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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Legendary Pokemon

Our Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Legendaries guide gives you all the information and strategy tips you need to capture all Legendary and Mythical Pokémon in the Sinnoh region.

Tips for catching legendaries in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

  • Make sure to save before battling each legendary so that you'll be able to reset if you accidentally KO the legendary or run out of balls to catch it. If you forget to do so, you'll need to defeat the elite four (or rematch them, if you already beat them) before you can encounter the legendary again.
  • Lower each legenday's health until it is red and apply a status condition like sleep or paralysis to ensure the highest chance of catching.
  • We recommend throwing one Quick Ball at the beginning of each encounter and testing your luck. After that throw Dusk Balls (at night or in caves) or Ultra Balls for the first ten turns. After that, switch to using Timer balls until the legendary is caught. It's best to save your Master Ball for shinies that can flee or self destruct, or one of the roaming legendaries like Mesprit or Cresselia.
  • For the romaing legendaries, you'll want to trap them in battle with a move like Mean Look if you aren't using your Master Ball.

Main Story Legendaries in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Dialga

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Dialga Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Dialga

Level: 47
Location: Spear Pillar
Obtainable in: Brilliant Diamond

How to Catch Dialga in BDSP

In Brilliant Diamond, Dialga must be caught to progress through the story of the game. After getting the seventh gym badge in Snowpoint City, you'll need to navigate to the top of Mount Coronet and reach Spear Pillar. After defeating Cyrus here, you'll have the opportunity to catch Dialga.

Palkia

Level: 47
Location: Spear Pillar
Obtainable in: Shining Pearl

How to Catch Palkia in BDSP

In Shining Pearl, Palkia must be caught to progress through the story of the game. After getting the seventh gym badge in Snowpoint City, you'll need to navigate to the top of Mount Coronet and reach Spear Pillar. After defeating Cyrus here, you'll have the opportunity to catch Palkia.

Uxie

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Uxie Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Uxie

Level: 50
Location: Lake Acuity
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Uxie in BDSP

After catching or defeating either Dialga or Palkia, you can return to any of the three lakes to encounter the respective member of the lake trio. If you visit Lake Acuity, you will find Uxie.

Azelf

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Azelf Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Azelf

Level: 50
Location: Lake Valor
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Azelf in BDSP

After catching or defeating either Dialga or Palkia, you can return to any of the three lakes to encounter the respective member of the lake trio. If you visit Lake Valor, you will find Azelf.

Mesprit

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Mesprit Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Mesprit

Level: 50
Location: Lake Verity
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Mesprit in BDSP

After catching or defeating either Dialga or Palkia, you can return to any of the three lakes to encounter the respective member of the lake trio. If you visit Lake Verity, you will find Mesprit. However, Mesprit will flee from you when you approach it. It will then become a roaming Pokémon that can be tracked via the Marking Map app (get it at the Pokétch Company in Jubilife City) on your Pokétch. Once you track Mesprit to a route, it can be encountered in any tall grass.

Heatran

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Heatran Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Heatran

Level: 70
Location: Stark Mountain
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Heatran in BDSP

After beating the Elite Four and getting the National Pokédex, you can head over to the Fight Area in the northeast. Here you will meet someone named Buck who you'll need to navigate Stark Mountain with. In the final room of the mountain, Buck will take the Magma Stone and flee back to the survival area. Speak with him there again and he'll agree to return it to prevent a volcanic eruption. Head back to the final room of Stark Mountain to encounter Heatran.

Regigigas

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Regigigas Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Regigigas

Level: 70
Location: Snowpoint Temple
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Regigigas in BDSP

To the north of Snowpoint City is Snowpoint Temple. You won't be able to enter it until after you've obtained the National Pokédex. In order to encounter this legendary, you'll need to bring Regirock, Regice, and Registeel with you. They can all be obtained in Ramanas Park. With those three in your party, navigate to the bottom of the temple and solve the ice puzzle. Here you will find Regigigas, which will only awaken if you have the other regis in your party.

