bit smarter; they gang up on you in a narrow corridor and <protagonist name redacted> unfortunately can’t shoulder-charge the final door to escape through.

This leaves <protagonist name redacted> and wolf vulnerable. You’d only have time to shoot one of the <enemy name redacted> while your wolf would take on the other; this would unfortunately prove fatal for your canine buddy, who would sacrifice his life to save his best friend in the whole world.

But you can be smarter.

After giving one of the enemies a tap with the shotgun to keep it at bay, <Protagonist name redacted> finds a barrel by the door. Specifically, a red video game barrel, and we all know what that means; queue two rapid-fire QTEs that you must nail in order to save the wolf in Until Dawn.

YOU MUST TIP THE BARREL.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - barrel 1

First, you’ll reach to the right and tip the barrel over onto its side. In case you’ve not cottoned on to the Until Dawn QTE mechanics yet, an event to the right-hand side of the active character – be it dodging, climbing or grabbing – will be the Circle button. Then you’ll need to nudge it with the right stick, and the barrel will tip onto its side.

YOU MUST ROLL THE BARREL.

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The camera will switch back to the approaching enemies, fanning out on either wall then quick as a flash, QTE number two happens – it’s to the right, so it’s Circle again – and <protagonist name redacted> rolls the barrel slowly down the corridor towards the on-rushing nasties.

Seems pretty ineffectual, but we know what red barrels do.

YOU MUST HIT THE BARREL, NOT THE ENEMIES.

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The game switches into shotgun-aiming mode. You’ve got the choice of three targets, but only the time to make a single shot. If you hit the barrel (the centre target) as it approaches the enemies, it’ll blow the whole corridor. This dispatches the pair of <enemy name redacted> and blows the door open for <protagonist name redacted> and the wolf to scarper through.

Don’t rest easy though; you’re not done yet.

Moment 2: Barricade

<Protagonist name redacted> will run along the corridor away from the blown door, and shortly after, winds up in a room with a choice. That choice – barricade the door, or run for your life – seems like a no-brainer. Your instinct is to run; most people will want to put as much distance between themselves and the enemy as possible.

YOU MUST BARRICADE THE DOOR.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - barricade

Flip the analog stick over to the left to select the ‘barricade’ option, and hold it there for dear life. <Protagonist name redacted> will slide a cabinet over in front of the door, and prevent any ingress from nasties.

Well done – you’ve just managed to save the wolf in Until Dawn – but it doesn’t seem immediately apparent why the ‘barricade’ option has made such a big difference.

As <protagonist name redacted> heads away from the door, you’ll find a hole in the floor to drop down. The room’s a dead end, so you’ll naturally need to do it, but your wolf buddy won’t follow you; despite <protagonist name redacted> trying to encourage him down, he’s afraid of the drop and won’t budge.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - catch you on the flip-side

So you say goodbye to your faithful canine companion and head on your way, with a tinge of sadness that you won’t see him again, but happy in the knowledge that he’s out of harm’s way (now that he’s no longer loitering around classic horror-movie locales with the expendable teen cast).

The game also confirms that you managed to save the wolf in Until Dawn by giving you ‘The Skilful Wolfman’ PlayStation Trophy and updating the game’s in-built ‘Butterfly Effect’ chart – the scorecard of your progress – to unequivocally confirm that the wolf survived the experience.

But who cares about trophies? The wolf survived!


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The complete list of NES and SNES games on Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online includes access to a growing library of classic NES and SNES video games. Here’s the full list of available titles.

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Nintendo Switch Online includes access to a growing library of classic NES and SNES video games. Here’s the full list of available titles.

In addition to online gaming and cloud saves, the Nintendo Switch Online service also includes access to an impressive selection of NES and SNES classics. There are currently more than 50 games available, with new titles added to the library on an occasional basis.

There’s a good mix of first and third-party classics to play, including Super Mario Bros, Gradius, Super Metroid, Double Dragon, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Many of them have also been updated to support online multiplayer and leaderboards.

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Here’s the complete list of currently available NES and SNES games. We’ll keep it updated as new titles are added.

Some games also have SP editions that include helpful power ups, extra lives, or late-game save states. It’s a nice way to explore some of these notoriously difficult classics. These editions are marked with (+SP) in the list below.

