Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Friday 19th November and just like all main series games, the first decision players need to make isn't which Starter Pokémon to choose, but which version to actually buy.
In these games, which serve as remakes of the original Diamond and Pearl DS entries, the main difference between the two is the list of Pokémon exclusive to each version. If the different box art alone hasn't already convinced you one way or the other, read on to learn all about the different Pokémon you'll only be able to catch in each game.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl - Version Exclusive Pokémon
Below, you'll find complete lists of Pokémon exclusive to each version (with special thanks to Serebii):
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond - Exclusive Pokémon
Pokémon Shining Pearl - Exclusive Pokémon
Ramanas Park - Version Exclusive Legendaries
Revealed just ahead of the games' launch, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl feature a new area called Ramanas Park, an "expansive new facility" that lets you encounter a variety of Legendary Pokémon.
You won't be able to access Ramanas Park until you reach the post-game (after beating the Elite Four), but when you get there, you'll notice that some Legendary Pokémon are restricted to a particular version. We've already included these in our lists above, but here they are again should you need them:
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond - Exclusive Legendaries
Pokémon Shining Pearl - Exclusive Legendaries
Which version are you going for? Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl? Or are you eyeing up both? Tell us below.
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!