Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl adds some quality of life changes to the familiar formula.

HMs are Gone in New Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Trailer

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl adds some quality of life changes to the familiar formula.

The Pokemon Company debuted a new Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl trailer introducing Amity Square, poffin making, and the Poketch’s functions. One of which means poor Bidoof is free from its HM shackles forever.

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The Poketch is your handy all-in-one gadget that’s part map, part Item Finder, and now, part Hidden Move instigator.

The original Diamond and Pearl tied Hidden Moves such as Cut and Surf to actual Pokemon attacks as their predecessors did, which meant they took up a move slot. The Gen IV remakes let you call in wild Pokemon to use the same moves.

Amity Square in Hearthome City gets a makeover as well. Where you could take just one cute Pokemon for a walk with you before, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl let you take a stroll with your whole team of six adorable critters.

There’s even a poffin-making station in the park, where you can stop off for a quick baking session and give your precious Pokemon a well-deserved treat.

There’s also a brief glimpse at some of Sinnoh’s helper characters, Cheryl and Riley, you’ll encounter at key points in your journey.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release November 19 for Nintendo Switch, and that’s not the only taste of Sinnoh headed to the Switch. Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Game Freak’s first open-world Pokemon game, launches January 28, 2022.


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