How to breed Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

At first, the only way to get your hands on a new Pokémon was to climb out into the tall grass, fight, and catch one in a Pokéball. That, or you could hook up with a friend and chat. As the series progressed, the methods of obtaining new Pokémon increased. One of the newer methods popular enough to continue through generations, until Shiny Diamond Pokémon and Shiny pearl, is the breeding of Pokémon. This fun new system is useful for casual gamers, but is essential if you want to breed the most powerful Pokemon in the game.

Pokemon breeding is nothing new and the basics are fairly easy to understand. However, this is not something that will happen without your input, so you will need to learn a few steps to get the process started. If you want to take advantage of this system, things can get quite complex. As far as you want to get started, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to breed Pokémon in Shiny Diamond Pokémon and Shiny pearl.

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How to start breeding Pokémon

A Pokémon egg about to hatch.

Although it may not sound like where you would go until after With the breeding process complete, the place you need to go to start producing new Pokémon offspring is the Pokémon Nursery. You’ll find the Nursery in Solaceon Town, located between Route 209 and Route 210. Just enter the building and talk to the Pokémon Nursery Lady to drop off two Pokémon. These must be one of each Pokémon genus, a male and a female, in order to have a chance to mate and create an egg. The egg will hatch in the same Pokemon as the female of the pair used in the breeding process.

Two Pokémon, whether male and female, cannot reproduce. For one thing, the two-parent Pokémon must also come from the same group of eggs. There are 15 egg groups in total including:

  • Grass
  • Bug
  • Flying
  • Human-Like
  • Monster
  • Fairy
  • Dragon
  • Mineral
  • Domain
  • Amorphous
  • Water 1
  • Water 2
  • Water 3
  • Undiscovered
  • Same

Same is the weird cluster here because apart from Undiscovered it can spawn with any other cluster of eggs. It should also be noted that some Pokémon, just like types, can belong to more than one egg group. So, if a Pokémon is on the field and in the Human-type Egg group, it will be able to spawn with any Pokémon from any of those Egg groups.

Once you have selected the two Pokemon that you will leave in the nursery to breed, you will have to wait a bit before an egg is actually produced. You can just leave, do other things, and come back later, but there is a way to keep tabs on when to come back.

Inside the Pokemon Nursery is a male NPC who you should talk to who will give you the Egg Monitor Poketech app which allows you to check the status of the Pokemon you left in the Nursery. When he tells you it’s ready, just go back and talk to the Pokémon Nursery Lady and she will give you a brand new Pokémon Egg. Once hatched, you’ll have a whole new Pokémon for your party.

How to obtain and hatch eggs

Get an egg from an old man.

Leaving a pair of compatible Pokémon in the Pokémon Nursery is the first and most common way to get an Egg. There’s also the Nursery Man Pokémon standing outside which, facing the road, will have an egg that it will just give you if you talk to it. Whichever way you get it, once you have an egg like in Pokémon Go, you will have to walk while he is in your party to hatch him. The number of steps to complete will vary from egg to egg depending on the Pokémon, but there are ways to speed up the hatching process.

First, the steps Shiny Diamond Pokémon and Shiny pearl shouldn’t actually be steps, but the distance traveled on your bike. Find yourself a nice, long stretch of land, preferably without any wild Pokemon, and start doing tricks. There’s even a nice path between Route 209, which runs through Solaceon Town, and Route 210 that you can walk up and down without fear of getting into battle. Or, you can just find a small space and go around in circles if you want.

To really cut down on time, however, you’ll want a Pokémon with Magma Armor or Flame Body in your party with the egg. Having a Pokemon with either one will reduce the time it takes, or the distance you have to travel instead, for the egg to hatch by half. A Camerupt, Ponyta, Magcargo, and Magmar can all achieve these moves.

The best items for breeding

Dig objects into the wall.

When breeding Pokemon, there are three important things that you need to make sure you use in order to get the most out of your efforts. These are the Oval Charm, Everstone, and Destiny Knot.

The oval charm is the easiest, so let’s start there. Just having this charm equipped on your bag increases the chances of finding eggs at the Pokémon Nursery. This will speed up your entire reproductive process, at least until you need to hatch the egg. To get the Oval Charm, you must beat the Elite Four and become the Pokémon League champion, opening up access to Route 213. On this route, go to the Grand Lake Hotel and find the named trainer. Morimoto swimming in the outdoor pool. Defeat him in a battle and he will give you an oval charm.

The Everstone has two main uses. The first is that any Pokemon that holds it will not evolve, but when a Pokemon holds it during breeding, it guarantees that the nature of the Pokemon that holds it will be passed on to the offspring. For high-level players, getting a Pokemon with the right nature is key, making it an invaluable item to have when breeding. There are two ways to get your hands on an Everstone. The first is to get lucky while digging in the Grand Underground.

The other way to get an Everstone is to go to Snowpoint City, where you fight the seventh Gym Leader in the main game. Enter a small house in the northeast of town and talk to a woman inside while you have a Medicham. She will ask you if you want to exchange her for her Haunter, which you must agree to. This Haunter will still hold an Everstone.

Finally, there is the Destiny Knot. This is another must-have item for trainers who are breeding their Pokémon to maximum potential. Any Pokémon used in breeding that holds this item will pass five of its six IVs to its Baby Pokémon. So if you’re looking to impart all of the strongest traits to create the ultimate Pokemon, you can save yourself a ton of time and headache by grabbing a Knot of Fate.

You’ll get a Knot of Fate by traveling to Route 224, which only becomes available after you defeat the Elite Four and gain access to the Victory Road and have the National Pokédex. Once inside, head north until you reach the water, then head east. Eventually, you will meet two trainers near a tree. Fight them or avoid them to go up the stairs next to them and collect the knot of fate.

Advanced breeding tips

A wild Idem appearing.

Here are some basic tips for getting the most out of the breeding system if you are looking to use it to create the best Pokemon possible.

  • Unlock the Judge feature by defeating the Elite Four and talking to a man in the Battle Tower so you can check out Pokémon IV.
  • Get high level ditties and give them the knot of fate.
  • Swap the Pokemon you level up with as the kids get better IVs.
  • Check if the Pokémon you want have special breeding requirements.


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