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How to Get Mysterious Shards and Legendary Pokémon in "Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl"

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In many regards, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are very similar to the original games that were released on Nintendo DS. Despite the remakes not having a lot of Pokémon Platinum content, they do have some new content. Ramanas Park is a new area in the Sinnoh Region that allows you to catch Legendary Pokémon like Mewtwo, Rayquaza, Latias, and more. It essentially replaces Pal Park.

Some of the Pokémon are exclusive to a certain version. For example, the Legendary Bird Pokémon from Kanto can only be obtained in Shining Pearl. You'd have to trade for those other Pokémon or obtain them from Pokémon Home when it's available for BDSP in early 2022. Ramanas Park is not available until you win the Pokémon League and acquire the National Dex. You'll need to see 150 Pokémon in Sinnoh before Professor Oak will give you the National Dex in Sandgem Town.

Where is Ramanas Park?

Go south of Sandgem Town and use the HM Surf. Keep going south and to the right. Trainers will want to battle you in the water. Stay out of their eyesight if you don't want to engage them in a Pokémon battle.

Once you reach Ramanas Park, you'll be able to return here quickly by using the HM Fly. Professor Oak will give you the Poké Radar when you enter the building. He then leaves you to your own devices.

Legendary Pokémon Encounter

Legendary Pokémon Encounter

Trading Mysterious Shards for Slates

Acquiring every Legendary Pokémon at Ramanas Park is a monumental task in both Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. It's very time-consuming, tedious, and requires a lot of patience. You won't be able to catch any Legendary until you've caught the prerequisite ones first.

Speak to one of the female NPCs at the desk. You'll need to trade Mysterious Shards that can only be found in the Grand Underground for Slates. Not all Slates will be available initially. You need three small Mysterious Shards or one large Mysterious Shard to get a Slate.

Different Slates are utilized to summon Legendary Pokémon at Ramanas Park. Once a Slate is activated, you'll be transported to another area to face a a level 70 Pokémon in battle. Make sure you're prepared.

Discovery Slate

You'll need to use the Discovery Slate in the one building to encounter Regice, Regirock, Registeel. Catch them and they will appear on the pedestals. A man outside will also give you their statues when you leave.

The Kanto or Johto Slates will be unlocked once you've finished the Discovery Slate. You'll have to catch Raikou, Entei, and Suicune in Brilliant Diamond. Shining Pearl has Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.


How to Find Mysterious Shards in BDSP

Honestly, the most difficult part of catching all the Legendary Pokémon is finding the necessary Mysterious Shards in the Grand Underground. The only way to find rare Mysterious Shards in both Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is to dig for treasure and fossils. You cannot purchase them with money.

Digging Tips

Mysterious Shards are pink with a yellow sparkle in the middle. While it's possible to find them anywhere in the Grand Underground, I'd suggest the area beneath Ramanas Park, for it's easy to find digging areas. It's also convenient because you'll be right outside the entrance of Ramanas Park once you've found Mysterious Shards.

Check your map in the Grand Underground to locate the yellow areas that indicate digging areas. Pressing R makes them easier to locate when you're near the walls. Going inside a Pokémon hideaway and exiting it will respawn more digging areas. There is no need to visit other areas of the Grand Underground to find Mysterious Shards.

Pickax and Sledgehammer

Using the pickax and sledgehammer too much will cause the walls to collapse. You'll need to be precise and careful when digging into the walls. Treasures are partially visible before digging them up completely. If a treasure is not pink with a sparkle, then it's probably not a Mysterious Shard, so dig in a different spot on the wall. The game tells you how much treasure there is before you start digging. Read the caption at the bottom when you find a new wall.

A good strategy is to start using the pickax on the upper left corner. Move the pickax three spaces down and three spaces to the right on the wall. Keep moving about three spaces on the wall before using the pickax. Clear the top, bottom, then the middle. Hitting the pickax randomly or in a spot you know does not have treasure damages the wall too much. I found about ten small Mysterious Shards and one large one with that method in two hours.

Only use the sledgehammer when you need to break up the large rocks. Finding Mysterious Shards in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl requires a lot of luck and patience. Sometimes walls have a lot of rocks that are in the way.

Small Mysterious Stone

Small Mysterious Stone

Statues at Ramanas Park

Statues at Ramanas Park

How to Catch Legendary Pokémon

Make sure all your Pokémon are at least level 65 or higher before encountering a Legendary Pokémon at Ramanas Park. Legendary Pokémon are significantly more difficult to catch than other Sinnoh Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Bring Hyper Potions, Revives, and other healing items. Battle items like X Sp. Def and X Defense are indispensable.

Best Poké Balls to Throw

Stock up on dozens of Quick Balls, Ultra Balls, and Timer Balls. The Master Ball obviously works great because it will catch any Pokémon without fail, but you only obtain one of them unless you do a duplication glitch. Throw the Quick Ball first since it has a 5x catch rate.

Keep throwing Ultra Balls when the health bar is in the red. Once over a dozen turns have passed, start throwing Timer Balls. The success rate of a Timer Ball is 4x after 40 turns have passed.

Try putting Legendary Pokémon to sleep with moves like Yawn, Hypnosis, or Sleep Powder. They are easier to catch when sleeping, but they will eventually wake up. Another good status effect to inflict upon them is paralysis. Use Thunder Wave or Nuzzle. It's also possible to paralyze them if your Pokémon has the Static ability.

False Swipe is an excellent move to use because it will always leave the Pokémon with at least 1 HP. You don't want them to faint in battle because you won't be able to catch them. Avoid using super effective moves.

Super Fang will also work because it cuts a Pokémon's HP in half. It will be easier to put the Legendary Pokémon in yellow or red health with Super Fang. Pachirisu, for instance, can learn Super Fang.


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