How to Get Palkia and Learnset | Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP)

Palkia Pokemon BDSP
Palkia is a Pokemon available in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP). Learn about how to get Palkia at the Spear Pillar, best Pokemon to use and recommended natures, its full learnset with all learnable moves, and whether Palkia evolves. Read on for more information on its abilities, type advantages, and more.

Sinnoh Dex
Pokemon BDSP DialgaDialga
Pokemon BDSP PalkiaPalkia
Pokemon BDSP ManaphyManaphy
National Dex
Pokemon BDSP DialgaDialga
Pokemon BDSP PalkiaPalkia
Pokemon BDSP HeatranHeatran

How to Get Palkia and Location

Catch at Spear Pillar in Pokemon Shining Pearl

Pokemon BDSP - Palkia Spear Pillar
If you have Pokemon Shining Pearl, Palkia can be encountered at the Spear Pillar after defeating Team Galactic at the summit and saving it from the Red Chain and Cyrus' control.

Steps to encounter Palkia
1 Defeat Team Galactic members on your way to Spear Pillar.
2 Battle Commander Mars and Jupiter with your rival and defeat them.
3 Palkia will be set free from the Red Chain's control. Battle and defeat Cyrus. You rival will heal your Pokemon before battling him.
4 After defeating Cyrus, Palkia will go out of control. Interact with it to start the battle.
Brings its HP down to red and use Ultra Balls to catch it, or use a Master Ball if you want.

If you are playing Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, you will need to trade with someone as Palkia is unobtainable in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond.

How to Catch and Best Pokemon to Use

Palkia Encounter in Spear Pillar
Pokemon BDSP PalkiaPalkia
Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Dragon Type Icon
Lv.: 47 Ability:
Ancient Power
Aqua Ring
Spacial Rend

It would be best to bring a defensive Pokemon who can take Palkia's hits as you attempt to catch it. Partner this with enough healing items and you shouldn't run into any major issues.

Best Catcher Pokemon

Best Catcher Pokemon
Pokemon BDSP BronzongBronzong
Pokemon Steel Type Icon Pokemon Psychic Type Icon
Pokemon BDSP QuagsireQuagsire
Pokemon Water Type Icon Pokemon Ground Type Icon
Recommended Lv.
Recommended Lv.
Recommended Moves: Recommended Moves:
Hypnosis Yawn

When facing Palkia, we recommend using Bronzong with Hypnosis or Quagsire with Yawn. This equips you with a bulky Pokemon with access to a status-inflicting move to improve catch rates.

Bronzong is a good choice since you can catch one as you progress through Mt. Coronet. Its Steel-typing makes it resist any move Palkia can throw at it. It can also learn support moves like Hypnosis that make catching Dialga easier.

Best Balls to Use

In case a Quick Ball on turn 1 did not succeed, the Net Ball is a reliable go-to ball to use instead.

If about a dozen turns have passed, you may also rely on the Timer Ball for higher success rates of capture.

Best Pokemon For Catching

How to See Palkia in Brilliant Diamond

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond players can still add Palkia to their Pokedex by speaking to Cynthia's Grandmother in Celestic Town. She will show you an image of Palkia after you beat Cyrus at Spear Pillar. This will be enough to add it to your Pokedex.

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Is Palkia Shiny Locked?

Palkia is not shiny locked in Shining Pearl, so make sure to save before engaging it in battle to soft reset the encounter!

You can try catching a shiny Palkia at Spear Pillar by soft resetting. Soft resetting for a shiny may take several resets, so make sure you're ready with the right Pokemon and a healthy stock of Poke Balls for the battle.

Shiny Hunting Guide

Best Natures for Palkia

Best Natures
(+Spd, -Atk)
(+Sp.Atk, -Atk)

Palkia's above-average Speed and high Special Attack make it a great Special Attacker.

This makes both Timid and Modest attractive options for natures, with the choice between the two ultimately boiling down whether you want Palkia to move faster or hit harder with its STAB moves.

Palkia Type and Abilities

Palkia - Type and Basic Info

Spatial Pokémon
Pokemon - Palkia
Type 1 Type 2
Water Type Pokemon Dragon Type Pokemon
Hatch Steps Weight
- 740.8 lbs.

Palkia Weaknesses and Resistances

Takes 4x damage
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Dragon Type Icon Pokemon Fairy Type Icon
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Steel Type Icon
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Fire Type Icon Pokemon Water Type Icon
Takes 0x damage

Palkia Abilities

Name Description
Pressure The Pokemon raises the foe's PP usage.