Giratina

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Giratina Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Giratina

Level: 70
Location: Turnback Cave
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Giratina in BDSP

After getting the National Pokédex, you can head east of Route 214 to find another lake. Here you will find Turnback Cave. In each room in this cave, you'll find a number written on a pillar. To solve the puzzle, you'll need to take the exit that corresponds to this number. The exits are numbered clockwise from wherever you entered the room from. When you successfully navigate this cave (in 30 rooms or less), you'll encounter an Altered Form Giratina. To get an Origin Form Giratina, you'll need to defeat a Lv. 100 Giratina in the Distortion Room of Ramanas Park and obtain the Griseous Orb.

Cresselia

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Cresselia Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Cresselia

Level: 50
Location: Fullmoon Island
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Cresselia in BDSP

After getting the National Pokédex, head to Canalave City. Enter the house next to the sailor and speak to the bed-ridden boy and his mother. He is stuck in a nightmare and needs the Lunar Feather to escape it. Speak to the sailor outside and he will take you to Fullmoon Island. Here you can find Cresselia and the Lunar Feather. However, Cresselia will flee and become a roaming Pokémon. It can be tracked via the Marking Map app (get it at the Pokétch Company in Jubilife City) on your Pokétch. Once you track Cresselia to a route, it can be encountered in any tall grass. Cresselia is a good candidate to use your Master Ball on.

Ramanas Park Legendaries in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

There is a new area in the remakes called Ramanas Park that you can find at the end of Route 221. In this small area you'll find various caves where you can insert different slates (based on gameboy cartridges) into pedestals that let you encounter various legendaries. Some of these legendary pokemon are exclusive to one version of the game or the other.

You can purchase each slate from a lady at the entrance of Ramanas Park in exchange for 3 Mysterious Shard S or 1 Mysterious Shard L. You can find these Mysterious Shards by digging in the Grand Underground, although they are quite rare (it will probably take several hours to collect enough for every encounter). Each slate corresponds to a different set of Pokémon and some can't be obtained until you've caught other Legendaries already. If you fail to catch any Pokémon, you can purchase additional slates.

Regirock

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Regirock Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Regirock

Level: 70
Location: Discovery Room
Slate: Discovery Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Regirock in BDSP

Put a Discovery Slate in the pedestal of the Discovery Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Regirock.

Regice

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Regice Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Regice

Level: 70
Location: Discovery Room
Slate: Discovery Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Regice in BDSP

Put a Discovery Slate in the pedestal of the Discovery Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Regice.

Registeel

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Registeel Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Registeel

Level: 70
Location: Discovery Room
Slate: Discovery Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Registeel in BDSP

Put a Discovery Slate in the pedestal of the Discovery Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Registeel.

Articuno

Level: 70
Location: Kanto Room
Slate: Kanto Slate
Obtainable in: Shining Pearl

How to Catch Articuno in BDSP

In Shining Pearl, you will be able to purchase Kanto Slates after obtaining all Discovery Room Pokémon. Put a Kanto Slate in the pedestal of the Kanto Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Articuno.

Zapdos

Level: 70
Location: Kanto Room
Slate: Kanto Slate
Obtainable in: Shining Pearl

How to Catch Zapdos in BDSP

In Shining Pearl, you will be able to purchase Kanto Slates after obtaining all Discovery Room Pokémon. Put a Kanto Slate in the pedestal of the Kanto Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Zapdos.

Moltres

Level: 70
Location: Kanto Room
Slate: Kanto Slate
Obtainable in: Shining Pearl

How to Catch Moltres in BDSP

In Shining Pearl, you will be able to purchase Kanto Slates after obtaining all Discovery Room Pokémon. Put a Kanto Slate in the pedestal of the Kanto Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Moltres.

Raikou

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Raikou Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Raikou

Level: 70
Location: Johto Room
Slate: Johto Slate
Obtainable in: Brilliant Diamond

How to Catch Raikou in BDSP

In Brilliant Diamond, you will be able to purchase Johto Slates after obtaining all Discovery Room Pokémon. Put a Johto Slate in the pedestal of the Johto Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Raikou.

Entei

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Entei Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Entei

Level: 70
Location: Johto Room
Slate: Johto Slate
Obtainable in: Brilliant Diamond

How to Catch Entei in BDSP

In Brilliant Diamond, you will be able to purchase Johto Slates after obtaining all Discovery Room Pokémon. Put a Johto Slate in the pedestal of the Johto Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Entei.

