Mew and Jirachi have long been difficult-to-acquire Legendary Pokémon, especially in their original games. However, Legendary Pokémon have generally become easier to acquire in recent years, thanks to various post-game mechanics introduced with each new release. Now, though, these coveted Legendary Pokémon are perhaps easier to catch than they have ever been before.
How to Get Mew in Pokémon BDSP
Before you can acquire Mew, you will need to have a Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu or Let’s Go! Eevee save on your Nintendo Switch console.
For those who don’t yet have the game, the good news is that your save doesn’t need to be completed by any measure. You can simply start a brand new game in Let’s Go!, save, and then go collect your Mew in BDSP.
Thanks to that fact, you won’t even need to own the game if you have a friend or local library/rental service from which you can borrow the game.
Once you have fulfilled this requirement, you just need to make your way to Floaroma Town, one of the first few towns you will enter as part of the main story in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
There’s a flower patch in the southwest corner of the town with two NPCs standing side-by-side at the center.
Approach and speak to the Old Lady on the right, who will give you Mew if a Let’s Go! save is detected on your system.
Mew is one of the OG 151 Pokémon from the Kanto region and has previously been challenging to acquire. It is now the easiest it has ever been!
The Mew you get from this method will be Level 1 when added to your party and will know Pound, Reflect Type, Amnesia, and Baton Pass.
Mew can be pretty useless in battle at first, given its initial move-set, but with some patience and the right TMs, it can become a powerful Psychic addition to your team.
Here’s a look at the moves Mew will learn naturally by leveling up:
As you can see, it doesn’t really learn any powerful moves until around level 90, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how many TM moves are compatible with Mew.
How to Get Jirachi in Pokemon BDSP
The method for acquiring Jirachi in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is not unlike obtaining Mew. However, in this case, you will need a save file from Pokémon Sword or Shield on your Switch console.
Again, you don’t need a complete save file and so can simply borrow a copy from a friend or local rental service. Start a New Game and save just once to be able to collect your Jirachi in Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl.
You will be able to find the NPC who gives you Jirachi in the same south-western Floaroma Town flower patch as the Old Lady who gives you Mew.
Simply approach and speak to this Old Man, and he will give you a level 5 Jirachi if a Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield save is detected on your console.
Jirachi debuted in Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire for Game Boy Advance, but one could only legitimately acquire it via Special Events.
This Psychic and Steel-type Pokémon is an excellent addition to your team and stayed in my party for the remainder of the game, unlike Mew, who I condemned to the PC box due to a lack of useful attacks.
Its Steel typing makes it immune to poison attacks from Poison-type Pokémon who it can easily defeat with one of its many Psychic attacks, making it the perfect pokemon for taking down the majority of Team Galactic’s grunts. Watch yourself against those Dark-type Pokémon though!
Jirachi is level 5 when you acquire it from the Old Man and will know Confusion, Wish, Swift, and Helping Hand.
Swift and Confusion are already excellent moves for early gameplay, but here’s a look at some of the moves Jirachi will unlock as you level it up:
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