Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Version Differences

Since the very first Pokémon games, Red & Blue (or Red & Green in Japan), every mainline Pokémon game has been released by Nintendo with two versions. These versions have minor differences in terms of the available Pokémon, thus encouraging gamers to play with friends and trade Pokémon between the two versions in order to “catch ’em all”. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are no exceptions to this trend.

Pokémon BDSP Differences

As with all recent mainline Pokémon games, the selling point between the two versions is the exclusive Legendary Pokemon but you will also find that there are some Wild Pokémon exclusive to each version.

However, this is as far as the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl differences go, as there are no differences in gameplay or story between the two versions, except for the Legendary Pokémon the player can find in the story’s penultimate moments.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Differences

Including these legendary pokemon, there are a total of 24 Pokémon exclusive to each version. This includes some Legendaries that can be found in Ramanas Park in the Pokémon BDSP post-game.

In Ramanas Park, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond players will be able to find Johto’s Legendary Dogs, Suicune, Raikou, and Entei, while Pokémon Pearl players will be able to catch Kanto’s Legendary Birds, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos.

If you are here wondering which game to purchase, we’ve compiled some lists below, containing details of each exclusive Pokémon.

Brilliant Diamond Exclusive Pokémon

Brilliant Diamond Exclusive Legendary Pokémon

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Differences

Below are the Legendary Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond. This includes those you can find in Ramanas Park.

Pokémon NameLocation
DialgaFound as part of the story.
EnteiRamanas Park
Suicune Ramanas Park
Raikou Ramanas Park
Ho-oh Ramanas Park

Brilliant Diamond Exclusive Wild Pokémon

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Differences

Here, we have listed the Wild Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond. To help give an idea of where to find them, I’ve also listed the locations where they can be found!

Note that some of these Pokémon are still available in Pokémon Shining Pearl via the Grand Underground.

Pokémon NameLocation
AronFuego Ironworks
LaironEvolve Aron at Level 32
AggronEvolve Lairon at Level 42
CranidosDig up a Dome Fossil in the Grand Underground and then restore it in Oreburgh City
RampardosEvolve Cranidos at Level 30
KecleonRoute 210
LarvitarRoute 207
PupitarEvolve Larvitar at Level 30
TyranitarEvolve Pupitar at Level 55
MurkrowEterna Forest or Lost Tower
HonchkrowEvolve Murkrow with a Dusk Stone
PoochyenaHatch from an egg by breeding Mightyena at Day Care
MightyenaRoute 214, Route 215
ScytherRoute 229
ScizorEvolve Scyther by trading it while it is holding Metal Coat
SeelRoute 226, Route 230
DewgongRoute 226, Route 230, or Evolve from Seel at Level 34
StunkyRoute 206, Route 214, Route 221
SkuntankRoute 221, Route 225, or Evolve Stunky at Level 34

Shining Pearl Exclusive Pokémon

Shining Pearl Exclusive Legendary Pokémon

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Differences

Below are the Legendary Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Shining Pearl. This includes those you can find in Ramanas Park.

Pokémon NameLocation
PalkiaFound as part of the story.
ArticunoRamanas Park
Moltres Ramanas Park
Zapdos Ramanas Park
Lugia Ramanas Park

Shining Pearl Exclusive Wild Pokémon

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Differences

Here, we have listed the Wild Pokémon exclusive to Pokémon Shining Pearl. We’ve included information about where you might find each Pokémon too!

Pokémon NameLocation
BagonRoute 210
ShelgonEvolve from Bagon at Level 30
SalamenceEvolve from Shelgon at Level 50
GlameowRoute 218, Route 222
PuruglyRoute 222, Route 229, or evolve Glameow at Level 38
Houndour Hatch from an egg by breeding Houndoom at Day Care
HoundoomRoute 214, Route 215
MisdreavusEterna Forest, Lost Tower
MismagiusEvolve from Misdreavous using a Dusk Stone
PinsirRoute 229
Shieldon Dig up an Armor Fossil in the Grand Underground and then restore it in Oreburgh City
BastiodonEvolve from Shieldon at level 30
SlowpokeRoute 205
SlowbroEvolve from Slowpoke at Level 37
SlowkingEvolve from Slowpoke by trading it while it is holding a King’s Rock item
Spheal Route 226, Route 230
SealeoRoute 226, Route 230, or evolve Spheal at Level 32
WalreinEvolve Sealeo at Level 44
StantlerRoute 207

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