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How to get Shaymin in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

A look at the Gratitude Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (Image via ILCA)
A look at the Gratitude Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (Image via ILCA)
Brandon Moore

After a long wait, trainers can finally catch the Mythical Shaymin in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Shaymin and Darkrai were famously withheld from BDSP for quite some time. Fortunately, with Pokemon Legends: Arceus in full swing and a new generation of main series games on the horizon, Shaymin can now be obtained.

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Trainers will find it very easy to encounter Shaymin in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. They just need to use the Mystery Gift feature to obtain Oak's Letter in order to meet the tiny but powerful Grass-type.


How to catch Shaymin in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

A promotional image detailing Oak's Letter in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (Image via The Pokemon Company)
A promotional image detailing Oak's Letter in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (Image via The Pokemon Company)

A Nintendo Switch Online subscription is not required to encounter Shaymin, but trainers will need to have an active internet connection. This is needed to access the Mystery Gift function.

Players can get Oak's Letter in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl by following these steps:

  • Start the game
  • Press X to open the menu
  • Select Mystery Gift
  • Select Get via Internet
  • Confirm connection to the internet
  • Receive Oak's Letter

It is important to note that the special item given via Mystery Gift is only available until 7:59 AM PT on March 27, 2022.

Meeting Professor Oak will allow players to find Shaymin (Image via ILCA)
Meeting Professor Oak will allow players to find Shaymin (Image via ILCA)

Once Oak's Letter has been obtained, players have to follow a few more steps to encounter Shaymin and catch the Mythical creature. Here are the steps:

  • Become Champion and enter the Hall of Fame
  • Complete the Sinnoh Pokedex
  • Receive the National Pokedex
  • Meet Professor Oak on Route 224 through Victory Road
  • Speak with the Professor to trigger a cutscene
  • Interact with Shaymin to start the encounter

The battle will see Shaymin at level 30, so be sure to save before starting the encounter. If the Pokemon faints, trainers can just revert to the save file beforehand and start over.

Using a move like False Swipe will keep Shaymin at 1 HP. Status conditions such as Sleep or Paralysis will also give players a great chance of catching the Pokemon.


Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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