|Pokémon Brilliant Diamond|
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond's boxart, featuring Dialga
|Pokémon Shining Pearl|
Pokémon Shining Pearl's boxart, featuring Palkia
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Japanese boxart
Pokémon Shining Pearl Japanese boxart
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (Japanese: ポケットモンスター ブリリアントダイヤモンド Pocket Monsters Brilliant Diamond) and Pokémon Shining Pearl (Japanese: ポケットモンスター シャイニングパール Pocket Monsters Shining Pearl) are the second paired Generation VIII games that are enhanced remakes of the fourth-generation titles Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
The games were announced worldwide on the 25th Anniversary of the release of Pokémon Red and Green on February 27, 2021 at 12 am JST through Pokémon Presents. The paired versions were released worldwide for Nintendo Switch on November 19, 2021. All copies of the game are playable in nine languages: Japanese, English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. These are the first core series games not to be developed directly by Game Freak.
Unravel the myth of the Pokémon that controls timeBD/spaceSP!
Search for Fossils and treasure by digging!
Dance to the rhythm!
Explore the Grand Underground!
Overall, the game's graphical style is different compared to Pokémon Sword and Shield. The camera returns to a mostly top-down viewing angle similar to the original Diamond and Pearl, while the player and NPCs appear with chibi proportions in the overworld but regular proportions in battle. The regular overworld uses random encounters only, while Pokémon Hideaways in the Grand Underground use symbol encounters.
Like in the originals, the games only include Pokémon from the first four generations; therefore, the games include a total of 493 Pokémon.
- The Underground has been replaced with the expanded Grand Underground.
- Pal Park has been replaced with Ramanas Park. At Ramanas Park, Mysterious Shards S and Mysterious Shards L (found in the Grand Underground) can be traded for slates, which can then be used to encounter various Legendary Pokémon.
- The Global Trade Station (GTS) has been replaced with the Global Wonder Station (GWS); Wonder Trades are the only trades available in the GWS.
- Amity Square now supports up to six walking Pokémon instead of just one. It retains the limitation that only "cute" Pokémon may walk, although as in Platinum, the starters and their evolutions are included, and now Eevee and its evolutions are supported as well.
- The player may also pose for screenshots and save them to the Nintendo Switch's Album.
- The Poffin-making minigame can now be performed inside Amity Square. The player's walking Pokémon surround the bowl during the minigame, visibly reacting to the player's cooking.
- With the Nintendo Switch's lack of a bottom screen, the Pokétch may now be either absent from the screen, present in the top right corner of the screen, or enlarged to take up the majority of the screen (during which the regular overworld in the background has a blur filter applied). These three different methods of viewing are switched between using the R button. The touch screen or a pointer cursor can be used to control the Pokétch while it uses the enlarged screen.
- HMs have been removed; instead, the Pokétch has a new "Hidden Moves" app allowing the player to call wild Pokémon to perform field moves corresponding to the original game's HMs. These wild Pokémon are the same regardless of location: Bidoof for Rock Smash and Cut, Staraptor for Fly and Defog, and Bibarel for Strength, Rock Climb, Surf, and Waterfall.
- Hidden Moves now skip the splash screen animation when used multiple times in the same area.
- The Town Map now has new features allowing it to show the locations of Honey Trees (distinguishing between Honey Trees with no Honey, Honey Trees with Honey but no wild Pokémon, and Honey Trees with wild Pokémon) and Berries that can be picked.
- Due to this, the Pokétch's Berry Searcher app has been removed, as it would be redundant.
- The miniature sprites used for all Pokémon between Generation III and Sword and Shield now have a different appearance, no longer looking pixelated.
- The icons that represent types have undergone numerous changes. For example, the plain circle icon for the Normal type now bears two nubs resembling Bidoof's ears.
- Pokémon now have different cries when they faint.
- Pokémon featured in mass outbreaks now appear in the overworld en masse, though the means of encountering them remains the same as before.
