How to Get Surf Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Knowing how to get Surf in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is essential if you want to explore the full map. This non-combat skill lets you travel over water. It can reveal hidden islands and coves. Of course, this is often where the rarest Pokemon are hanging out. Read on as we tell you how to get Surf in Pokemon BDSP.

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How to Get Surf Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
How to Get Surf Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Where to Get Surf in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

Surf does not come until later in the game. About halfway through, you will battle a Psyduck on Route 210. After this, you will speak with Cynthia as part of the main storyline. She is a champion of the Elite Four.

Cynthia will send you on a task to visit Celestic Town and deliver an item to her Grandmother. The Grandmother is close to the Pokemon center in the city. Find the Galactic Grunt in the middle of the town, standing outside a cave. Defeat him to continue.

Go through to the ruins and the Grandmother will come to meet you. You need to hand over the necklace, then head to the mural. After interacting with it, she will hand over some TMs. One of these will be surf.

How to Use Surf in Pokemon BDSP

Once you have done the above tasks, you can use surf outside of battle. This is done by summoning a Bibarel. Move to the edge of a body of water and press the A button. You will then be sat on top of the Bibarel, and you can navigate through the body of water.

This operates just like being on land. You will still encounter Pokemon. In fact, you can use a fishing rod from here to increase the chance of rare encounters. Make sure you go back to areas previously explored and check out the water areas. This is the way you will get your hands on the rarest Pokemon in the game.

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Carl Jackson is a gamer and action figure obsessive. A full-time writer, he loves to type obscure lists about Neo Geo arcade machines. Being a sensitive soul, games that make him cry are his passion. In fact, he still refuses to play Last of Us II as he knows he will blubber throughout the whole thing.


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