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How to Catch Shiny Pokémon in "Brilliant Diamond and "Shining Pearl" With PokéRadar

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Encountering a Shiny Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is a rare scenario, but there is a method to make them appear in patches of grass. Besides their appearance, Shiny Pokémon are not inherently more powerful. They were introduced in the Gameboy Color games Gold and Silver.

Under normal circumstances, there is over a one and four thousand chance of a Shiny appearing in the games. However, with the PokéRadar, those odds can be increased drastically. It's even possible to encounter a Shiny multiple times once you increase your odds!

How to Get PokeRadar in "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl"

  • Become the Sinnoh Champion by defeating Elite Four and Cynthia
  • Complete the Sinnoh Pokedex
  • Obtain the National Dex from Professor Rowan

Make sure your Pokémon are at least level 60 before challenging the Elite Four if you have not done so yet. It's possible to defeat the Elite Four with weaker Pokémon, but it will be an uphill battle.

Note that it's not necessary to capture every Pokémon to complete the Sinnoh Pokédex. You only need to to see them. Make sure to battle every NPC in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Visit the Grand Underground, as there are Pokémon there that don't appear above the Sinnoh region.


Drifloon and the Legendary Pokémon

Drifloon appears outside the Valley Windworks on Fridays after defeating Team Galactic. Changing the time on your Nintendo Switch will incur a 24-hour penalty, forcing you to wait till another Friday to encounter Drifloon. Make sure to catch Drifloon and evolve him to Drifblim.

It's also possible to encounter Drifloon if you intentionally answer all the math questions wrong at the Hearthome Gym. One of the trainers has a Drifloom. This is only possible before defeating Fantina.

In order to add the Legendary that you're missing, speak to Cynthia's Grandmother in Celestic Town. She'll provide you a photo of either Palkia or Dialga.

Driftloon at Valley Windworks

Driftloon at Valley Windworks

Cynthia's Grandmother in Celestic Town

Cynthia's Grandmother in Celestic Town

Items Required to Catch Shiny Pokémon

  • Chain Counter App
  • Lots of Super Repels
  • Good Pokeballs

To obtain the Chain Counter App, surf south of Sandgem Town where Route 219 is. Go to Ramana's Park after acquiring the PokéRadar. Professor Oak will give you an an App for your Pokétch called the Chain Counter. Oak is the from the Kanto Region.

Stock up on dozens of Super Repels. They are actually cheaper per step compared to Repels or Max Repels. Purchase at least 50 Quick Balls and Repeat Balls. Quick Balls have 5x the catch rate of a regular Pokéball. Repeat Balls become useful if you've caught a specific Pokémon many times.

Professor Oak and Chain Counter

Professor Oak and Chain Counter

How to Use PokéRadar in "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl"

The PokéRadar can only be utilized in patches of grass in the Sinnoh Region. It will not work when you're surfing in the water or when riding a bicycle. Additionally, the device will not function in tall grass or caves.

Your objective is to use the PokéRadar to capture the same type of Pokémon at least 40 times in a row to create a chain. Creating a chain will offer the best chance of a Shiny appearing. Route 201 is a good area to get some practice for hunting a Shiny Pokémon.

Changing Options for Convenience

  • Turn Battle Effects "Off"
  • Set to Boxes is on "Automatic"
  • Give Nicknames is on "Don't Give"
  • Turn off Autosave
  • Register PokéRadar to access it faster

Use a Super Repel before using the PokéRadar, as encountering a random wild Pokémon will break the chain. Music will start to play when using the PokeRadar and four shaking grass patches will be nearby. A grass patch that is shooting larger leaves means there is a Pokémon with a Hidden Ability.

The third type of grass patch is the one that is shining. The grass will be sparkling. That means you're guaranteed to find a Shiny Pokémon when you step into it.

Route 201

Route 201

How to Chain for Shiny Pokémon

Always go to a grass patch that is at least four grass patches away from you, as there will be an 83% chance of the chain continuing . Each patch of grass is kind of like a tile on a grid system. After you capture a Pokémon in the chain, it will boost your odds of the chain continuing by 10%. Once you start the PokéRadar chain, every single Pokémon you encounter will be the same.

The Chain Counter App will tell you how many Pokémon that you've chained. The bottom of the App will simply show your highest chain ranks.

If you're not content with the positions of the shaking grass patches, run 50 steps to recharge the PokéRadar again.

What is Guaranteed to Break Your Chain

  • Getting on the Bicycle
  • Saving and turning off the Nintendo Switch
  • Flying to another location in Sinnoh
  • Entering another area

Even if you do everything correctly, there is always a 7% chance that your chain will break in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Catching Shiny Pokémon requires a lot of patience, consistency, and time. Just follow the rule of walking four steps away, catch every Pokémon that you encounter, and use the Super Repels.

The Quick Balls work very well on a lot of Pokémon that are relatively easy to catch. Dusk Balls are good to use if it's night time. With enough persistence, you'll be capturing a ton of Shiny Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl!

© 2021 David Patrick