How to trade online and fight with friends in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

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Trading and fighting has been a hobby for Pokémon for as long as the series itself. Going back to the first generation, players could hook up their Gameboys with a link cable and trade and fight Pokemon. This tradition continues of course in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but now we can trade online through the internet. In this guide, we will see how to trade and fight online with friends in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Trade and fight online in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have a kind of weird way of trading online compared to the more recent games. For some reason Game Freak likes to change the way you trade and fight online with each generation, confusing everyone in the process. We don’t know if they like to torture us or if they just can’t decide which method is best.

In this case, they are using an updated version of the Gen 4 exchange system: Local / Global Union Rooms. Once you have the first badge, you can go to the basement of any Pokemon Center to get a tutorial on how to enter a Global Union room.

Once you’ve gone through this brief, forced walkthrough, you can speak to the lady in the center of the basement counter and ask to join a Global Room where you can meet random people to trade or fight. If you want to limit who can join your lounge, you can select the option to sign in with a code and set a code for others to use.

From this room you can interact with anyone else to trade or fight. It really is that simple. The quality of the exchanges or battles, however, will vary if you are just trying to come across random ones without pre-hosting elsewhere like an online forum. If you want to chat locally with people nearby, you can instead go to the Pokemon Center counter upstairs and use the Local Union Room instead.

You can also access the Union rooms anytime after you’ve visited them in person at least once outside by entering the menu with the Y button and selecting the room you want to join.

That’s all you need to know to how to trade and fight online in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. For more frequently asked questions and other tips, tricks, and guides, visit our Pokemon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond guide wiki and check out our review for our full thoughts on these remakes.

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