Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl version differences, exclusive Pokémon and new features

Which version will you pick?

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have, like all mainline Pokémon games, a list of version exclusive Pokémon.

These Pokémon can only be caught in the specific game they appear in, so, if you want to complete the Pokédex, you need to trade with a player who has the opposite version to you.

Since Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are remakes, they have a number of features which have either been reworked or simply didn't appear in the original Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond exclusive Pokémon

Here are all of the currently confirmed exclusive Pokémon, arranged in National Pokédex order, in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond:

Thank you to Ly_prism from reddit for the help with this information!

No.PokémonType
10 Caterpie Bug
Pokemon_Caterpie
11 Metapod Bug
Pokemon_Metapod
12 Butterfree Bug / Flying
Pokemon_Butterfree
23 Ekans Poison
Pokemon_Ekans
24 Arbok Poison
Pokemon_Arbok
58 Growlithe Fire
Pokemon_Growlithe
59 Arcanine Fire
Pokemon_Arcanine
86 Seel Water
Pokemon_Seel
87 Dewgong Water / Ice
Pokemon_Dewgong
123 Scyther Bug / Flying
Pokemon_Scyther
125 Electabuzz Electric
Pokemon_Electabuzz
198 Murkrow Dark / Flying
Pokemon_Murkrow
207 Gligar Ground / Flying
Pokemon_Gligar
212 Scizor Bug / Steel
Pokemon_Scizor
239 Elekid Electric
Pokemon_Elekid
243 Raikou Electric
Pokemon_Raikou
244 Entei Fire
Pokemon_Entei
245 Suicune Water
Pokemon_Suicune
246 Larvitar Rock / Ground
Pokemon_Larvitar
247 Pupitar Rock / Ground
Pokemon_Pupitar
248 Tyranitar Rock / Dark
Pokemon_Tyranitar
250 Ho-Oh Fire / Flying
Pokemon_Ho_Oh
273 Seedot Grass
Pokemon_Seedot
274 Nuzleaf Grass / Dark
Pokemon_Nuzleaf
275 Shiftry Grass / Dark
Pokemon_Shiftry
303 Mawile Steel / Fairy
Pokemon_Mawile
335 Zangoose Normal
Pokemon_Zangoose
338 Solrock Rock / Psychic
Pokemon_Solrock
352 Kecleon Normal
Pokemon_Kelceon
408 Cranidos Rock
Pokemon_Cranidos
409 Rampardos Rock
Pokemon_Rampardos
430 Honchkrow Dark / Flying
Pokemon_Honchkrow
434 Stunky Poison / Dark
Pokemon_Stunky
435 Skuntank Poison / Dark
Pokemon_Skuntank
466 Electivire Electric
Pokemon_Electivire
472 Gliscor Ground / Flying
Pokemon_Gliscor
483 Dialga Steel / Dragon
Pokemon_Dialga

Pokémon Shining Pearl exclusive Pokémon

Below you can find all of the currently confirmed exclusive Pokémon, arranged in National Pokédex order, in Pokémon Shining Pearl:

Thank you to Ly_prism from reddit for the help with this information!

No.PokémonType
13 Weedle Bug / Poison
Pokemon_Weedle
14 Kakuna Bug / Poison
Pokemon_Kakuna
15 Beedrill Bug / Poison
Pokemon_Beedrill
27 Sandshrew Ground
Pokemon_Sandshrew
28 Sandslash Ground
Pokemon_Sandslash
37 Vulpix Fire
Pokemon_Vulpix
38 Ninetales Fire
Pokemon_Ninetails
79 Slowpoke Water / Psychic
Pokemon_Slowpoke
80 Slowbro Water / Psychic
Pokemon_Slowbro
126 Magmar Fire
Pokemon_Magmar
127 Pinsir Bug
Pokemon_Pinsir
144 Articuno Ice / Flying
Pokemon_Articuno
145 Zapdos Electric / Flying
Pokemon_Zapdos
146 Moltres Fire / Flying
Pokemon_Moltres
199 Slowking Water / Psychic
Pokemon_Slowking
200 Misdreavus Ghost
Pokemon_Misdreavus
216 Teddiursa Normal
Pokemon_Teddiursa
217 Ursaring Normal
Pokemon_Ursaring
234 Stantler Normal
Pokemon_Stantler
240 Magby Fire
Pokemon_Magby
249 Lugia Psychic / Flying
Pokemon_Lugia
270 Lotad Water / Grass
Pokemon_Lotad
271 Lombre Water / Grass
Pokemon_Lombre
272 Ludicolo Water / Grass
Pokemon_Ludicolo
302 Sableye Dark / Ghost
Pokemon_Sableye
336 Seviper Poison
Pokemon_Seviper
337 Lunatone Rock / Psychic
Pokemon_Lunatone
371 Bagon Dragon
Pokemon_Bagon
372 Shelgon Dragon
Pokemon_Shelgon
373 Salamence Dragon / Flying
Pokemon_Salamence
410 Shieldon Rock / Steel
Pokemon_Shieldon
411 Bastiodon Rock / Steel
Pokemon_Bastidon
429 Mismagius Ghost
Pokemon_Mismagius
431 Glameow Normal
Pokemon_Glameow
432 Purugly Normal
Pokemon_Purugly
467 Magmortar Fire
Pokemon_Magmortar
484 Palkia Water / Dragon
Pokemon_Palkia

