How many total Pokemon are in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

Pokemon can walk outside their PokeBall in this game (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Pokemon can walk outside their PokeBall in this game (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Shane Foley

With Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl so close to being released, fans are wondering how large the Pokedex will be.

Of course, the Pokemon from the Sinnoh Pokedex are pretty much guaranteed to be included. In Pokemon Platinum, though, several older Pokemon received new evolutions (Electivire, Rhyperior, etc.) that could be in the remakes. Also, it is unclear if any Pokemon from Generations V to Generation VIII will be in the game as well.

Platinum Pokedex to be in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl


Details on exactly which Pokemon will appear in the Generation IV remakes are scarce at the moment. The entire Sinnoh Pokedex, however, will definitely be included in this new game.

While the Pokemon from Diamond and Pearl are sure to be in the game, one question on fans’ minds is whether or not the Pokemon introduced in Platinum will be included as well. Not only were new evolutions released in Platinum, but certain other Pokemon got new forms (Shaymin, Rotom, etc.).

A full list of the Platinum evolutions are as follows:

  • Froslass
  • Mamoswine
  • Magmortar
  • Electivire
  • Porygon Z
  • Gliscor
  • Probopass
  • Gallade
  • Lickylicky
  • Leafeon
  • Glaceon
  • Dusknoir
  • Rhyperior
  • Tangrowth
  • Magnezone
  • Yanmega
  • Togekiss
  • Gliscor

A recent data mine, however, has shed some light on this issue. According to MattyouKhanna, the full National Dex, including Pokemon from Platinum, will be present in the Generation IV remakes.

As already stated, BDSP only features No. 001 to 493, including Platinum exclusive forms for Rotom and Shaymin. Full image in higher quality (damn you, Twitter):…

In the same tweet, though, he also states that Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl “only features” these Pokemon. This seems to indicate that Pokemon from the later generations won’t be making an appearance in these remakes.

This also would mean that newer evolutions won’t be in these games either. Examples of these would be Sylveon and Obstagoon.

One group of Pokemon that still have a shroud of mystery over them, though, are regional forms. Many Pokemon in the Generation IV National Dex have received new forms in either Alola or Galar (Weezing, Muk, Sandslash, etc.).

Technically these forms don't take up a slot on the Pokedex, since they're considered a form of already existing Pokemon. Alolan forms were also included in the Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee games, which opens the door for regional forms to be in this game as well.

Edited by Mason J. Schneider
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