How to get rid of fog in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are remakes of the original classic experiences. While veterans might adjust to the small changes and new features present while remembering other things to do, newcomers may be confused as to how they're supposed to get rid of fog in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

If you want to have a better experience in the some of the latest Pokémon games on Nintendo Switch, you'll want to clean that fog right up, and we've got you covered. Before long, the fog will be stripped out like it's a later port of a Nintendo 64 game!

How to get rid of fog in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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Fortunately, getting rid of fog in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is a fairly straightforward process. Fog acts like many other barriers in Pokémon games that can only be overcome with the right move. In the original games, Defog was HM05, but in remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, it is TM97.

You'll need to have progressed a fair bit into the game in order to grab it, though depending on how much you're grinding to buff up your Pokémon it might be a couple of hours or over a dozen. Once you've encountered fog, you're also capable of getting rid of it. Follow these steps:

How to get Defog (TM97)

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  1. Head to Pastoria City, which you can see on the map above.
  2. Once you're in Pastoria City, go to the Great Marsh.
  3. Enter the Safari, which will cost 500 Pokémon Dollars.
  4. Go to the right and speak to a green-haired girl.
  5. She'll give you Technical Machine 97, or Defog.

How to use Defog to get rid of fog

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You don't have to make any of your Pokémon learn Defog, instead, it's automatically unlocked on your Pokétech, which you can use to clear the fog. Whenever you run into any fog, just do the following:

  1. Press R to pill up your Pokétech.
  2. Cycle through the menus until you see the Hidden Moves.
  3. Select Defog.

That's it, now you can continue on your journey without getting lost, turned around, annoyed and tripping over seemingly every single Ponyta and Geodude in the forest. Not that we're speaking from experience or anything.

The adventure continues

With fog no longer barring your way, keep having fun continuing on through Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. If you're having other issues making progress right now, we recommend consulting our list of tips and tricks for beginners, as well as consulting how to beat the gym leaders and the Elite Four.

The Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes offer several differences from the original games and we've found that they're mostly positive changes. Doing away with traditional HM usage in favor of a simplified system frees up your Pokémon so they can learn the moves you actually want them to know instead of the ones you're forced to teach just to progress. 

Good luck on the rest of your journey as you continue through the Sinnoh region and take on all of the challenges that await you. 


Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are stuffed full of secrets, so don't let some fog slow you down. Defog the path and continue your quest to be the very best.

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Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance gaming writer who started working for iMore and its sister sites Windows Central and Android Central in July 2019. He handles news, previews, reviews, and exclusive original reporting, and has also been featured on TechRadar. With a background studying engineering before he shifted his focus to gaming journalism, he's skilled at identifying technical advantages and disadvantages provided by different hardware. If he’s not writing something, he’s off playing video games, spending time with his pets, exercising, or reading. He's also fond of trying to draw things with his iPad.

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