Pokemon Shining Pearl

Pokemon Shining Pearl welcome to the Sinnoh region! Rich in nature and with mighty Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon and then set off on your journey to try to become the Champion of the Pokémon League. Along the way, you’ll run into the mysterious organization Team Galactic, and be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Palkia.

Pokemon Shining Pearl
Pokemon Shining Pearl

Pokemon Shining Pearl

Pokemon Shining Pearl The player may also pose for screenshots and save them to the Nintendo Switch’s album.
The Poffin-making minigame can now be performed inside Amity Square. The player’s walking Pokémon surround the bowl during the minigame, visibly reacting to the player’s cooking.
With the Nintendo Switch’s lack of a bottom screen, the Pokétch may now be either absent from the screen, present in the top right corner of the screen, or enlarged to take up the majority of the screen (during which the regular overworld in the background has a blur filter applied). These three different methods of viewing are switched between using the R button. The touch screen or a pointer cursor can be used to control the Pokétch while it uses the enlarged screen.


HMs have been removed; instead, the Pokétch has a new “Hidden Moves” app allowing the player to call wild Pokémon to perform field moves corresponding to the original game’s HMs. These wild Pokémon are the same regardless of location: Bidoof for Rock Smash and Cut, Staraptor for Fly and Defog, and Bibarel for Strength, Rock Climb, Surf, and Waterfall.
Hidden Moves now skip the splash screen animation when used multiple times in the same area.
The Town Map now has new features allowing it to show the locations of Honey Trees (distinguishing between Honey Trees with no Honey, Honey Trees with Honey but no wild Pokémon, and Honey Trees with wild Pokémon) and Berries that can be picked.

Pokemon Shining Pearl
Pokemon Shining Pearl


Pokemon Shining Pearl Due to this, the Pokétch’s Berry Searcher app has been removed, as it would be redundant.
The miniature sprites used for all Pokémon between Generation III and Sword and Shield now have a different appearance, no longer looking pixelated.[1]
The icons that represent types have undergone numerous changes. For example, the plain circle icon for the Normal type now bears two nubs resembling Bidoof’s ears.
Pokémon now have different cries when they faint.
Pokémon featured in mass outbreaks now appear in the overworld en masse, though the means of encountering them remains the same as before.

Like the original Diamond and Pearl games for the Nintendo DS, the primary difference between Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is exclusive Pokemon. Each game features a handful of monsters that can’t be found in the other version, including the legendary Pokemon at the heart of the story: Dialga and Palkia. In Brilliant Diamond, the villainous Team Galactic is on a quest to summon Dialga, while Palkia is their target in Shining Pearl.

Those aren’t the only legendary Pokemon exclusive to each version. After completing the main storyline, you’ll gain access to a new facility called Ramanas Park, where you’ll be able to catch other legendary Pokemon that previously weren’t available in the original Diamond and Pearl games. However, some of these legendary monsters differ depending on which version you’re playing; Ho-oh, for example, only appears in Brilliant Diamond, while Shining Pearl players will instead encounter Lugia.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are now available on Nintendo Switch, and just as with other mainline Pokemon games, there are a handful of differences that set the two versions apart, primarily exclusive Pokemon. Each game features an assortment of monsters that can’t be found in the other version. If you’re unsure of which game to get, here are all of the version exclusives in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

During the course of your adventure, you can also obtain fossils that can then be revived into Pokemon. Which fossil you can find likewise 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. 

A few wild Pokemon are exclusive to each version, as well, which means the only way to obtain them in the other game is to trade with another player. You can see all of the confirmed version-exclusive Pokemon below.

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