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Where to get Fire Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokemon Bdsp Ponyta
Pokemon Bdsp Ponyta (Image credit: iMore)

If you didn't pick Chimchar as your starter in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, then its going to be a lot harder to add a Fire type to your team. That's because there were hardly any Fire Pokémon in the original Diamond and Pearl Pokémon games, so these faithful remakes are mostly the same.

Thankfully, due to the improved Grand Underground, there are more Fire Pokémon available to you in these Gen IV remakes. Here are all of the Fire Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and where to catch them.

All Fire Pokémon locations in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokemon Bdsp Volcanic Cave (Image credit: iMore)

Some Fire types are version exclusive Pokémon, so you'll need to trade with someone else if you want to get them. It's also worth noting that some Pokémon can only be caught after defeating all gym leaders and the Elite Four or by unlocking the National Pokédex.

PokémonLocationVersion
ChimcharBeginning of game, starter Pokémon. Grand Underground after getting the National Pokédex: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave.Both
MonfernoEvolves from Chimchar at level 14, starter Pokémon.Both
InfernapeEvolves from Monferno at level 36, starter Pokémon.Both
PonytaCan be found at all times of day in the grass at Route 211, 206, 210, 214, and 215.Both
RapidashDoesn't spawn, but evolves from Rapidash at level 40.Both
HoundourGrand Underground: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, Starglem Cavern, Spacious Cave, Sandsear Cave, and Dazzling Cave. Also on Route 215 and 214.Both
HoundoomGrand Underground: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, Starglem Cavern, Spacious Cave, Sandsear Cave, and Dazzling Cave. Also on Route 215 and 214.Both
NumelGrand Underground: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, Rocky Cave, Big Bluff Cavern, Sandsear Cave. Also on Route 227 and within Stark Mountain.Both
CameruptGrand Underground: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, Rocky Cave, Big Bluff Cavern, Sandsear Cave. Also on Route 227 and within Stark Mountain.Both
VulpixUnlock the National Pokédex and then head to the Grand Underground. Can be found in Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, Starglem Cavern, Spacious Cave, Sandsear Cave, and Dazzling Cave.SP
NinetalesMust be evolved from Vulpix using a Fire Stone.SP
GrowlitheUnlock the National Pokédex and then head to the Grand Underground. Can be found in Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, Starglem Cavern, Spacious Cave, Sandsear Cave, and Dazzling Cave.BD
ArcanineMust be evolved from Growlithe using a Fire Stone.BD
MagbyGrand Underground: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, or Sandsear Cave.SP
MagmarCan only evolve from Magby by reaching level 30.SP
MagmortarCan only evolve from Magmar by having it level up while holding Marmarizer.SP
SlugmaGrand Underground after getting the National Pokédex: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, Stark, and Sandsear Cave. Also within Stark Mountain.Both
MargcargoGrand Underground after getting the National Pokédex: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave. Also within Stark Mountain.Both
TorkoalGrand Underground after getting the National Pokédex: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave. Can also be found on Route 227 and within Stark Mountain.Both
Heat RotomGo into the Old Chateau located in the Eterna Forest at night and interact with the TV upstairs.Both
HeatranGet the National Dex and go to the island North East. Enter Stark Mountain with Buck. Return to Survival area and then return to Stark Mountain and reach the end to fight it.Both
FlareonReceive Eevee from Bebe at Hearthome City after getting the National Pokédex and give it a Fire Stone.Both
EnteiBecome Champion, catch, Regice, Regirock, and Registeel. Now go digging in the Grand Underground until you have three Mystery Shards to make a Johto Slate. Then, go to Ramanas Park.BD
MoltresBecome Champion, catch, Regice, Regirock, and Registeel. Now go digging in the Grand Underground until you have three Mystery shards to make a Kanto Slate. Then, go to Ramanas Park.SP
CharmanderFound in the Grand Underground after getting the National Dex: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave.Both
CharmeleonMust be evolved from Charmander at level 16.Both
CharizardMust be evolved from Charmeleon at level 36.Both
CyndaquilFound in the Grand Underground after getting the National Dex: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave.Both
QuilavaMust be evolved from Cynadaquil at level 14.Both
TyphlosionMust be evolved from Quilava at level 36.Both
TorchicFound in the Grand Underground after getting the National Dex: Volcanic Cave, Typhlo Cavern, and Sandsear Cave.Both
CombuskenMust be evolved from Torchic at level 16.Both
BlazikenMust be evolved from Combusken at level 36.Both

All fired up

You're going to need a fire type Pokémon at your side if you want this game to go a lot easier. If you didn't choose Chimchar as your starter, then your choices are pretty slim until post game.

Rebecca Spear
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