Can you turn off Exp Share in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl?

Meg Bethany Koepp
An image of the Exp Share in front of an evolution graphic from Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Wondering whether you can turn off Exp Share in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl? The most important aspect of being a Trainer in Sinnoh is leveling up your ‘mon to ensure sure they can win in any battle that comes their way. Exp Share can help to do just that, but not using it provides more of a challenge.

Leveling up each Pokemon individually in the franchise can be a total pain – we all know the feeling. Our jobs as Trainers are made slightly easier with the Exp Share item, which literally does what it says on the tin by sharing Experience Points around your team.

It is an invaluable piece of equipment that is invaluable in everyone’s kit – so, to learn how to find one in the original Pokemon Diamond & Pearl as well as whether you can turn it off in the remakes, keep on reading.


An image showing a party of Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
The Exp Share feature is not available in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

Can you turn off Exp Share in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl?

Unfortunately, no – players cannot turn off Exp Share in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Following the vein of Sword & Shield, the only way to ensure that your particular Pokemon does not receive any experience would be to place them into a Box instead.

However, if you’re a fan of the original title and want to find out where to get Exp Share in Diamond & Pearl, read on to find out exactly how to go about it.

Where to get Exp Share in the original Pokemon Diamond & Pearl

the cycling road in pokemon diamond
The assistant is waiting for you at the entrance to the Cycling Road.

Exp Share Method #1: Cycling Road

Luckily, you can get your hands on the Exp Share quite early on in your Sinnoh adventure. There are two prerequisites before you can, though:

  • Beat the second Gym Leader, Gardenia, in Eterna City.
  • Record at least 35 entries in your Sinnoh Pokedex.
  • Once you’ve done those, head to the Cycling Road.
  • There is a building at the entrance, and inside, you’ll see Professor Rowan’s assistant, who will check your Pokedex and then gift you with the Held Item.
An image from pokemon diamond and pearl of the lottery hall
If you’re lucky enough, you may win.

Exp Share Method #2: Lottery

The second, more difficult way of obtaining one is through the Lottery system. Go to the TV Station in Jubilife City and then to the Lottery Corner. Like the Master Ball, an extra Exp Share can be won if a number matches up to any of your Pokemon IDs.

This is pure luck, though, and some Trainers may never get it. Still, it’s worth trying every day because you never know – you may just end up with two and be able to level up multiple ‘mon at once like a pro.

So, there you have it – everything you need to know about Exp Share in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

For more guides and walkthroughs to help you on your journey throughout Sinnoh, check out these:

Where to find Munchlax | Hardest Pokemon to catch in the Sinnoh region | Where to find Cresselia | How to find Heatran | How to get the National Pokedex | Best starter to pick | How to get Amulet Coin and Luck Incense | How to get Togepi | Beating all Gym Leaders | How to get all Sinnoh starters | How to unlock National Pokedex | Best ways to make money | Unlock Mystery Gifts | All Grand Underground ‘mon | How to get Eevee | How to get Leafeon | How to get Glaceon | How to get Umbreon & Espeon | Where to catch Spiritomb | How to get Riolu & Lucario | Where to find Gible & Garchomp | Unlock the Bike | Evolve Kirlia to Gallade & Gardevoir | How to get Misdreavus | Evolve Budew to Roselia