- Each Gym Leader can now be rematched once per day after the National Pokédex has been obtained.
- A new Key Item has been added: the DS Sounds. It is very similar to the GB Sounds from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and can be used to replace the music in the game with the original versions of the songs from Diamond and Pearl. It is obtained from the Sound Designer, a guitarist who appears in Game Freak's house on Valor Lakefront after the player enters the Hall of Fame.
- A new book has been added to the Canalave Library, titled "The Sea's Legend". It provides a hint on how to obtain Phione and Manaphy in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Features from later generations
- The Fairy type has been added. The Roseli Berry, Pixie Plate, and Arceus's Fairy-type form have also been added to accommodate for this.
- The Steel type no longer resists Ghost and Dark.
- The player may have one walking Pokémon anywhere in the overworld outside of Amity Square. The feature is unlocked after visiting Amity Square once, and can be used with Pokémon outside of those that could walk in the original Amity Square.
- As in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, different Pokémon walk at different speeds, and the player may directly interact with their walking Pokémon.
- Though all Pokémon available in the game have existing walking animations, some Pokémon (mainly serpentine Pokémon such as Onix and Ekans) do not use them and instead glide over the ground with no animation.
- At the beginning of the game, the player can choose from eight different appearances (four for Lucas and four for Dawn), which feature different skin tones and hair colors.
- Trainer customization is now available. The Metronome Style Shop, where outfits can be purchased, replaces the location of what used to be the Veilstone Game Corner, while the prize exchange house has been replaced with a functionally useless storage building.
- An early-purchase bonus event gives the player character an outfit based on their design in Pokémon Platinum.
- The Apricorn Poké Balls return, albeit as event-exclusive items.
- The Autosave option returns from Sword and Shield.
- The Exp. Share functions how it has since Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Rather than an item, Exp. Share is a background mechanic that applies to the player's party from the start of the game and cannot be turned off.
- Two battle screen features present since Pokémon Sun and Moon continue to appear:
- Type effectiveness is shown in the move selection screen.
- The player can press the Y button to bring up a Bag sub-menu for Poké Balls in wild battles.
- The Pokémon Box Link returns (albeit no longer as an item), allowing the Pokémon Storage System to be accessed from anywhere (besides Gyms and the interior of the Pokémon League). This ability is obtained from Bebe in Jubilife City following the defeat of the Team Galactic Grunts.
- The Pokémon Nursery replaces the Pokémon Day Care.
- Origin marks return. A new origin mark that corresponds to these games has been added.
- Like in Sword and Shield, affection has been merged with friendship, meaning that friendship now results in affection bonuses.
- Critical captures return.
- Hidden Abilities return.
- Terrain returns, excluding Psychic Terrain.
- Poison does not deal damage outside of battle.
- Morimoto is now present on Route 213 as a swimmer, being available to battle once per day after the Hall of Fame has been entered. After the first time he is defeated, he rewards the player with an Oval Charm.
- Hyper Training, Bottle Caps and Gold Bottle Caps return. A veteran in the Battle Park's Exchange Service Corner can Hyper Train the player's level 100 Pokémon in exchange for Bottle Caps and Gold Bottle Caps.
- The Rotom Catalog returns from Sword and Shield. It is obtained after Rotom first enters one of the appliances in Rotom's Room, though at first it only contains Rotom's normal form and the appliance that it entered to obtain the catalog. The other appliances can then be taken from Rotom's Room to add them to the catalog.
- The Shiny Charm returns, albeit only increasing the chance of an Egg containing a Shiny Pokémon.
- The Pokédex can show form differences and foreign languages from the start, rather than having to be upgraded to unlock these features. The NPCs who originally gave the Pokédex these features will still attempt to upgrade the Pokédex, only to find that it does not need any upgrades.