Nintendo Switch – NES games (Updated 15/02/2020)

  • Adventures of Lolo
  • Balloon Fight
  • Baseball
  • Blaster Master (+SP)
  • City Connection
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Crystalis
  • Dodge Ball
  • Donkey Kong
  • Dinky Kong 3
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario (+SP)
  • Eliminator Boat Duel – Coming Soon
  • Excitebike
  • Ghosts’n Goblins (+SP)
  • Gradius (+SP)
  • Ice Climber
  • Ice Hockey
  • Journey to Silius
  • Kid Icarus (+SP)
  • Kirby’s Adventure (+SP)
  • Kung-Fu Heroes
  • The Legend of Zelda (+SP)
  • Mario Bros.
  • Metroid (+SP)
  • Mighty Bomb Jack (+SP)
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Ninja Gaiden (+SP)
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Punch Out!!
  • River City Ransom
  • Shadow of the Ninja – Coming Soon
  • Soccer
  • Solomon’s Key
  • Star Soldier (+SP)
  • Star Tropics
  • Super Dodge Ball
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Tennis
  • TwinBee
  • Vice: Project Doom
  • Volleyball
  • VS Excitebike
  • Wario’s Woods
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Yoshi
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (+SP)

Nintendo Switch – SNES games (Updated 15/02/2020)

  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath of Fire
  • Breath of Fire II
  • Demon’s Crest
  • F-Zero
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Pilotwings
  • Pop ‘n TwinBee – Coming Soon
  • Smash Tennis – Coming Soon
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch Out!!
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Tennis
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Nintendo Switch Online is available with a free one week trial for new subscribers. Monthly, quarterly, and annual memberships are available, along with a family plan that supports up to eight separate Nintendo accounts.


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What are the Zombie Army 4 system requirements?

You only need surprisingly lightweight hardware to take on Hitler and his zombie hordes in Zombie Army 4.

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You only need surprisingly lightweight hardware to take on Hitler and his zombie hordes in Zombie Army 4.

The tradition (let’s call it that, why not) of putting zombies into your military shooter is not a new one. The most famous, of course, is Call of Duty’s zombie campaigns. They’re daft, over-the-top, and are often more fun than the main game proper.

But if you’ve got a game that’s already a bit barmy, like the Sniper Elite series – complete with X-ray replays and so many exploded testes – then you need to go all out on your zombie mode.

“The resistance have defeated Zombie Hitler and cast him into Hell,” according to the store description for Zombie Army 4: Dead War, “but the dead rise once again with greater hunger than before!”

It’s stupid, admittedly, but it’s no worse than J.J. Abrams’ “The dead speak!” crawl at the beginning of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Oh no, wait, we’re not done–

“Continue the alternate history of Zombie Army Trilogy in huge new levels, and uncover a sinister plan that takes the Survivor Brigade across Italy and beyond! Fight the forces of darkness in corpse-riddled canals, survive a Zombie Zoo, and journey to dark, inexplicable places no person has been before… and lived to tell the tale!”

Thank goodness they pointed out it was an alternate history, eh? We did promise you silly, and Zombie Army 4 has it in spades. But what PC specs are you going to need to take on the undead hordes?

Minimum Zombie Army 4 system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 (or similar AMD processor)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1030 2GB (or similar AMD graphics card)
  • Storage: 50 GB

Those are extremely lightweight system requirements. We’ve been given no indication of what the target resolution and frame rate are for those specs, but that is a very modest graphics card.

(You could probably even get it running on modern integrated graphics, which can be comparable in power to the GTX 1030, but that’s not officially sanctioned by the system requirements, so your mileage may vary.)

We also haven’t been supplied a set of recommended Zombie Army 4 system requirements, but as is always the case with these things, the more you can throw at it, the better it will be.

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How to get a refund for Rocket League on Mac and Linux

Rocket League developer Psyonix is ending support for the game on macOS and Linux. Here’s why, and how you can get a refund for the game on Steam.

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Rocket League developer Psyonix is ending support for the game on macOS and Linux. Here’s why, and how you can get a refund for the game on Steam.

Psyonix announced last week that support for the Mac and Linux versions of Rocket League will end in March 2020. A final update for the game will disable all online functionality, including in-game purchases, and online multiplayer modes.

Why is support ending for Rocket League on Mac and Linux?

In a post on the Rocket League sub-Reddit, Psyonix has provided detail on the decision to end Mac and Linux support. The studio’s Psyonix_Devin explains that the forthcoming update to DirectX 11 is the primary factor, saying:

“Unfortunately, our macOS and Linux native clients depend on our DX9 implementation for their OpenGL renderer to function. When we stop supporting DX9, those clients stop working. To keep these versions functional, we would need to invest significant additional time and resources in a replacement rendering pipeline such as Metal on macOS or Vulkan/OpenGL4 on Linux.”

Coupled with the fact that macOS and Linux users account for only 0.3% of the game’s active player based, it becomes a little easier to see why the decision was made, however infuriating it may be.

Psyonix has now opened a refund programme on Steam for anyone who purchased the game on Mac or Linux. Its launch was not without a few problems, but things now appear to be running smoothly.

How to get a Steam refund for Rocket League on Mac and Linux

To get a refund on the Mac or Linux version of Rocket League, follow the following instructions.

  • Visit to the Steam Support website
  • Select Purchases
  • Select Rocket League
  • If necessary select View complete purchasing history
  • Select I would like a refund
  • Select I’d like to request a refund
  • From the Reason drop-down menu, select My issue isn’t listed
  • In Notes, enter the following statement: “please refund my Mac/Linux version of Rocket League, Psyonix will be discontinuing support”
  • If you encounter any issues, you can also try raising a ticket via the Steam Support page

Good luck!


