List of Glitches and Bugs | Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP)

Pokemon BDSP List of Glitches

This is a list of glitches and bugs in Ver 1.1.1 of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP). Read on to learn all glitches like how to duplicate Pokemon and catch Shaymin early in the Diamond and Pearl Remakes!

List of Glitches

Feel free to share other glitches and bugs you've encountered in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in the comment section below!

Snowpoint City Gym Speed Run

A glitch in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl allows you to directly talk to Candice, without doing the Gym puzzle or battling the other trainers.

If you take one step to the left upon entering, slide across from the main entrance toward Candice, then tilt the stick slightly to the right while moving up. The window for the glitch to work is very precise, so don't give up if you don't get it on your first try.

How to Beat Candice: Snowpoint City Gym Guide

Duplication Glitch

Notice
(as of 12/01)
This duplication glitch has been patched in the Ver 1.1.2 Update. If you wish to continue duplicating Pokemon and items, do not update to Ver 1.1.2.

A glitch in the Diamond and Pearl remakes allow you to duplicate Pokemon and their held item via Pokemon Boxes. This glitch allows you to easily duplicate multiple copies of hard-to-get items, such as Master Balls for catching Legendary Pokemon much easier.

Requirements for the Duplication Glitch

  • Access to Pokemon Nursery in Solaceon Town
  • No Pokemon currently in the Nursery
  • At least 4 Pokemon (including the 1 to be duplicated and 1 to permanently delete)

4 Pokemon Required for Duplication Glitch

  • Pokemon #1 and #2 will be used to set up the glitch from your Boxes and the Nursery. You can use any Pokemon to fill these roles, as nothing happens to them.
  • Pokemon #3 will need to be deleted for the glitch to work. Prepare or catch a low-leveled, commonly found Pokemon to fill this role.
  • Pokemon #4 will be the Pokemon that is duplicated. Make it hold a rare item as well so you can duplicate that item along with the Pokemon.

How to Duplicate Pokemon and Items

Step Explanation
1
Open your Pokemon Boxes via the PC or in the Pokemon Menu by pressing R. Put Pokemon #1 in the bottom right corner of Box 1 and Pokemon #2 in the bottom right corner of Box 2. (The exact spot doesn't matter, as long as both Pokemon are in the same spot in each box.)
2
Put Pokemon #1 in the Battle Box by pressing X to Change Box View until the top of your Boxes tab says “Battle Teams”. Select Pokemon #1 then click Register and drag it over to the right tab of the Battle Box.
3
Put Pokemon #2 in the Pokemon Nursery in Solaceon Town. Talk to the lady at the front desk to give her Pokemon #2. After selecting Pokemon #2 for the Nursery, a check mark will appear above it.
4
After you've selected Pokemon #2, don't close the boxes yet. Switch Box 1 and Box 2 by selecting Box List at the bottom. Press Y on Box 2, then Y on Box 1 to switch them.
5
Now that you've switched the boxes, exit your boxes and the Nursery lady will have instead taken Pokemon #1, who you originally placed in your Battle Box.
6
Open your Boxes normally again (via PC or pressing R on Pokemon Menu). Open your Battle Boxes again to see the glitched Lv. 99 blank slot. Make sure to not hover your pointer over this slot, or else your game may crash.
7
Place Pokemon #3 in your Battle Boxes, by registering it and dragging it over to any of the spaces except with the Glitched Lv. 99 Pokemon. Note that Pokemon #3 will be permanently deleted.
8 After Pokemon #3 disappears, similarly place Pokemon #4 in your Battle Boxes. Pokemon #4 and its held item will be duplicated.
9
From the Battle Boxes, check Pokemon #4's Summary page, then immediately close it. Afterward, you'll find that Pokemon #4 and its held item have been duplicated!
10
Finally, drag Pokemon #4 and its duplicate out from the Battle Boxes and into your normal boxes, and you'll have succesfully cloned a Pokemon! Check the box slots of where Pokemon #3 and #4 originally were, and that is where you'll find the duplicated Pokemon.

Surfing to Shaymin Glitch

Notice
(as of 12/21)
This Shaymin glitch has been patched in the Ver 1.1.3 Update. If you still wish to capture Shaymin early, do not update to Ver 1.1.3.

Shaymin is currently unavailable through legitimate means, as it will likely be made available in the future via an Event as in the original games. However, it is possible to catch Shaymin by exploiting a glitch known as the Surf Glitch.

