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How to trade Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Published: 19/Nov/2021 20:11 Updated: 19/Nov/2021 20:19

by David Purcell

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If you’re looking to trade Pokemon in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you where to go, how trades work, and which Pokemon you can get by trading. 

There’s a full Pokedex out there to complete for Diamond and Pearl players, with exclusive Pokemon in each game. This obstacle of exclusive spawn locations, however, can be overcome by trading with somebody else online.

So, say you have bought Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and want to complete the National Pokedex, you’re going to need to know how to get Shining Pearl exclusives. This is probably the best way to do it.

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Let’s take a look at how that works…

How to trade in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

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The Pokemon Center is where you need to go.

To trade in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, follow these instructions:

  1. Visit a Pokemon Center. 
  2. Take the stairs downstairs to the Union Room.
  3. Speak to the character sitting in the middle at the desk, and select ‘Enter using a link code’.
  4. Set your link code and ask your trade partner to use the same code.
  5. Press Y and hit Call, Trade.
  6. Approach the trade partner, pick the Pokemon to trade, and confirm the trade.

This will allow you to connect with other players using a Nintendo Switch online account, though there are some you don’t need online for.

All Trade Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

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Chatot is really easy to get in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Pearl.

Trade Pokemon are those that can only be unlocked in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl by trading with another player.

In terms of NPC trades, the following Pokemon can be unlocked:

  • Abra
  • Chatot
  • Magikarp
  • Haunter

If you would like to get any of these by trading, here’s our guide on how to do just that. Included in the guide are also a number of Gift Pokemon, which are free to claim around the Sinnoh Region in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

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Trade evolutions in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

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Porygon is one of many Pokemon that evolve by trading.

There are also some Pokemon that evolve solely by trading, so the following table should be helpful as you progress through the game’s story:

Pokemon Evolved Pokemon Special requirements
Clamperl Huntail Trade while holding a Deep Sea Tooth
Clamperl Gorebyss Trade while holding a Deep Sea Scale
Dusclops Dusknoir Trade while holding a Reaper Cloth
Electabuzz Electivire Trade while holding an Electrizer
Graveler Golem
Haunter Gengar
Kadabra Alakazam
Machoke Machamp
Magmar Magmortar Trade while holding a Magmarizer
Onix Steelix Trade while holding a Metal Coat
Poliwhirl Poliwrath Trade while holding a King’s Rock
Porygon Porygon2 Trade while holding an Upgrade
Porygon2 PorygonZ Trade while holding a Dubious Disc
Rhydon Rhyperior Trade while holding a Protector
Scyther Scizor Trade while holding a Metal Coat
Seadra Kingdra Trade while holding a Dragon Scale
Slowpoke Slowking Trade while holding a King’s Rock

So – that’s everything you need to know to be able to trade online and trade with NPCs. Not only that, but when you enter the Union Room you’re also prepared now for which species evolve solely through trading. Good luck!