Here's how to catch shiny Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

You can increase your chances of finding a unique-colored Pokémon.

One of the most exciting things about playing any Pokémon game is encountering a Shiny Pokémon, rare creatures that have different coloring than usual. Some stand out significantly with very different coloring while others are simply a different shade of the same hues. For instance, Chimchar's red-brown fur is pink in its shiny variant while Shiny Piplup is only a slightly lighter shade of blue. Your default odds of finding or breeding a shiny in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are 1/4096, but fortunately, there are some things you can do that can increase your chances by quite a bit.

SPOILER WARNING: This page is heavy with spoilers, so if you don't want things to be ruined for you, turn away now.

Shiny Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: A few things to know

  • You cannot see shinies in the overworld: Unlike Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, which allowed you to see if a Pokémon was shiny in the overworld, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl only lets you see if a creature is shiny by engaging it in battle. The exception to this is if you happen to have a Poké Radar on you, in which case you will see shiny sparkles in the grass.
  • Look for sparkles: When you come upon a shiny, sparkles and light emit around the Pokémon. You're going to want to pay attention for this and catch that Pokémon.
  • Some shinies don't look much different: For instance, shiny Pikachu is simply a different color yellow and shiny Piplup is just a lighter blue. So you really need to keep an eye out for those sparkles.
  • Shiny hunting can take hours if not days: You're going to have to be patient. Some people are lucky enough to grab a shiny super quick, but others can spend 10+ hours and still have nothing to show for it. Keep at it, and you'll get one eventually.

With that important information out of the way, let's dive in!

Can I get a Shiny Pokémon starter?

Starters are not shiny locked, so you might get a different-colored Chimchar, Turtwig, or Piplup at the beginning of the game. However, you will not be able to tell if a starter is shiny until after you've accepted it into your party. So you'll need to choose your starter and then look at it in the menu to see if it's a shiny or not.

Are any Pokémon shiny locked?

Unfortunately yes. Both Mew and Jirachi, which can be acquired if you have played previous Pokémon games, are shiny locked. This means you can't get a shiny variant for them in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl.

Tangentially related, coding for Shaymin, Darkrai, and Arceus are also in the game. However, they can't be accessed until some future event unlocks them. It's unclear at present whether or not these Mythical Pokémon will be shiny locked or not.

Are there Super Shinies?

Pokémon Sword and Shield: Shiny Grookey on left, Super Shiny Grookey on right.

Super Shinies were introduced with Pokémon Sword and Shield and were far rarer than regular shiny Pokémon. Instead of sparkling stars, super shinies had diamonds or rectangles that appear. However, it's currently unclear if they exist in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. I'm dying to learn more about this myself, so I'll keep my ear to the ground and will update as soon as I learn more.

Can you tell a Pokémon is shiny with Poké Radar?

Shiny hidden ability grass patches exist! from PokeLeaks

Yes! The Pokémon Radar, or Poké Radar, is a tool you acquire in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl that helps you locate Pokémon in the grass. It not only helps you find rare Pokémon but is also sometimes the only way to catch a specific Pokémon in the game. While using it, you might see sparkling or glowing in the grass and that lets you know that the Pokémon you're approaching is a shiny.

How to get the Poké Radar

You acquire the Poké Radar once you've seen every Pokémon in the Sinnoh region and talk to Professor Oak in front of Pal Park.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Shiny Hunting odds cheat sheet

Method Shiny Chances
Default Encounter/Breeding 1/4096
Masuda Method Breeding 1/683
Capture/Defeat 50+ Pokémon of a species 1/2048
Capture/Defeat 100+ Pokémon of a species 1/1365
Capture/Defeat 200+ Pokémon of a species 1/1024
Capture/Defeat 500+ Pokémon of a species 1/683
40+ Chain Encounters w/ Poké Radar 1/99

When you reach certain milestones for the number of Pokémon of a specific species you've captured or defeated, your chances of encountering a shiny from that species increase. You can check to see how many times you've encountered a specific Pokémon by looking at its Pokédex entry.

Breeding Shiny Pokémon & the Masuda Method

International Breeding, also dubbed by fans as the Masuda Method, has been around since the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. This makes it so when Pokémon of different languages of origin are bred together, the chances of them producing a shiny offspring increases. This feature was coded in by Diamond and Pearl's director, Janushi Masuda, and was created to incentivize people to use the Global Trade System (GTS) from those games.

Within Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you'll hit the jackpot if you get a Ditto from another language in a trade as this will allow you to breed with any Pokémon you own with increased shiny chances. You should offer a Ditto of your own in online trading to more likely find someone willing to swap.

Remember, most Legendary and Mythical Pokémon cannot breed, so don't waste your time trying to get a special shiny Pokémon of that magnitude. The only exception to this is Manaphy, which is free to anyone who unlocks it before Feb. 21, 2022 at 3:59 p.m. PT.

40+ Chain Encounters

Reliable dataminer, @Kaphotics on Twitter, has determined that Chain Encounters (catching or defeating the same Pokémon repeatedly in a row to increase you shiny odds) also returns in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Every Pokémon of the same kind that you capture in a row increases your odds. Your max odds cap out at 1/99 if you have chained 40 Pokémon of the same kind in a row.

Is the Shiny Charm in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

The Shiny Charm is a special item that has been in core Pokémon RPGs since Black 2 and White 2. After acquiring it, your shiny chances permanently increase.

Dataminer @Kaphotics on Twitter has discovered the coding for the Shiny Charm in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl even though it wasn't in the original DS games. However, it appears as though the Shiny Charm effects are not active. It's possible this will change. We'll update what this does with shiny odds once we learn more.

Make this world a little brighter

Now you know how to increase your chances of finding a Shiny Pokémon. Get out there, put these practices into use and see what you can find. Remember, it can take hours for your patience and shiny hunting skills to pay off, so good luck!

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Travel around and capture Pokémon

While running around the Sinnoh region, you might just get lucky enough to run into some Shiny Pokémon. There's plenty to do in this game that can keep you entertained for a long time.