Brilliant Pokémon

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A Brilliant Pokémon encountered as a symbol encounter

Brilliant Pokémon are Pokémon with special auras in the overworld that can appear in the Wild Area 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 are guaranteed to be 31.
  • The player earns Watts for defeating them, with high-level Brilliant Pokémon yielding more Watts.

Appearance rate

Symbol encounters

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 in the Wild Area. The number of times a player has encountered a particular species of Pokémon is recorded in their Pokédex.

Encounters Brilliant Pokémon rate Shiny Pokémon rate
0 Cannot appear Normal rate
1–19 Normal rate Normal rate
20–49 1.3× normal rate Normal rate
50–99 1.6× normal rate 2× normal rate
100–199 2× normal rate 3× normal rate
200–299 2× normal rate 4× normal rate
300–499 2× normal rate 5× normal rate
500+ 2× normal rate 6× normal rate


A Brilliant Pokémon encountered via fishing

When fishing, Brilliant Pokémon are more likely to occur the more consecutive Pokémon they successfully reel in and defeat, 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
0-2 Normal rate
3–6 1.3× normal rate
7–14 3.3× normal rate
15–24 6.6× normal rate
25+ 16.6× normal rate

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