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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (ポケットモンスター ブリリアントダイヤモンド, Poketto Monsutaa Buririanto Daiyamondo, Pocket Monsters Brilliant Diamond) and Pokémon Shining Pearl (ポケットモンスター シャイニングパール, Poketto Monsutaa Shainingu Paaru, Pocket Monsters Shining Pearl) are the paired Generation VIII games that are enhanced remakes of the fourth-generation titles Diamond and Pearl.

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

Blurb

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 Diamond and Pearl

  • Introduction of the Fairy type, which was introduced in Generation VI.
  • Sprites are now changed to 3D models, akin to that of Pokémon X and Y from Generation VI.
  • The Underground, a large system of winding tunnels underneath the Sinnoh region, has been turned into The Grand Underground. Here, the player is able to dig up fossils and create their own customizable Secret Base.
    • Pokémon Hideaways can also be found in The Grand Underground. These are small dens containing different environments and Pokémon that are determined by the types of statues in the player's Secret Base.
  • 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.
  • The inclusion of the lady in Floaroma town who gives the player the Gracidea in Platinum.
  • 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.

Pokémon

Version exclusives

Brilliant Diamond

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#010 010.png Caterpie Type Bug.gif
#011 011.png Metapod
#012 012.png Butterfree Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif
#023 023.png Ekans Type Poison.gif
#024 024.png Arbok
#058 058.png Growlithe Type Fire.gif
#059 059.png Arcanine
#086 086.png Seel Type Water.gif
#087 087.png Dewgong Type Water.gifType Ice.gif
#123 123.png Scyther Type Bug.gifType Flying.gif
#125 125.png Electabuzz Type Electric.gif
#198 198.png Murkrow Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif
#207 207.png Gligar Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif
#212 212.png Scizor Type Bug.gifType Steel.gif
#239 125.png Elekid Type Electric.gif
#243 243.png Raikou
#244 244.png Entei Type Fire.gif
#245 245.png Suicune Type Water.gif
#246 246.png Larvitar Type Rock.gifType Ground.gif
#247 247.png Pupitar
#248 248.png Tyranitar Type Rock.gifType Dark.gif
#250 250.png Ho-Oh Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif
#273 273.png Seedot Type Grass.gif
#274 274.png Nuzleaf Type Grass.gifType Dark.gif
#275 275.png Shiftry
#303 303.png Mawile Type Steel.gifType Fairy.gif
#335 335.png Zangoose Type Normal.gif
#338 338.png Solrock Type Rock.gifType Psychic.gif
#352 352.png Kecleon Type Normal.gif
#408 408.png Cranidos Type Rock.gif
#409 409.png Rampardos
#430 430.png Honchkrow Type Dark.gifType Flying.gif
#434 434.png Stunky Type Poison.gifType Dark.gif
#435 435.png Skuntank
#466 466.png Electivire Type Electric.gif
#472 472.png Gliscor Type Ground.gifType Flying.gif
#483 483.png Dialga Type Steel.gifType Dragon.gif

Shining Pearl

No. Pokémon Type(s)
#013 013.png Weedle Type Bug.gif
#014 014.png Kakuna
#015 015.png Beedrill Type Bug.gifType Poison.gif
#027 027.png Sandshrew Type Ground.gif
#028 028.png Sandslash
#037 037.png Vulpix Type Fire.gif
#038 038.png Ninetales
#079 079.png Slowpoke Type Water.gifType Psychic.gif
#080 080.png Slowbro
#126 126.png Magmar Type Fire.gif
#127 127.png Pinsir Type Bug.gif
#144 144.png Articuno Type Ice.gifType Flying.gif
#145 145.png Zapdos Type Electric.gifType Flying.gif
#146 146.png Moltres Type Fire.gifType Flying.gif
#199 199.png Slowking Type Water.gifType Psychic.gif
#200 200.png Misdreavus Type Ghost.gif
#216 216.png Teddiursa Type Normal.gif
#217 217.png Ursaring
#234 234.png Stantler
#240 240.png Magby Type Fire.gif
#249 249.png Lugia Type Psychic.gifType Flying.gif
#270 270.png Lotad Type Water.gifType Grass.gif
#271 271.png Lombre
#272 272.png Ludicolo
#302 302.png Sableye Type Dark.gifType Ghost.gif
#336 336.png Seviper Type Poison.gif
#337 337.png Lunatone Type Rock.gifType Psychic.gif
#371 371.png Bagon Type Dragon.gif
#372 372.png Shelgon
#373 373.png Salamence Type Dragon.gifType Flying.gif
#410 410.png Shieldon Type Rock.gifType Steel.gif
#411 411.png Bastiodon
#429 429.png Mismagius Type Ghost.gif
#431 431.png Glameow Type Normal.gif
#432 432.png Purugly
#467 467.png Magmortar Type Fire.gif
#484 484.png Palkia Type Water.gifType Dragon.gif

Patches

Info below is retrieved from Serebii.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and 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

Trivia

  • 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 and 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 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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