Legendary Pokémon from previous generations are available in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, with most able to be obtained in just one version of the game.
In order to find them, you'll need to head to Ramanas Park. However, there are a few prerequisites:
Ramanas Park is a bit out of the way in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Here's where you'll find it, so you can hunt those Legendaries.
Bear in mind that Lugia, and the three Legendary Birds you need to catch to unlock it (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) can only be found in Brilliant Pearl.
To get them in Brilliant Diamond, you'll need to trade.
Which Slate do you need to find Lugia?
Ramanas Park is a vast area made up of several caves, in which a specific type of Slate is requested.
In order to unlock Lugia, take the Squall Slate to the Squall Room and place it on the plinth.
To unlock the Squall Slate for exchange, you'll need to have caught all three Kanto Legendaries (Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres).
Save your game before placing the Slate, so that you don't accidentally knock out Lugia in the ensuing battle.
Meet Lugia, the Guardian of the Seas
Capturing Lugia can be challenging. Here's what you need to know about the Diving Pokémon.
Types: Psychic / Flying
- Rain Dance
Lugia's shiny form is easily distinguishable from the base form, so you shouldn't miss it if you're looking to add the rare form to your collection.
Tips to make it easier to capture Lugia
Follow this advice to make catching Lugia easier:
- Use a Quick Ball at the very start of the encounter, and a Timer Ball if the battle lasts more than 10 rounds.
- Take a Pokémon with False Swipe to ensure you don't accidentally kill it.
- Take a Pokémon that can inflict Paralyze or Sleep.
- Pay attention to how much PP its moves have.
- Save your game right in front of it, before engaging.
A Dark-type Pokémon such as Absol is ideal against Lugia, as it will be immune to Lugia's Psychic-based attacks. It can also Taunt, meaning Lugia shouldn't be able to heal itself with Recover.
If you accidentally knock it out, you will need more Squall Slates. Once you have captured it, you will not be able to re-summon it.
Additionally, upon exiting, an NPC will give you a Lugia Statue for your Secret Base.
In order to summon Legendary Pokémon to Ramanas Park in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, you're going to need special Slates. Here are the details.