How to get the Diploma in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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The Diploma is a recurring item in the Pokémon series that is awarded upon completion of each game's Pokédex. The in-game document acknowledges the tremendous effort required to compile your own Pokédex, and is also delivered by an NPC representing Junichi Masuda, the chief developer director of Pokémon Game Freak. Here's how to get the Diploma in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Brilliant Pearl.



First, you'll need to complete the Sinnoh Pokédex, which in turn will earn you the National Pokédex. To complete the Sinnoh Pokédex, you just need to see each type of Pokémon in the Sinnoh region; don't worry about taking them. After seeing all the Pokémon in the region and acquiring your new Pokédex, head to the Grand Lake Hotel, where you can meet Junichi Masuda. Masuda will reward you with a congratulatory certificate for seeing all the Pokémon in the Sinnoh region.

One problem you may encounter when trying to see all Pokémon is that you can only see Dialga or Palkia at the top of Spear Peak, depending on which version of the game you are playing. However, no matter which legendary you have faced, you can see each other by visiting Cynthia's family home in Celestic Town, where you will be shown a picture of Dialga if you are playing Shining Pearl and Palkia if you are playing Brilliant Diamond.

If you complete the National Pokédex, which means you catch and not only see all the Pokémon in the game (apart from the unreleased Mythical Pokémon like Deoxys, Arceus, Darkrai, and Shaymin), you can find Masuda again at the Grand Lake Hotel, where he will give you a separate certificate with Dialga and Palkia attesting that you have completed your National Pokédex.



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