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Assembling a versatile team in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is ideal if you want to become a champion. Each version of the game is similar with slightly different Pokémon to capture. Some cannot be caught until after you defeat the Elite Four and Cynthia, the most powerful trainer in the Sinnoh region.
Fortunately, many good Pokémon can be captured early on in the game. Just like previous installments, wild Pokémon appear in grassy regions, caves, and in water. They will roam freely in the expanded underground section of Sinnoh, though. Access will be available when you arrive near the second gym in Eterna City.
Your choice of starters in both Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are Chimchar, Piplup, and Turtwig. Choosing Chimchar will make the first couple gym leaders easier to defeat. Because his evolved forms Monferno and Infernape are both fire and fighting types, he can deal super effective damage to both grass and rock types. Piplup and Turtwig are not inherently bad, but they are arguably not quite as good due to their typing and stats. There is no wrong choice when picking a starter. Just make sure to capture other Pokémon that cover your starter's weaknesses.
Best Pokémon to Catch in Sinnoh
Starly and Shinx can be caught not long after departing Twinleaf town. Starly eventually evolves into Staraptor, a very powerful normal/flying-type. Staraptor is a force to be reckoned with due to its excellent movepool, speed, and stats. It can learn Close Combat, a powerful fighting move. Luxio is an electric type that eventually evolves into Luxray. It's a great Pokémon to utilize when you're up against flying and water types. Luxray has a better attack than special attack stat.
While it's no longer necessary to teach HMs to your Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Bidoof is still good to capture and train. Not only can Bidoof learn nearly all the HMs, but he can also be taught powerful TMs like Ice Beam and Thunderbolt. Bidoof is famous for being an HM slave in the original Diamond and Pearl games that were released for the Nintendo DS. He can be a good coverage Pokémon, especially when he evolves to Bibarel.
What if you want an alternative to Staraptor? Another good flying Pokémon to raise is Crobat, a poison/flying-type. Zubat can be found north of Jubilife City in the Ravaged Path cave. It's early on in the game. Zubat will evolve to Goldbat at level 22 and into Crobat with a high friendship. Crobat is extremely fast with great stats. It's excellent to use when facing fighting or grass types.
Fishing for Magikarp to Obtain Gyarados
While Magikarp is weak and pathetic, it evolves into the powerful water/flying type known as Gyarados at level 20. You'll need to fish for Magikarp in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Obtain an Old Rod by going west of Jubilife City and speak to the man in the building. He'll give you an Old Rod that can be used to fish for Pokémon in areas with water.
Thanks to Exp Share, evolving a Magikarp should not be a difficult task. Gyarados learns powerful moves like Waterfall, Aqua Tail, and Ice Fang. Make sure to only teach Gyarados regular attacks, for the special attack stat is very low in comparison. Dragon Dance does not deal any damage, but it boosts speed and attack damage, making moves like Waterfall and Earthquake even more effective.
Besides Gyarados, Buizel is also a decent water type that can be captured near Floaromo Town. Buizel evolves into Floatzel.
How to Obtain Mew in "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl"
If you have save data from Let's Go Pikachu or Let's Go Eevee on your Switch, Mew is given as a gift. Reach Floaroma town and speak to one of the NPCs near the flowers. You'll receive a level 1 Mew. While Mew does not learn any powerful moves by leveling until very late, it can be taught any TM! For example, indispensable TMs such as Flamethrower, Ice Beam, or Earthquake could be used on it. Additionally, Mew is a legendary Pokémon with great stats!
Jirachi, another legendary, is also a gift Pokémon given by the other NPC in Floaroma. Saved data from Sword and Shield is necessary to receive it.
Garchomp is a pseudo-legendary Pokémon that can be utilized in both Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. It's a very popular Pokémon because of its design, high stats, competitive viability, and the fact that Cynthia uses Garchomp. Unfortunately, it's not possible to catch a Gible right away. Gible evolves into Gabite at level 24 and becomes Garchomp at level 48.
It's not surprising that Garchomp is such a popular choice for trainers. Garchomp has an amazing movepool, excellent speed and attack, and bulk. It is, however, weak to ice, fairy, and dragon moves. It originally only had two weaknesses, but the fairy type was introduced in gen 6.
Do you want a great defensive Pokémon that only has one weakness? Try Gastrodon! It can be found fairly early in the underground area below Sinnoh. Because of Gastrodon's dual typing (water/ground), it is immune to electric attacks. Additionally, the Storm Drain ability draws in water attacks and increases Gastrodon's special attack.
Despite Gastrodon not being the most offensive or quickest Pokémon, its typing and defensive capabilities make it a worthy addition to almost any team. It is the evolved form of Shellos.
Other Good Pokemon to Raise
- Haunter or Gengar
- Kadabra or Alakazam
There are many other feasible Pokémon can be found in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but many of them are found in the post-game. Others appear near the end of the story. Finally, it is not possible to obtain Pokémon that appear after gen 4. The underground section is the best way to find the rarer Pokémon.
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