How to catch all starters - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Here's how you can catch the starters from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are out now and bring us back to the Sinnoh region. These remakes are incredibly similar to the original 2006 games, though there are some major changes to be found. One of these changes is the ability to catch all three starters - Chimchar, Turtwig, and Piplup. What’s more, you can also catch the Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn starters. Let’s look at how you can catch all starters in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

How to catch all starters - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

To catch all three starters, players will need to defeat the Champion and complete their Sinnoh Dex, which requires you to see (not catch) all 150 Pokemon in the regional Pokedex. Once this is done, go speak to Professor Rowan in Sandgem Town and receive the National Dex. Once you’ve obtained the National Dex, all three starter Pokemon can be found in the Grand Underground in different hideaways.

Here are all of the Hideaways that players can find the starters once they’ve obtained the National Dex. Keep in mind that these Pokemon will be somewhere between level 58-63, so make sure you’re ready for a fight.

Where to find Sinnoh starters - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  • Chimchar: Volcanic Cave, Sandsear Cave, Typhlo Cavern
  • Turtwig: Grassland Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Sunlit Cavern
  • Piplup: Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern

Where to find Kanto starters - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  • Charmander: Volcanic Cave, Sandsear Cave, Typhlo Cavern
  • Bulbasaur: Grassland Cave, Swampy Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Sunlit Cavern, Bogsunk Cavern
  • Squirtle: Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern

Where to find Johto starters - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  • Cyndaquil: Volcanic Cave, Sandsear Cave, Typhlo Cavern
  • Chikorita: Grassland Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Sunlit Cavern
  • Totodile: Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern

Where to find Hoenn starters - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  • Torchic: Volcanic Cave, Sandsear Cave, Typhlo Cavern
  • Treecko: Grassland Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Sunlit Cavern
  • Mudkip: Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern

Keep in mind that a lot of different Pokemon can spawn in these Hideaways, so if you don’t see the starter you’re looking for, there’s no need to panic. Simply exit and re-enter the Hideaway to refresh the Pokemon available. Also, consider placing statues in your Secret Base in order to increase the spawn rates for different Pokemon types.


That’s how you can catch all of the starters from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. For more on the games, stick with Shacknews.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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