Pokemon dataminers uncovered an interesting fact about Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl‘s National Pokedex.
The National Pokedex traditionally is a feature that can only be unlocked after completing the game’s main story. But dataminers discovered that Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl allow players to access it as soon as they have obtained the first gym badge and reached Eterna City.
There is a catch though
Since unlocking the National Dex requires that players view all the Pokemon in the Sinnoh Dex, this feat is only possible legitimately if players trade for every Pokemon they have not seen, or if they transfer the required Pokemon from Pokemon HOME once it is compatible. The discovery was shared by dataminer Sibuna_Switch, who also posted a video recording for proof:
Hilariously, you can legitimately get the National Dex and the Poké Radar with 1 badge.
The only requirements are to get to Eterna City and to have all Pokémon viewed in the Sinnoh Dex!
— Anubis (@Sibuna_Switch) December 5, 2021
Although it is currently not known if this programming was intentional, being able to obtain the National Dex this early is quite beneficial to players who wish to use National Dex exclusive Pokemon such as Rotom in their starting playthroughs, provided they have the means to fulfill the requirements.
About Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl
Revisit the Sinnoh region and story and experience the nostalgic story in a reimagined adventure.
Adventures in game will take place in the familiar Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with the mighty Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon and then set off on your journey to becoming the Champion of the Pokémon League. Along the way, you’ll be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Dialga.
Players of the original games can revisit familiar places and relive familiar scenes, while first-time players can enjoy plenty of fun encounters and surprises that the Sinnoh region has to offer. The original story and the scale of the Sinnoh region’s towns and routes have been faithfully reproduced. This remake has also been revitalized with some of the player-friendly features of modern Pokémon games and up-close-and-personal Pokémon battle scenes.
Whether you played Pokémon Diamond Version or Pokémon Pearl Version back in the day or you’re encountering these games for the first time, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.