- Though the Running Shoes return and still must be obtained before the player can run, there is no longer a button that must be held down in order to run; instead, the player runs by default after the Running Shoes have been obtained, like in Sword and Shield, provided they are using the joystick. If using the D-Pad, holding down B is necessary to run, as in prior generations.
- The HP bar drains noticeably faster than in Diamond and Pearl.
- Pokémon names are no longer rendered in all-caps, now using the proper case.
- Like in Sword and Shield, the Fisherman Trainer class has been renamed "Fisher".
- Seals return for the first time since HeartGold and SoulSilver, and are now called Stickers.
- The player may now earn Stickers from completing Super Contest Shows or by defeating Gym Leaders.
- There are now "over 90" different Stickers in the game, up from 77. "Ribbon Sticker C" and "Ribbon Sticker D" have been seen in screenshots as new Stickers.
- Up to twenty Stickers may be placed on a Ball Capsule, up from eight.
- The menu for positioning Stickers on a Ball Capsule now supports 3D movement for more detailed placement.
- The boy in the easternmost house of Solaceon Town no longer awards letter Stickers for showing him the different forms of Unown, instead awarding extra Ball Capsules.
- Pokémon Super Contests return for the first time since Platinum, and are renamed Super Contest Shows. They have been changed in various ways.
- Ball Capsules and Stickers are now used during the Visual round in place of Accessories.
- The points earned during the rounds are now named Hype Points.
- An unspecified mechanic appears to involve adding up the Hype Points of all four competitors and comparing it to a target score.
- Contests now support online connectivity.
- The Union Room returns for the first time since Generation V.
- There are now two rooms, called the "Local Room" and the "Global Room", the latter of which newly supports online connections.
- The Manaphy Egg is obtainable through an event for the first time since Generation IV. It is now an early-purchase bonus event.
- TMs are single-use again, which was the case for all Pokémon games before Generation V.
- Unlike in Diamond and Pearl, however, TMs have repeatable acquisition methods. Most NPCs who give TMs now give three of the same TM, while Gym Leaders give five of the reward TM with the badge. All TMs can also be bought in the Grand Underground by trading Spheres.
- The National Pokédex returns in a core series game for the first time since Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (though it only features the first 493 Pokémon, as in the original Diamond and Pearl).
- Despite the removal of HMs, field moves return for the first time since Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The eight hidden moves corresponding to the original game's HMs can only be used outside of battle from the Pokétch, but the field moves which were not originally HMs (namely Flash, Dig, Teleport, Soft-Boiled, Milk Drink, and Sweet Scent) can be used outside of battle by Pokémon in the party like in the original. Chatter is an exception to this, being unusable outside of battle due to the Nintendo Switch lacking a microphone.
- The Berry growing mechanic returns.
- Honey Trees return for the first time since Platinum.
- Footprints are displayed in the Pokédex for the first time since Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
- The Bicycle is obtainable for the first time since Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
- The Badge-polishing feature returns. The Badge case can be viewed from the Trainer Card.
- The Key Items Vs. Seeker and Poké Radar both return.
- The Moss Rock, Ice Rock, and special magnetic field have returned following their removal in Sword and Shield. As in Sword and Shield, most of the Pokémon that evolve using these methods can still evolve using Evolution stones instead, although the Ice Stone is not obtainable, and Nosepass was not given a second evolution method.
- Several moves that were unusable in Sword and Shield have returned: Flash, Sketch, Hidden Power, Tail Glow, Psycho Boost, Heart Swap, Rock Climb, Chatter, Judgment, Dark Void, Seed Flare, and Toxic Thread. However, other moves that were unusable in Sword and Shield remain unusable in these games, even those that were usable in Diamond and Pearl. More information can be found here.
- Like in games prior to Sword and Shield, the Escape Rope is a consumable item in the Other Items category.
- Like in games prior to Sword and Shield, the nickname of an outsider Pokémon can only be changed by its Original Trainer, even if the Pokémon has no nickname.
