With Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl set to debut on the Nintendo Switch, players may be wondering which version to choose. Here is everything you need to know about the Pokemon exclusive to each game 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.
While we don’t know if there will be any major changes to the Pokedex, Game Freak has promised the HD reimaginings will be a faithful port. We will cover all the major differences between each version to help you decide which one to pick.
- Exclusive Pokemon explained
- Pokemon Brilliant Diamond exclusives
- Pokemon Shining Pearl exclusives
- Will Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl have Platinum’s Pokedex?
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 fan-favorites Scyther and Scizor vs Slowpoke and Slowking.
Below we will cover all the exclusives that can be found in each title. Note: We did not include Pokemon Platinum as developer ILCA has yet to confirm whether content from the third title will be in the 2021 Sinnoh remakes. This list is based on the 2006 RPGs, and we will update this hub if BDSP has a different Pokedex.
Exclusive Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond
|Dewgong||Water / Ice|
|Scyther||Bug / Flying|
|Scizor||Bug / Steel|
|Larvitar||Rock / Ground|
|Pupitar||Rock / Ground|
|Tyranitar||Rock / Ground|
|Aron||Steel / Rock|
|Lairon||Steel / Rock|
|Aggron||Steel / Rock|
|Murkrow||Dark / Flying|
|Honchkrow||Dark / Flying|
|Stunky||Poison / Dark|
|Skuntank||Poison / Dark|
|Dialga||Steel / Dragon|
Exclusive Pokemon in Shining Pearl
|Slowpoke||Water / Psychic|
|Slowbro||Water / Psychic|
|Slowking||Water / Psychic|
|Houndour||Dark / Fire|
|Houndoom||Dark / Fire|
|Spheal||Ice / Water|
|Sealeo||Ice / Water|
|Walrein||Ice / Water|
|Salamence||Dragon / Flying|
|Shieldon||Rock / Steel|
|Bastiodon||Rock / Steel|
|Glameow||Poison / Dark|
|Palkia||Water / Dragon|
Will Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl have Platinum’s Pokedex?
As mentioned briefly above, ILCA has not yet confirmed whether the Sinnoh remakes will also feature Pokemon Platinum’s Pokedex. In 2008, the third Gen IV title considerably overhauled the base game and expanded the total ‘mon from 151 to 210.
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 anything is possible. It would be pretty shocking for them not to include Giratina, though.
The Gen IV titles are fairly balanced in terms of the exclusives offered in each one. Diamond, for instance, has Scizor with 500 base stats, whereas Pearl has Pinsir with the same point total. Similarly, Salamence and Tyranitar also match up equally when it comes to power.
Players should focus on the types they are looking to use to build up their team as well as the version which has their favorite Pokemon. The choice is definitely a tough one, but the list above will prepare you for when Bright Diamond & Shining Pearl release on November 19, 2021.