The Pokedex is the trusty electronic encyclopedia you bring to every adventure in every mainline Pokemon game. Every time you encounter or catch a new Pokemon, a new entry is added to the Pokedex. It kind of becomes an indicator of how many Pokémon you've encountered. In later games, it's an indicator of increasing your trainer card rank as well as unlocking nifty items along the way. Here's how to complete your Pokedex in Pokemon BDSP.
How to complete your Pokedex in Pokemon BDSP
There are two Pokédexes you earn by exploring the Sinnoh region. The first one you get is at the start of the game called the Sinnoh Dex. This is the most important one you will need to complete as it unlocks a lot more for post-game at the end.
There are 150 (151 if you include Manaphy, but that's not necessary) entries you'll need to fill out. Fortunately, you don't have to catch and own all 150 in this Pokedex. All you have to do is encounter a Pokemon and get its first entry. To easily unlock this, you should not skip any trainer battles as you collect gym badges and head to the Elite Four.
By doing so, trainers will have all kinds of Pokémon that will count towards these entries. Your rivals like Lucas/Dawn and Barry will help you complete entries for the Pokemon starter.
If you're playing Pokemon Glitter Pearl and miss Dialga's entrance, you can actually achieve this by visit the Elder in Celestic Town. She will tell you that there was another entity at Mt. Coronet and shows you a picture of Dialga. Of course, if you're on Sparkling Diamond, she'll show you Palkia instead.
For other tricky entries, common entries that people may have missed are as follows and their locations:
- #114 : Unown – Ruines de Solaceon
- #115: Riolu – Help Riley at Iron Island. He gives you a Riolu egg that you have to hatch
- #65: Drifloon – Found in Valley Windworks once every Friday
- #111: Garchomp – Catch and evolve Gible into Gabite in Garchomp (Wayward Cave or Grand Underground), or battle Cynthia
- #139: Milotic – Evolve from Feebas or fight Cynthia
- #108: Spiritomb – Odd Keystone quest or fight against Cynthia
How to complete the National Pokedex
This one is a more difficult task. Unlike completing your Sinnoh Dex, a completed National Dex means you've caught all 493 Pokémon, including those not currently available. By doing so, you will be able to earn the Shining Charm.
This item greatly increases your chances of encountering Shiny Pokémon in the wild. Shiny Pokémon are a sought-after rarity among collectors.
Luckily, with the addition of the Great Underground and its plethora of Pokémon to encounter, it will be much easier to hit the 493 mark. The only hurdle, of course, is getting those version-exclusive Pokémon.
Pokemon Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl are now available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.