The game is planned to receive Pokémon HOME connectivity on May 18, 2022 as part of version 2.0.0 update. The game does not support Ranked Battles.
The following Pokémon are only obtainable in one game of this pair. In order to obtain Pokémon exclusive to the other game of this pair, they must be traded from that game. Alternatively, all Pokémon listed below will be able to be transferred from previous games via Pokémon HOME.
If the Nintendo Switch system being used has save data from previous mainline Pokémon games, the player may talk to an NPC in Floaroma Town to receive a Mythical Pokémon:
If there is save data for Pokémon Legends: Arceus in which all missions have been completed and Arceus has been obtained, the Azure Flute will appear in the player's room after entering the Hall of Fame and obtaining the National Pokédex. The Azure Flute can be taken to Spear Pillar in order to battle and catch another Arceus at the Hall of Origin, which can be Shiny, unlike Mew and Jirachi.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl save data unlocks bonus content in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The player receives the Modern Jacket, Modern Trousers, and Modern Shoes of Team Galactic's uniform. After the credits, it also unlocks Request 93: The Darksome Nightmare, in which the player catches the Mythical Pokémon Darkrai.
Gaming magazine Famitsu gave Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl a score of 34 out of 40. IGN rated the games a "Great" 8.0/10, commenting that they lean "on the past, with all of its triumphs and tripwires." Both Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl hold a rating of 73% on Metacritic.
The games sold over 6 million units in their launch week. As of March 31, 2022, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have sold 14.65 million copies worldwide, making these the best selling remakes.
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||Initial release. This version is officially playable using a physical Game Card in a Switch whose internet connection remains off.
||November 11, 2021 [note 2]
- The Union Room only supports connection with 1 other player at a time.
- Certain Trainers' teams were adjusted.
- The delay in HP bar animation has been increased.
||November 17, 2021
- Optimized Ver. 1.1.0 update data.
||December 1, 2021
- Fixed some issues that would prevent the game from progressing under certain circumstances.
- Some issues have also been fixed for more pleasant gameplay.
- Menu glitch is fixed
- Nursery cloning glitch is fixed
- Flower Paradise glitch is fixed
||December 21, 2021
- Fixed some issues for more pleasant gameplay.
- More menu glitches are fixed
- Surfing on land glitch is fixed
- NPC Trainers' Pokémon no longer know unusable moves, e.g. Fantina's Banette no longer knows Snatch
- Removed Shaymin event from Flower Paradise 
||February 21, 2022
- Union Room functions have been expanded.
- The maximum number of players you can play with via local or internet communication in Union Rooms has been increased to eight. Also, by selecting Greeting or Capsule Decorations, you can show each other your Trainer Cards or Capsule Decorations.
- Additional Colosseum battle feature has been added.
- Enter the Colosseum on the 2nd floor of a Pokémon Center to battle with other players using custom rulesets.
- In the Colosseum, you can set rules, such as the number of Pokémon to send into battle as well as their levels, and play Single Battles, Double Battles, or Multi Battles via local or internet communication.
- Pokémon Trading and Battles
- Some Pokémon acquired via unintended methods or illicit modification now cannot be used in Link Trades or Link Battles.
- Fixed some issues for more pleasant gameplay.
||March 15, 2022
- Added an event related to Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
- If a user on a Nintendo Switch system has save data from Pokémon Legends: Arceus that meets set requirements, that player can take part in a special event to meet the Mythical Pokémon Arceus when playing the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl games.
- Further details can be found here.
- Added a network-trading feature at GWS.
- It is now possible to trade Pokémon online at the GWS in Jubilife City.
- Note: A Nintendo Switch Online membership (paid service) is required to trade Pokémon online.
- Some issues have been fixed for more pleasant gameplay.
- ↑ This release is only available with Physical Game Card
- ↑ Original release for eShop Digital Version
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English Shining Pearl logo
Japanese Brilliant Diamond logo
Japanese Shining Pearl logo
English Brilliant Diamond title screen
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