We're now in the month of April, and that means Pokémon trainers can now befriend the mythical Darkrai in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
In order to do this, you'll need to obtain the Member Card item - given out as a gift between 1st April and 1st May. To acquire this item, select 'Get via Internet' from the Mystery Gift option in Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl. Once this is done, you'll need to fulfill specific conditions - such as entering the Hall of Fame or obtaining the National Pokédex.
When you've done this, travel to Newmoon Island where the Mythical Pokémon Darkrai will be waiting.
This distribution event was originally announced alongside the Arceus encounter:
"Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl players must have a Pokémon Legends: Arceus save file on their Nintendo Switch system with all the main missions completed. They can then receive the Azure Flute item. After entering the Hall of Fame and obtaining the National Pokédex, players can go to the entrance of the Spear Pillar and the Mythical Pokémon Arceus will reveal itself."
Will you be seeking out Darkrai in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl? Tell us down in the comments.
Where is the Pokemon Home compatibility, by the way? Don't want to trade with myself!
I wish Pokemon would delay their games like zelda, so we can have proper polished game instead of yearly rushed mess we get every year.
@PokemonDMG : For a so-called paid “service” (and an obscenely overpriced one at that!), it’s absolutely ridiculous that Home compatibility wasn’t included day and date with BD/SP and Legends Arceus upon their respective releases.
It’s been four months since the release of BD/SP and we still have nothing.
That's providing people still play those games to even care about the event.
Unfortunately I've missed out on this as I saw no reason to keep the game past completion, it was missing something to make me keep playing every now and then, it had no GTS, no online matchmaking battles and nothing similar to sword/shield dynamax dens which kept the replay value up.
Hopefully Violet/Scarlet has some meaty post game content and multiplayer activity that keeps me coming back
Fun fact: did you know Darkrai has incredibly long legs?
I've been cursed with this knowledge and so shall you.
❗️Like @UltimateOtaku91, I didn't keep this Game once I beat Cynthia as I found it to be a DULL and boring Game.
I was hoping for HOME connectivity so I could send a few Pkm back to Galar🗡 but that won't happen anytime soon.
@BlueGBAMicro : Even when (or if) Home is updated for compatibility with BD/SP, sending Pokémon has always been one-way, so, if you send a Pokémon forward to a more recently-released game, you can't send it back to an earlier one, even if the Pokémon in question was originally caught in the earlier game (i.e. you cannot send Pokémon from Sword/Shield back to Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee), and I would expect the same with BD/SP, but if it's any consolation, you should be able to send your BD/SP Pokémon forward to Scarlet/Violet.
You could even get rid of your copy of BD/SP if you wanted to, as Home simply accesses the save data on your console.
A useless Pokèmon you can do nothing with post game. Thanks but no thanks. Good for those who like to complete the Pokedex I suppose but that's it.
I don't even really like this Pokemon but I'm still going to compulsively login and get it. 😆
Thank you NintendoLife for the reminders on these events.
@Silly_G I think that's what @BlueGBAMicro is talking about. Transferring Pokèmon from BDSP to SwSh, not the other way. Which I imagine shouldn't be an issue, provided the Pokèmon is already coded into SwSh
@UmbreonsPapa : Most Gen I Pokémon are coded into Sword/Shield, but they can’t be sent back to Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee (which was released first); that’s what I was alluding to. Pokémon sent to a more recent game usually can’t be sent back to an older one, even if they originated in the older game.
@Silly_G I understand what your saying and how Home works. But I don't think the poster was talking about sending Pokèmon (and not specifically Gen 1 Pokèmon) back to an older game from whence they came. It sounds like once they were done with BDSP, that they were hoping to send some BDSP Pokèmon to SwSh. Based on their post, I assume they're already aware of how Pokèmon Home works. But I probably shouldn't speak or assume for other posters.
@UmbreonsPapa : I feel like I've already covered all bases in my last two comments.
Based on how the currently-available games are handled, it is very unlikely that any Pokémon obtained in Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl can be sent to an older game (being Sword/Shield and Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee). You can only send Pokémon one-way from an older game to a newer one, not the other way around.
That’s cool, this game was an absolute treat to play easily the best remake after HGSS.
I might even shiny hunt this one.
I missed the Shaymin event because I thought it ended on Mar 31st. I just wanted to post this to complain 😅
Can't wait for them to release a better version in 2008
@Silly_G and @UmbreonsPapa I WAS talking about sending Pkm TO 🗡🛡 FROM 💎⚪️ based on the fact Diamond is older than the Galar Games (being a DS Game) and as UP said, the Pkm are already coded into Galar.
@BlueGBAMicro : Except BRILLIANT Diamond is NEWER than Sword/Shield, and the fact that the original Diamond/Pearl originated on the DS is completely irrelevant here. By that logic, you might as well argue that it’s possible to send Pokémon from Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee “forward” to Gold/Silver/Crystal on the Game Boy, which would be a preposterous suggestion.
If you want to send Pokémon from the ORIGINAL Diamond version (on DS) to Sword/Shield, then YES, that is possible, albeit a long-winded and convoluted process. But sending Pokémon from Brilliant Diamond to Sword/Shield is unlikely as Pokémon games are generally not backwards compatible with older instalments (but there are precedents that suggest that it could be a possibility as these two sets of games are part of the same generation, so to speak, but I wouldn’t hold my breath, especially with a new generation of games mere months away).
I'm feeling serious Pokemon fatigue. After a blitz of games last year including new Pokemon Snap, the DP remakes, and Pokemon Legends, I have little interest in going back to any of those titles. Too many new games in 2022 are stealing away my interest (Kirby, Elden Ring). Pokemon really should take a break this year, can we get a delay on Scarlet/Violet to 2023 instead?
They really need to change how Mystery Gifts work... the Events should register to your Nintendo account for future playthroughs, rather than just one and done forever. I also still don't like how you can't reset your Mystery Gift Pokémon anymore. The general excuse is 'well you have Bottle Caps & Nature Mints now', but those require grinding - the thing that makes Pokémon games awful if you wanna do even casual competitive.
@UltimateOtaku91 The GTS for the game was just added recently. Definitely should have been there at launch, but just sharing in case you missed the announcement.
My sister and I caught darkrai the other day.
Took me about 20+ balls, I recon.
My sister only needed 5
@Silly_G Thank you for clarifying your point. Yes, the Let's Go games aren't even in the discussion. It was made clear they are just a one way trip.
My assumption was that even though the remakes were released after Sword and Shield, being backwards chronologically in terms of generation and not introducing any conflicting mechanics or moves and really just being straight up remakes had me assuming Pokèmon from BDSP would have no problem transferring to Sword and Shield. But I guess we'll have to wait and see if and when Home finally supports BDSP.
@Silly_G Technically BDSP is a Gen 8 game so you might be able to send Pokemon from those to SW/SH if the Pokemon are in the SW/SH Pokedex. You can't transfer from Let's Go to SW/SH because Let's Go is classed as Gen 7. It is only a one way transfer going forward a Gen. It's why you could transfer Pokemon back and forth between ORAS and X/Y because even though ORAS is a remake of Gen 3 it is still classed as Gen 6 along with X/Y.
@Silly_G ok first... the games was updated to be able to support pokemon from home,
In BDSP they updated the games to show aside from old gen marks, the Go (G), arceus (X) mark for pokemon sent by legends arceus, and same was for legends arceus, where you can see in legends arceus every region mark even 'go', even the summary say 'this pokemon traveled time and space to met you', second i know you mean you can't bring other region to let's go, but this game was created a long before HOME released, now you can assume newest pokemon games will have home and old consoles pokemon compaibility.....
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