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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, HepburnPoketto Monsutaa Buririanto Daiyamondotrans. 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, HepburnPoketto Monsutaa Shainingu Paarutrans. Pocket Monsters Shining Pearl) are the paired Generation VIII games that are enhanced remakes of the fourth-generation titles, Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version.

The new games were revealed in a worldwide Pokémon Presents presentation on February 26, 2021.


Unravel the Myth of the Pokémon That Controls TimeBD/SpaceSP!
Explore the Grand Underground!
Dance to the rhythm!
Search for Fossils and treasure by digging!

Changes from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Version

  • Introduction of the Fairy type, which was introduced in Generation VI.
  • Sprites are now changed to 3D chibi models, akin to that of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y from Generation VI.
  • You can use up to 12 characters for both your player name and for Pokémon nicknames, unlike before Generation VI, when the limits for player names and Pokémon nicknames were 7 and 10, respectively.
  • The Underground, a large system of winding tunnels underneath the Sinnoh region, has been turned into The Grand Underground.
    • Pokémon Hideaways can also be found in The Grand Underground. These are small dens containing different environments and Pokémon that can be determined by the types of statues in the player's Secret Base.
  • A variation of player customization from X and Y has been added, allowing the player to choose clothing and hairstyles. However, the player is only able to change their entire outfit at a time rather than individual articles of clothing.
  • The Union Room has been reintroduced and now takes advantage of local communication and Nintendo Switch Online communication to get in touch with other players.
  • When sending out their last Pokémon, Gym Leaders now say their dialogue before sending it out.
  • The removal of the Game Corner, which has been replaced with a boutique. However, the music remains the same.
  • The inclusion of Pokémon that were added to the Sinnoh Pokédex in Pokémon Platinum Version, but without the Sinnoh Pokédex from said game.
  • The inclusion of the lady in Floaroma town who gives the player the Gracidea in Pokémon Platinum Version.
  • HMs have been removed and their functions have been moved to the Pokétch, allowing players to call on Pokémon to traverse obstacles similar to Ride Pokémon from Sun and Moon.
  • On rematches, all four members of the Elite Four use their Pokémon Platinum teams. Starting from the third match, the Elite Four teams are further improved into full parties of six.
  • Mulches have been removed.


Version exclusives

Brilliant Diamond

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#010 0010 Caterpie Type Bug
#011 0011 Metapod
#012 0012 Butterfree Type BugType Flying
#023 0023 Ekans Type Poison
#024 0024 Arbok
#058 0058 Growlithe Type Fire
#059 0059 Arcanine
#086 0086 Seel Type Water
#087 0087 Dewgong Type WaterType Ice
#123 0123 Scyther Type BugType Flying
#125 0125 Electabuzz Type Electric
#198 0198 Murkrow Type DarkType Flying
#207 0207 Gligar Type GroundType Flying
#212 0212 Scizor Type BugType Steel
#239 0239 Elekid Type Electric
#243 0243 Raikou
#244 0244 Entei Type Fire
#245 0245 Suicune Type Water
#246 0246 Larvitar Type RockType Ground
#247 0247 Pupitar
#248 0248 Tyranitar Type RockType Dark
#250 0250 Ho-Oh Type FireType Flying
#273 0273 Seedot Type Grass
#274 0274 Nuzleaf Type GrassType Dark
#275 0275 Shiftry
#303 0303 Mawile Type SteelType Fairy
#335 0335 Zangoose Type Normal
#338 0338 Solrock Type RockType Psychic
#352 0352 Kecleon Type Normal
#408 0408 Cranidos Type Rock
#409 0409 Rampardos
#430 0430 Honchkrow Type DarkType Flying
#434 0434 Stunky Type PoisonType Dark
#435 0435 Skuntank
#466 0466 Electivire Type Electric
#472 0472 Gliscor Type GroundType Flying
#483 0483 Dialga Type SteelType Dragon

