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All 14 starter locations in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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We all have our own favorite starter from a specific generation. Fortunately, in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you can easily get 14 starters from Gens I through IV Pokémon games in the post-game. But to do that, you'll need to know where exactly to catch them. We've got you covered. Whether you're looking for Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, or one of the other 11 starters, here's what you need to do to unlock them, along with where to find them.

How to unlock other Pokémon Starters in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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You can only unlock the ability to capture starters from previous games after you've beaten all gym leaders and the Elite Four and then unlocked the National Pokédex. To do the second thing, you'll need to see all 151 Pokémon from the Sinnoh region Dex and then talk to Professor Rowan at Sandgem Town.

All Pokémon starter locations in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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The vast majority of starters in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl can only be found in the Grand Underground wandering around in Pokémon Hideways or biomes that mesh well with their typing. It can take a while for them to spawn in the locations they show up, so if you don't see them, leave the Hideaway and then reenter until you do. 

There are 14 starters in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl that come from previous Pokémon games. We've included Eevee since it was a starter in Let's Go, Eevee!

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PokémonLocation
Bulbasaur Grassland Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Sunlit Cavern.
Charmander Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave.
Squirtle Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, and Still-Water Cavern.
Pikachu Trophy Garden on Route 212.
Eevee From Bebe at Hearthome City and Trophy Garden on Route 212.
Chikorita Grassland Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Sunlit Cavern.
Cyndaquil Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave.
Totodile Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, and Still-Water Cavern.
Treecko Grassland Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Sunlit Cavern.
Torchic Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave.
Mudkip Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, and Still-Water Cavern.
Turtwig Grassland Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Sunlit Cavern.
Chimchar Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave.
Piplup Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, and Still-Water Cavern.

Starter collector

Now that you know where to find all of the starters, you can really work towards filling out that National Dex. Good luck catching them all, and remember to check the rooms they spawn in over and over as they might not show up for a while.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond

Choose from Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup as your starter and then explore the Sinnoh region while catching more Pokémon.

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Pokémon Shining Pearl

Defeat the eight gyms using the best Pokémon you collect and work on catching the Legendary Palkia.

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