Though we’ve covered the pre-order prices and bonuses for Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (see our Best Place to Buy Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl article), there are further bonuses available to Pokemon fans who’ll be getting their hands on one or both of the new titles this week.

Included in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are two beloved, classic Pokemon: Jirachi and Mew. Players who have gotta catch ‘em all (and let’s face it, that’s almost all Pokemon fans, right?) will want to find out exactly how to get their hands on these two – and we’re here to help!

Thankfully for long-term fans of the series, the biggest requirement to nabbing these two is relatively straightforward and relies on the game detecting save data from previous Pokemon titles on your Switch. 

So let’s answer the question of how to catch Jirachi and Mew in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl!

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Where to catch Jirachi

Jirachi – the wish-granting Pokemon who has often only been accessible via special events – unlocks if you have either Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield save data on your console.

Simply visit a man who’s found in a flower field in the southwest of Floarama Town during your Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl play through and he’ll gift you with Jirachi.

Similarly, to unlock Mew in your game you’ll need the save data from either Let’s Go! Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee! to be on your Switch.

Then, just with Jirachi, you’ll need to get yourself to Floarama Town – though the tiny-yet-mighty Pokemon is given to you by a woman, rather than a man, in a flower field there (again, in the southwest of the town).

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Where to catch Mew

It’s important to note that you can only acquire each creature once. So that’s how to catch Jirachi and Mew in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl!

These two aren’t the only special Pokemon you’ll be able to acquire in the game, however – as is tradition with Pokemon titles, each game contains a small number of Pokemon that are unique to that specific version (either Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl).

Naturally, the most obvious are the game’s Legendary cover stars: Dialga in Brilliant Diamond and Palkia in Shining Pearl. Beyond those are more common Pokemon exclusive to each version, but there’s also more Legendary Pokemon included that are hidden in an entirely new area – which didn’t feature in the DS original Diamond and Pearl titles.

When players reach the Hall of Fame (right at the end of the game), they’ll unlock the Ramanas Park area. Within this area, players will have the opportunity to encounter and capture Legendary Pokemon that weren’t previously in these games.

Once the area is unlocked, players can trade rare items called Mysterious Shards (found by mining underground) for slates, then enter the specific types of slate into its corresponding location in Ramanas Park.

This will allow the player to try and capture Legendary Pokemon – which differ according to the version played. In Brilliant Diamond, players will have the chance to capture Entei, Ho-Oh, Raikou and Suicine.

Pearl players get the opportunity to bag Articuno, Lugia, Moltres and Zapdos. We’ll be sure to feature a more in-depth guide to catching these Legendary Pokemon once we’ve had the chance to get there!

It’s great to see that Nintendo are going above and beyond just technical improvements to the original releases, by including a significant number of Pokemon that weren’t available in the DS titles. Not only that, but the new areas and challenges to get hold of the Legendary Pokemon – beyond just having the save data – add some more fun and puzzles to proceedings too.

With Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl releasing on the 19th of November worldwide, it certainly won’t be long until players can try and catch ‘em all once more! 


Jason - who lives in the UK - has had a lifelong interest in video games, which all started when he discovered Space Invaders in the early 80s. The first game he ever completed was Wonder Boy in Monster Land on the Sega Master System - which remains one of his proudest gaming achievements. Jason is a passionate writer - and has been writing about gaming since the late 90s. He currently runs pop culture blog, which he updates on a daily basis (and has written more than 900 articles on the blog alone!).