Suicune

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Suicune Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Suicune

Level: 70
Location: Johto Room
Slate: Johto Slate
Obtainable in: Brilliant Diamond

How to Catch Suicune in BDSP

In Brilliant Diamond, you will be able to purchase Johto Slates after obtaining all Discovery Room Pokémon. Put a Johto Slate in the pedestal of the Johto Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Suicune.

Latias

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Latias Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Latias

Level: 70
Location: Soul Room
Slate: Soul Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Latias in BDSP

You will be able to purchase Soul Slates after obtaining all Discovery Room Pokémon. Put a Soul Slate in the pedestal of the Soul Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Latias. After catching both Latias and Latios, you can pick up a Soul Dew in this room.

Latios

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Latios Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Latios

Level: 70
Location: Soul Room
Slate: Soul Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Latios in BDSP

You will be able to purchase Soul Slates after obtaining all Discovery Room Pokémon. Put a Soul Slate in the pedestal of the Soul Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Latios. After catching both Latios and Latios, you can pick up a Soul Dew in this room.

Lugia

Level: 70
Location: Squall Room
Slate: Squall Slate
Obtainable in: Shining Pearl

How to Catch Lugia in BDSP

In Shining Pearl, you will be able to purchase Squall Slates after obtaining all Kanto Room and Soul Room Pokémon. Put a Squall Slate in the pedestal of the Squall Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Lugia.

Ho-Oh

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Ho-Oh Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Ho-Oh

Level: 70
Location: Rainbow Room
Slate: Rainbow Slate
Obtainable in: Brilliant Diamond

How to Catch Ho-Oh in BDSP

In Brilliant Diamond, you will be able to purchase Rainbow Slates after obtaining all Johto Room and Soul Room Pokémon. Put a Rainbow Slate in the pedestal of the Rainbow Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Ho-oh.

Kyogre

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Kyogre Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Kyogre

Level: 70
Location: Oceanic Room
Slate: Oceanic Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Kyogre in BDSP

You will be able to purchase Oceanic Slates after obtaining all Kanto/Johto Room and Soul Room Pokémon. Put a Oceanic Slate in the pedestal of the Oceanic Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Kyogre.

Groudon

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Groudon Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Groudon

Level: 70
Location: Tectonic Room
Slate: Tectonic Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Groudon in BDSP

You will be able to purchase Tectonic Slates after obtaining all Kanto/Johto Room and Soul Room Pokémon. Put a Tectonic Slate in the pedestal of the Tectonic Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Groudon.

Rayquaza

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Rayquaza Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Rayquaza

Level: 70
Location: Stratospheric Room
Slate: Stratospheric Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Rayquaza in BDSP

You will be able to purchase Stratospheric Slates after obtaining all Kanto/Johto Room and Soul Room Pokémon. Put a Stratospheric Slate in the pedestal of the Stratospheric Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Rayquaza.

Mewtwo

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Mewtwo Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Mewtwo

Level: 70
Location: Genome Room
Slate: Genome Slate
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Mewtwo in BDSP

You will be able to purchase Genome Slates after obtaining all Kanto/Johto Room and Soul Room Pokémon. Put a Genome Slate in the pedestal of the Genome Room in Ramanas Park. You will then encounter Mewtwo.

Save Data Mythical Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

If you have save data on your Nintendo Switch from other Switch Pokémon games, you can get some mythical pokemon companions. You can get at most one of each of these Pokémon in both games.

Mew

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Mew Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Mew

Level: 1
Location: Floaroma Town
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Mew in BDSP

Once you reach Floaroma Town (after the first gym badge), speak to the Madame in the flower field on the west side of town. If you have save data on your Nintendo Switch for Let's Go Pikachu or Let's Go Eevee version, she will give you a Mew.

Jirachi

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Jirachi Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Jirachi

Level: 1
Location: Floaroma Town
Obtainable in: Both

How to Catch Jirachi in BDSP

Once you reach Floaroma Town (after the first gym badge), speak to the Gentleman in the flower field on the west side of town. If you have save data on your Nintendo Switch for Sword or Shield version, he will give you a Jirachi.

Event Mythical Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

These Pokémon were only available in Diamond and Pearl via special events. It is likely that they will also be obtainable through special events and online distributions again, but no specific events are confirmed. They can also be transfered or traded to your game.

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