Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Who is Team Galactic?

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Cyrus Team Galactic Boss Legendaries
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has players running around the Sinnoh region fighting gym leaders and capturing Pokémon. Like all the other Pokémon games in the series, there's also a central organization that the player must take down to beat the game; in Gen I, this was Team Rocket. Within Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the evil group you go up against is Team Galatic. Here's everything you need to know about these baddies.

Team Galactic's mission

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Cyrus Team Galactic Boss With Poke Ball (Image credit: Nintendo)

While Team Galactic grunts and commanders only think their goal is to capture as many Pokémon as possible, Team Galactic's leader, Cryus, has a more sinister plan in mind.

(Spoiler Alert): You can click the link below to see exactly what Cyrus is up to. Just be warned that this spoiler doesn't get revealed until near the end of the game.

Within the Pokémon universe, it's believed that Legendary Pokémon actually created the world. Cyrus believes that the world is faulty due to people having emotions, so he seeks to use the powers of Dialga or Palkia to recreate a better version of the world. Basically, he wants to become a god.

Team Galactic appearance

Everyone within this criminal organization, including Team Galactic Grunts to the leader, wears grey, white, and black suits. Grunts have bright blue hair, but leaders and commanders have blue, red, or grey hair. Each member also has a stylized G logo on their jackets or tops.

Team Galactic members

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NameRoleWhere you meet themPokémon
Grunt Basic MinionThese guys are all over the place as you run around the Sinnoh region.Varies, but they tend to have Zubat, Golbat, Wurmple, Silcoon, Beautifly, Cascoon, Dustox, Glameow, Stunky, Bronzor, and Croagunk.
Mars 3rd CommanderYou'll see her when she attempts to take over Valley Windworks. You'll encounter her again at Lake Verity further into the game.○ Zubat
○ Purugly
○ Bronzor
○ (Golbat and Bronzong later)
Jupiter 2nd CommanderYou'll first take her on in the Team Galactic Eterna Building, but you'll also encounter her at Lake Acuity, and Spear Pillar later on.○ Zubat
○ Skuntank
Saturn 1st CommanderPlayers first encounter him in Azelf's Cave, but will see him later on as well.○ Kadabra
○ Bronzor
○ Toxicroak
Cyrus LeaderPlayers first meet him in Mt. Coronet, but they don't get to fight him until reaching Team Galactic Headquarters in Veilstone City.○ Murkrow
○ Golbat
○ Sneasel

Team Galactic's blasting off again

Team Galactic is up to no good, and it's up to you to put a stop to their plans. You'll need to capture the best Pokémon for the job and train the ultimate team to become the best trainer there ever was.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

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