Pokemon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl: all the differences

Pokemon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl: all the differences

Pokemon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl will arrive on Nintendo Switch next week. As is the case with other Pokemon games, there are a handful of differences that set the two versions apart, namely some exclusive Pokemon. If you’re not sure which game to buy, here are all the confirmed version exclusives in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Version differences

Like the original Diamond and Pearl games for the Nintendo DS, the main difference between Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is Pokemon exclusive. Each game features a handful of monsters that cannot be found in the other version, including the legendary Pokemon at the center of the story: Dialga and Palkia. In Brilliant Diamond, the evil Team Galaxy is looking for Dialga, while Palkia is their target in Shining Pearl.

These aren’t the only Legendary Pokemon exclusive to each version. After completing the main storyline, you will have access to one new facility called Ramanas Park , where you can catch other Legendary Pokemon that were previously not available in the original Diamond and Pearl games. However, some of these legendary monsters differ depending on which version you are playing; Ho-oh, for example, only appears in Brilliant Diamond, while Shining Pearl players will meet Lugia instead.


In the course of your adventure, you can also obtain fossils which can then be revived in Pokemon. Which fossil you can find also depends on the 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 transforms into Shieldon.

Some wild Pokemon are also exclusive to each version, which means the only way to get them in the other game is to trade with another player. Below you can see all the exclusive Pokemon of the confirmed version.

Brilliant Diamond exclusives

  • Entities
  • Raikou
  • Suicune
  • Ho-oh
  • Cranidos
  • Rampardos
  • smelly
  • Skuntank
  • Dialga

Exclusive shining pearls

  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Lugia
  • Shieldon
  • Bastiodon
  • Glameow
  • purugly
  • Palkia

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will launch on November 19th. The games are very faithful remakes of the original DS titles, but they also boast some welcome improvements in quality of life that help modernize the experience.

As an added bonus for early adopters, anyone who purchases a copy of Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl before February 21, 2022 can receive two freebies via the Mystery Gift feature: a Manaphy egg free and Pokemon Platinum outfits for your trainer. Players who have save data for other Pokemon games on their Switch can also receive Free Jirachi and Mew .

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