How to catch Shiny Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Brilliant Pearl

All trainers want beautiful Shiny Pokémon, and that goes for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. If you want the best, it means trying to catch the rarest Pokémon in the game.

In this guide, we'll break down the various methods of catching Shiny Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Brilliant Pearl to help you on your way to the ultimate Pokémon collection.


The easiest way to catch a Shiny Pokémon is with encounters. The odds of a Shiny appearing start at 1/4096, but will improve as you exceed a certain number of catches or losses for that particular Pokémon.

  • 0-50 losses / captures - 1/4096
  • 50 defeats / captures - 1/2048
  • 100 defeats / captures - 1/1365
  • 200 defeats / captures - 1/1024
  • 500 defeats / captures - 1/683

Breeding / Masuda Method

The Masuda breeding method means that you need a Pokémon from a different country (in the real world, not in the game) and you breed it with a Pokémon from your country. For example, an American player could trade with a European player. This will give them a higher chance of Shiny for all the eggs they get from the farm. It will actually give Shiny odds of 1/683, making it very effective.

Poke Radar

The Poké Radar is an item that players can obtain after finishing the main game and improves rare encounters in tall grass. Players can use a Repel at the same time as a Poké Radar to ensure that encounters they encounter are rare, and players can chain encounters by knocking out or capturing any Pokémon they encounter. Each time, you have a slightly better chance of encountering a rare Shiny Pokémon, but there is a limit of 40 encounters on the chain. For an incredibly detailed breakdown of the ins and outs of radar chaining, we suggest this post on Reddit.

Restart of statistics meetings

Some encounters in the game will be considered static, as they occur at the same time, in the same place, no matter what. A great example of this is choosing your starter Pokémon. As long as you have saved just before the match, you can just restart it over and over until you get a Shiny.

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