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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl — How to get the Poké Radar

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl may have a smaller Pokédex at 493 Pokémon, but some of the iconic monsters in these Pokémon games can only be obtained by using the Poké Radar. This device, similar to the PokéNav in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, and the generation three remakes, allows players to find special Pokémon only found on specific routes using a navigation device. Here's how to get the Poké Radar in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

How to get the Poké Radar

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Though it seems easy at first, acquiring the Poké Radar is actually quite a feat and may not be possible until players are later on in the game. Follow these steps to get the Poké Radar in your hands:

  1. Obtain the National Pokédex — Before you panic, breathe. Unlocking the National Pokédex doesn't require you to catch every Pokémon, but you do have to see every Pokémon. Pokémon count as "seen" whether you obtain them as a gift, hatch them from an egg, encounter them in the wild or battle them in a gym. An old woman in Celestic Town will even show you an image of the flagship legendary of the game opposite to yours, so that's covered as well.
  2. Speak to Professor Rowan — Once you've seen every Pokémon, head to Sandgem Town and speak with Professor Rowan. He'll ask you about your Pokédex, and after showing it to him, Professor Oak will show up, handing you the National Pokédex.
  3. Head to Ramanas Park — Professor Oak will be waiting for you at Ramanas Park, and hand you the Poké Radar. Now you can really get to huntin'!

How to use the Poké Radar

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You can access the Poké Radar from your in-game bag in the Key Items pocket. To access it more quickly you can register to a quick button press, similarly to how you can access your Bike. When using it in a patch of grass on a compatible route, random patches of grass will begin to shake. Heading to a shaking patch guarantees a Pokémon encounter, which starts a "chain" if you catch or defeat the same Pokémon in shaking patches over and over. The chain will grow until you run away, encounter a different Pokémon, or get knocked out. The longer the chain, the higher the likelihood of it breaking. Players will need to use their discretion to determine a good risk versus reward balance.

The benefits of chaining are that you'll be able to catch exclusive Pokémon via this manner. Pokémon encountered as part of a chain also have a 1/128 chance of having a Hidden Ability. Whatever Pokémon you're chaining will also have a higher chance of perfect IVs the longer the chain, so IV trainers will find value in this mechanic. But best of all, there's also a higher chance of obtaining shiny Pokémon through shiny shaking patches of grass.

Poké Radar exclusive Pokémon

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Some Pokémon can only be caught via the Poké Radar, with some being version exclusive. Here's a list of them:

NameLocation
Nidoran♀Route 201
NidorinaRoute 221, Valor Lakefront
Nidoran♂Route 201
NidorinoRoute 221, Valor Lakefront
VenonatRoute 229
VenomothRoute 229
MankeyRoute 225, Route 226
PrimeapeRoute 225, Route 226
Slowpoke (Shining Pearl only)Route 205
GrimerRoute 212
TaurosRoute 209, Route 210
DittoRoute 218
SentretRoute 202
TogepiRoute 230
MareepValley Windworks
FlaaffyRoute 222
HoppipRoute 205, Fuego Windworks
SkiploomRoute 205, Fuego Windworks
SunkernRoute 204
WobbuffetLake Verity, Lake Valor, Lake Acuity
Houndoom (Shining Pearl only)Route 214, Route 215
Stantler (Shining Pearl only)Route 207
SmeargleRoute 212
TyrogueRoute 208, Route 211
MiltankRoute 209, Route 210
Larvitar (Brilliant Diamond only)Route 207
Mightyena (Brilliant Diamond only)Route 214, Route 215
SwellowRoute 213
RaltsRoute 203, Route 204
KirliaRoute 203. Route 204
NincadaEterna Forest
LoudredMt. Coronet
Aron (Brilliant Diamond only)Fuego Ironworks
TorkoalRoute 227, Stark Mountain
TrapinchRoute 228
VibravaRoute 228
SwabluRoute 211
BaltoyRoute 206
Kecleon (Brilliant Diamond only)Route 210
DuskullRoute 224
DusclopsRoute 224
SnoruntRoute 216, Route 217, Acuity Lakefront
Bagon (Shining Pearl only)Route 210

Searching for the perfect monster

For anyone looking for something to occupy their time in the post-game, the Poké Radar can serve as a way to hunt for shinies and rare Pokémon with cool natures and abilities. Completing the Pokédex is the implied goal of all Pokémon games (I mean, the slogan is "Catch 'em all!", after all), so those who enjoy doing so in each game can have a bit of a change of pace in catching methods.

Nadine Dornieden
Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.