How to Get Shaymin

Requirements for the Surf Glitch

How to Do the Surf Glitch

Difficult steps are marked with a , so take extra caution when completing them.

Step Explanation
1 BDSP - Entrance to New Area of Victory Road.png
Go to Victory Road and enter the area that leads to Route 224. This section of Victory Road is only accessible after defeating the Champion and obtaining the National Dex.
2 BDSP - Use Defog in Victory Road.png
After entering the new area, use Defog on your Poketch to clear the area of fog.
3 BDSP - Use Strength on Boulder.png
Head up to the boulder and interact with it to make it pushable with Strength. This is also a good time to save since the following steps might cause your game to crash. Once the boulder can be pushed, press Up on the D-Pad and X at the same time.
4 BDSP - Menu Glitch Using Surf.png
Doing the above steps will bring up the menu, but you will still be able to move your character. Walk towards the water slightly south. To get a better view of your character, you can press R to bring up the save screen.
5 BDSP - Using Surf in the Bag.png
Open your bag. Press Right on your D-Pad and keep pressing A until you hear the sound of Bibarel using Surf. Keep in mind that while you are pressing A, you are also interacting with items in your bag, which might use them up.
6 BDSP - Menu Glitch Corner of the Water.png
Exit your bag but not the menu screen. You should now be surfing on the water. Open up the save screen to get a better view of your character and surf to the upper right corner of the water pool. Be careful not to accidentally jump onto dry land.
7 BDSP - Menu Glitch Corner of the Land.png
Press Down on your D-Pad four times until you reach the corner of the land.
8 BDSP - Saving to use Surf Glitch.png
While you are on the save screen, tilt your Right Analog Stick up to hover over the save your pogress option. Press Right on your D-Pad and press A immediately after to save your game.
9 BDSP - Surfing Bibarel on Land.png
Restart your game, and you should now be surfing on dry land. If you accidentally jump off of Bibarel during the next step, restart your game from this point.
10★ BDSP - Surfing through Victory road.png
Use your Left Analog Stick to slowly move your character through the cave. You can travel over boulders and trainers, but avoid going over water and running into cliff faces. Turn your volume all the way up, and when you hear your character bump into something, change direction. Use your shadow as your guide. Trainers cannot battle you while you are surfing above them.
11 BDSP - Door to the Stairs.png
Navigate through the cave until you reach the exit leading to Route 224. Save your game and restart to bring your character down closer to ground level and exit through the door.
12 BDSP - Clip through the stairs.png
The next room of the cave will have stairs leading up to the exit. Clip through the stairs until your head is only barely peeking through and press X to enter the menu. If you cannot enter the menu, it means that you have gone too far into the stairs. Go slightly left and reposition yourself in the stairs until you are able to press X.
13 BDSP - Saving in the Stairs.png
Save your game and restart. After restarting, your character should be hovering slightly higher off the ground. Repeat the steps above to gradually climb up the stairs. If at any time, you accidentally jump off of Bibarel, restart from your previous save.
14★ BDSP - Stuck Middle of the Stairs.png
Once you reach the middle of the stairs, you may find it difficult to press X while clipped into it. When this happens, press X while moving to the right. It may take several attempts, but eventually, you will get past the middle section.
15 BDSP - Top of the Stairs.png
Once you are past the middle section, continue gradually climbing up the steps. When you can see your character's head barely peeking through the top of the stairs, you can continue walking to the exit of the cave
16 BDSP - Enter Route 224.png
Upon exiting the cave, save your game in case you accidentally jump off of Bibarel again. Slowly make your way through the route until you reach the stairs before the purple-haired trainer.
17 BDSP - Route 224 Stairs.png
From the stairs, go left past the trees, and then up until you are beside the cliff face. Go further left through the gap between the boulders.
18 BDSP - Route 224 Walking on Water.png
Upon reaching this point, it's safe to dismount. You'll be able to walk in the shallow water.
19 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 10.jpg
Go up and to the right to the top of the peninsula until you hit an invisible water wall. Press the A button to Surf on it.
20 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 11.jpg
Go right and find a narrow vertical path above which you can walk on. If you try to go north while surfing, you'll be blocked off, so find the area where you can walk before advancing.
21 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 12.jpg
Bike north until you reach the Flower Paradise. Save your game upon reaching Shaymin.
22 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 13.png
Interact with Shaymin to start a battle.
23 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 14.png
Catch Shaymin! It is fairly easy to get with a Quick Ball.

