Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl exclusives: Differences between them

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With Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl both on Nintendo Switch, players may be wondering which one to choose. Here is everything you need to know about the version differences so you will be ready when the Sinnoh remakes drop on November 19, 2021.

After 15 years, the Pokemon franchise is finally revisiting Gen IV with the Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl remakes headed for the Switch on November 19, 2021. For many, this will be their first time exploring the Sinnoh region.

Game Freak has promised the HD reimaginings will be a “faithful” port. Here are all of the major differences between each version to help you decide which one to pick.




Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl exclusive difference
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Each version will have its own set of exclusive Pokemon.

Exclusive Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl explained

Although every generation has always featured version exclusives, Diamond & Pearl has perhaps the most drastic differences between each title. From Tyranitar to Salamence, players will need to choose wisely to get the Pokemon they want the most in their game.

For many, the choice may even come down simply to which Legendary you prefer: Palkia or Dialga. However, there are other monsters to consider such as Cranidos and Rampardos vs Shieldon and Bastiodon.

Here are the version exclusives for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond exclusive Pokemon

Cranidos Rock
Screenshot of Cranidos in Pokemon Diamond.
Rampardos Rock
Screenshot of Rampardos in Pokemon Diamond.
Stunky Poison / Dark
Screenshot of Stunky in Pokemon Diamond.
Skuntank Poison / Dark
Screenshot of Skuntank in Pokemon Diamond.
Murkrow Dark / Flying
murkrow sprite
Honchkrow Dark / Flying
honchkrow sprite
Scyther Bug / Flying
Scizor Bug / Steel
scizor sprite
Caterpie Bug
caterpie sprite
Metapod Bug
metapod sprite
Butterfree Bug / Flying
butterfree sprite
Ekans Poison
ekans sprite
Arbok Poison
arbok sprite
Growlithe Fire
growlithe sprite
Arcanine Fire
arcanine sprite
Seedot Grass
seedot sprite
Nuzleaf Grass / Dark
nuzleaf sprite
Shiftry Grass / Dark
shiftry sprite
Mawile Steel / Fairy
mawile sprite
Zangoose Normal
zangoose sprite
Solrock Rock / Psychic
solrock sprite
Seel Water
seel sprite
Dewgong Water / Ice
dewgong sprite
Kecleon Normal
kecleon sprite
Larvitar Rock / Ground
larvitar sprite
Pupitar Rock / Ground
Screenshot of Pupitar in Pokemon Pearl.
Tyranitar Rock / Dark
Screenshot of Larvitar in Pokemon Diamond.
Mime Jr. Psychic / Fairy
mime jr sprite
Mr. Mime Psychic / Fairy
mr mime sprite
Elekid Electric
elekid sprite
Electabuzz Electric
electabuzz sprite
Electivire Electric
electivire sprite
Gligar Ground / Flying
gligar sprite
Gliscor Ground / Flying
gliscor sprite
Dialga Steel / Dragon
Screenshot of Dialga in Pokemon Diamond.
Raikou Electric
raikou sprite
Entei Fire
entei sprite
Suicune Water
suicune sprite
Ho-Oh Fire / Flying
ho-oh sprite

Pokemon Shining Pearl exclusive Pokemon

Shieldon Rock / Steel
Screenshot of Shieldon in Pokemon Pearl.
Bastiodon Rock / Steel
Screenshot of Bastidon in Pokemon Pearl.
Glameow Normal
Screenshot of Glameow in Pokemon Pearl.
Purugly Normal
Screenshot of Purugly in Pokemon Pearl.
Weedle Bug / Poison
weedle sprite
Kakuna Bug / Poison
kakuna sprite
Beedrill Bug / Poison
beedrill sprite
Slowpoke Water / Psychic
Screenshot of Slowpoke in Pokemon Pearl.
Slowbro Water / Psychic
Screenshot of Slowbro in Pokemon Pearl.
Slowking Water / Psychic
Screenshot of Slowking in Pokemon Pearl.
Stantler Normal
Screenshot of Stantler in Pokemon Pearl.
Bagon Dragon
Screenshot of Bagon in Pokemon Pearl.
Shelgon Dragon
Screenshot of Shelgon in Pokemon Pearl.
Salamence Dragon / Flying
Screenshot of Salamence in Pokemon Pearl.
Sandshrew Ground
sandshrew sprite
Sandslash Ground
sandslash sprite
Vulpix Fire
vulpix sprite
Ninetales Fire
ninetails sprite
Pinsir Bug
pinsir sprite
Lotad Water / Grass
lotad sprite
Lombre Water / Grass
lombre sprite
Ludicolo Water / Grass
ludicolo sprite
Sableye Dark / Ghost
sableye sprite
Seviper Poison
seviper sprite
Lunatone Rock / Psychic
lunatone sprite
Misdreavus Ghost
misdreavus sprite
Mismagius Ghost
mismagius sprite
Magby Fire
magby sprite
Magmar Fire
magmar sprite
Magmortar Fire
magmortar sprite
Teddiursa Normal
teddiursa sprite
Ursaring Normal
ursaring sprite
Palkia Water /  Dragon
Screenshot of Palkia in Pokemon Pearl.
Articuno Ice / Flying
articuno sprite
Zapdos Electric / Flying
zapdos sprite
Moltres Fire / Flying
moltres sprite
Lugia Psychic / Flying
lugia sprite

Does Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl have Platinum’s Pokedex?

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl does not feature Pokemon Platinum’s Pokedex. It does have the National Pokedex up to Gen IV, though.

After the trailer made its debut back in February, eagle-eyed fans spotted NPCs and overworld changes that were not in the original 2006 release, so they thought it would be possible. Unfortunately, that didn’t end up coming to fruition.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Legendary statue
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Will the Sinnoh remakes also feature Platinum’s expanded Pokedex?

The titles are fairly balanced in terms of the exclusives offered in each one. They both have popular ‘mon so it just comes down to personal preference as to which version you choose.

Players should focus on which game has their favorite Pokemon. The choice is definitely a tough one, but the list above will prepare you for when Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl releases on November 19, 2021.

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