Pokemon BDSP Arceus
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Fans are finally heading back to the Sinnoh region for the first time in over a decade in the new Switch versions of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Sinnoh is famous for many things, but the main one is the sheer number of legendary Pokémon in the generation 4 games.

While plenty of them are easy to catch, there’s one that has alluded players for years. This is the Alpha Pokémon Arceus. Said to be the creator of the Pokémon world, it’s among the rarest Pokémon in the entire franchise.

Unfortunately, just like the original games, there is no way to catch Arceus in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Despite Arceus being the main legendary of the Sinnoh region, as well as being the final Pokémon in the National PokeDex, there’s no way to catch the Pokémon during the course of normal gameplay.

You can transfer the Pokémon Home, although if you don’t have an Arceus from a previous event, you’re out of luck.

It’s very likely that once Pokémon Legends: Arceus is released that players will be able to catch the Alpha Pokémon in that game and transfer it back to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but that is currently unknown. We'll update this guide when new information is available.

There is some evidence that a new, remastered version of the Hall of Origin event from the original Diamond and Pearl games exist in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but there is seemingly no way to access the event during gameplay. Whether or not The Pokémon Company will provide the necessary item to access the Hall of Origin in future is unknown at this time, but we hope so.

In the meantime, there are plenty of other legendary Pokémon for you to collect in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.


Did you know that you can get a free Manaphy egg early in the game? Or that you can get a free Mew and Jirachi just by playing other Pokémon games on your Nintendo Switch?

This article is part of our Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl walkthrough and guide series, which includes every version-exclusive Pokémon in each version of the game, advice on the best Sinnoh starter Pokémon to choose, and all the old and new Pokétch Apps, plus how to get specific Pokémon such as Mew and Jirachi, Rilou and Lucario, Manaphy and Phione, Arceus, Eevee, Leafeon And Glaceon, Cresselia, Rotom, Ditto, Spiritomb, Heatran, Regigigas, and — of course — the mighty Feebas.

We also cover how to catch 17 Legendaries in Ramanas Park, where to find the Defog HM and chain catching (or how to increase your chances of catching Shiny Pokémon), plus how to earn money fast, how to beat the Elite Four, how the Trophy Garden works, and how to get the DS sounds and Catching Charm. We also have a full and updated list of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Mystery Gift codes, plus we tell you how to unlock the Mystery Gift function, too.

And finally, Where to Buy Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on Nintendo Switch, if for some reason you haven't yet picked up the game!