Baby’s First Switch: I Got Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Need Your Help

Baby’s First Switch: I Got Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Need Your Help
Image: The Pokémon Company

Hello, hello, hello, welcome back to another instalment of Baby’s First Switch! As you would (hopefully) know by now, I am choosing different games to play on my Nintendo Switch each month which includes me asking all of you for advice. This month’s game will be no other than Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, so please give me your tips.

After my first game was Animal Crossing having Pokémon Brilliant Diamond be my next game felt like the next logical step. They’ve got the same head empty vibes as well as being painfully adorable.

Before you ask, no, I don’t have Shining Pearl yet. I am currently pearl-less, I have no pearls to give. A sweet friend of mine gave me her Brilliant Diamond so I haven’t gone as far as obtaining Shining Peal yet. Do you think it’s a good idea for me to move on to that after I finish this one?

Initial thoughts

I have put Animal Crossing down for now because I’m absolutely obsessed with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond already.

I know I said that about Animal Crossing and maybe I have a tendency to become obsessed with things quickly but I can actually see the Brilliant Diamond obsession lasting until the end of the game.

I’ve only been playing it for a few days now and I have to make specific mention of how easy it is to play. It doesn’t make me feel like I’m way over my head, so that’s nice.

It does make me feel like a fool for not playing any Pokémon games sooner, though.

Without being disrespectful to Animal Crossing, I honestly am loving Brilliant Diamond a lot more.

That’s not to say I don’t like Animal Crossing because I definitely do and I will most likely still play that several times a week but I think there’s something so wholesome about being able to see your Pokémon grow.

A funny little moment I encountered was when I tried to catch someone else’s Pokémon in a battle and got called a thief, rude but not wrong.

For those of you wondering, I started out with Piplup because that is the cutest damn penguin I’ve ever seen.

Also, Damion (our friend) annoys the crap out of me. Why is he always running everywhere? Why is he trying to one-up me all the time? I was very happy when he battled me and I won (Girlboss! Slay!)

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond Tips
Look at how goddamn adorable Piplup is. Image: The Pokémon Company

What I need your help with

Because I’m a silly little fool who gets confused easily, I need your help with a few things so please flood the comments with advice and tips on how to play Pokémon Brilliant Diamond. 

Some things that I need your help with are:

How do I collect more (different) wild Pokémon? I know that you have to run through the tall grass to encounter some wild Pokémon but so far they’ve all been the same. That’s probably because I’m early in the game but are there any cool ones that come out at different times or in different cities?

Is there any way I can say no to some trainer battles? I know they are important with levelling up my Pokémon but they are pretty annoying, especially when I have to do three or four in one section.

How do I become the best trainer Pokémon has ever damn seen? This is the most important question I have.

How do I break rocks now that I have a Pokémon who knows how to do that? I taught one of my Pokémon the skill needed to break rocks but I don’t know how to actually use it? This might seem like a stupid question but any help would be very much appreciated.

I haven’t had my first big battle yet so how should I prepare for that? Is there anything I should do beforehand to train or level up my Pokémon?

Lass Natalie needs to stop trying to battle me. Image: The Pokémon Company (Screenshot from iMore)

I would also love to hear how you found the game and what your favourite moments from it were.

If you want to give me some other gaming suggestions or tips, give me a shout on Twitter (@kystewart_) or chuck us an email.


  • There’s no reason to play through Pearl if you play through Diamond. They’re the exact same game except a couple of different Pokemon.

    The Pokemon Company / Nintendo have been pulling this **** for years to try and get more sales. And to their business minded credit, there would be the insane fans who run out and buy both copies just because they have to have every Pokemon in the game.

    In answer to your questions –

    1. Different areas have different Pokemon. The further you get into the game the more varied they’ll become. There’s the underground area which you can find after getting the Dig move from someone early on in one of the earlier downs that allows you access to the underground area. The different biomes there can have some rarer Pokemon you might not have seen yet.

    2. Nope. Unless they’re planted in a place you can avoid their gaze, these are part of the FUN that is pokemon 🙂

    3. Just get a party of varied Pokemon and push through. Diamond / Pearl is slightly harder than some of the other games in which you can’t just use your Starter to plow through everything. But the basic advice for Pokemon games as a rule is just use your starter to plow through everything. Also learning what type beats what can be useful especially for some of the tougher gym battles / end game battles.

    4. I think you can just click on it and it auto breaks it? If not, I think you press R or something to bring up the wrist watch, and flick through the screens till you see the action moves (if memory serves me right).

    5. Like I said previously, if you’re just going through the game and leveling up your main while collecting a varied bunch of types, you should be fine. For the Elite Four section of the game, you might want to bring in some X Defence/ X S Defence and just stack those on your main hard hitting pokemon so you become immune to whatever its weakness is.

  • Sorry Ky Stewart I can’t help you with tips for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl.
    So sorry Ky Stewart can’t help you with that.

  • Great advice from ruddaga, but the reason you can’t break rocks in the open world might be you need to do the gym battle first which one of the rewards will be that ability. Until that time you can still use that move in battle though.

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