Pokemon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl Exclusives List

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl Exclusives List
Images via The Pokémon Company

Written by 

Jaimie Ditchfield

Published 

11th Nov 2021 20:50

The Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl exclusives are here, as the fourth generation of Pokémon games has returned. Originally released in 2007 for the Nintendo DS, the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are bringing back the varied roster of pocket monsters to collect, along with some other brand new features. While new players can explore Sinnoh for the first time with these faithful remakes, fans of the originals can also embrace the nostalgic atmosphere. Which game you should buy, however, depends on your preference in the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl exclusives.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, entering Jubliffe City
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As is the series norm, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will feature version exclusives, meaning that certain Pokémon can only be obtained by choosing the version you want to play. With that in mind, you might be struggling to decide which game is for you, so here’s everything you need to know about version exclusives in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Exclusives

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond key art featuring Dialga
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The key thing to remember with the Pokémon series is that the story will revolve around the legendary Pokémon featured on the game’s cover art. In this case, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond will focus on Dialga, the Pokémon that controls time. Dialga is a Steel/Dragon type, making it viable against most typings, with its only weaknesses being Fighting and Ground. Since Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be taking advantage of concepts introduced in more recent games, Fairy Types will be made available, but they won’t scare Dialga due to its Steel attributes. The legendary Pokémon also boasts excellent stats, most notably its Special Attack at 150, making it a serious threat in battle.

Dialga is then complemented by an excellent roster of Pokémon exclusive to Brilliant Diamond. At the moment, Cranidos, Rampardos, Stunky, and Skuntank are confirmed to be Brilliant Diamond version exclusives; however, it’s safe to assume that version exclusive Pokémon previously available in the original Diamond and Pearl will be making their return.

Cranidos in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
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As these games are being advertised as faithful remakes, expect to see the likes of Scizor, Aggron, Tyranitar, and more in Brilliant Diamond. These three Pokémon, in particular, are considered fan favourites - often appearing in Pokemon’s competitive scene. Although Pokémon Sword and Shield will continue to be the game used in tournaments, it’s still worth adding one of them to your team in Brilliant Diamond, as they have the potential to be a real asset to your team.

Interestingly, some of the Pokémon available in this version of the game are Steel types, which is obviously reflective of Dialga’s typing. Here is the full list of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond exclusives:

#010

Caterpie

Bug

Caterpie
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#011

Metapod

Bug

Metapod
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#012

Butterfree

Bug/Flying

Butterfree
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#023

Ekans

Poison

Ekans
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#024

Arbok

Poison

Arbok
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#058

Growlithe

Fire

Growlithe
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#059

Arcanine

Fire

Arcanine
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#086

Seel

Water

Seel  sprite from Diamond & Pearl
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#087

Dewgong

Water

Dewgong
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#122

Mr. Mime

Psychic/Fairy

Mr. Mime
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#123

Scyther

Bug/Flying

Scyther
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#125

Electabuzz

Electric

Electabuzz
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#198

Murkrow

Dark/Flying

Murkrow
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#207

Gligar

Ground/Flying

Gligar
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#212

Scizor

Bug/Steel

Scizor
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#239

Elekid

Electric

Elekid
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#246

Larvitar

Rock/Ground

Larvitar
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#247

Pupitar

Rock/Ground

Pupitar
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#248

Tyranitar

Rock/Ground

Tyranitar
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#261

Poochyena

Dark

Poochyena
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#262

Mightyena

Dark

Mightyena
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#273

Seedot

Grass

Seedot
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#274

Nuzleaf

Grass/Dark

Nuzleaf
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#275

Shiftry

Grass/Dark

Shiftry
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#303

Mawile

Steel/Fairy

Mawile
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#304

Aron

Steel/Rock

Aron
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#305

Lairon

Steel/Rock

Lairon
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#306

Aggron

Steel/Rock

Aggron
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#335

Zangoose

Normal

Zangoose
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#338

Solrock

Rock/Psychic

Solrock
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#352

Kecleon

Normal

Kecleon
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#408

Cranidos

Rock

Cranidos
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#409

Rampardos

Rock

Rampardos
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#430

Honchkrow

Dark/Flying

Honchkrow
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#434

Stunky

Poison/Dark

Stunky
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#435

Skuntank

Poison/Dark

Skuntank
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#439

Mime Jr.

Psychic/Fairy

Mime Jr.
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#466

Electivire

Electric

Electivire
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#472

Gliscor

Ground/Flying

Gliscor
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#483

Dialga

Steel/Dragon

Dialga
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Pokémon Shining Pearl Exclusives

Pokémon Shining Pearl key art featuring Palkia
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The star of the show in Pokémon Shining Pearl is none other than Palkia, the Pokémon that controls space. Palkia is a Water/Dragon type, a strong combination, as mixing Water with Dragon nullifies the former’s usual weakness to the likes of Electricity and Grass. In the same regard, adding Water to the mix negates Dragon’s frailty to Ice types, but Palkia might run into some trouble when facing Fairy and Dragon type Pokémon. Despite this, Palkia is still relatively strong, having the same Special Attack stat as Dialga at 150, and its signature move, Spacial Rend, can deal a significant amount of damage.

