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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl guide: Mysterious Gift and Manaphy Egg

Here’s how to unlock the mystery gifts

A Pokémon meditates and prepares for a move in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Image: Game Freak, ILCA/Nintendo
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have a Mystery Gift event where players can get access to an egg for Manaphy, the Seafaring Pokémon, as well as a new outfit for your trainer. It’s a limited-time event: The Manaphy Egg and outfit will only be available until Feb. 21, 2022.

You’ll need an internet connection for this, but you do not need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to redeem the items, according to the official Pokémon site.

In this Pokémon BDSP guide, we’ll show you how to get the Mystery Gift and Manaphy Egg.

How to get the Manaphy Egg

Hit pause to pull up the main menu — the same one that allows you to access your Pokémon, Pokédex, Bag, and so on.

From there, you might see “Mystery Gift” as an option in the bottom left of the menu. It looks like a little gift box. If you do, congrats! You have unlocked the Mystery Gift feature. If you don’t have it, here’s how to get it.

According to a guide from Dexerto, the Mystery Gift feature appears after the Veilstone gym. Our experience seems to match this, since we have a screenshot of the menu just before the third gym that doesn’t have it, but here’s one with it unlocked.

a menu in pokemon brilliant diamond and pearl. the text in the dialog reads” Defeat Fantina at the Hearthome Gym!” Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc via Polygon

According to a guide from Eurogamer, there’s a way to unlock it before the the third gym though, if it’s not in your menu. To do it, you need to go to the go to the Jubilife TV Station in Jubilife City.

Take the elevator to the third floor, and talk to the two characters at the bottom of the room. The character on the left will as if you have an opinion about the television programming, to which you need to respond “Yes.”

An image of three characters on the screen in pokemon shining pearl. the text box says: Can I get your opinion about something, to help improve our future programming.” The cursor is on the “yes” option. Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc via Polygon

You’ll keep talking, and they’ll have you pick from a list of programming options. Select, “EVERYONE HAPPY WI-FI CONNECTION.” Once you do that, the Mystery Gift option on your menu should become available.

A list of options on a dialog box. the one highlighted reads “EVERYONE HAPPY WI-FI CONNECTION” in all caps. Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc via Polygon

Now that we have the Mystery Gift option, open the menu, click on Mystery Gift and choose, “Get via Internet.”

a list of options that say “Get via internet,” “get with Code/Password” and “Check mystery gifts”. The “Get via internet” one is highlighted. Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc via Polygon

That’l bring you to a screen with two options: Manaphy Egg Gift and Clothing Gift.

a list with two options: “manaphy egg gift” and “clothing gift” Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc via Polygon

After that, all you need to do is select either option. A cutscene will play that shows a little animation of the gift arriving, and then you’ll have your outfit or Manaphy Egg! All you need to do is repeat this process to get the second item.