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Pokemon Go Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl event: Pokemon, bonuses and more

The event runs from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21 and features Pokemon found in the upcoming Nintendo Switch games.

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Pokemon Go is celebrating the launch of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl with an event starting Nov. 16.
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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl launch for Nintendo Switch this Friday, and Pokemon Go is celebrating their arrival with a special event from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21. Throughout the celebration, new costumed versions of Diamond and Pearl's starter Pokemon will appear in the wild, and there will be various in-game bonuses and more. Here's everything you need to know about the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl event.

Event-long features

The Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl event is divided up into two parts, but some bonuses, Pokemon and features will be available throughout the entire event. Eggs that are placed inside Incubators and Super Incubators during the event will hatch at half and one-third of the distance they normally require, respectively. The legendary Pokemon Cresselia -- which made its debut in the original Diamond and Pearl games -- is also appearing in five-star raids.

On top of those features, new free and paid avatar outfits have been added. Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup costumes will be available in the style shop, as will free trainer outfits based on the ones worn by the main characters in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. You can also get new stickers from PokeStops, gifts and the item shop.

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Among the new avatar items you can get during the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl event are Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup costumes.

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Collection Challenge

In addition to the above features, there is also an event-long Collection Challenge that tasks you with catching the new costumed starters. You'll need to catch the following monsters to complete the challenge:

  • Lucas hat Turtwig
  • Lucas hat Chimchar
  • Lucas hat Piplup
  • Dawn hat Turtwig
  • Dawn hat Chimchar
  • Dawn hat Piplup

If you manage to complete the Collection Challenge before the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl event ends on Nov. 21, you'll earn the following rewards:

  • 1,000 XP
  • 3,000 Stardust
  • Froslass encounter

Brilliant Diamond event

The first part of the event runs from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18 and is themed after the Brilliant Diamond version. Throughout this portion, many Pokemon that are exclusive to Brilliant Diamond will appear in the wild more frequently, and you'll be able to encounter Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup wearing Lucas's hat. You can see the featured Pokemon below:

Wild spawns

  • Lucas hat Turtwig
  • Lucas hat Chimchar
  • Lucas hat Piplup
  • Seel
  • Scyther
  • Murkrow
  • Larvitar
  • Poochyena
  • Aron
  • Bidoof
  • Kricketot
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Buizel
  • Buneary
  • Stunky

One-star raids

  • Cranidos
  • Drifloon
  • Bronzor
  • Gible

Three-star raids

  • Tyranitar
  • Lopunny
  • Drapion
  • Toxicroak
  • Gallade

Shining Pearl event

The second leg of the event runs from Nov. 18 to Nov. 21 and is themed after the Shining Pearl version. During this portion, Pokemon that are exclusive to Shining Pearl will appear in the wild more frequently, and Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup will be wearing Dawn's hat. You can see the featured Pokemon below:

Wild spawns

  • Dawn hat Turtwig
  • Dawn hat Chimchar
  • Dawn hat Piplup
  • Pinsir
  • Slowpoke
  • Misdreavus
  • Houndour
  • Spheal
  • Bagon
  • Bidoof
  • Kricketot
  • Sandy Cloak Burmy
  • Buizel
  • Buneary
  • Glameow

One-star raids

  • Shieldon
  • Drifloon
  • Bronzor

Three-star raids

  • Salamence
  • Lopunny
  • Drapion
  • Toxicroak
  • Gallade

Pokemon Go's Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl event runs until 8 p.m. local time on Nov. 21, while the Nintendo Switch games themselves launch on Nov. 19. You can catch up on everything else that's happening in Pokemon Go this month in our November events roundup.