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Pokemon BDSP Save Breaking Bug in Snowpoint City's Gym Discovered by Japanese Fan

A Japanese Pokemon BDSP player found a peculiar bug in Snowpoint Gym.

November 22, 2021

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP) has been out for a few days now and a Japanese player going through the game found a pretty hard to trigger but very dangerous save breaking bug.

Save breaking bugs are bugs that either trigger two things: save corruption, where you can’t load the save anymore. Or a softlock. As in while you can load the save, it’s completely useless because you cannot progress anymore. So your only choice left is to restart from the beginning.

This newly discovered bug is part of the later category. It can be triggered when solving Snowpoint City’s Gym’s ice sliding puzzle, just before challenging Suzuna (Candice), the cutest Gym Leader in the game.

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Save breaking bug in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl at Snowpoint City’s Gym

Japanese player Monaka explained on Twitter how they got stuck permanently in Snowpoint City’s Gym. They’re unsure how they triggered the bug, but they were unable to get out of the pit located in the center of the gym, after sliding in it from the left slope part.

Monaka explained that after they slid into the pit from the left side, they couldn’t go into any other direction and could only keep sliding to the left or right. The only way to leave was to reset the game and load your save. So if you happen to save your game at that moment, you’ll be stuck forever.

It’s unsure how the bug was triggered, and it seems like it only happens under very specific conditions. You’ll inevitably end up passing through the center pit to solve the Gym’s puzzle. To be extra careful, be sure to save before entering Snowpoint City’s Gym, and do not save until after you’ve beaten Candice and left the Gym.

Note that the tweet with the bug’s video can’t be seen anymore because @Long_Monaka made their account private. Probably due to the tens of thousands of notifications they received.

Another wall/ slope skipping bug has been found in Snowpoint Gym. It could be used to break through the other bug above, or could be used as a skip in speedruns:

It’s very likely a future Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl update will fix these bugs.

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Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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