How to get Mew and Jirachi in Pokémon BDSP
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has a special treat for fans who’ve been loyal to the series on Nintendo Switch, with a special bonus available if you have save data from other Pokémon games on your console. Once upon a time they were two of the hardest Pokemon to obtain in the history of the series, but in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Mew and Jirachi are given away within a few hours.

In order to obtain Mew and Jirachi, you’ll need save data on your Nintendo Switch from Pokémon Sword and Shield for Jirachi and Pokémon: Let’s Go for Mew.

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How to get Mew in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Mew Pokémon BDSP
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In order to get the 151st Pokemon Mew, you’ll need to make sure that the account you’re playing Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pear on has saved data from Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu or Pokemon Let’s go Eevee. However, unlike those games, you do not have to have owned the Poke Ball Plus in order to obtain the legendary. All you need to do is play the game long enough that you can save it, meaning if your friend has a copy, you can borrow it, play for a few minutes and then save, earning yourself a Mew.

In order to claim Mew, head to Floaroma Town, which is one of the first you’ll travel to on your journey. In a field filled with flowers, there is an old man and an old woman. Speak to the woman and she’ll comment that she has a Pokemon she wishes you to take care of. That Pokemon is Mew. That’s all you need to do in order to have one of the most versatile Pokemon in the whole series on your team.

How to get Jirachi in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Jirachi Pokémon BDSP
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Similar to Mew, Jirachi requires that players have save data associated with their account from Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield. In the same place that you just picked up Mew, speak to the man standing next to the woman and he’ll hand you Jirachi, a Pokemon that was once so rare, you had to buy a game on a completely different system to obtain it.

Just how these two managed to have two of the rarest Pokemon in history isn’t explained, but we aren’t complaining.

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!