Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: What to do After the Elite Four
In terms of the base-game material and how many of us recalled it back in 2006, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are faithful remakes, to say the least. It’s a game that will appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, as well as certain critics. Here’s what’s in store in BDSP for those who want to stick around and see what else the game has to offer beyond the Elite Four.
What to do after beating the Elite Four in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP)
The game does not end once you defeat the champion of the Elite Four in a Pokemon battle, as it does in all Pokemon games. But it all depends on what you want to do when you’ve completed the credits. You might be a trainer who aspires to be a collector, a finisher, a competitive player, and more!
Explore the Grand Underground
The Grand Underground is one of the game’s new features compared to its 2006 predecessor. It’s much the same as the Underground in the original Diamond and Pearl, except with a variety of new Pokemon to encounter that isn’t native to Sinnoh.
Fossils, evolution stones, and Mysterious Shards can all be found in the Grand Underground. All of these items are valuable because fossils can be donated to the museum in Oreburgh City, where you can obtain all of the fossil Pokemon, albeit with some version-specific variants.
The evolution stones, on the other hand, can be useful for evolving Eevee, Growlithe, and other Pokémon that require such goods. Finally, in order to trade for slates at Ramanas Park, Mysterious Shards are required.
Catch the legendary Pokemon at Ramanas Park
The ability to catch a majority of the legendary Pokemon from the Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn regions has been added to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Ramanas Park is located off Route 221’s eastern exit, but you must first defeat the Elite Four and complete your Sinnoh area Pokedex to gain access.
You’ll also need to earn Mysterious Shards, which you’ll be able to trade with the vendors. They’ll have a few different slates for you to finish, beginning with the Regis. You’ll get access to either the legendary Kanto birds or the Johto dogs, depending on the version of the Sinnoh remakes you play.
Complete your Pokedex
The Pokedex only goes up to 493, which is good news for those who seek a more pure Gen IV experience. This excludes Pokemon from games such as Black/White and others.
The bulk of the Pokemon that are available in the 493 shown can be caught. This includes each region’s starter Pokemon as well as the majority of legendaries. There will be some obvious trade required, such as version exclusives and Pokemon that can only evolve through trading.
It is currently impossible to catch and own all 493 Pokemon properly. If you don’t have saved data from the Let’s Go games or Sword and Shield, there are obvious missing ones like Mew and Jirachi. Other Pokemon such as Deoxys, Darkrai, Shaymin, and Arceus are currently unavailable to obtain unless you exploit or hack your game.
Participate in Pokemon competitions and bake Poffins
While it may appear to be a more relaxed endgame activity, Pokemon contests might be difficult to enter. Cool, Beauty, Toughness, Cleverness, and Cuteness are among the five categories you can join. However, before you can even consider entering these competitions, you’ll need a Pokemon with a certain food preference.
Taking this into consideration, you will need to develop Poffins. These can be fed to your Pokemon to boost one of the five category stats indicated above. Poffins, on the other hand, will necessitate the use of berries. You’ll need to plant additional berries and find them all across Sinnoh if you want to get more. You can take notice of the bitterness, sweetness, spiciness, and other characteristics that berries bring.
Rematch the Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and your rivals
If you want to put your team’s strength to the test after the Elite Four, Roark and the other seven Gym Leaders will alert you that a rematch is on the way. They’re far more powerful, and they have Pokemon that aren’t native to Sinnoh. Their teams are practically on a level with the Elite Four, so they aren’t wasting any time at this point.
The Elite Four will see two substantial improvements to their teams. The first rematch will feature level boosts and new evolutions, such as Yanmega for Aaron, Magmortar for Flint, Gallade for Lucian, and so on. After defeating them in the first rematch, the Elite Four will have a third team in Pokemon BDSP.
Your opponents’ squads will improve as you progress through the endgame events, such as confronting Heatran at Stark Mountain.
Fight your way through the Battle Tower
In the endgames of several Pokemon games, there is a Battle Tower. Battle your way through a succession of increasingly difficult opponents to earn points that can be exchanged for prizes. You’ll gain extra points if your streak is longer.
You’ll confront familiar people along the journey in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, such as your Rival’s father, as well as some returning members of Team Galactic and even NPCs you tagged along with.
Build competitive teams for online battles
If you don’t think any of the other options are right for you, but enjoy being competitive, there is a competitive scene for you. In competitive Pokemon play, EV and IV training is a must. Getting the most out of your Pokemon’s stats and competing against other trainers online can be a lot of fun.
This can be done passively while completing other chores after defeating the Elite Four in Pokemon BDSP. Much of this may be sped up with the return of Nature Mints and Hyper Training.