Palkia Hidden Ability

Name Description
Telepathy Anticipates an ally's attack and dodges it.

Palkia Egg Group

Egg Groups
Pokemon - Undiscovered Egg GroupUndiscovered

Effort Values (EV) Earned

Effort Values (EV) Earned
HP EVs Attack EVs Defense EVs SpAtk EVs SpDef EVs Speed EVs
0 0 0 3 0 0

Held Item on Wild Encounter

No held item on wild encounter.

Palkia Base Stats

Sp. Atk
Sp. Def
Total Base Stats

Palkia Evolution Chart

Evolution Line
Pokemon BDSP PalkiaPalkia
This Pokemon does not evolve.

Palkia Learnset

Learnset by Leveling Up

Lv. Move Type Power Acc. PP
Base Scary Face Normal Type Move - 100 10
Base Water Pulse Water Type Move 60 100 20
8 Dragon Breath Dragon Type Move 60 100 20
16 Ancient Power Rock Type Move 60 100 5
24 Slash Normal Type Move 70 100 20
32 Aqua Ring Water Type Move - - 20
40 Spacial Rend Dragon Type Move 100 95 5
48 Dragon Claw Dragon Type Move 80 100 15
56 Aura Sphere Fighting Type Move 80 - 20
64 Power Gem Rock Type Move 80 100 20
72 Aqua Tail Water Type Move 90 90 10
80 Earth Power Ground Type Move 90 100 10
88 Hydro Pump Water Type Move 110 80 5

Learnset by TM

No. Move Type Power Acc. PP
1 Focus Punch Fighting Type Move 150 100 20
2 Dragon Claw Dragon Type Move 80 100 15
3 Water Pulse Water Type Move 60 100 20
5 Roar Normal Type Move - - 20
7 Hail Ice Type Move - - 10
8 Bulk Up Fighting Type Move - - 20
11 Sunny Day Fire Type Move - - 5
13 Ice Beam Ice Type Move 90 100 10
14 Blizzard Ice Type Move 110 70 5
15 Hyper Beam Normal Type Move 150 90 5
17 Protect Normal Type Move - - 10
18 Rain Dance Water Type Move - - 5
20 Safeguard Normal Type Move - - 25
24 Thunderbolt Electric Type Move 90 100 15
25 Thunder Electric Type Move 110 70 10
26 Earthquake Ground Type Move 100 100 10
31 Brick Break Fighting Type Move 75 100 15
32 Double Team Normal Type Move - - 15
34 Shock Wave Electric Type Move 60 - 20
35 Flamethrower Fire Type Move 90 100 15
37 Sandstorm Rock Type Move - - 10
38 Fire Blast Fire Type Move 110 85 5
39 Rock Tomb Rock Type Move 60 95 15
40 Aerial Ace Flying Type Move 60 - 20
42 Facade Normal Type Move 70 100 20
44 Rest Psychic Type Move - - 10
52 Focus Blast Fighting Type Move 120 70 5
55 Brine Water Type Move 65 100 10
56 Fling Dark Type Move - 100 10
58 Endure Normal Type Move - - 10
59 Dragon Pulse Dragon Type Move 85 100 10
65 Shadow Claw Ghost Type Move 70 100 15
68 Giga Impact Normal Type Move 150 90 5
71 Stone Edge Rock Type Move 100 80 5
72 Avalanche Ice Type Move 60 100 10
73 Thunder Wave Electric Type Move - 90 20
77 Psych Up Normal Type Move - - 10
80 Rock Slide Rock Type Move 75 90 10
82 Sleep Talk Normal Type Move - - 10
83 Bulldoze Ground Type Move 60 100 20
87 Swagger Normal Type Move - 85 15
90 Substitute Normal Type Move - - 10
92 Trick Room Psychic Type Move - - 5
93 Cut Normal Type Move 50 95 30
95 Surf Water Type Move 90 100 15
96 Strength Normal Type Move 80 100 15
98 Rock Smash Fighting Type Move 40 100 15

Learnset through a Move Tutor

Move Type Power Acc. PP
Draco Meteor Dragon Type Move 130 90 5

Learnset via Egg Moves

This Pokemon currently has no moves learned in this way.

Palkia Pokedex Number

Sinnoh Dex
Pokemon BDSP DialgaDialga
Pokemon BDSP PalkiaPalkia
Pokemon BDSP ManaphyManaphy
National Dex
Pokemon BDSP DialgaDialga
Pokemon BDSP PalkiaPalkia
Pokemon BDSP HeatranHeatran

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