How to Trade - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

In games that have it, trading is one of the most important, and often enjoyable, activities that you can indulge in. This gameplay mechanic usually allows you to get things you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to – or at least would have had a harder time obtaining. Pokemon BDSP also has a trading system, and it is one that you will definitely want to make use of if you want to master the game. In this How to Trade – Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl guide, we will explain all the ins and outs of trading, and show you how to trade locally, as well as online.

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How to Trade - Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

How to Trade in Pokemon BDSP

As we mentioned, there are two ways to trade in Pokemon BDSP. The first of these is local trading. To do this, you will need to have access to the Local Room, which is a part of the Union Room. You can access the Union Room by going to a Pokemon Center and heading upstairs. Once there, talk to the nurse. After you have received your 1st badge in Oreburgh City, you can then go into the basement of the Pokemon Center. When you go there, you will unlock trading from wherever you are. You can now access the Union Room, and the Local Room through it, at any time in the world (except when you are inside buildings and caves) by pressing the Y button. Inside the Local Room, you will meet players that want to trade with you. To trade, approach a player and talk with them.

How to Trade Online in Pokemon BDSP

Now, as for online trading, it functions very similarly to local trading, with only a couple of key differences. Online trading is done through the Global Room, which is also accessed through the Union Room. Likewise, you can also access it at any time by pressing Y once you have gotten your 1st badge in Oreburgh City and paid a visit to the Pokemon Center’s basement. However, to be able to unlock online trading, you will need to have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Without this, you won’t be able to access the Global Room and to then trade with other online Pokemon BDSP players around the world.

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A lifelong gamer, Vladimir was always interested in gaming and what makes games tick. Before long, he found himself writing about games as well as playing them. No stranger to game guides which have often helped him make just the right decision in a particularly difficult quest, he’s very happy to be able to help his fellow gamers and give a little back to his favorite pastime.



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    Nana K

    So like,if I wanted to trade with someone sitting next to me,would I need to use local or online

  2. W

    I have both brilliant diamond and shining pearl and have only one switch. Is there a way to trade pokemon from the same account from one game to the other?

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