We’re just a little over a week away from Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl’s launch on Switch on November 19, and it looks like the remakes are getting a new area dedicated to capturing some Legendary Pokemon from outside the games’ Sinnoh region.
Access to Ramanas Park is gated behind completing the game’s Pokemon League, and you’ll have to track down slates across Sinnoh that will make certain Pokemon appear. Some Pokemon will be locked behind which version of the game you have. Brilliant Diamond players will have access to Ho-Oh, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune, while Shining Pearl players will be able to summon Lugia, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. That’s hardly all the Legendary Pokemon that could be in this game chronologically speaking, but The Pokemon Company has released art and screenshots showing Rayquaza in Ramanas Park, so there may be more Pokemon to come.
While those Legendary Pokemon will be available in the base game, if you have save files from older Switch Pokemon games you’ll also gain access to some Mythical Pokemon in your party as well. If you’ve played Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee, you can get a Mew. Those who have saved data from Pokemon Sword or Shield can add Jirachi to their party.
Areas like Ramanas Park aren’t exactly new to the Pokemon series. Just last year Pokemon Sword & Shield received its own equivalent area in the Crown Tundra DLC, which featured an area where most Legendary Pokemon were readily available for capture. Though, I’d argue it’s a net negative for the world-building of these games, it is a convenient one-stop shop to catch plenty of the most powerful Pokemon in one game.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are remakes of the original Pokemon Diamond & Pearl that launched on the Nintendo DS. While these games are looking back, the next game in the series, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, is looking forward, with new mechanics and a pretty original storyline and setting for a Pokemon RPG.