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Catch The Latest Details and Trailers for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus screenshot of the rock type Kleavor, a bipedal rocky preying mantis-like creature in a forest.

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have released new information on the latest Pokémon games, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Let’s start with the newest trailer for the long-awaited Sinnoh remakes! 

In Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, players will be able to hang out with their Pokémon at Amity Square, a relaxing space in Hearthome City. As long as they’re one of the types of Pokémon permitted inside the park, players can bring up to six Pokémon with them and take photos and short videos of them using the Nintendo Switch’s capture functionality. Players can also make Poffins at Amity Square, boosting their Pokémons’ stats for Super Contest Shows.

Players can use the useful Pokétch device on their journey which comes with a number of useful functions, such as the Dowsing Machine for finding hidden items. Most importantly for Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is that the Pokétch can be used to call Pokémon to use special HM moves, such as Cut or Rock Climb, to help players navigate the environment.

View much more media in our Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl game hub.


Meanwhile, back in ancient Hisui, we have a new trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players will receive the slightly anachronistic Arc Phone, a mysterious device that seems to have some kind of connection to the legendary Arceus. Seriously, this thing is a little out of place in the more old-fashioned setting of this game, right? In any case, the Arc Phone will guide players on their journey to complete the world’s first Pokédex.

Be careful as you embark on your quest, however, because you’ll have to contend with powerful alpha Pokémon. Alpha Pokémon are larger than normal and have glowing red eyes, and will attack players who venture too close to them. There are also “noble” Pokémon that have received some kind of mysterious blessing. Nobles are revered by the people of Hisui, and have a human warden tasked with watching over them and making sure their needs are met. However, they too are being affected by the mysterious phenomenon causing Pokémon to grow frenzied, and you’ll have to deal with them when the time comes.

We also have a new Pokémon! Meet Kleavor, a rock-type evolution of Scyther. The stone parts of its body chip off during battle, and it’s said that Kleavor will have more chipping on their body if they’ve survived more battles. The people of Hisui even use pieces of Kleavor’s carapace to make tools.

View much more new media in our Pokémon Legends: Arceus game hub.

We’ve seen this in previous trailers, but players can ride on certain Pokémon after they receive the Celestica Flute, a mysterious artifact that has been passed down through the Hisuian people. You’ll be able to gallop across great distances and over obstacles on the back of Wyrdeer, swim across bodies of water on Basculegion, and fly through the sky atop Hisuian Braviary.

At the player’s home base of Jubilife Village, there are various facilities that you can take advantage of. These include the clothier and hairdresser, where players can customize their avatar’s appearance, as well as the general store and craftworks, where new items and crafting recipes can be purchased. Since you can only have a team of six Pokémon at a time, you’ll have to visit the pastures where captured Pokemon are stored to switch your team out.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl will be out on November 19th, 2021 for Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Legends: Arceus will release on January 28th, 2022, also for the Switch. For more information, head on over to the games’ official website, and stay tuned to RPGFan for more coverage of your favorite games.

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Peter Triezenberg

Peter Triezenberg

Peter is a news editor for RPGFan, and quite possibly the spooniest bard you'll ever meet. He's also the site's resident Kingdom Hearts fan, Final Fantasy XV apologist, and Yu-Gi-Oh! enthusiast. In between playing video games or writing news, he can usually be found drinking unsafe amounts of caffeinated beverages. He also really likes cats.

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