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How to re-pair a PlayStation 4 controller

Has your PS4 controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant PlayStation 4 controller.

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Has your PS4 controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant PlayStation 4 controller.

There are lots of nice things about the PlayStation 4 controller. They’re all wireless for a start, which means you don’t have to sit cross-legged in front of the telly like in the good old days. They’re also rechargeable, which means you’ll never need to fumble for a battery.

Also, they light up! (That’s not important, particularly, but the first time you see the light bar react to something in-game is pretty neat.)

You can also use your PS4 controller to wake up your console. That’s ideal because the buttons on the front of the console itself are both hidden and completely baffling. Am I pressing the power button? No, I ejected the optical drive! Am I pressing the power button? No, that’s not, in fact, a button at all! It’s just one of the plastic ridges.

But if your PlayStation 4 controller – or DualShock 4, to give it its Sunday name – becomes unpaired, you’re going to have a bad time.

How does a PlayStation 4 controller become unpaired?

You can pair your DualShock 4 with other devices via the universal standard, Bluetooth. (Interestingly, the name – and symbol – for the technology is after Harald Bluetooth and his written rune, because he united the clans of Norway and Denmark, and Bluetooth unites devices.)

But if you do use your PS4 controller with something else – like your mobile phone or your PC – then you might find it doesn’t want to talk to your console any more.

What’s worse is it can happen entirely by accident. If you plug your DualShock 4 into your PC or laptop to charge it up, because it’s a USB port you have to hand, then it might pair up with your PC and not want to talk to your PlayStation 4 any more.

It can also happen if you haven’t used your PS4 in a while. If the battery in the DualShock 4 runs out and isn’t recharged, when it charges back up, it might struggle to talk to your console.

So if you’re all charged up with nowhere to go, here’s how you fix it.

How to re-pair a PlayStation 4 controller

Unlike the Xbox One controller, which couldn’t be more straightforward, re-pairing a PlayStation 4 controller is a bit more fiddly.

  • If you have another controller that is still paired:
    • Turn on your console with the working controller
    • Wait for your un-paired PS4 controller to go to sleep (if the lights are on)
    • Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth devices from the PlayStation 4 menu
    • Select the controller you’re having issues with and hit ‘Delete’
    • Plug the controller into the USB ports on the console
    • Hit the ‘PS’ button in the middle of the controller to wake it and pair it up
  • If you don’t have another controller you can use:
    • Power off your console
    • Wait for your un-paired PS4 controller to go to sleep (if the lights are on)
    • Grab a paperclip (yes, a paperclip)
    • Use the pointy end to press the recessed ‘reset’ button on the back of the controller
    • Hold the paperclip in there for a while (let’s call it 10 seconds to be safe)
    • Plug the controller into one of the USB ports on the console
    • Hit the ‘PS’ button in the middle of the controller to wake and pair it up

When the controller turns back on it should both power on the console and re-pair it with your PS4. Problem solved.

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How to know if you have a shiny Pokémon in Sword and Shield

Getting a shiny Pokémon in Sword or Shield isn’t easy. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might not even notice. Here’s how you can tell.

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Getting a shiny Pokémon in Sword or Shield isn’t easy. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might not even notice if you catch one. Here’s how you can tell.

The chances of getting a shiny Pokémon are fairly slim, with odds of 4096 to 1 of encountering one. And unlike last year’s Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Let’s Go, Eevee!, it isn’t possible to tell if a Pokémon is shiny before you battle it.

Here’s how to know that you are battling a shiny Pokémon, and how to tell if you already have one in your party or box.

How to know when you are battling a shiny Pokémon

When you encounter a shiny, it will be surrounded by sparkles. It looks, well, shiny. Most shinies can be spotted by a change in colour, but if you’re not familiar with the full Pokédex, looking for the sparkles is the simplest method of identification during battle.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, there are two types of sparkles to look out for: normal, and square. Square shinies are all new and ultra-rare. If you encounter a shiny there’s a 1 in 16 chance it will feature square sparkles. That means a 1 in 65536 chance overall. Eek!

How to know if you (already) have a shiny Pokémon

If you capture a shiny, or want to know if you’ve already obtained one without realising it, press [X] and navigate to the Pokémon menu. Select Pokémon, then Check Summary. You will see a range of details, including its name, type, original trainer, and ID No. A red symbol comprised of two stars is displayed in the Markings section if the Pokémon is shiny.

Shiny Pokémon symbol

There are shiny variants of almost every Pokémon in Sword and Shield. However, some can never be shiny and others are shiny-locked, meaning they cannot be bred.

None of the game’s Legendary Pokémon can be shiny, and all Pokémon obtained via gifts are locked.

Shiny versions of Sword and Shield‘s starters – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – can only be obtained through breeding. Unlike previous generations, they cannot be obtained at the start of the game.

Increasing your chances of encountering a shiny during normal play is an art all of its own. Instagram user, shinyinstinct has created this handy cheat sheet to help you get started.

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