08 Jan 2020

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl: Release Date, Names, Rumours, Pokemon, Announcement, Trailer, Gameplay, Differences And Everything You Need To Know

We're heading back to Sinnoh, folks.

After years of rumours and speculation, we'll be able to revisit Diamond and Pearl in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

These remakes will offer faithful recreations, but with a stunning new design.

Here's everything we know.

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Latest News

Officially Announced - 26 February

The Diamond and Pearl Remakes have been confirmed, finally.

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

Both games will launch later in 2021, meaning we don't have too long to wait.


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.


Check out the stunning trailer below:


These remakes will offer a new toyetic design, which looks similar to The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake. 

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 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)


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.

Mega Evolution

Will Mega Evolution feature in the Diamond and Pearl Remake?

We haven't heard anything yet, but it's always possible.