Feebas Pokemon BDSP
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on Nintendo Switch gives eager fans the chance to jump back into the Sinnoh region, and there are a few favourite Pocket Monsters they’ll be keen to pick up straight away. Some Pokémon from generation 4 require a bit more patience, though.

One Pokémon that, for some reason, is a massive pain to catch is Feebas, the none-too-impressive fish that can evolve into Milotic will take a lot of patience to catch, and even more luck. Here’s how to do it.

How to get Feebas in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Complete the Sinnoh Dex

While this isn’t *essential*, this does give you access to the Super Rod and makes the whole process easier, so we really recommend you 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.

Mt. Coronet

Head to Mt. Coronet via the entrance at Celestic Town. Head north until you see a set of stairs going down. You’ll find yourself in a foggy cave, which you can relieve with a quick Defog. Then, head through the cave until you find water.

It’s really annoying catching Feebas

Quite astonishingly, Feebas only spawns on four of the tiles in the water and only has a less than 50% encounter rate. There’s also no way to tell which tiles it is. There is a neat tool that can help you figure out which tiles it is, as long as you know your Lotto ID number!

In order to make sure you’re not missing any fishing spots, we recommend you use the D-pad rather than the analogue stick.

And that’s it. Cross your fingers and get fishing. It’s incredibly tedious (even with the tool!), and arguably not worth it considering it’s much easier to get Feebas or Milotic in other games, but if for some reason you’re committed to getting one in BDSP, that’s how you do it. Good luck.

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!