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What do Natures mean in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?

A Chimchar with a Jolly Nature in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Image via ILCA)
A Chimchar with a Jolly Nature in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Image via ILCA)
Brandon Moore

Natures are a feature in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl that affects a creature's stats.

There are several different natures and each of them is vital in growing a Pokemon and getting the most out of their stats. This feature has been in many main entry games prior to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

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Some Pokemon Natures cause no stat change, but the majority of them will focus on two stats. One of the stats will be 10% stronger than it normally is, while the other will be 10% lower.


Natures in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

A Togepi's summary page showing the affects of its Nature. (Image via ILCA)
A Togepi's summary page showing the affects of its Nature. (Image via ILCA)

Natures in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, just like the other games, are a randomized function. When players catch a creature, it will have a nature that they can check in its summary:

  • Press the X button, go to the Pokemon
  • Pick one of your partners, choose to check its summary
  • Navigate to the second tab to see where it was met, what level it was at the time, and what Nature it has

Players can move a tab to the left to see how Nature changes the stats of a certain Pokemon. A red stat with an up arrow and a blue stat with a down arrow will show how they are changed from other stats.

This means that players will want to aim for a Pokemon with a Nature that helps it out. An example would be Staraptor. A Jolly Nature is great for Staraptor, as it increases its already strong Speed while decreasing its low Special Attack.

Caught the first Croagunk I saw in Brilliant Diamond and the boy not only has a speed bonusing nature, but was also holding a black sludge!I love him. His name is Hemlock.

Here are all the Natures in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, plus the stat changes they employ:

  • Hardy: No change
  • Lonely: Increases Attack, Decreases Defense
  • Brave: Increases Attack, Decreases Speed
  • Adamant: Increases Attack, Decreases Sp. Attack
  • Naughty: Increases Attack, Decreases Sp. Defense
  • Bold: Increases Defense, Decreases Attack
  • Docile: No change
  • Relaxed: Increases Defense, Decreases Speed
  • Impish: Increases Defense, Decreases Sp. Attack
  • Lax: Increases Defense, Decreases Sp. Defense
  • Timid: Increases Speed, Decreases Attack
  • Hasty: Increases Speed, Decreases Defense
  • Serious: No change
  • Jolly: Increases Speed, Decreases Sp. Attack
  • Naive: Increases Speed, Decreases Sp. Defense
  • Modest: Increases Sp. Attack, Decreases Attack
  • Mild: Increases Sp. Attack, Decreases Defense
  • Quiet: Increases Sp. Attack, Decreases Speed
  • Bashful: No change
  • Rash: Increases Sp. Attack, Decreases Sp. Defense
  • Calm: Increases Sp. Defense, Decreases Attack
  • Gentle: Increases Sp. Defense, Decreases Defense
  • Sassy: Increases Sp. Defense, Decreases Speed
  • Careful: Increases Sp. Defense, Decreases Sp. Attack
  • Quirky: No change

Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul

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