Ditto Pokemon BDSP
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on Nintendo Switch let fans head back to the Sinnoh region for the first time in since the original games on Nintendo DS, and there are a few favourite Pokémon they’ll be keen to pick up straight away. Some Pokémon from generation 4 require a bit more patience, though. Enter Ditto.

One Pokémon that has been essential for breeders, shiny hunters and even those looking to complete their Pokédex is Ditto, and we’re going to show you how to find them.

How to get Ditto in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Complete the Sinnoh Dex

Firstly, you’ll need to complete the Sinnoh Pokédex. Thankfully, this can be done with one copy of the game, and in one playthrough. All you need to do is to see one of every Pokémon, not catch them, and this can all be achieved during the course of the normal game. If you’re struggling to see the box legendary of the other copy, Dialga or Palkia, speak to Cynthia’s grandmother and she’ll show you it.

After that, head back to Professor Rowan and he’ll upgrade your Pokédex for you, allowing you to catch almost 500 Pokémon in total, including plenty of new legendaries.

Catching Ditto

Ditto is unique in the sense that it can breed with any Pokémon. This makes it perfect if you’re shiny hunting eggs, or if you want a duplicate of a Pokémon that you can only get once, like Eevee.

Ditto can’t mate with Legendary Pokémon, with the exception of Manaphy, doing which will give the player Phione. There are a few places you can find the little pink blob.

Route 218

Ditto Encounter Pokemon BDSP
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Head to Route 218 and use the PokéRadar. You’ll get this PokéRadar at the same time as your National Pokédex. When using the PokéRadar, certain patches of grass will shake, letting you know there’s something in there waiting to be caught. You have a 20% chance of finding Ditto in this area, so it’s not difficult at all.

Using the PokéRadar in this way can also assist in chaining catches together, increasing your shiny odds.

The Grand Underground

The Grand Underground is an absolute Arceus-send in these games for catching a huge amount of Pokémon not found in the overworld. Ditto can be found in Stargleam Cavern and Dazzling Cave biomes after you’ve defeated the Elite Four.

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!