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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the long-awaited remakes of Sinnoh are here and it’s more or less a very faithful representation of the original games with a few changes aside from the obvious graphic overhaul. The experience is very similar and of course you will be forced to make a big decision at the start of the game: which starter to choose. Well, if you’re here you’re probably wondering if you can bypass that choice and get the three main entrances, Piplup, Turtwig, and Chimchar, anyway. Here’s what you need to know about how to get all starters in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – How to Get All Starters
Let us first eliminate the obvious. Once you’re able to trade, you can go ahead and try to roll around and fend for yourself to get the three starting Pokémon: Piplup, Turtwig, and Chimchar. If you try to do this without any outside help, find rare Pokémon that are boring to catch or Pokémon with lucrative hidden abilities, and offer them online either in-game or on a popular Pokémon trading forum such as GameFAQs.
Or, if you want to get old-fashioned cheeky, find a friend with another copy of the game and another Switch, and have them start new games (grab some before they start) and play. until they send their starter and reboot until you have all three. Or of course you can do it yourself if you have two Switchs and two copies of the game.
Get all newbies in the game without trading
If you can’t or don’t want to trade, it’s actually possible to get all three entries without trading; it’s different from most of the other games in the series, but it’s possible in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. To do this, however, you must first have access to the National Dex which is obtained after completing the game.
Once you have the National Dex, when you travel to the appropriate areas of the Grand Underground, you have a small chance of stumbling across one of the Starter Pokémon. For example, underground areas based on fire have a small chance of spawning Chimchar once you get National Dex, water can spawn Piplup, and grassy areas can spawn Turtwig.
And these are the main ways to get start Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. For more frequently asked questions and other tips, tricks, and guides, visit our Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond guide wiki and check out our review for our full thoughts on these remakes.