In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you can breed and hatch stronger Pokemon who have better stats and nature to have the strongest party possible. In this guide, we will be taking an extensive look at the Breeding mechanic in Pokemon BDSP.
Pokemon BDSP Breeding
Trainers can breed stronger Pokemon in Pokemon BDSP by using Dittos with High IVs and Everstones to hatch eggs.
We will be talking about all of that in detail in this guide as well as any complications or special items needed to hatch certain Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
In Pokemon BDSP, you can use different items to enhance the Pokemon you breed and make them even better. We will explain the features of each item below:
- Destiny Knot: When held by a parent Pokemon, their offspring will have 5 out of 6 of their IVs (Individual Values). Without a Destiny Knot, a parent Pokemon transfers 3 out of 6 of its IVs to their offspring.
- Everstone: When held by a parent Pokemon, their nature is transferred to their offspring. Without an Everstone, the offspring will be assigned a nature randomly.
You can get Destiny Knots from Route 224 and Everstones can be traded by talking to an NPC in Snowpoint City. You can find him in the northwest part of town, chilling inside his house.
How to Breed for Perfect IVs
Let’s take a look at how to check IVs and everything related to breeding with perfect IVs in Pokemon BDSP.
You can check the IVs of a captured Ditto or other Pokemon by using the Judge skill. You can acquire this skill after you’ve completed the Pokemon League by going back to the Battle Tower and talking to the NPC, standing on the right side.
This NPC will teach you how to use Judge; the skill required to look at each Pokemon’s stats. The 6 basic stats (HP, Special Attack, Special Defense, Speed, Attack, Defense) in Pokemon BDSP are divided into 6 categories which are:
- Not Good (Rated 0)
- Decent (Ranging from 1-10)
- Pretty Good (Ranging from 11-20)
- Very Good (Ranging from 21-29)
- Fantastic (Ranging from 30)
- Best (Rated 31)
‘Not Good’ being the Worst & ‘Best’ being well…THE BEST. A Pokemon having Best IVs would mean that its stats have a score of 31, which is the highest it can be.
You can check your current Pokemon’s IV by heading to the Box screen and pressing the + button on your controller.
How to Get Perfect IVs
As we mentioned before, Destiny Knot is the key factor that determines the IVs for an offspring Pokemon. Since IV stats are randomized, the only way for you to get a pokemon with perfect IVs is by manipulating the breeding process with the use of Destiny Knot.
Keep breeding with Dittos or Pokemon with High IVs which will result in the offspring Pokemon also having decent IV values. Once you start getting offsprings with Fantastic or Very Good IV ratings, give the Destiny Knot to that offspring Pokemon and use that as a Parent Pokemon.
While the Destiny Knot itself adds a randomization factor to which IVs are selected, the fact that most of your IVs will be very high value should result in overall Pokemon IV to be Fantastic or Best.
How to Breed with Dittos in Pokemon BDSP
Normally, for a Pokemon to breed successfully, it has to be from the same egg group as the Pokemon it is breeding with which makes the process of finding compatible Pokemon from the same egg groups and then having them breed together a bit more time taking and complicated.
To make things easier, we recommend using Dittos for breeding as a Ditto can get along with any Pokemon and breed with them. This makes the process a lot easier and all you have to do is find Dittos with High IVs
Once you’ve acquired Dittos with High IVs, you need to head over to the Pokemon Nursery in Solaceon Town and leave the parent Pokemon along with any items like the Everstone and the ditto with the lady at the counter.
You need to spend some time doing other activities while the egg gets ready. You can track the progress of the egg from the Nursery Checker app. Once it is ready, go and collect it from the lady sitting at the counter.
Hatching the Egg
The acquired egg will take up 1 slot in your inventory and now you have to wait for it to get ready.
Here are two tips to help you hatch the egg as quickly as possible:
- Only equip Flame body Pokemon in your group when you have an egg in your inventory as they keep the egg warm which speeds up the hatching process
- To walk the required number of steps you can simply walk on Route 210 and 209 which is right next to the Pokemon Nursery.
Keep walking until the egg is ready to hatch and check if the offspring has the required IVs and nature. You can repeat this process until you get the ideal Pokemon offspring.
Pokemon with Special Needs for Breeding
There are a few Pokemon in Pokemon BDSP that require special items to be able to breed and produce eggs. We will be creating a table below which lists these Pokemon and their required special items.