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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl glitch lets you clone any pokémon


Want an army of Mews? You can make an army of Mews (pic: Nintendo)

Fans have discovered a way to copy multiple pokémon at once in the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes.

On the face of it Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are some of the least interesting Pokémon releases of recent years, being low tech remakes of already unremarkable DS games. But they’re notable for two reasons: 1) they’ve been almost as successful as Sword/Shield and 2) they’re full of bugs, and not the sort that are vulnerable to fire.

One of the most well-known examples is a glitch that allows players to duplicate their pokémon and items, creating exact copies. This includes legendary pokémon and even one-use items like the Master Ball, effectively breaking the game in half.

More recently, someone has figured out a way to make the duplication process easier. Specifically, this glitch lets you copy all the pokémon in a Pokémon Box as well as any items they’re holding.

How to clone pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

A demonstration by YouTuber PanFro Games and an explanation for how to perform the glitch yourself can be viewed below. It’s admittedly not something that can be accidentally stumbled upon, as it requires a very specific set of actions and button presses, but it’s still shocking that it’s in the game at all.

Twitter user eclipse_tt has been documenting all the bugs and glitches they can find in the remakes and the list is ashamedly long. At the time of writing, they’ve found at least 64 examples, ranging from getting completely stuck just by talking to another character to being able to skip an entire puzzle in one of the game’s gyms.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are far from the only games to have launched in such a buggy and broken state this month, with the the likes of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition and Battlefield 2042 coming under fire for similar reasons.

Although it’s difficult to tell how the other two are doing, since most or all of their sales are digital, the Pokémon games certainly haven’t suffered financially. Both of them have outsold Battlefield 2042 and Call Of Duty: Vanguard in the UK physical sales charts and they’ve become the second fastest selling games of the year.

Not only that, but Pokémon Brilliant Diamond is now the best selling Nintendo Switch game of 2021, with Pokémon Shining Pearl instantly outperforming the entire lifetime sales of Metroid Dread.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available for Nintendo Switch.

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