Whether you played Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl back in the day or you’re encountering these games for the first time, there’s an adventure for everyone.

Have a blast in the Grand Underground

The Underground from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl has been powered up for these games, and is now called the Grand Underground. The Grand Underground is a vast subterranean world that spreads out like a maze beneath the entire Sinnoh region.

Use the Explorer Kit you’ll receive during your adventure to visit the Grand Underground, where you can participate in activities such as digging up valuable treasures and Pokémon Fossils, or creating your own Secret Base. You can also visit places called Pokémon Hideaways, where you can find Pokémon that live in a variety of different environments.

Pokémon Hideaways come with a variety of different terrains ranging from still-water caverns to volcanic landscapes, with different Pokémon living in each type of environment. Among the Pokémon that inhabit the Sinnoh region, there are some Pokémon that can only be found in these Pokémon Hideaways.

Some of the walls in the Grand Underground can be dug into, using a sledgehammer and a pickax. By digging into them, you can find things like useful items for your adventure and valuable Pokémon Fossils, as well as new Pokémon statues that have been added to these games.

Build your very own Secret Base and decorate it with Pokémon statues!

You can use an item called the Digger Drill in the Grand Underground to build yourself a Secret Base within the walls. Pokémon statues that you can find while Fossil digging can be placed wherever you like inside your Secret Base, so you can customise your own space!

Adventure together with Trainers all over the world in the Grand Underground!

You can interact with Trainers all over the world through your Nintendo Switch system’s local communication or online communication. As well as adventuring together in the Grand Underground, you can also dig for Fossils together with other Trainers.

Work up the crowd to put on a successful Super Contest Show!

Super Contest Shows are popular performances in Sinnoh, each put on by four performers and their Pokémon, who work together to show off their performance skills. During the show, you can dress up in your favourite outfit, and your Pokémon will dance, making for an altogether different experience from their usual battles of strength.

Up to four people can participate together, so you can show off your best performance with your friends to really wow the crowd!

Super Contest Show Categories

Super Contest Shows are divided into five categories—Coolness, Cuteness, Beauty, Toughness, and Cleverness. Within each category, there are several ranks: Normal, Great, Ultra, and Master Rank.

Super Contest Shows Evaluations

Super Contest Shows are judged based on a Visual Evaluation, a Dance Evaluation, and a Move Evaluation. You can receive Hype Points based on your evaluations, and if the combined total of all four performers’ Hype Points reaches a target score, the show will be declared a success.

Visual Evaluation

This evaluation is based on Pokémon’s conditions, such as Coolness or Beauty, as well as the effects of their Capsule Decoration.

Dance Evaluation

After the Visual Evaluation, the Pokémon will next be judged on their rhythm. If you are able to match the rhythm of the notes that flow along with the music, you can get Hype Points.

Move Evaluation

This evaluation is based on a Contest Move that each Pokémon can use just once during the Dance Evaluation. When a Pokémon uses a Contest Move, it can please the crowd and earn Hype Points. Also, if you time your Contest Move along with the other performers, you can create a Move Chain, which earns more Hype Points.

Use Capsule Decoration to create effects according to your taste!

Using Capsule Decoration, you can place Stickers to customise the effects that appear when your Pokémon comes out of its Poké Ball for battles or Super Contest Shows. With over 90 different Stickers, you can customise your Ball Capsules with effects like fluttering flower petals or raging flames.

You can buy Stickers in shops, but you can also get them in other ways, such as by defeating Gym Leaders or completing successful Super Contest Shows.

You can place up to 20 Stickers on a Ball Capsule, so it’s possible to customise the Ball Capsule with some really varied combinations.

Ball Capsules can be edited in the casual 2D style of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, or in 3D if you’d rather get really detailed with your customisations.

Walk around with your favourite Pokémon!

Once you’ve progressed in the game to a certain point, you can choose just one Pokémon that you’ve befriended at a time to walk along behind you. Any Pokémon that appears in these games can walk with you, so choose your favourite to travel with you through the Sinnoh region as you visit lots of places and make memories together.

Interact with Trainers all over the world in the Union Room!

The Union Room is a facility where you can enjoy battling and trading Pokémon with other Trainers through your Nintendo Switch system’s local communication or online communication.

Local Room

In the Local Room, nearby Trainers can gather using local communication to enjoy trades, battles, and other activities.

Global Room

Trainers around the world can use online communication to gather in a single room for Pokémon trades, battles, and other activities.

Adventure in style, wearing your favourite outfits!

You’ll be able to buy and change outfits at Metronome Style Shop in Veilstone City.

Connect with Pokémon HOME in 2022

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are scheduled to be connected with Pokémon HOME in 2022.