As you are walking around the UK-inspired Galar region, you may have noticed the glowing Pokemon in Sword and Shield, you know, the ones with a weird yellow aura around them? Well, these are Brilliant Pokemon, which are a rarity in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Not quite as rare as a shiny, but still quite the elusive beasts.
The alluring thing about these glowing, Brilliant Pokemon is that they offer a number of bonuses for catching or defeating them:
1) They'll be higher level than the average Pokemon in the area
2) They will usually know an unusual move, such as an Egg Move
3) They will have the highest possible score for at least two or three of their stats
4) You'll earn Watts for catching or defeating them (and more so if they're high level)
How to find glowing Brilliant Pokemon in Sword and Shield
The easiest way to encounter glowing Brilliant Pokemon in Sword and Shield is to simply walk through the long grass and keep your eyes peeled for one wandering about with the yellow aura. As you defeat or catch more of a specific Pokemon species, the more likely you are to encounter a Brilliant Pokemon (or even Shiny Pokemon) of that same species. Thankfully, that doesn't mean consecutively, and you can check how many times you've encountered each species by checking its entry in the Pokedex.
|Number of battles||Effect on future encounters|
|At least one||Brilliant Pokemon may appear|
|At least 20||Brilliant Pokemon have 1.3x the likelihood of appearing|
|At least 50||Brilliant Pokemon have 1.6x the likelihood of appearing|
|At least 50||Shiny Pokemon have 2x the likelihood of appearing|
|At least 100||Brilliant Pokemon have 2x the likelihood of appearing|
|At least 100||Shiny Pokemon have 3x the likelihood of appearing|
|At least 200||Shiny Pokémon have 4× the likelihood of appearing|
|At least 300||Shiny Pokémon have 5× the likelihood of appearing|
|At least 500||Shiny Pokémon have 6× the likelihood of appearing|
It's worth noting that after encountering 100 of each species, you'll max out your chance of finding a Brilliant Pokemon of that species – it'll be locked at double the original odds. Plus, every time you defeat a Pokemon in the wild, you'll be much more likely to see that same Pokemon species appear in the game for a while.
How to fish for Brilliant Pokemon in Sword and Shield
Unlike trying to find a Brilliant Pokemon in the grass, getting one via fishing is a little more complicated. Not only does the matter of times you've battled any one species not matter, but you will have to defeat as many underwater foes as possible, consecutively, in order to boost your odds. Thankfully it doesn't matter which Pokemon you battle, just a load from a single fishing area in one chain. Here's how the odds change:
|Successful Hooks||Effects on future encounters|
|0-2||Brilliant Pokemon may appear|
|3-6||Brilliant Pokemon have 1.3x the likelihood of appearing|
|7-14||Brilliant Pokemon have 3.3x the likelihood of appearing|
|15-24||Brilliant Pokemon have 6.6x the likelihood of appearing|
|25+||Brilliant Pokemon have 16.6x the likelihood of appearing|
However, there's a catch – literally. If you fail to reel a Pokemon in, catch a Pokemon, run away, leave the area, or turn off your game you'll break your chain. You have to keep defeating Pokemon in order to build up this 'successful hooks' and increase your chance of getting a Brilliant Pokemon spawn.