The 5 Best Changes In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

The best quality of life changes and new features.

December 6, 2021

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl were released last month as remakes of the fourth generation Pokemon titles and with them came some new features and we have come up with what we believe to be the best changes.

While fans may be more excited for Pokemon Legends: Arceus that is set to release in January, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl were very good games on their own.

There was some backlash for the game’s chibi design that looked more like the classic titles than say Pokemon Sword and Shield, but there were also some great new changes added into the game as well and this is a list of the best changes in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl.

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Pokémon | Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Trailer

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Grand Underground

The original Pokemon Diamond and Pearl featured something known as the Underground, where you could travel beneath Sinnoh and mine for certain types of items. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl took this idea and expanded on it greatly with the new Great Underground as one of the best changes in these remakes.

This new area in the remakes allows you to head underground and is actually based on the map of Sinnoh rather than just a basic rectangular map. There aren’t just items to find down here either, as it’s full of rooms where you can go and catch Pokemon.

The rooms here take the approach of the other Nintendo Switch Pokemon games by having Pokemon walking around out in the open, which was great to see back in some capacity. Having the Pokemon in this area also scale up in level along with you makes it all the more replayable as well, making it one of the most fun areas to play in all of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl.

Access To Pokemon Boxes Anywhere

The next few entries are not going to be things that are brand new to the Pokemon franchise in general, but rather in comparison to the original Diamond and Pearl specifically.

One of those is the ability to access your Pokemon Boxes from the PC on the go, which we’ve seen in other recent games. This is also incredibly helpful with the addition of the Grand Underground mentioned above, so you can really move your Pokemon around with ease.

Considering that the move Flash is not an HM, but rather a TM here, being able to use it in the areas it’s needed by just moving from the box makes things so much better.

Battle and Trade On The Go

Building on the last entry, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl have also implemented the ability to battle and trade others on the go.

Like the various Pokemon games up until the last few, you always had to travel to a Pokemon Center to do any battle or trades with friends. However, that is now made incredibly easy in these remakes.

After visiting the Trade and Battle area in the Pokemon Center and speaking with the desk for the first time, you will unlock the ability to press Y when not in the Grand Underground and initiate a meet up with a friend online to trade or battle.

HMs Now Located In Poketch

This is something that first started becoming a thing in Sun and Moon, but now it has been introduced in one of the best ways so far.

The Poketch is a smartwatch that you wear in the game and has multiple apps that you can acquire for it. Rather than having to get HMs that you then have to teach to Pokemon and can’t get rid of them as moves, they are activated through one of the apps.

Once you acquire the HM, you will get it added to the Poketch and also get some in the form of TMs to teach to Pokemon. However, only a few of these like Surf are going to be really effective moves.

It is rather funny that they chose to use Bidoof and its evolution Bibarel for a majority of these HMs since they are often joked about as being there only as hosts for HMs in the originals.

TMs Are More Plentiful

And now lastly we get to the increased number of various TMs available in the game. While there are still plenty that you only get one of when you find them, there are a number of them where you are given multiple.

This is not only the case for the HMs like Fly and such where you get multiple, as you’ll also randomly be given four of a TM from an NPC in the game throughout as well.

This is quite helpful as it allows you to try the move out and not be worried about getting rid of it if it didn’t fit that Pokemon, as you have extras. In the past, you would only have one TM of any that weren’t purchasable and would have to make some tough decisions, but thankfully that is not the case in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl.

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Dean (He/Him) has been a lifelong gamer ever since he got a SNES as his first game system and has continued to stay passionate about gaming ever since. He has always had a soft spot for most anything Nintendo, especially related to The Legend of Zelda and Mario series. Beyond that, he loves a variety of different games across all platforms, ranging from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts to sports titles like MLB The Show.

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