Spiritomb 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 — Spiritbomb, for example.

While you can technically catch Spiritomb after the second gym, it’s a huge pain, so we'd recommend until you’ve finished the Elite 4. Below we detail exactly where to go to catch a Spiritomb.

How to get Spiritomb in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Head to Route 208

On Route 208 near the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a trainer that’s almost hidden by the trees. They don’t try to battle you, they simply give you the Odd Keystone, which is essential to catch Spiritomb. Head to the Hallowed Tower, which is just along from there in Route 209, and place the Odd Keystone in.

Spiritomb Pokemon BDSP
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The Grand Underground

Now for the annoying part. You need to talk to 32 characters in The Grand Underground. These have to be trainers, so the hikers that sell you things do not count. It’s also been speculated that it has to be 32 different named trainers, although this hasn’t been confirmed, as the trainer spawn locations are random — we'll update this guide once we know for sure).

Spiritomb Pokemon BDSP
Image: Nintendo Life

As you speak to more of them, the message that you get when you return to the Hallowed Tower changes so you can track your progress.

  • 0-7 “It appears to have been built many years ago.”
  • 8-14 “Its stones appear to have shifted…”
  • 15-21 “...Is that crying coming from inside the towers?”
  • 22-28 “Is the shower shaking ever so slightly?”
  • 29-31 “There is some sort of presence… It appears ready to emerge!”

After 32 trainers, you can battle Spiritomb. If for some godforsaken reason you want to go through this pain again, just talk to 32 more trainers, and it will reappear.

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!