How to get Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Meg Bethany Koepp
treecko grovyle sceptile in pokemon bdsp
The Pokemon Company / ILCA

The Hoenn starter trio can be caught in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Here’s how to get Treecko, Grovyle, and Sceptile in BDSP, including evolution levels and exact locations.

First introduced into the series in Ruby and Sapphire in 2002, Gen III remains one of the most beloved Generations to this day. Which means the region’s starters – Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip – are very popular amongst Trainers who are nostalgic for the Game Boy Advance classics.

The Grass-type is in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, and you can add it, and its two evolutions, to your team.

How to catch Treecko in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

The Hoenn starter won’t appear until you’ve completed the story by defeating the Elite Four and the Sinnoh Champion at the Pokemon League. You also need to have obtained the National Dex – check out our guide for how to do so.

Follow the below steps for the best way to get Treecko:

  1. After filling out your Sinnoh Dex and getting the National Dex, use your Explorer Kit to descend into the Grand Underground.
  2. Go to Sunlit CavernStill-Water Cavern, or Hideaways with a water biome. These appear as blue or blue and green icons on your map.
  3. Treecko has a low spawn rate so if it doesn’t show up in the room, exit and re-enter the Hideaway until it does. It may take a few tries.
  4. Run into it to battle and catch it. You have an increased chance of catching it fast if you use a Quick Ball as soon as the encounter starts.
treecko in pokemon brilliant diamond shining pearl
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
It appears in the Grand Underground after you get the National Pokedex.

How to get Grovyle in Pokemon BDSP

There is only one way of getting your hands on Grovyle in the Gen IV reimaginings and that is to evolve the Grass-type starter. It doesn’t spawn anywhere so you can’t catch it.

Treecko evolves at level 16, so either battle with it while it’s in your Party until it transforms or use Rare Candy to level it up quickly.

grovyle in pokemon bdsp
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Grovyle evolves at level 16.

Evolving Sceptile in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Like with Grovyle, Sceptile doesn’t appear in the game outside of evolution. So if you were hoping to find it in the Grand Underground, you’re out of luck.

The final form evolves at level 36 so just follow the same steps you did with Treecko: battle with it while it’s in your Party or use Rare Candy until it triggers.

sceptile in pokemon bdsp
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Sceptile evolves from Grovyle at level 36.

And that’s it! Now you should have caught and evolved Treecko into Grovyle and Sceptile in BDSP.

Have a read of some of our other Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl guides and walkthroughs to help you become the ultimate Trainer:

All Rare Candy locations | Where to find Cresselia | How to get the National Pokedex | Best starter to pick | Beating all Gym Leaders | How to get all Sinnoh starters | Best ways to make money | How to unlock Mystery Gifts | 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 | How to unlock the Bike | All trade evolutions