Diamond or Pearl: Which badge should you choose in Pokemon GO Sinnoh Tour?

Official artwork for Pokemon GO (Image via Niantic)
Official artwork for Pokemon GO (Image via Niantic)

Pokemon GO Tour Sinnoh provides trainers with a dilemma between picking the Diamond and the Pearl badge. These coincide with the different versions of the original Sinnoh games that were released: Diamond and Pearl. Since these two have a few differences in their bonuses and rewards, many players may want to know which is better.

Given that Niantic has announced the bonuses of each badge and what rewards they can get their hands on, players can make an informed decision. The GO Tour 2024 Road to Sinnoh Special Research is already here, and trainers can make their choice.

Pokemon GO Tour Sinnoh 2024 Global takes place on Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25, from 10 am local time to 6 pm local time.


Which badge to pick in Pokemon GO Tour Sinnoh - Diamond or Pearl?

Diamond or Pearl badge in Pokemon GO (Image via Niantic)
Diamond or Pearl badge in Pokemon GO (Image via Niantic)

The best badge to pick in Pokemon GO Tour Sinnoh is the Diamond badge.

While a player's preference is an important deciding factor at the end of the day, there are many benefits that point to Dialga being the better choice over Palkia. Not all of these details have to do with competitive play, so even casual gamers may opt for the Diamond badge.

Starting off, Dialga is much better than Palkia in the current state of Pokemon GO's Master League metagame, with secondary Steel typing being a major contributor to this. This element is invaluable in GO due to the resistance it provides and most of the creatures belonging to the element being tanky.

The Adventure Effect for Dialga's Roar of Time is also much more valuable than Palkia's Spacial Rend because it pauses the timers on certain consumable effects. This timer can be extended in exchange for more resources, meaning players may never run out of Star Pieces or similar effects compared to Spacial Rend, just extending the distance at which wild Pokemon can be encountered.

While Palkia and the Pearl badge are not terrible options, the alternative is simply much better value for more situations.


Pokemon GO Tour Sinnoh Diamond and Pearl badge bonuses

Diamond or Pearl - Who to pick in Pokemon GO Tour Sinnoh? (Image via Niantic)
Diamond or Pearl - Who to pick in Pokemon GO Tour Sinnoh? (Image via Niantic)

Diamond

  • Encounter an Origin Forme Dialga that knows its signature attack, Roar of Time
  • The Adventure Effect for Roar of Time will last twice as long
  • Dialga Candy awarded in Pokémon GO Tour: Sinnoh – Global Special Research

Pearl

  • Encounter an Origin Forme Palkia that knows its signature attack, Spacial Rend
  • The Adventure Effect for Spacial Rend will last twice as long
  • Palkia Candy awarded in Pokémon GO Tour: Sinnoh – Global Special Research

As can be seen, the badge choice determines whether trainers will 100% encounter one of the Legendary Pokemon with the signature attack during the event in raids.

Another smaller bonus that may be overlooked by some players is that for the duration of the event, the badge chosen will double the duration of the Adventure Effect of the respective Legendary. For example, if players pick the Diamond badge, the duration of Origin Dialga's Roar of Time will go from six minutes to 12.

Finally, the badge a player chooses will reward them with candies for their respective Legendary through completing the Road to Sinnoh Special Research quest. This should make it much easier to fully prepare the player's new Legendary Pokemon for battles by making it easier to power it up and unlock its secondary Charged Attack slot.


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