Pokémon games have always incorporated various mechanics for players to explore, from type advantages to hidden abilities. One such mechanic that has gained significance over the years is a Pokémon’s Nature. In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, understanding and manipulating a Pokémon’s Nature can greatly impact its potential. In this article, we will guide you on how to alter a Pokémon’s Nature to suit your preferences and maximize its strength.
What are Pokémon Natures?
If you’ve only scratched the surface of Pokémon games, Natures may not have held much meaning for you. At most, they were seen as personality traits, like being Bashful, Quiet, or Sassy. However, Natures go beyond mere flavor text; they directly influence a Pokémon’s proficiency in specific stats.
To check the Nature of a Pokémon, navigate to the menu and select the Pokémon tab. Pick the Pokémon you want to examine, and select “Check Summary” to view its Nature.
Natures affect two of a Pokémon’s five stats: Attack, Speed, Defense, Special Attack, and Special Defense. One stat will receive a 10% increase as the Pokémon levels up, while another will face a 10% decrease, depending on its Nature. This difference can be significant, particularly for Pokémon reliant on specific stat types. Additionally, there are five Natures that have no effect on a Pokémon’s stats, resulting in even growth across all areas.
Aside from stat influence, Natures also play a role in determining a Pokémon’s preferred Poffins. While this factor may be less crucial, it becomes relevant in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s Super Contest Shows.
How to Adjust a Pokémon’s Nature
If you’ve caught a rare Pokémon only to discover it possesses a Nature that hinders its potential, don’t fret. You don’t need to restart your search for a suitable one or grind countless battles hoping for a different Nature. There are three methods you can employ to customize a Pokémon’s Nature, each with its own advantages and considerations.
1. Using Mints
In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you can utilize an item known as Mints to modify a Pokémon’s Nature. Mints were introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield and have made their way into the remakes. These rare items come in 25 different flavors, each corresponding to a specific Nature. By feeding your Pokémon a Mint, you can change its Nature to your desired preference.
It’s worth noting that Mints are not readily available. You can only acquire them from the Battle Tower shop, accessible after defeating the Elite Four and obtaining the National Pokédex. However, they come at a cost of 50 BP each, requiring multiple victories in the Battle Tower to accumulate enough BP for even a single Mint.
2. Breeding with Everstone
Breeding offers an alternative method to alter a Pokémon’s Nature, but it requires time and resources. Before unlocking the Battle Tower and accumulating 50 BP, you can employ this method to make changes. All you need is a Ditto and an Everstone.
To ensure a successful outcome, the Ditto you use must possess the Nature you desire for your target Pokémon. By breeding your desired Pokémon with this Ditto while holding an Everstone, the resulting offspring will inherit the same Nature as the Ditto parent.
Obtaining an Everstone involves trading a Haunter for one at a house in Snowpoint City. However, you must also trade a Medicharm to complete the exchange. Medicharms can be found via the digging mini-game in the Grand Underground.
3. Manipulating Wild Encounters
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl present a convenient feature that allows you to preview the wild Pokémon you encounter before engaging in battle. This system simplifies the search for specific Pokémon and can be exploited to acquire the desired Nature. Here’s how:
- When you spot the Pokémon you’re after, make a quick save before initiating the battle.
- After catching the Pokémon, check its Nature.
- If it doesn’t match your preference, reload the saved game and retry the encounter. Since Natures are randomly assigned, each reload will result in a different Nature. Continue this process until you obtain the desired Nature.
This method necessitates patience and repeated attempts, but it provides a practical approach to obtain Pokémon with specific Natures.
All Pokémon Natures in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, there are 25 Nature options that a Pokémon can randomly possess. Each Nature affects specific stats positively and negatively. Here is a comprehensive list of the Natures in the game and their corresponding stat adjustments:
- Adamant: ↑Attack ↓Sp. Atk.
- Bashful: No impact on stats.
- Bold: ↑Defense ↓Attack.
- Brave: ↑Attack ↓Speed.
- Calm: ↑Sp. Def ↓Attack.
- Careful: ↑Sp. Def ↓Sp. Atk.
- Docile: No impact on stats.
- Gentle: ↑Sp. Def ↓Defense.
- Hardy: No impact on stats.
- Hasty: ↑Speed ↓Defense.
- Impish: ↑Defense ↓Sp. Atk.
- Jolly: ↑Speed ↓Sp. Atk.
- Lax: ↑Defense ↓Sp. Def.
- Lonely: ↑Attack ↓Defense.
- Mild: ↑Sp. Atk ↓Defense.
- Modest: ↑Sp. Atk ↓Atk.
- Naive: ↑Speed ↓Sp. Def.
- Naughty: ↑Attack ↓Sp. Def.
- Quiet: ↑Sp. Atk ↓Atk Speed.
- Quirky: No impact on stats.
- Rash: ↑Sp. Atk ↓Sp. Def.
- Relaxed: ↑Defense ↓Speed.
- Sassy: ↑Sp. Def ↓Speed.
- Serious: No impact on stats.
- Timid: ↑Speed ↓Attack.
With this knowledge, you can make educated decisions when customizing your Pokémon’s Nature to align with your desired playstyle and strategy.
Remember, mastering the intricacies of Natures can significantly enhance your Pokémon’s potential and lead you to victory in battles and contests alike. So go forth, trainers, and unlock the true power of your Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl!