How to get Darkrai in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Darkrai comes to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The Mystery Gift membership card will be available from April 1st to April 31st.

It is finally possible to capture Darkrai Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Just a few months after the game’s official release, the event-exclusive legendary Pokémon are finally on their way to the game. It is currently possible to find and capture a Shaymin using a mysterious gift. This is one of the three Pokémon events that were exclusive to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl on Nintendo DS. Trainers had to wait until Game Freak officially released these events to capture these Pokémon, though some players have used cheat codes to access them early.

In Darkray’s case, it works like polar opposite of Cresselia. While Cresselia is known for blessing people’s dreams with feelings of light, Darkrai devours their dreams and turns them into nightmares. It is only possible to get this Pokémon after obtaining National Dex. This can be done by defeating the Elite Four and becoming champion of the Sinnoh region. Once done, the player just has to wait until April 1st to pick it up.


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To get Darkrai in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, coaches must claim the membership card. This is an item that will be distributed throughout the game’s Mystery Gift mechanic from April 1 to April 31. Mystery Gift is the way for Game Freak to provide content to new players over the internet. Go over to the inn in Canalave City with the membership card and use it to open the door, at the entrance there will be a bed in which the player can sleep.

Find and capture Darkrai in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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After sleeping in bed, the player will wake up to a dairy in the room. Reading it will reveal the location of Darkrai. Now go over to the sailor on the west side of Canalava City and he will take the player to Darkray’s location. When you arrive on the island, be sure to save before interacting with Darkrai. Approaching the dream-eating Pokémon and the battle begins.

If it looks like the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Darkrai will be level 40 in this encounter. Arceus is also available in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl through a postgame update. Although the player must have one finished Pokémon Legends: Arceus Save the file to access it. Arceus was never officially distributed during Diamond and Pearl’s officially ran outside of a small film campaign. It may be the only time to catch it legally outside Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Shaymin, Darkrai and Arceus are all part of the Pokémon event from this generation.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available now on the Nintendo Switch.

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