How To Get Arceus In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

How To Get Arceus In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Arceus is finally available in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Trainers will need a completed Legends: Arceus save file to collect it.

Arceus is making its way to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. While much of the world has moved forward to the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon BDSP is clearing out any remaining content holes it had left. In the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl on the Nintendo DS, Arceus was never officially released around the globe outside of a movie promotional event. There was an in-game event within the code for players to access using an Action Replay, but otherwise, there was never a way to get one since the event was never released. With this remake, Game Freak has corrected its wrongs with a new event.


Arceus is known as the creator of all things in the Pokémon world. Introduced in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, it has the power to change into one of the 18 types available depending on the plate it’s holding. The Arceus Plates can be found in Pokémon BDSP scattered all around the region. Trainers will have the opportunity to capture it in this game starting on March 16th. It all begins once the player obtains the Azure Flute.

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In order to get Arceus in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, trainers will need to update their game to version 1.3.0. In addition, the player will also need to have a completed save file of Pokémon Legends: Arceus on their Nintendo Switch. This means that trainers will need to have cleared every main mission in that game, as having just a save file isn’t enough. In addition, it’s important to mention that the player will need to have beaten the Elite Four and have collected the National Dex. Otherwise, the player will have to wait until they reach the point in the game.

Capturing Arceus in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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This will automatically download the Azure Flute item into the player’s bag. Now, head to Spear Pillar, and the Azure Flute will create a staircase leading up to Arceus. Trainers can then save the game and battle and capture it. These are the final legendary Pokémon from the Sinnoh region for trainers to capture. A future update coming in April will also give trainers a chance to find a Darkrai.

Both Pokémon can be found in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but there is a benefit to having both games. Both entries do offer completely different experiences. With this seeming to be the final content update for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, likely, Pokémon Home support will soon follow suit. This way, trainers can keep all of their favorite Pokémon in the same location. With the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet happening later this year, having that extra Arceus might not be a bad idea. That is, of course, if it’s compatible with the next generation.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available now on Nintendo Switch.

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