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Pokémon BDSP’s Most Underrated Monsters

There are over 400 Pokémon for players to catch in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and as a result, there are some Pokémon that are underrated in BDSP. Originally announced in 2021, the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Sinnoh remakes re-introduced players to the Generation 4 RPGs with a new HD engine and modern features.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were developed by Studio ILCA which had previously worked on the Pokémon Home cloud service app in 2020. Although the Sinnoh remakes were largely faithful to the 2006 RPGs, Pokémon BDSP features an expanded implementation of the game’s Pokédex that allows players to catch hundreds of Pokémon.

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In the Pokémon Gen 4 remakes, players do not have to wait to unlock the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl National Dex to encounter Pokémon from previous generations. With the new Sinnoh Underground giving trainers access to Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn Pokémon throughout the game, there are many Pokémon that get overlooked. Here are BDSP’s most underrated Pokémon.

Johto’s Houndoom in Pokémon BDSP Is An Underrated Fire-Type

Pokemon BDSP Most Underrated Monsters Houndoom

When Pokémon Diamond and Pearl launched in 2006, the game was unintentionally difficult for players who didn’t choose Gen 4 Starter Pokémon Chimchar. Because the game didn’t have many Fire-type Pokémon to catch in the wild, a handful of Gym Leaders and Trainer battles were substantially harder to survive for some players who didn’t have a Fire-type Pokémon.


This issue was largely fixed with the Sinnoh Pokémon Platinum Pokédex which gave players a Houndoom they could easily evolve early into the game. In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Houndour has been removed from Route 214 and moved to the new Grand Underground. The Fire-type can actually be encountered as early as Eterna City after acquiring the Explorers Kit from an NPC. Houndour’s evolution Houndoom is a powerful Fire-type perfect for players who chose Starters Piplup and Turtwig instead.

Pokémon BDSP Grand Underground Gardevoir Deserves More Love

Pokemon BDSP Most Underrated Monsters Gardevoir

While Gardevoir is popular in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the Psychic-type is another Pokémon that may be initially overlooked by Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl players. Just like Houndour and Houndoom, Gardevoir can be found early in the game in Pokémon BDSP’s Grand Underground.


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In the Sinnoh remakes, Ralts can be encountered in the Fountainspring and Dazzling Cave Pokémon Hideaways. Players who catch the Ralts can then evolve it into Gardevoir at level 30. The powerful Psychic-type Pokémon is a great counter against Hearthome City Gym Leader Fantina and her Ghost-type team.

Johto’s Azumarill Can Be Found In Pokémon BDSP Grand Marsh

Pokemon BDSP Most Underrated Monsters Azumarill

Originally making its debut in Pokémon Gold and Silver, the Azumarill evolution line is one of the series’s best fighters. Azumarill is underrated in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl due to players often passing it over for other powerful Water-type Pokémon such as Kanto’s Gyarados. The adorable blue Pokémon is actually one of the game’s strongest Pokémon under the surface though.


Azurill and Marill can first be encountered in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl’s Great Marsh. Players who manage to catch the Water-type with the Huge Power ability will then be able to double their Pokémon’s Attack stat after evolving it into Azumarill at level 18. Azumarill then becomes over-powered after learning the move Belly Drum which further increases its Attack stat by an additional six stages.

Pokémon BDSP Toxicroak Is In The Safari Zone & Should Be Caught

Pokemon BDSP Most Underrated Monsters Houndoom Toxicroak

Another Pokémon that can be found in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl’s Great Marsh is Toxicroak. Because it mainly spawns in the Gen 4 Safari Zone, the Poison-type is often overlooked. However, the fierce frog can actually be evolved even earlier in the game by players catching Croagunk in the Grand Underground.


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Because Croagunk can be obtained early, it actually a great replacement for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Starter Chimchar, due to its secondary Fighting-type. After being evolved into Toxicroak at level 37 the Poison/Fighting-type becomes a great counter against Pokémon BDSP Gym Leaders Gardenia, Byron, and Candice. Toxicroak is also strong Pokémon to bring into the game’s Elite Four battles, making it an all-around solid attacker.

Pokémon BDSP’s Rotom Is Versatile But Overlooked In The Old Chateau

Pokemon BDSP Most Underrated Monsters Rotom

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, players can obtain the elusive Ghost-type Pokémon Rotom in the Old Chateau. The mysterious Pokémon can only be encountered after defeating the Elite Four and interacting with the haunted TV during the nighttime.

The Electric-type Ghost Pokémon is incredibly versatile, as it is able to change itself into five different forms. Each new form actually changes its Pokémon-type as well, allowing trainers to slot Rotom into their team into any position and cover any weaknesses they might have. Because Rotom’s Pokémon BDSP location is tricky to find, the Ghost-type is sometimes missed by players.

Sinnoh’s Gastrodon Needs More Love In Pokémon Diamond & Pearl

Pokemon BDSP Most Underrated Monsters Gastrodon

Gastrodon is one of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s strongest defensive Pokémon due to its unique typing. On the surface, the adorable Water-type looks the opposite of intimidating, which often has trainers looking past it in the Sinnoh region.

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Because of its Water/Ground-type though, Gastrodon is resistant to Electric attacks, making it one of the best Water-based Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. It’s incredible dual-typing makes it strong against many attacks in the game, allowing players to utilize it in many battles.

Togekiss In Pokémon BDSP Gets Overlooked Due To Its Location

Pokemon BDSP Most Underrated Monsters Togekiss

In the popular Pokémon Platinum RPG, players are infamously given a Togepi egg from Sinnoh Champion Cynthia. This was changed in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, as Togepi is now a rare spawn in the Grand Underground. Because of its location move and low encounter rates, its evolution Togekiss has largely become underrated in the Sinnoh remakes.

The Pokémon BDSP Baby Pokemon is worth tracking down though, as its evolution Togekiss is very strong. Its access to Fairy and Flying-Type moves such as Air Slash and Dazzling Gleam makes it a great counter for several Gym Leaders and the Elite four. Togekiss has also become a strong contender in the competitive scene due to its Follow Me move being perfect for double battles.

Because players can access many National Pokédex Pokemon throughout Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the Nintendo Switch RPG has many underrated Pokemon that sometimes get overlooked. With Gen 9 Pokémon Scarlet and Violet announced to be released at the end of 2022, it will be interesting to see which beloved Pokémon will be overlooked with the game’s new massive Pokédex.

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