Much like the original Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, Dialga and Palkia serve as the legendary mascot for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl respectively. Although trainers can simply catch them and carry on with the story, players who intend to use these legendaries for competitively battling need to make sure they have good Natures.
Returning fans of the series know that a Pokemon's Nature determines its growth in stats. In Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the stat that grows slower is colored blue, while the stat that grows faster is colored red. Unlike starter Pokemon, it can be challenging and tedious to get the right Nature for legendary Pokemon. However, trying to do so with Dialga and Palkia may be worth the trouble.
Updated on March 23, 2022 by Renri Seong: Some trainers don't care much for the Natures mechanic in the Pokemon mainline games. There are those that are satisfied with getting their favorite Pokemon and prefer to avoid online battles. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl allows players to catch Dialga or Palkia depending, but their stat growths will be influenced by their Nature. If players want to make the most out of this Legendary Duo's stats, they'll want to make sure they have the right Nature. The following guide has been updated to include ways to "reset" Dialga and Palkia's Nature after catching them.
Best Nature for Dialga
The mascot of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, Dialga is a legendary Steel/Dragon-type Pokemon. Its signature move is the powerful Roar of Time, a Dragon-type Special move that requires recharging after use. Dialga's base stats are the following:
Compared to its space-counterpart, Palkia, Dialga has solid stats across all fields except Speed. This makes it an ideal wall/tank, but its high Special Attack make it a good battler too.
It's best for Dialga to have a Nature that will give priority to its Special Attack. Since most of Dialga's moves are Special Attacks (meaning they don't inflict Physical Damage), its Attack stat doesn't need to grow faster. Coupled with its low speed, the best natures for Dialga are Modest (+Sp. Attk, -Attk) or Quiet (+Sp. Attk, -Spd).
Avoid Natures that lower Dialga's Special Attack. Some examples include Adamant (+Attk, -Sp. Attk) and Jolly (+Spd, - Sp. Attk).
Remember: Unlike the starter Pokemon that players can soft reset before selecting and battling a level 2 Starly, Dialga needs to be recaptured if it doesn't have its ideal nature. To "reset" Dialga's Nature, save before battling it and capture it again.
Best Nature for Palkia
Palkia is the mascot for Pokemon Shining Pearl and it is a Water/Dragon-type. It can be frustrating to face in battle because its only weaknesses are the Fairy-type and Dragon-type. As a Pokemon, Palkia's stats are nearly identical to Dialga.
Unlike Dialga, Palkia is quicker, but has less HP and Defense. Like Dialga, its best method of attacking is through Special moves. This means Palkia will do better with a Nature that increases the growth of its Special Attack. With a base Defense of 100, it's best for Palkia to have a Defense bane.
The best Natures for Palkia are Mild (+Sp. Attk, -Def) and Hasty (+Sp. -Def). Palkia can take a Speed boon because its Speed is a base 100. This will help it outspeed quicker Pokemon. However, between the two, a Mild Nature will give it more firepower.
Avoid Natures that lower its Special Attack and Speed. Some of the worst Natures that Palkia can have is Relaxed (-Spd, +Def) or Jolly (+Spd, -Sp. Attk). Its 100 Defense isn't going to carry Palkia in the long run, and unlike Dialga, Palkia can't afford to suffer a bane in Speed.
If players get a Palkia with a Nature they don't want, then battle and catch it a second time. Always save the game before battling Legendary Pokemon. If Palkia is defeated in battle, players won't have a second chance of catching it.
Changing Dialga and Palkia's Nature in BDSP
As mentioned, players can save before catching Dialga or Palkia at Spear Pillar. Since players can immediately check their Pokemon's summary after giving (or not giving) their Pokemon a nickname, they can battle Dialga/Palkia with a full party. While this method is the quickest way to get a good Natured Legendary, it can be very time-consuming and frustrating if they refuse to stay in the Poke Ball.
The alternative is to go to the Battle Tower and purchase a Nature Mint for 50 BP. This means players will need to battle other trainers to rack up Battle Points since they can't be obtained anywhere else. Unfortunately, Dialga and Palkia are both banned from the Battle Tower, meaning players will need to keep them stored in the PC.
Trainers in the Battle Tower are tough, so players should take the time to EV train the party if they intend on getting the most points. Luckily, the first few battles shouldn't be too difficult even if the player's current team doesn't have the best stats or Nature. In fact, if getting the Nature Mints is the only thing that matters, complete the first round of the Battle Tower and redo it until 50 BP have been collected. If players have Dialga and Palkia with the "wrong" Nature, they'll need 100 BP instead.
Since trainers won't be able to use Dialga or Palkia at the Battle Tower, they can instead be used for battling NPCs around Sinnoh or in online battling. As Legendary Pokemon, their stats are high enough to go toe-to-toe with the Legendary Pokemon at Ramanas Park. However, any Pokemon that's well-trained and has a good moveset will be able to help their trainers catch Legendary Pokemon without much trouble.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl are available now on Nintendo Switch.