During your Shining Pearl adventure, expect to see Shieldon, Bastiodon, Glameow, and Purugly as version exclusives. However, as previously mentioned, it’s highly likely that Pokémon featured in the original Pokémon Pearl will be making an appearance. There is a lot to love in this version, as you will be able to add Pokemon such as Salamence, Slowbro & Slowking, Mismagius, and Walrein to your team. Salamence in particular is extremely appealing to some players, due to its high stats and wide move pool, so Shining Pearl might seem like an easy choice to some. 

Glameow in Pokémon Shining Pearl
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In conjunction with its counterpart, this version contains some exclusive Water-type Pokémon that make direct reference to Palkia. Without further ado, here is the full list of Pokemon Shining Pearl exclusives:

#013

Weedle

Bug

Weedle
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#014

Kakuna

Bug

Kakuna
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#015

Beedrill

Bug/Flying

Beedrill
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#027

Sandshrew

Ground

Sandshrew
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#028

Sandslash

Ground

Sandslash
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#037

Vulpix

Fire

Vulpix
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#038

Nintetales

Fire

Ninetales
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#079

Slowpoke

Water/Psychic

Slowpoke
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#80

Slowbro

Water/Psychic

Slowbro
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#126

Magmar

Fire

Magmar
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#127

Pinsir

Bug

Pinsir
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#199 Slowking Water/Psychic
Slowking
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#200 Misdreavus Ghost

Misdreavus
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#216 Teddiursa Normal

Teddiursa
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#217 Ursaring Normal

Ursaring
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#228 Houndour Dark/Fire

Houndour
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#229 Houndoom Dark/Fire

Houndoom
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#234 Stantler Normal
Stantler
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#240 Magby Fire
Magby
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#270 Lotad Water/Grass
Lotad
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#271 Lombre Water/Grass
Lombre
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#272 Ludicolo Water/Grass
Ludicolo
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#302 Sableye Dark/Ghost
Sableye
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#336 Seviper Poison
Seviper
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#337 Lunatone Rock/Psychic
Lunatone
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#363 Spheal Ice/Water
Spheal
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#364 Sealeo Ice/Water
Sealeo
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#365 Walrein Ice/Water
Walrein
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#371 Bagon Dragon
Bagon
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#372 Shelgon Dragon
Shelgon
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#373 Salamence Dragon/Flying
Salamence
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#410 Sheildon Rock/Steel
Shieldon
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#411 Bastiodon Rock/Steel 
Bastiodon
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#429 Mismagius Ghost
Mismagius
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#431 Glameow Normal
Glameow
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#432 Purugly Normal 
Purugly
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#467 Magmortar Fire
Magmortar
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#484 Palkia Water/Dragon 
Palkia
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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl Exclusives: Ramanas Park

Recently, it was revealed that legendary Pokémon from other generations will be made available as post-game content in an area called Ramanas Park. To no one’s surprise, the concept of version exclusives applies here as well. Ramanas Park is a brand-new area introduced in the remakes, replacing the Pal Park from the originals, and will allow you to enter various caves to summon iconic legendary Pokémon by using special slates.

At the time of writing, ten version exclusives for this feature have been revealed, but there might be more secrets to discover. In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, expect to encounter the likes of Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, while in Pokémon Shining Pearl, Rayquza, Lugia, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will be obtainable. Here is the full list of version exclusive legendary Pokémon, including Dialga and Palkia.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Exclusive Legendaries

#150 Mewtwo Psychic

Mewtwo
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#243 Raikou Electric

Raikou
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#244 Entei Fire

Entei
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#245 Suicune Water

Suicune
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#250

Ho-Oh

Fire/Flying

Ho-oh
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#483

Dialga

Steel/Dragon

Dialga
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Pokemon Shining Pearl Exclusive Legendaries

#144 Articuno Ice/Flying

Articuno
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#145 Zapdos Electric/Flying

Zapdos
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#146 Moltres Fire/Flying

Moltres
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#249 Lugia Psychic/Flying

Lugia
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#384 Rayquaza Dragon/Flying

Rayquaza
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#484 Palkia Water/Dragon

Palkia
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Now that you know everything about version exclusives in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you’re ready to set out on your Sinnoh adventure. Looking forward to the next Pokemon game after these remakes? Check out everything we know on the Pokemon Legends Arceus Pokedex.

 

Jaimie is a freelance writer who can't seem to shut up about Nintendo games. In addition to studying Games Journalism and PR for three years, he is persistent in spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Since finishing his degree, Jaimie's work has been published on Nintendo Enthusiast and Zelda Universe.

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