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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl version exclusives guide

Which games do you need to get which Pokémon?

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are largely the same game, with some small differences, including which Pokémon you can find in each version. Our Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl version exclusives guide will teach you which Pokémon can only be caught in the two specific games.

Note that, while these Pokémon are labeled as exclusives, you can trade them from one version to the other. You can also use Pokémon Home to collect missing creatures, but the app won’t have compatibility with Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl at launch.

Note that just because they’re on this list, that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be able to catch them right away. Based on our game experience, many of these Pokémon were locked to the post game, though many of them also show up in the new Grand Underground feature.

Below we list out all the version exclusives between Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond version exclusives

Dex # Pokémon
Dex # Pokémon
10 Caterpie
11 Metapod
12 Butterfree
23 Ekans
24 Arbok
58 Growlight
59 Arcanine
86 Seel
87 Dewgong
123 Scyther
125 Electabuzz
198 Murkrow
207 Gligar
212 Scizor
243 Raikou
244 Entei
245 Suicune
246 Larvitar
247 Pupitar
248 Tyranitar
249 Elekid
250 Ho-oh
273 Seedot
274 Nuzleaf
275 Shiftry
303 Mawile
335 Zangoose
338 Solrock
352 Kecleon
408 Cranidos
409 Rampardos
430 Honchkrow
434 Stunky
435 Skuntank
466 Electivire
472 Gliscor
483 Dialga

Pokémon Shining Pearl version exclusives

Dex # Pokémon
Dex # Pokémon
13 Weedle
14 Kakuna
15 Beedrill
27 Sandshrew
28 Sandslash
37 Vulpix
38 Ninetales
79 Slowpoke
80 Slowbro
126 Magmar
127 Pinsir
144 Articuno
145 Zapdos
146 Moltres
199 Slowking
200 Misdreavus
216 Teddiura
217 Ursaring
234 Stantler
240 Magby
249 Lugia
270 Lotad
271 Lombre
272 Ludicolo
302 Sableye
336 Seviper
337 Lunatone
371 Bagon
372 Shelgon
373 Salamence
410 Shieldon
411 Bastiodon
429 Mismagius
431 Glameow
432 Purugly
467 Magmortar
484 Palkia