Here’s how to trade in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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Since both Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP) feature their own version exclusive Pokémon, you have to trade in order to flush out your Pokédex. There are over 493 Pokémon in BDSP once you unlock the National Pokédex, so trading will help you achieve your goals a lot faster.

As with previous Pokémon games, many people use trading as a chance to acquire Shiny Pokémon, Mythical Pokémon, or other rare creatures. Here’s how to do it.

NOTE: Players must have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to participate in any online features including online trades.

Trading etiquette

  • Offer something people want: No one wants your simple Pokemon that they could acquire just from walking around. If you’re trading with someone online, you need to offer something good like a Pokemon with Max IVs, a shiny Pokemon, or a version exclusive if you want them to actually trade with you.
  • Respond quickly while trading with people: It’s frustrating to hang around waiting for the other person to interact with you, so pay attention, push the proper buttons as soon as you can, and complete the trade quickly.
  • Don’t be that jerk: Never give an Everstone to a Haunter you’re trading unless the person you’re trading with specifically wants you to.

With that, let’s dive into trading.

How to trade locally Local Room

If there is someone nearby playing Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl on their own Nintendo Switch, you’ll be able to trade with them here. You can only use trading functions after you defeat gym leader Roark.

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  1. Head to a Pokémon Center.
  2. Go up the stairs on the left.

    Pokemon Bdsp Trading Pokemon Center

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  3. Talk to the woman at the middle counter.
  4. If you simply want to trade with random people online, select Yes. If you want to join a group with specific friends, select Yes, with a Link Code. If you want to join with the group you’ve previously created, select Yes, with my group.

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  5. You’ll now need to save your game. Select Yes.
  6. If you’re trading with specific friends, enter a predetermined eight-digit Link Code that you’ve already shared among yourselves. Don’t do something simple like eight of the same number or 12345678 because many people are likely to do that.

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  7. Once you’re in the Union Room, press the Y button and select Call.
  8. Select Trade.

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  9. Interact with a player or wait for another player to interact with you.
  10. You’ll be asked you if you’d like to Trade. Select Yes.

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  11. You’ll now be taken to the trading screen. Select the Pokémon you want to trade and select Trade it.
  12. You’ll see the Pokémon the other person wants to trade. If you like what you see, select Trade it again. If you both agree to the trade, a trading sequence will begin.
  13. If you don’t want the Pokémon they’re offering, select Cancel. You can now select a different Pokémon to trade if you’d like until you find one you agree upon.

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  14. When you want to leave, head to the yellow circle at the bottom of the screen and select Yes when the dialogue box appears.

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To expand the number of people you can trade with, you’ll want to head to the Global Room.

How to trade Online Global Room

The Global Room section in the Union Room allows you to trade Pokemon with players around the world. Or if you want to trade with specific buddies, just come up with an eight-digit code, enter it, and trade with your friends. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Head to a Pokémon Center.
  2. Go down the stairs on the right.

    Pokemon Bdsp Trading Pokemon Center

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  3. Talk to the woman at the middle counter.
  4. If you simply want to trade with random people online, select Yes. If you want to join a group with specific friends, select Yes, with a Link Code. If you want to join with the group you’ve previously created, select Yes, with my group.

    Pokemon Bdsp Trading Global Room Union Room

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  5. Select Yes to save your game.
  6. If you’re trading with specific friends, enter a predetermined eight-digit Link Code that you’ve already shared among yourselves.

  7. Once you’re in the Union Room, press the Y button and select Call.
  8. Select Trade.

    Pokemon Bdsp Trading Global Trade Call

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  9. Interact with a player or wait for another player to interact with you.
  10. You’ll be asked you if you’d like to Trade. Select Yes.

    Pokemon Bdsp Trading Global Trade Interact

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  11. Select the Pokémon you want to trade and select Trade it.
  12. If you like the Pokémon on offer, select Trade it again. If you both agree to the trade, a trading sequence will begin. If you don’t want the Pokémon they’re offering, select Cancel.

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  13. When you want to leave, head to the yellow circle at the bottom of the screen and select Yes.

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That’s all there is to Global Trading. By trading with the right players you can fill that Dex out really quickly.

How to trade items

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To trade items with somebody, simply give the item to a Pokémon to hold and then initiate the trading process. Trade that Pokemon to your intended person. Note that only items that can be held by a Pokémon can be traded this way and you can’t get those items back.

How to Global Wonder Station Wonder Trade

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Wonder Trading is when you place a random Pokémon into the trading service and receive a random Pokémon somebody else placed in the trading service. The Pokémon Company has stated that this feature will be in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but it isn’t here currently. We have to wait for a future update for it to be added. My guess is it will arrive at the same time as Pokémon HOME compatibility.

How to transfer with Pokémon HOME

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Pokémon HOME is a special service that works with Nintendo Switch Pokemon games so players can transfer their catches to and from various Switch games. However, it currently doesn’t work with Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The Pokemon Company has already stated that compatibility will be added sometime in 2022, but no exact date has been given yet.

Gotta trade em’ all!

The only way you’re going to completely fill out your Sinnoh Dex or your National Dex is by trading with others. Remember that you need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to trade online and you’ll need to offer good Pokémon in exchange if you’re looking to get rare or shiny Pokémon.

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