How to walk with your Pokemon in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Ava Thompson-Powell

In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, trainers can have their favorite Pokemon walk and navigate the world with them. Here’s how to walk with one of your Pokemon in the Sinnoh remakes.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl lets players take their favorite party members out of their Poke Balls. Like Pokemon Let’s Go and Sword & Shield’s DLC, you can freely walk with your ‘mon and explore the Sinnoh region.

If you’re unsure of the steps you need to take to let them out of their Poke Ball home in the remakes, we’ve got everything you need to know right here.

A screenshot of Pachirisu with a Trainer in Veilstone City in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
You can interact with your Pokemon when they’re walking with you around Sinnoh.

How to walk with your Pokemon in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

In the original Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, players could take a stroll with their favorite Pokemon after visiting a special park called Amity Square. Unfortunately, the ‘mon had to go back into their Poke Ball after leaving the premises.

As this is no longer the case in the remakes, you’ll first need to complete a few steps before you can utilize the cute feature in your game, which we’ve listed below.

An image of Pachirisu and a Trainer running in Hearthome City in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond
To unlock the feature, you’ll need to make your way to Hearthome City.

Reach Hearthome City

The walking with Pokemon feature is not unlocked from the beginning of Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Players will need to progress through the story until they reach Hearthome City. 

The location can be found fairly early on in the game and is accessible after defeating the second Gym Leader, Gardenia, in Eterna City. After that, Hearthome City is easily accessed by traveling along Route 208.

An image showing Amity Square in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, where you need to go to unlock walking with your 'mon
At Amity Square, you can hang out with up to 6 of your Pokemon at once!

Enter Amity Square

Upon arriving in Hearthome City, and in a nod to the 2006 DS titles, players can unlock the walking with Pokemon feature after visiting Amity Square, which is located through the gates at the North-West or North-East of the city. Once you’ve reached them, simply follow these steps:

  1. Enter, walk through, and exit the Amity Square Gate.
  2. You’ll arrive in the park, and an NPC will be standing behind a desk with a red top.
  3. Walk towards them and they’ll stop you to talk.
  4. They’ll say that you can go for a stroll with ‘cute’ Pokemon, such as the Sinnoh starters, Pachirisu, Pikachu, and Buneary.
  5. You’ll now be able to choose one of your ‘mon to accompany you around the park, with any other cute ‘mon in your party heading out into the park themselves, up to a maximum of 6.
  6. After this, you’ll be able to explore and interact with your party. Pressing the ‘+’ button will call them to you wherever you are.

To unlock the ability to walk one of your ‘mon outside of the park, you now simply need to leave via the way you came, and the ‘Walk Together’ option will unlock after speaking with the NPC once more.

How to let Pokemon out of their Poke Ball in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

An image of Gardevoir with the 'Walk Together' option in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Once you exit Amity Square, you’ll be able to select ‘Walk Together’ with any of your ‘mon.

Upon leaving Amity Square, you’ll now be able to walk with any of your Pokemon – and not just the cute ones, either. However, you can only have one follow you at any time, so make sure to pick your favorite!

  1. Press ‘X‘ to bring up the game menu.
  2. Head over to ‘Pokemon‘.
  3. Next, choose the particular Pokemon you want to walk together with.
  4. Press ‘A‘ on them, and select ‘Walk Together‘.
  5. The game menu will close, and your chosen ‘mon will appear right next to you.

That’s it – they’ll now follow you throughout any outdoor locations in Sinnoh, disappearing when you enter buildings or head to the Grand Underground.

So, there you have it – that’s everything you need to know about how to walk with your Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

For more tips and tricks to help you on your journey throughout Sinnoh, check out our list of guides:

About The Author

Ava was formerly Dexerto's Evergreen Editor, based in England. With a BA (Hons) in Media and Communications, and a passion for RPGs, The Sims, Pokemon, and Dead by Daylight, she primarily covered tips, guides, and reviews.