Darkrai Shaymin Pokemon BdspSource: iMore

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl offers a thrilling story for Pokémon fans of all ages. Part of every Pokémon game is the legendary creatures that live in each world players visit on their epic journeys. Some legendary Pokémon are harder to get than others, adding to their perceived value.

How to catch Darkrai in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokemon Bdsp DarkraiSource: The Pokémon Company

The event to get Darkrai is now available after downloading the 1.3 update for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Darkrai is obtainable through a Mystery Event item called the Member's Pass. Here's how to get Darkrai in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl:

  1. Open the Menu with the X button and navigate to "Mystery Gift". It takes around two hours of gameplay to unlock this feature.
  2. Select Get via Internet and follow the prompts.
  3. Defeat the Elite Four and Champion.
  4. Head to Canalave City.
  5. Go to Sailor Eldritch's house. Talk to the sailor and agree to get the Lunar Wing at Fullmoon Island.
  6. After heading to Fullmoon Island, pick up the Lunar Wing left behind by Cresselia. Head back to the mainland.
  7. Go to Harbor Inn in Canalave City, where a man is waiting on you.
  8. Sleep on the bed at the inn, which transports you to Newmoon Island.
  9. Darkrai is waiting for the player and is catchable at level 40.

How to catch Shaymin in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokemon Bdsp Shaymin EncounterSource: The Pokémon Company

Shaymin's event is now accessible in the game after being announced during the February 2022 Pokémon Presents. Just like Darkrai, Shaymin was available in the original Diamond and Pearl through a Japanese-exclusive event where the player received an item called Oak's Letter. Oak's Letter is finally available worldwide and is obtainable via Mystery Gift for a limited time.

Pokemon Bdsp Shaymin EventSource: The Pokémon Company

To get Shaymin, do the following:

  1. Open the Menu with the X button and navigate to "Mystery Gift". It takes around two hours of gameplay to unlock this feature.
  2. Select Get via Internet and follow the prompts.
  3. Head to Victory Road.
  4. Near the end, there's an exit on the right that was previously blocked by a man. The player will meet a trainer there to help them through the tunnel.
  5. After getting to the end of the path, the player encounters the Mirror Rock, with Professor Oak standing next to it.
  6. The Professor will ask the player a question. Answer honestly and you'll see Shaymin approach you before running north.
  7. Follow the path that Shaymin took until you arrive at Flower Paradise.
  8. Shaymin is waiting for the player at the end and can be battled and caught at level 30.

Note: The Oak's Letter Mystery Gift will no longer be distributed after March 27, 2022.

Shaymin glitch

Shaymin could be obtained prior to the Mystery Gift distribution via a glitch, but has since been patched out of the game.

A legend like no other

Although there's no way to legitimately obtain Darkrai and Shaymin in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the developers did leave their corresponding events intact. The generation four remakes are some of the best Pokémon games available, and can even be considered some of the best games on the Nintendo Switch, made all the more clear by the amount of post-game content available for those who enjoyed the Sinnoh region.

Let's go, Sinnoh!

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Embark on an epic adventure

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are gorgeous remakes of the popular Nintendo DS titles that were first released in 2006. Explore the world, complete your Pokédex, and battle it out across eight gyms and countless Pokémon trainers, all dressed up in an amazing chibi style.

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