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What You Need to Know About Pokemon "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl"

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Kain writes video game articles that include tips, tricks, and tutorials. He is especially enthusiastic about horror games.

The original Pokemon Diamond and Pearl released in 2006 for the Nintendo DS. The games were a commercial success. For some Pokemon fans, those games were their first. While the other generation of remakes were developed by Game Freak, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were developed by ILCA. For the most part, these Nintendo Switch games will be faithful recreations of the originals. The graphics style will be more reminiscent of the DS era of Pokemon games rather than the Let's Go style or Sword and Shield aesthetics. The characters will have a "chibi" appearance in the world, however, the battle graphics will be more 3D with character models looking more proportional. The art style has sparked criticism by some fans in the Pokemon community. Others view the art style with a strong affinity, believing it serves a nostalgic purpose of artistic expression.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl take place in the Sinnoh region, a vast and sprawling area with colossal mountains, grassy fields, snowy landscapes, mysterious caves, lakes, and majestic seas. Players will embark on a quest to catch Pokemon, collect gym badges, defeat the nefarious Team Galactic, and become a champion by defeating the Elite Four. Your choice of Pokemon starters will be Turtwig the grass-type, Chimchar the fire-type, and Piplup the water-type.

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Catching Pokemon in "Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl"

Just like the original Diamond and Pearl, wild Pokemon will primarily appear in grassy areas, caves, and in watery areas. You'll have to weaken a Pokemon before trying to catch them with a Poke ball. You won't be able to find Pokemon roaming around in the main world unless you're in the underground area that's beneath the Sinnoh region. The expanded underground area contains rare items and Pokemon statues that can be utilized at a secret base.

Brilliant Diamond Legendary Exclusives

  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Ho-Oh

Shining Pearl Legendary Exclusives

  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Lugia

Players will be able to carry up to six Pokemon in their parties like previous installments in the franchise. Your Pokemon will gain experience points and learn new moves until they evolve. The Exp Share will be available from the start, enabling other Pokemon in your party to gain experience all at once. Some players see this as a beneficial thing, as it makes it easier to raise lower level Pokemon that are not in battle. Other players fear that the game will become too easy. Unfortunately, there is no way to turn the Exp Share off unless an update is implemented. The original Diamond and Pearl were pretty challenging towards the end of the game.

The health bars in battles will deplete significantly quicker compared to the original games. They were painstakingly slow in the Nintendo DS games.

Dawn in a Pokemon Battle

Dawn in a Pokemon Battle

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HMs and TMs in "Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl"

HMs (Hidden Moves) were a staple of the Pokemon series for a long time. HMs could be used an unlimited numbers of times. They were needed to remove obstacles or advance to new areas. Unfortunately, it was difficult to delete the moves once they were taught to a Pokemon. Certain HMs were not very useful in battle. Players often resorted to using an HM slave, a Pokemon that was only taught HMs and usually not used in battles. Bidoof was a popular HM slave in the original Diamond and Pearl.

The remakes will still feature HMs like Cut, Rock Smash, and Surf. Fortunately, players won't need a Pokemon in their party with those moves. Wild Pokemon will help instead. In my opinion, this is a welcome change, for it will make it easier to diversify your team.

TMs (technical moves) will be limited, however. TMs can be found in the Sinnoh region, awarded by gym leaders, or given by NPCs. Make use of TMs wisely. Generation eight had unlimited TM use, but these remakes have gone back to their roots it seems.

Dawn with the Water-type Piplup

Dawn with the Water-type Piplup

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Features and Improvements

A lot of generation 4 exclusives will be returning to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Players will be able to bait honey trees to attract wild Pokemon, enter Pokemon contests, decorate Poke Ball seals with stickers, and walk around with Pokemon to strengthen your relationship with them.

Players will be able to change their clothes and style in the game. Outfits won't have an impact on the gameplay, though. They'll only affect your appearance in the world and in battles. The aesthetics of the outfit will depend on whether you play as Lucas or Dawn. Outfits can be purchased in the towns throughout the Sinnoh region.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will feature an auto-save and a waypoint system in case you get lost. The originals only had a manual save. If you forgot to save or your Nintendo DS ran out of battery life, then you would lose all your progress back in the day.

The remakes will be compatible with Pokemon Home, but not at launch. If you have saved data from Let's Go Pikachu or Let's Go Eevee, Mew will available from an NPC in Floaroma Town. Jirachi can also be acquired if you have saved data from Pokemon Sword and Shield.

There won't be any significant differences between Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The versions mainly affect what wild Pokemon you encounter. There may also be some minor differences in the story, similar to how Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire had different villains.

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