New and returning features in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl explained

Whether you played the original instalment or if this is your first time visiting the Sinnoh region, you'll discover a host of new and reworked features in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Let's begin with the Pokétch - if you played Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, you'll remember that the Pokétch lived on the Nintendo DS' bottom screen. Since this is impossible on the Nintendo Switch, you'll now be able to call up the Pokétch whenever you need it.

The Pokétch still retains all of its original features, such as the Memo Pad, clock, Dowsing Machine and the very useful Friendship Checker.

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The major change to the Pokétch, however, is connected to how Hidden Moves works in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Rather than creating a HM slave, you'll be able to use the Pokétch to call upon wild Pokémon to perform moves like Cut, Surf or Rock Climb.

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The Underground from Diamond and Pearl has also been reworked into the Grand Underground. You'll still be able to excavate the walls for items like fossils, build a secret base and play alongside other players in the Grand Underground, but there's a new feature for you to enjoy - the Pokémon Hideaways.

Pokémon Hideaways are special environments in the Grand Underground where different Pokémon live - some appear naturally in the Sinnoh region, others don't. Try experimenting with different Pokémon statues in your secret base, because they seem to have an effect on which Hideaways you encounter.

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Pokémon Contests have also returned in the form of the Super Contests Shows, which last appeared in Pokémon Platinum. Compete in five different categories, such as Cuteness and Cleverness, across four different ranks - Normal, Great, Ultra and Master - to prove how special your Pokémon is. You can compete against NPCs or your friends via the Internet.

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Each Pokémon is judged on three different evaluations - Visual, Dance and Move. Visual covers how well you've trained a certain condition, such as Beauty, for a Pokémon by giving it Poffins. It also covered the Capsule Decoration you've given their Poké Ball, which is a returning feature from past Pokémon games.

Dance, meanwhile, involves completing a rhythm mini-game and incorporates the Move evaluation. As your Pokémon dances it will have the opportunity to use a Contest Move and, if you time it right, you can create a Move Chain for extra points.

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As mentioned above, Capsule Decoration, which we last saw in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, has also returned. You can add up to 20 stickers from a choice of 90 to a Poké Ball to give your Pokémon a flourish when they enter battle!

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The Pal Park of Diamond and Pearl has been replaced with Ramanas Park where, by placing slates in specific rooms, you'll be able to encounter legendary Pokémon. While some legendary Pokémon will appear in both games, others are exclusive to a specific version such as Lugia only appearing in Shining Pearl.

You'll gain access to Ramanas Park once you've defeated the Elite Four and entered the Hall of Fame. It also requires the update for both games released on Friday, 19th November 2021.

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You can also earn a number of mythical Pokémon throughout the game - Mew and Jirachi can be earned if you have a save file from a certain Nintendo Switch Pokémon game on your console and a Manaphy egg is available as an early-purchase bonus!

Pokemon_Mew
Pokemon_Jirachi
Pokemon_Manaphy

Amity Square in Hearthome City has also received a small update, allowing you to bring six Pokémon onto its grounds. Here you'll be able to make Poffins and, after you've visited, one Pokémon from your party will be able to follow you across the Sinnoh region.

The ability to buy clothes and customise your trainer has also returned!

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Finally, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will become capable with Pokémon Home in 2022.

Hope you enjoy exploring the Sinnoh region!

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