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We'd kill to have one!

The Legendary Poison/Dragon type Pokemon Eternatus, introduced in Generation VIII, appeared in the climactic battle in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Commonly known in the lore to be the source of the Dynamax phenomenon taking place in the Galar region, Eternatus plays a huge role in the Generation VIII games.

Not only that, but it’s a freakin’ undead dragon! A skeletal one! Oh, it’s poisonous too! And did we mention that it has a cannon for a ribcage?! Okay, sorry, we’re getting a little excited here.

Considering how cool it is, we wouldn’t be surprised if you wanted to hunt for a Shiny Eternatus for yourself—imagine the bragging rights you’d have! If you want to find out if Eternatus can be shiny in Pokemon Sword and Shield, then you’re in the right place. Read on ahead to find out!

Can Eternatus be Shiny in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, Eternatus appears once as a storied encounter at the climax of the game’s plot, appearing through the Energy Reactor.

Like many other encounters—especially Legendary ones—throughout the various Pokemon games, Eternatus is shiny-locked as well.

What does Eternatus being shiny-locked mean? It simply means that there is no chance for Eternatus to be shiny through its encounter in the game. You can only catch a non-shiny Eternatus.

The Pokemon Company has made such decisions with other legendaries in the past as well, and has made their shiny versions available through future games. It is likely that TPC will give the same treatment for Eternatus in future games, as it is a very popular legendary that players would love to shiny hunt for.

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