Surf Glitch Variation: Black Belt Carl

This is the original version of the Surf Glitch used to catch Shaymin. It was patched out in the Ver 1.1.2 Update, so players with any update from 1.1.2 on will not be able to use this glitch.

Notice
(as of 12/01)
This Surf glitch has been patched in the Ver 1.1.2 Update. If you still wish to use this method, do not update to Ver 1.1.2.
  1. You must have the National Dex to access Route 224.
  2. You must not yet have fought the trainer Black Belt Carl on Route 224. If you have done so already, unfortunately, you will not be able to execute the glitch.

Surf Glitch - Black Belt Carl Variation
Step Explanation
1★ Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 1.jpg
Go to Route 224 and continue until you pass a Black Belt running around in a square pattern. Do not fight him. Go past him and fight the three trainers ahead of him on the route. Head back towards the Black Belt, Carl, and save the game.
Then, stand in the position shown in the image and mash the A button exactly at the timing the trainer, Carl, will see you. A battle with Carl will begin, so defeat him.
2 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 2.jpg
If Step 1 was executed correctly, the message asking you to Surf will appear after the battle – say yes! If it does not appear, close the software and try again. Note that this may take a few tries.
3 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 3.jpg
You'll be surfing on top of Carl. Save the game, as you are likely to accidentally demount from Bibarel as soon as you move.
4★ Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 4.jpg
First, move the joystick up slightly to move off of Carl. Then, slowly move the joystick to the right to continue ahead. You'll likely fail this step the first few times as Bibarel tends to throw you off if you move too fast. From our testing, using the D-pad will lead to an immediate dismount, so simply move the joystick carefully. Close the software and try again if you dismount.
5 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 5.jpg
Navigate ahead until you reach the stairs past the Dragon Tamer. Go into the stairs on the left side until your character cannot be seen. Save the game and close the software.
6 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 6.jpg
When you restart, your character should be floating and semi-visible. Save the game again and close the software again.
7 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 7.jpg
This time, you will be flying above the stairs. Navigate down through the air.
8 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 8.jpg
Go across the trees to get to the area outside the map, and go past the rocks.
9 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 9.jpg
Upon reaching this point, it's safe to dismount. You'll be able to walk in the shallow water.
10 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 10.jpg
Go up and to the right to the top of the peninsula until you hit an invisible water wall. Press the A button to Surf on it.
11 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 11.jpg
Go right and find a narrow vertical path above which you can walk on. If you try to go north while surfing, you'll be blocked off, so find the area where you can walk before advancing.
12 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 12.jpg
Bike north until you reach the Flower Paradise. Save your game upon reaching Shaymin.
13 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 13.png
Interact with Shaymin to start a battle.
14 Pokemon BDSP - How to Get Shaymin 14.png
Catch Shaymin! It is fairly easy to get with a Quick Ball.

Story and Trainer Skips

Notice
(as of 12/01)
This menu glitch has been patched in the Ver 1.1.2 Update. If you wish to continue utilizing the menu glitch and story skips, do not update to Ver 1.1.2.

Using this glitch in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you can skip story checkpoints, skip trainer battles, and enter some areas blocked off by the story. All you need is 1 Pokemon in your party.

How to Skip

1
Open your Pokemon menu then select 1 Pokemon and check their Summary page.
2
On their Summary page, mash the ZL, ZR, and A buttons. This should lead you to the Bag screen.
3
Back out of the Bag screen by pressing B, but you'll notice that you'll go to the Summary screen then back to the Bag screen. You'll know you're on the right track if the Menu opens while you're on the Bag screen.
4
Fully backing out of the Pokemon and Bag screens, you'll find that you can walk around the overworld with your Menu open.
5 While walking around with your Menu open, head to an area where a story checkpoint or story event triggers.
6
The NPC at the story checkpoint should pop an exclamation mark (!) above their head when they notice you. Immediately close the menu by pressing B when this happens, so that the event/interaction doesn't trigger.
7
If the event doesn't trigger, then you're free to roam around all connected areas without triggering any other story checkpoints or trainer battles!
8 Note that you can't enter buildings or caverns while this glitch is active. You can disable the glitch by opening and closing the menu again.

This method above used the glitch to skip the catching Pokemon tutorial on Route 202, the interaction with the Poketch President in Jubilife City, and the rival battle on Route 203.

You can also utilize the glitch to head to Sunyshore City from Valor Lakefront and get the 8th badge early on, as the route to Sunyshore City is blocked off until after you encounter Dialga/Palkia on Spear Pillar.

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