Pokemon Diamond And Pearl Remake: Release Date, Trailer, Gameplay, Differences And Everything You Need To Know For Nintendo Switch
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Pokemon Diamond And Pearl Remake: Release Date, Trailer, Gameplay, Differences And Everything You Need To Know For Nintendo Switch

Chris Trout
7 September 2020

The Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes have been at the top of the wishlist for Pokemon fans for quite some time. Here's everything we know about the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake including the release date, trailer, gameplay, differences and everything else.

We were waiting for any additional news for Pokemon Sword and Shield's DLC - Isle of Armor - but we may have got something entirely different.

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes are on the cards and the internet has been in a frenzy about seeing familiar Pokemon return to their consoles, even as fans have plumbed the depths of Nintendo's most recent title in the franchise - Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Sinnoh is the destination of your next Pokemon adventure, as you aim to become a Pokemon master in familiar territory as the story will be retold for a second time. Diamond and Pearl remake rumours first emerged earlier in 2019, where new Generation 4 products were being put back into production for release in December 2019.

A Pokemon game is remade roughly every five years and it has been almost 6 years since Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launched - assuming we do not include Pokemon Lets Go, Pikachu and Eevee. It has also been 20 years since the original games launched.

Here's everything we know about the Pokemon Diamond And Pearl Remake.

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Latest News

More Leaks - 23rd November

A well known Pokemon/Nintendo leaker by the name of KeilosFR has noted that several Pokemon titles are releasing in 2021.

Among these are apparently going to be the Diamond and Pearl remakes, which they note will come in November 2021.

As well, a new Detective Pikachu and the release of Pokemon Snap will also be next year. 


2021 Release? - November 8th

According to a 'leak' by YouTuber RuffledRowlit, the game is coming soon.

They note that they will announce the titles before the end of the year, and will be called 'Max Diamond and Max Pearl'

Check out the video below! 

New Leak Offers Fresh Details - 7th September

In a new purported leak detailed by YouTuber RuffledRowlit (via Dexerto), a forum user passes on info they claim originated from a coder within Game Freak. This probably ought to be taken with a big grain of salt, but it’s what we have to go on for the time being.

The remakes, according to the leaker, will be called Max Diamond and Max Pearl, bringing the Dynamax mechanic from Sword and Shield into the Sinnoh region.

The following Pokemon are said to get Gigantamax versions in Max Diamond and Pearl:

  • Luxray
  • Mismagius
  • Garchomp
  • Claydol
  • Mantine
  • Dragalge
  • Torterra
  • Infernape
  • Empoleon
  • Floatzel

The video claims that the remakes are targeting a November 2021 release date.

Pokemon Presents - 17th May

A new Pokemon game was announced today, during the Pokemon Presents livestream, but it was NOT a Diamond and Pearl remake.

But there is another livestream happening next week, in which the game may finally be announced. The next stream will be on the 24th June at 2pm BST.

New Title Names Revealed? - 15th May

An anonymous 4Chan post has resurfaced today revealing that the Pearl and Diamond remakes could be called "Pokemon Time Diamond and Space Pearl".

The post correctly predicted the name of the most recent Generation 8 game Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Potential Teaser - 24th April

The official Pokemon Twitter account recently posted a very cryptic tweet, the fact they're turning our attention toward those games again, could possibly mean they're teasing the long-awaited Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes!

"Confirmed: North American Trainers first visited the Sinnoh region when Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl released on this day in 2007! Did you prefer to test your Pokémon’s strength in the Battle Tower or their cuteness in Pokémon Super Contests? (No shame in doing both.)"

What Is Pokemon Diamond And Pearl?

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl follows the same formula that Pokemon games before and after it.

Set in the region of Sinnoh, an island based on the Japanese island of Hokkaidō.

The game sees the adventures of a new Pokémon trainer, controlled by the player, who strives to become the Pokémon League Champion by collecting and training Pokémon.

Players are tasked with collecting eight gym badges in order to Challenge the Pokemon League, which spreads across the region of Sinnoh.

Diamond and Pearl, as well as its Platinum expansion, featured 210 Pokemon.

Release Date

The Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes have yet to get a confirmed release date.

If news at the Pokemon Direct goes the way we are expecting, we should see it towards the end of 2020.

An alleged leak from August 31, detailed by YouTuber RuffledRowlit, claims that the remakes are aiming for a November 2021 release window.


The game will release on the Nintendo Switch exclusively.

With games no longer being produced for the 3DS, it would be a surprise to see the game launch on this console.

Trailer & Gameplay

There is currently no trailer or gameplay for a remake, however, it won't be too dissimilar to the original game.

Starter Pokemon

The three starter Pokemon in Sinnoh are:

  • Piplup (Water)
  • Chimchar (Fire)
  • Turtwig (Grass)

Diamond And Pearl Start Pokemon In Sinnoh

These three Pokemon featured heavily in the anime series and are arguably some of the best in the Pokemon franchise.

Piplup, the Penguin Pokemon, evolves into Prinplup and finally Empoleon where it becomes a dual-type water and steel Pokemon.

This Pokemon has the ability 'Defiant', meaning if a stat is lowered by an opponent, its Attack is increased by two stages.


Chimchar, the chimp Pokemon, evolves into Monferno and becomes a dual-type fire and fighting Pokemon before finally evolving into Infernape.

This Pokemon boasts great speed and firey attacks, as well as having the ability 'Iron Fist', which causes the power-punching moves to increase by 20%.

Turtwig evolves into Grotle before evolving into its final evolution Torterra, where it becomes a dual-type grass and ground Pokemon.

Despite suffering a major reduction in speed as it evolves, its power grows immensely. This Pokemon features the ability 'Shell Armor', preventing it from receiving a critical hit.

Legendary Pokemon

The cover stars and mascots for this game are:

  • Dialga (Steel/Dragon)
  • Palkia (Water/Dragon)

dialga and palkia diamond and pearl remake

The game also includes a few other legendary Pokemon including:

  • Uxie (Psychic)
  • Azelf (Psychic)
  • Mesprit (Psychic)
  • Heatran (Fire/Steel)
  • Regigigas (Normal)
  • Giratina (Ghost/Dragon)
  • Cresselia (Psychic)
  • Phione (Water)
  • Manaphy (Water)

Changes & Differences

So far, we don't know any official changes and differences, but we can assume that there will be a number of changes.

The graphics are undoubtedly the biggest change that we will see, bringing it more in line with recent Pokemon games. It will more than likely use the Pokemon Sword and Shield engine.


Mega evolutions may make an appearance, as we saw it was introduced in the newest "remake" Pokemon Lets Go, Pikachu and Eevee.

If Mega evolutions do not appear, Dynamaxing Pokemon may return to help promote Sword and Shield; although it is unlikely as it is meant to be specific to the Galar region.

It's unlikely any Pokemon game that releases now will include the National Pokedex, as it will need to function with Pokemon Home, but it would be great to see it included.

Global XP share will be brought forward, as it was on Pokemon Sword and Shield.

A new feature that appeared in the last game is auto-saving, which will also likely return.


The Pokedex included 151 Pokemon and did not even include all of the new ones that were created for the Sinnoh region.

This included 106 new Pokemon, later extended to include the entire National Pokedex.

However, in order for it to be compatible with Pokemon Home, as well as Sword and Shield, it is unlikely to feature the National Pokedex this time.

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