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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl: Everything we know so far

Published: 30/Sep/2021 0:55 Updated: 30/Sep/2021 0:56

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon franchise is headed back to the Sinnoh region with Gen IV remakes Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Here’s everything you need to know about the wildly-anticipated Nintendo Switch RPG coming out in 2021.

This November, Pokemon fans will get to revisit the Sinnoh region with Studio ILCA’s Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl remakes. While a faithful reimagining, the Nintendo Switch games will also bring a flurry of new features to the classic RPGs.

From Trainer customization to an expanded Pokedex, the wildly anticipated project will bring Gen IV to the HD era with a fresh coat of paint. Here is what Trainers can expect when picking up BDSP this Fall.

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Screenshot of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl title.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Gen IV Pokemon title is finally getting a remake.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl release date

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl will officially hit stores on Friday, November 19, 2021. After years of rumors, the Sinnoh remakes were unveiled during the Pokemon 25th Anniversary Presents in February.

Unlike previous remakes, the project is not being handled by Game Freak. Series newcomers Studio ILCA are heading up the reimaginings instead with help from Diamond & Pearl’s original Director Junichi Masuda.

While the remakes were initially promoted as being “faithful” reimaginings, the Nintendo Switch RPGs will also include a flurry of modern features.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl features

HD Graphics

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl HD graphics
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
The classic game has been remade in HD graphics.

Trainer customization

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Character Customization
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Players will be able to customize their Sinnoh Trainer.

Clothing items

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Clothing Items
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
BDSP will also feature different clothing items for your Trainer.

The Grand Underground

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Underground
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
The Underground returns with an expanded co-op mode.

Secret Bases

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Secret Base
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Players can create and customize their own secret base in the Sinnoh remakes.

Pokemon Hideaways

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Pokemon Hideaways
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Rare Pokemon can only be found in Hideaways found in the Grand Underground.

Super Contest Shows

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Super Contest Shows
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Players can have their Pokemon evaluated.

Poke Ball Effects

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Pokeball effects
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Trainers can customize their Pokeball with stickers to create epic effects when starting battles.

Companion

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl companions
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Pokemon walk outside of their Pokeball in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

Union Room

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Union Room
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In the Union Room, players can connect online with Trainers locally or from around the world.

Online Battles

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl online battles
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Trainers can battle against each other using online features.

Expanded Pokedex

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Pokedex
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
The Sinnoh remakes will feature an expanded Pokedex bigger than Diamond & Pearl.

Pokemon Home integration

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Pokemon Home
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Players will be able to transfer their BDSP Pokemon into the Home service.

Return of the Poketch

poketch pokemon brilliant diamond shining pearl
ILCA / The Pokemon Company
The Poketch from the original game returns, and is loaded with features such as HMs – no need to learn them anymore.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl trailers

During its February 26 reveal, The Pokemon Company also provided fans with a quick one-minute debut trailer for Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Instead of reusing Sword & Shield’s modern engine, the RPGs opted for a new “chibi” art style that has never been seen before in the franchise.

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While the initial trailer sparked backlash for its graphics, fans were won over with the second trailer revealed during the August 18th Pokemon Presents. In the new launch video, the Sinnoh remakes had substantially better visuals with the graphics being completely overhauled from top to bottom.

Reveal trailer

August Pokemon Presents Launch trailer

September 28 news trailer

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl starter Pokemon

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Starter Pokemon
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Players will get to choose a Starter Pokemon at the start of Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl opens with players meeting Sinnoh’s Professor Rowan. Just like all games in the series, Trainers will get to pick a Starter Pokemon.

Here are the three characters that you will be presented at the start of your journey:

Name Pokemon Type
Chimchar Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Starter Chimchar Pokemon Fire-type logo
Piplup Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Starter Piplup Pokemon Water-type logo
Turtwig Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Starter Turtwig Pokemon Grass-type

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond exclusive Pokemon

Cranidos

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Exclusive Cranidos
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
The Rock-type Dinosaur is exclusive to Brilliant Diamond.

Stunky

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Exclusive Stunky
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Stunky is one of Brilliant Diamond’s exclusive ‘mon.

Pokemon Shining Pearl exclusive Pokemon

Shieldon

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Exclusive Shieldon
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
The Rock / Steel Type Pokemon is exclusive to Shining Pearl.

Glameow

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Exclusive Glameow
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Glameow can only be found in the Shining Pearl version of the RPG.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl screenshots

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
The entire Sinnoh cast has been remade in a new HD art style.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Team Galactic Cyrus
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Team Galactic villain Cyrus looks as menacing as ever in the Sinnoh remakes.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl NPC
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl has a whole host of varied NPC characters to battle.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl opening
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Players will be able to customize their main character even at the start of the game.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl team galactic battle
The Pokemon Company / ILCA
Dual Battles in the Sinnoh Remake looks stunning.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl will officially launch on November 19, 2021. While it looks like the game is NOT based on the Platinum version of Gen IV, it does, however, look to have a wealth of new features.

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Those who pre-order the game score Legendary Manaphy and its evolution, Phione, for free. For how to unlock the Mythical, check out our guide here.