Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s 6 quality-of-life changes

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl bring a fresh coat of chibi paint to 2 cherished Pokémon video games from the Nintendo DS period. While much has actually remained the very same — numerous areas boast a one-to-one entertainment of the earlier video games, and minigames like the charm contests will return — the video game will bring lots of gameplay modifications. And great deals of these updates are quality-of-life enhancements.

These modifications, although small, can seriously affect the method individuals will play the video games. These consist of information like whether the whole group gets experience from fighting, which can make a distinction in the general problem of the video game. So here’s an assemble of these quality-of-life enhancements, along with a couple of functions that didn’t get improved.


This game has an auto-save feature. Now, each time you enter or leave a route or building, the game will automatically save and show a “Now saving …” message in the upper-right corner. You can still manually save in the menu and if you’d like, and you can turn auto saving off in case you’re worried about saving where you don’t intend to. (Like after accidentally killing a legendary Pokémon.)

Battles now show type differences

After you beat a Pokémon for the first time, the attack menu screen will show how effective each type is on it. So if you’re picking an attack it’ll say if it’s “effective,” “super effective,” and so on.

a image of a pokemon battle in shinning pearl

Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc via Polygon

Access to Pokémon PC anywhere

Now, like in more recent games, you can swap your Pokémon in and out of your PC at any point. There’s no need to go all the way to a Pokémon Center to change who’s in your party.

Using Hidden Moves (HMs) on Pokétch

In this and other mainline Pokémon games, you’ll run into obstacles like trees or rocks that require a Pokémon knowing a special move, called a Hidden Move, to remove the barrier. (For example, Rock Smash will destroy a boulder blocking a path.) It’s a clever way to guide the player along a specific path and keep certain content locked until the trainer is ready.

In the originals, you needed to keep a Pokémon that knows that move in your party at all times. Meaning, if you ran into a specific obstacle, but didn’t have a Pokémon who knew how to remove it, you’d be out of luck. In the remakes, you now no longer need to bring Pokémon with HMs along. There’s a new Pokétch application that allows you to use unlocked HMs whenever, regardless of which moves your in-party Pokémon know.

All Pokémon in your party get experience points (EXP), regardless of whether they battled or not.

The pause screen tells you where to go next

Your map now has a flag showing you where your next destination is, as well as clear, written directions like “Travel South on Cycling Road” when you pause your game. The written directions are helpful, especially when you need to look for someone specific within a town.

a menu in pokemon brilliant diamond and pearl. the text in the dialog reads” Defeat Fantina at the Hearthome Gym!”

Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc via Polygon

What’s not there

There are some notable gaps in which functions were updated for the Switch, and which features stayed true to the original Diamond and Pearl. For starters, the Technical Machines (TMs) that teach your Pokémon attacks are single-use again. This is in line with the original Diamond and Pearl, but not with more recent games on the Switch.

In addition to this, the remakes don’t add any additional non-playable characters that heal your Pokémon. Many more recent games often includes characters outside the Pokémon Center that can heal your Pokémon, but in these games, they didn’t add any. So depending on how prepared you are to take on a cave, route, or structure filled with Group Galactic grunts, you may discover yourself running backward and forward from the Pokémon Center to keep your Pokémon in excellent shape.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.