Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: How to get Darkrai and Shaymin

These Pokémon are simply legendary.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl offer a thrilling story for Pokémon fans of all ages. Part of every Pokémon game are 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

The event to get Darkrai is currently locked in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, making it inaccessible. However, there is a chance that the event is similar to the one in the original Diamond and Pearl on the Nintendo DS. Darkrai was only obtainable in the original Diamond and Pearl through a Mystery Event item called the Member's Pass. After receiving the Member's Pass via Mystery Gift, players had to follow these steps:

  1. Defeat the Elite Four and Champion.
  2. Head to Canalave City.
  3. Go to Sailor Eldritch's house. Talk to the sailor and agree to get the Lunar Wing at Fullmoon Island.
  4. After heading to Fullmoon Island, pick up the Lunar Wing left behind by Cresselia. Head back to the mainland.
  5. Go to Harbor Inn in Canalave City, where a man is waiting on you.
  6. Sleep on the bed at the inn, which transports you to Newmoon Island.
  7. Darkrai is waiting for the player, and is catchable at level 40.

If this information isn't correct for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, we'll update when we learn more.

How to catch Shaymin in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Shaymin's event is also inaccessible in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but it may resemble the event in the original games on the Nintendo DS. 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. To get Shaymin, they'd have to redeem the Mystery Gift and do the following:

  1. Head to Victory Road.
  2. Near the end, there's an exit on the right which was previously blocked by a man. The player will meet a trainer there to help them through the tunnel.
  3. After getting to the end of the path, the player encounters the Mirror Rock, with Professor Oak standing next to it.
  4. The Professor will ask the player a question. Answer correctly, and you'll be transported to Flower Paradise.
  5. Shaymin is waiting for the player at the end, and is catchable at level 30.

If this information isn't correct for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, we'll update when we learn more.

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 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!

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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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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