How to Fix Shiny Pokemon Name Glitch When Using Cheats


Are you one of the many players having issues using the Shiny cheat? Particularly with keeping your newly-acquired Shiny Pokemon? Fortunately for you, we exactly have an idea on how to get over the dreaded glitchy Pokemon name with a few steps.

A lot of players dream of catching a Shiny Pokemon to add to their collection. Unfortunately, the journey to acquiring one is a long and winding road. Players are fortunate enough to encounter one in a playthrough. However, for the greater majority, they have to either keep trying or to use exploits to get ahead.

Since you already know how valuable Shiny Pokemons are, we’re here to make sure that every encounter you get while using the Shiny cheat will be successful. It may sound like a lot of work at first, but once you get used to it, it’ll be like a walk in the park. So, are you ready to create your own collection of “Shinies”? We know we are!

What the glitchy Pokemon name is all about

Glitchy pokemon name
Glitchy Pokemon Name In Pokemon Radical Red ROM Hack When Using The Shiny Cheat

Basically, when you catch a Shiny Pokemon with the cheat activated, there is a chance that the name will glitch. The image is based on the ROM hack Pokemon Radical Red when catching a Shiny and changing the name. It is a glitch that just happens in some games, particularly in ROM hacks.

In most cases, it is harmless other than just having it a glitched-out name. However, if you’re a little OCD about things like those, here’s something that can help you get through it.

How to fix the glitchy Pokemon name

The name glitch that some people experience is not as common as you think. In fact, a list of glitches found on this website doesn’t even cover it. If you are one of the unfortunate ones, don’t fret.

The easiest way to explain it is this: there are some game progresses where if you don’t change the name, the name will stay the same and not glitch out. However, in some playthroughs, even if you don’t rename the Shiny Pokemon, the name will still glitch out but there is an option that you may want to try out.

Here are the actual steps to fix the problem when it comes to the glitchy Pokemon name when using the Shiny cheat.

Step 1

Have the Shiny cheat activated in the game

Adding pokemon shiny cheat

Step 2

Encounter a wild Shiny Pokemon with the cheat turned on

Shiny pokemon

Step 3

Before catching it, turn off the cheat or remove it altogether

Removing shiny cheat

Step 4

Once the cheat is removed, catch the Shiny Pokemon

Step 5

Give it the name that you want

Rename shiny pokemon cheat

Step 6

When the cheat is turned off, the glitchy Pokemon name will not happen and the name is what you put

Shiny pokemon new name

You can decide to input the Shiny cheat again if you want to capture another one. Just repeat the steps and you’ll be fine even if you want to catch a lot of Shinies.


The glitchy Pokemon name when using a Shiny cheat can happen in some games. Fortunately, if you don’t encounter it, then you don’t need to follow the steps above.

However, There are some instances where the game actually crashes when the Shiny is captured. Perhaps using the same steps can be the same solution. Turn off or remove the cheat before capturing the Shiny so that the game won’t crash.

Just remember that aside from its rarity and different color, a Shiny is nothing special. There are Shiny Pokemons that still have abysmal stats or bad nature. You can have collect a lot of Shinies as your heart desires, but if they aren’t any good in battle, then they are just good for what they are – an addition to your collection.

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In Radical Red, you can eventually use the dude who changes names of Pokemon. I think he is in Lavander Town.


Thanks for that information Corey.



Daniel Zepeda

The fix works fine, but weirdly any pokemon I catch in Emerald regardless of location ends up being a male pokemon with an impish nature.


Hi there, I’m glad the method works for you. Unfortunately that fixed nature and gender is still an unsolved issue. We’ve been trying to find a workaround but no luck.


You can rename your pokemon too


That’s impossible with shiny glitch bro.


Actually u can rename it, I play Pokemon Emerald one. At Pokemon Emerald u can go to Slateport City and go to “Name Rater’s House”


Thank you for that suggestion nmaryx, we had this solution before but it’s kinda limited use and may not applicable specifically to Pokemon rom hacks. But this is a good workaround for Pokemon base games, I appreciate your share pal.


It doesn’t work with Pokemon Sweet Version. i followed instructions exactly, but name is still glitchy. I’m playing on VBA-M-WX on Windows 10.


Are you sure you followed the instructions carefully? Cause this method works most of the time based on our testing from different rom hacks.


Pokemon Sweet Version isn’t working with this, even though i followed the instructions exactly as they said. The moment i catch the shiny Pokemon and turn off cheat, the name turns glitchy. idk what’s going on.


You need to turn it off before you catch them, but after the encounter starts. ie: Cheat on > Battle start > Cheat off > Catch pokemon