Pokemon BDSP Phione Manaphy
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl launched for Nintendo Switch in November 2021, and fans who picked up the games early are in for a special treat. For a limited time, two mythical Pokémon originally found in the Sinnoh region, Manaphy and Phione, are free to anyone who purchases the games, and we’re going to tell you how to get them.

Please note that this event is only available until February 22, 2022.

How to get Manaphy and Phione in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Get to Jubilife City

Manaphy Egg Pokémon BDSP
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In order to download the Manaphy, you’ll need to enable Mystery Gift. You can do this by heading to Jubilife City, which is one of the first areas you’ll visit on your adventure. Then, visit the Jubilife TV building and head to the second floor. There you’ll see a TV producer, speak to him and that’ll unlock the Mystery Gift function.

Then, all you need to do is to select Mystery Gift and download the gift from the internet. You’ll be given a Manaphy egg. Manaphy is unique to legendary and mythical Pokémon as one of only two that hatch from eggs like this. You can then hatch the egg by walking with it in your party. This is sped up by having a Pokémon with Flame Body, which halves the number of steps required to hatch the Pokémon.

The Phione Factor

Pokémon BDSP
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Now it’s time to get Phione. Once you’ve hatched your Manaphy egg, head to the Pokémon day-care and leave the Pokémon there along with a Ditto. This is another unique feature to Manaphy, it can breed and hatch eggs. Come back later and you’ll be handed an egg containing Phione.

It’s worth noting that Ditto is locked until you finish the game, although you are able to trade with a friend, if they’ve made it later into the game, in order to get Phione.

And that’s it! Two more mythical Pokémon in the bag.

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!