Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: All version-exclusive Pokemon and differences

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The biggest difference between Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is the handful of Pokémon that are exclusive to each variant.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl come to Nintendo Switch next week. As is the case with other Pokemon games, there are some differences that differentiate the two versions, namely certain Pokemon. If you’re not sure which game to get, here are all the confirmed versions of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl exclusive.

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Like the original Diamond and Pearl game for the Nintendo DS, the primary difference between Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is the exclusive Pokémon. Each game features a handful of monsters not found in the second edition, including the legendary Pokémon at the center of the story: Dialga and Palkia. In Brilliant Diamond, the villainous Team Galactic is on a quest to summon Dialga, while in Shining Pearl, Palkia is their target.

They aren’t the only legendary Pokémon exclusive to each version. After completing the main story, you can get a . will have access to New facility called Ramnas Park, where you’ll be able to catch other great Pokémon that weren’t previously available in the original Diamond and Pearl game. However, some of these legendary monsters depend on which version you’re playing; Ho-Oh, for example, appears only in Brilliant Diamond, while Shining Pearl players will face Lugia instead.


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The legendary Pokemon Dialga and Palkia appear in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, respectively.

During your adventure, you can also obtain fossils that can later be revived in Pokémon. Which fossil you can find also depends on which version you have. The Skull Fossil is exclusive to Brilliant Diamond and produces Cranidos, while the Armor Fossil is only available in Shining Pearl and turns into Shieldon.

Some wild Pokémon are also exclusive to each version, meaning the only way to get them in another game is to trade them with another player. You can check out all the confirmed version-exclusive Pokémon below.

Fabulous Diamond Exclusive

  • antei
  • raikou
  • suikoon
  • ho-oh
  • cranidos
  • rampardos
  • Stunky
  • scantank
  • dialga

Shining Pearl Exclusive

  • articuno
  • zapdos
  • moltres
  • Lujia
  • shieldon
  • bastiodon
  • glamaev
  • Purugali
  • Palkiya

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl launch on November 19th. The games are pretty much faithful remakes of the original DS titles, but they also boast some Welcome to Quality of Life Improvement Which help to modernize the experience.

As an added bonus for early adopters, everyone who purchases a copy of Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl before February 21, 2022 can receive two free gifts through the Mystery Gift function: a free manafi egg And a Pokémon Platinum outfit for your trainer. Players who have data saved for other Pokémon games on their Switch can also get Free Jirachi and Nuts,

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