How to Clone Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

A new glitch lets you clone Pokemon, but for how long?

by Gordon Bicker
Trainer throwing Pokeball in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl image.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have been taking the world by storm with the fusion of faithful remakes of the 2006 Pokémon instalments and exciting new features all held within. Notably, players have been testing the limits of what the new games have to offer, putting them through the paces as they try to discover everything that the player can do in the experience whether it was an intended feature…or a not so intended feature. The latter is what this article will focus on with information spreading like wildfire that there is a way to clone Pokémon and their held items in the game. This guide article will explain the glitch, talk about when the developers will likely fix it, and actually go through the method of how to do it if you are wanting to start ‘testing’ the glitch on how to clone Pokémon in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

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The glitch itself allows players to take advantage of particular sections of the game’s infrastructure and use it for other un-intended means to gain cloned Pokémon. Firstly, it was discovered by Twitter user Kevinfor5 who discussed how they found it and the process of doing the glitch.

In terms of what the cloning glitch will allow you to actually do, it will let you clone any Pokémon and also their held items. This could give you a large advantage in the game world and given the fact that items can be cloned there is notably an even larger benefit of this particular glitch.

The developers will probably be fixing this soon as the glitch will likely be classed as a ‘major’ defect in the bug reporting since it affects the user experience and gameplay at the same time. It would be estimated that this glitch won’t be around for long but as of the time being players are definitely being able to use it and reap the rewards from it.

How to Clone Pokémon with the Glitch

In order to prepare for the glitch, ensure you have located a Pokémon and an item that you want to clone. When you have completed this head to the Solaceon daycare and get the boxes menu opened. From there, follow these steps:

  • Put a Pokémon in the bottom right corner of Box 1
  • Then proceed to place another Pokémon in the bottom right corner again of a Box 2
  • Now you will need to register the Pokémon in Box 1 to the Battle Box
  • After you have done this, speak to the NPC woman at the daycare and select your chosen Pokémon in Box 2
  • Now Switch both boxes 1 and 2 and give the Pokémon to the daycare
  • Select a ‘trash’ Pokémon which you should register to the battle box to be deleted
  • Be sure to add a second Pokémon and check the status of the Pokémon and it will now be cloned with the item if it is holding one

It should be noted that the number of boxes does not matter as long as they are separate boxes. E.G, the boxes used for cloning could be boxes 2 and 3 instead.

Will you be cloning Pokémon like Pikachu or even Piplup this month? There are a vast amount of uses that this glitch can be used for if you use it this month before it is fixed for players.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available now on Nintendo Switch.

- This article was updated on November 26th, 2021

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Gordon is a contributing writer for Attack of the Fanboy, a Games Design (BA) Honours student, and a Video Game Ambassador. He has been writing at AOTF for over a year and a half, with four years of games writing experience for outlets like Green Man Gaming. When he's not busy, he'll no doubt be experiencing games, writing poetry, playing guitar, adventuring, or happily starting a new Skyrim playthrough! As an avid Final Fantasy XIV player, he also hopes that you'll gain a warm feeling from his community stories. Gordon has reported on Fallout 4 and Destiny 2, whose favorite genres include action RPGs, MMORPG's and First Person Shooters but is always experimenting with many other types of games.