If you want to get a shiny Starter in Pokemon BDSP or Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the first thing you need to know is that it is possible; they aren’t shiny-locked. However, to catch a shiny Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you are gonna have to game the system a little bit. We’ll explain how to get shiny Turtwig, shiny Chimchar, and shiny Piplup in our Shiny Starter – Pokemon BDSP How to Get Shiny Starter guide.
How to Get Shiny Starter in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shiny Pearl
To get a shiny starter Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond & Shiny Pearl or BDSP, start the game up from the beginning and disable the autosave feature in the options. The latter is not necessary, but it helps a bit. Next, go through the game until you meet Barry. He tells you to go to the Lakefront, which is to the left of the fork in the road where you met him. Come to the very edge of the forest, but don’t go in. Instead, save the game manually, and only then should you step inside. This will kick off a cutscene with Dawn and Rowan. Just skip through that whole thing.
The next part of the cutscene involves Barry and your character getting ambushed by a bunch of Starly. You panic and open the briefcase you saw earlier. It has three Pokeballs, and each has a Starter Pokemon – Chimchar, Piplup and Turtwig. Now, to “catch” a shiny Starter in Pokemon BDSP, or Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, pick the Starter you want. You will then automatically get into a fight with the Starly. When you throw your chosen Pokemon, that’s when you’ll see whether it’s shiny or not. If it isn’t, load up the save you made at the edge of the forest and try again. Rinse and repeat until you get what you want.