Shining Pearl

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#013 0013 Weedle Type Bug
#014 0014 Kakuna
#015 0015 Beedrill Type BugType Poison
#027 0027 Sandshrew Type Ground
#028 0028 Sandslash
#037 0037 Vulpix Type Fire
#038 0038 Ninetales
#079 0079 Slowpoke Type WaterType Psychic
#080 0080 Slowbro
#126 0126 Magmar Type Fire
#127 0127 Pinsir Type Bug
#144 0144 Articuno Type IceType Flying
#145 0145 Zapdos Type ElectricType Flying
#146 0146 Moltres Type FireType Flying
#199 0199 Slowking Type WaterType Psychic
#200 0200 Misdreavus Type Ghost
#216 0216 Teddiursa Type Normal
#217 0217 Ursaring
#234 0234 Stantler
#240 0240 Magby Type Fire
#249 0249 Lugia Type PsychicType Flying
#270 0270 Lotad Type WaterType Grass
#271 0271 Lombre
#272 0272 Ludicolo
#302 0302 Sableye Type DarkType Ghost
#336 0336 Seviper Type Poison
#337 0337 Lunatone Type RockType Psychic
#371 0371 Bagon Type Dragon
#372 0372 Shelgon
#373 0373 Salamence Type DragonType Flying
#410 0410 Shieldon Type RockType Steel
#411 0411 Bastiodon
#429 0429 Mismagius Type Ghost
#431 0431 Glameow Type Normal
#432 0432 Purugly
#467 0467 Magmortar Type Fire
#484 0484 Palkia Type WaterType Dragon


Info below is retrieved from Serebii.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl version history
VersionRelease dateSize (Blocks/Bytes)Fixes
1.1.0 November 19, 2021 3GB
  • Adds Communication Features: Grand Underground, Super Contest, Union Room, Mystery Gift
  • Allows for play locally and online
  • Adds Ramanas Park and Battle Zone access for when players have entered the Hall of Fame
  • Adds Opening and Ending Cinematics
  • Various bug fixes
1.1.2 December 2, 2021 3GB
  • Removes several possibilities of soft locks that prevented progress
  • Removed a glitch that allowed for you to call up the menu at any time, affecting future game state
  • Bug fixes
1.1.3 December 22, 2021 3GB
  • Removed a glitch that allowed for you to call up the menu at any time, affecting future game state
  • Added a note saying Repel had run out when asking if you wish to use another
  • Fixed the overworld hitboxes to reduce amount of invisible collisions with obstacles
  • Fixed Fantina's Rematch team to remove Snatch from Banette, replacing it with Payback
  • Bug fixes
1.2.0 February 22, 2022 3GB
  • Added the Global and Group Rankings
  • Fixed Union Room so up to 8 players can join it at any one time. Allows players to also share the Capsule Decoration
  • Added the Colosseum Mode to Pokémon Centers allowing for players to select specific rules to battle
  • Prevents some Pokémon obtained through cheating or exploits from being used in Battles and Trades
  • Bug fixes
1.3.0 March 16, 2022 3GB
  • Added the Global Wonder Station in Jubilife City
  • Added the Arceus encounter alongside the Azure Flute being available if you have a completed Pokémon Legends: Arceus save file
  • Bug fixes


  • They are the first pair of remakes not to have new clothing designs for the player characters.
    • However, Jasmine is the only one to receive a clothing update, without artwork.
  • They are the first main series games not to be developed directly by Game Freak, although they are still overseeing the project and the games are still being directed by Junichi Masuda, the director of Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version games.
  • They are the first set of the remakes to directly mimic the art style of the games they are based on, having more chibi-like character designs from the sixth generation and onwards and to resemble the sprites used in the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl games. However, in-battle character designs are closer to that of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • They were announced on February 26, 2021, on Pokémon's 25th Anniversary (the original release of Pokémon Red and Green).
  • Because of a malfunction on Amazon.com, the pre-ordered games were received a few weeks before the release date.



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