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How to get Riolu on Iron Island in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Walkthrough & Guides
How to get Riolu on Iron Island in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
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Trainers should take the time to travel to Iron Island in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, to meet Riley and collect the Riolu Egg.

An optional area with some great rewards, Iron Island can be accessed from Canalave City in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Once there, Trainers can meet an NPC and pick up the Riolu Egg, a prerequisite for obtaining Lucario.

Here's what you'll need to do.

How to get to Iron Island

First of all, you'll need the Surf HM. Head to Celestic Town and speak to Cynthia's grandmother. You'll also have to defeat the Pastoria City Gym Leader, Crasher Wake, in order to use it outside of battle.

Then, head to Canalave City. In the south, you'll find a sailor who offers to take you to Iron Island by boat.

Of course, you should say yes.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Naturally with any dungeon, you'll encounter a whole bunch of trainers to battle.

Camper Lawrence

Luxio, Level 31

Stunky, Level 31

Win: 744 Pokédollars

Picnicker Summer

Staravia, Level 31

Cherrim, Level 31

Win: 744 Pokédollars

Worker Willy

Onix, Level 31

Graveler, Level 31

Win: 1,488 Pokédollars

Worker Braden

Graveler, Level 33

Win: 1,584 Pokédollars

Hiker Damon

Zubat, Level 28

Onix, Level 31

Golbat, Level 31

Win: 1,240 Pokédollars

Hiker Maurice

Graveler, Level 30

Machoke, Level 32

Win: 1,280 Pokédollars

Black Belt Kendal / Battle Girl Tyler

Croagunk, Level 35

Medicham, Level 34

Win: 1,936 Pokédollars

Ace Trainer Jonah / Ace Trainer Brenda

Ponyta, Level 31

Haunter, Level 33

Floatzel, Level 34

Pelipper, Level 33

Sudowoodo, Level 33

Win: 4,556 Pokédollars

Worker Brendon / Worker Quentin

Onix, Level 29

Steelix, Level 33

Geodude, Level 27

Graveler, Level 31

Onix, Level 31

Win: 3,072 Pokédollars

Galactic Grunt x2

Zubat, Level 31

Zubat, Level 31

Golbat, Level 34

Glameow, Level 32

Croagunk, Level 32

Stunky, Level 32

Win: 3,168 Pokédollars

You'll find the following significant items on Iron Island, alongside the usual potions and restorative items:

  • A Metal Coat held item, given by Byron after unlocking the National Dex
  • An Iron Ball held item, on Floor BF1
  • A Super Repel, on Floor B1F (Right Cave)
  • TM23 Iron Tail on Floor B2F (Right Cave)
  • A Magnet held item, on Floor B2F (Left Cave)
  • An Iron Plate held item, also on Floor B2F (Left Cave)
  • An Ultra Ball, also on Floor B2F (Left Cave)
  • A Shiny Stone evolution item, on Floor B3F (Right Cave)
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Where to find Riley and get Riolu?

On the second level down you'll encounter Riley, a snazzy dresser with a sharp-looking blue hat.

He'll join your party, healing your Pokémon after each battle. It's another great opportunity to grind for EXP without worrying about fainting or running out of PP for your moves.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Helping him to defeat all the Galactic Grunts on Iron Island is well worth the time, because you'll get the Riolu Egg as a reward once you leave the cave.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Make sure to hatch the egg as soon as possible, because you can then work on unlocking Lucario.

How to evolve Riolu into Lucario in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Evolving Riolu isn't as straightforward as reaching a certain level.

You'll need to increase Riolu's Friendship level. Check out our guide linked below on how to do that, and how to check your current level.

Once you've done that, battle enough so that Riolu levels up. This must be done during the day.

If your friendship is high enough, Riolu's evolution into Lucario should be triggered.

Congrats!

Shiny Lucario Statue - Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Shiny Lucario Statue

How to raise Friendship in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Friendship plays a big role in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, affecting everything from evolution to performance in battle. Here's how to increase it.

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