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Old Glitches That Still Work In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl

"Pokemon Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl" have finally been released, bringing the story of the Fourth Generation of "Pokemon" to a new set of players. In the time since the games were released, players have discovered a number of interesting glitches, including one that breaks the game, leaving them unable to escape Veilstone City and forcing them to restart the game. 


Thankfully for players, not all of the quirks in the game's code are quite so frustrating. As it turns out, the long-awaited remakes are very faithful to the original games, so much so that some glitches from the original release still work in the new versions.

Considering the fact that it will take players roughly 30 hours to beat the Elite Four, players have plenty of time to hunt for these old loopholes in the game. With that in mind, here are some of the old glitches that still work in "Pokemon Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl."

Get a Legendary Pokemon early

There is a glitch in "Pokemon Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl" that allows players to obtain the Legendary Pokemon Shaymin outside of its dedicated Mystery Gift event. This glitch was found by PokeTips on YouTube, who detailed a way to circumvent the Oak's Letter event that gifts the rare Pokemon to players. Instead, if you have obtained a National Pokedex by defeating the Elite Four, you can glitch your way to adding Shaymin to your team. In doing so, you'll be utilizing a Surf glitch that is extremely similar to one found in older "Pokemon" games.


Players need to find an NPC on route 224 near Victory Road named Black Belt Carl. Once Carl sees the player and begins walking towards them for a battle, players need to mash the "A" button. If done correctly, players will suddenly be able to Surf on land. This glitch allows players to easily make their way over to the Flower Paradise, Shaymin's domain, which should be inaccessible at this point in the game. Once there, players can attempt to battle and catch Shaymin. It's recommended to save before battling Shaymin, in case the capture doesn't go as planned.

Infinite Spiritomb

Spiritomb is a Ghost and Dark Type Pokemon in "Pokemon Brilliant Diamond" and "Shining Pearl. It can be a difficult Pokemon to catch more than once in these games, as you need a charged Odd Keystone to attract it. As noted by Serebii.net, the process of charging the Keystone involves talking to 32 NPCs each time you want to catch Spiritomb, making the whole event rather tedious.


However, as shared on YouTube by Austin John Plays, the best way to capture a number of Spiritombs is to exploit the game's autosave feature. According to Austin John Plays, the autosave seems to occur at an odd time at the end of an encounter with Spiritomb.

Austin John Plays showed footage from HoodlumCallum of this specific exploit: After battling Spiritomb, he quit out of the game without saving. When HoodlumCallum reloaded his game, he not only still had the Spiritomb he caught, but he could also start the encounter again without having to go through the process of talking to 32 NPCs and charging the Keystone. 

Players can repeat this as many times as they want, resulted in an unlimited number of Spiritombs. This particular glitch was one that players of the original "Diamond" and "Pearl" have been looking forward to revisiting in the remakes.