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Pokémon Temporal Diamond and Pokémon Spatial Pearl Version
Developer(s) Ghostrealm Studios
GAME FREAK
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) New Nintendo 3DS logo
Release Date(s)
March 2018
Mode(s)
1-4 players
Age Rating(s)
E for Everyone
Genre(s) RPG
Series Pokemon
Predecessor Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (2017)
Media Included Game card, and a digital download.

Pokemon Temporal Diamond and Spacial Pearl are remakes of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl set to be released on 20th March, 2018.

Nintendo eShop Description

Sinnoh needs you! Return to Twinleaf Town once again and begin your journey!

  • Mega Evolve Torterra, Infernape, and Empoleon to achieve victory!
  • Explore the new Underground and find new Trainers to battle!
  • Reveal and unravel the mystery of Genesis Dialga/Palkia!
  • Enter the Distortion World again to stop Team Galactic to capture Giratina in a post-story mission!

Storyline

The storyline is the same as Diamond and Pearl, with some of Platinum thrown in, with the following changes:

  • Platinum is used as the template for the game, with version-exclusive elements added when necessary.
  • The player can now move in all directions, like in Pokémon Sun/Moon. In addition, the game's overworld has been expanded to correspond with the new Pokédex.
  • The environment of the Sinnoh region has been drastically changed. Parts of Route 208 and Route 210 are covered in little amount of snow.
  • The Genesis Form of Dialga/Palkia is seen atop Spear Pillar during the main story.
  • The Team Galactic commanders, Gym Leaders, and Elite Four members are fleshed out, with every Elite Four member besides Flint appearing at least once before you reach the Pokemon League.
    • Aaron appears in Eterna Forest.
    • Bertha is seen in Veilstone City.
    • Lucian appears in Canalave City.
  • Cyrus's role is expanded upon considerably, as he appears in the post-game Platinum Episode, which involves him attempting to use the opposite member of the Creation Trio after his defeat atop Spear Pillar, but Giratina tries to stop him. The Ultra Beasts of Alola also appear, and are revealed to have fought with Giratina before. For more information on the Platinum Episode, click here.
  • You receive a map of Mt. Coronet from Looker before you enter it to stop Team Galactic atop Spear Pillar.
  • Team Galactic is now going after both Manaphy and Heatran, with the Ocean Temple area added off the coast of Route 223.
  • The Spatia/Cronos Ruins exist where Pal Park once stood. These ruins hold the opposite member of the Creation Trio, which cannot be caught. These ruins are located north of the new routes.
  • A group of Aether Foundation scientists can be found throughout Sinnoh, sent by Lusamine to conduct research on the dimensional legends.
  • After completing the Platinum Episode, several Legendary Pokémon begin appearing in Sinnoh:
Legendary (or Legendaries) Method to Obtain
144Articuno
145Zapdos
146Moltres
Speak with Professor Oak in Eterna City to trigger the spawning of the birds. Unlike in Platinum, they eventually rest on Route 216, the Fuego Ironworks, and the Ravaged Path, respectively.
150Mewtwo
Obtain the Rocket Insignia from the Galactic Eterna Building, and speak to Saturn about it. After telling you about the former ties with Team Rocket that Team Galactic once possessed, the Forgotten Chamber may be entered, where Mewtwo lies.
244Entei
243Raikou
245Suicune
The beast that is strong against your starter roams Sinnoh once all three Legendary Birds are caught. They eventually rest in Celestic Town.
250Ho-oh
249Lugia
Obtain the Tidal/Clear Bell from Jasmine in Sunyshore by showing her a Legendary Beast, and then travel to the Sinjoh Ruins. Once there, Lugia or Ho-Oh will be waiting depending on your version.
377Regirock
378Regice
379Registeel
Regirock is available to both versions from the Titan Ruins on Route 228. Afterwards, either Registeel or Regice can be caught in the Titan Ruins depending on your version. The Regis can be used to awaken Regigigas later on.
386Deoxys
A meteorite crater is located on Route 232, where Deoxys can be battled.
638Cobalion
Terrakion XY
640Virizion

Visit Alder at the Valor Lakefront to trigger the Swords of Justice appearing in three locations:

  • Cobalion on Iron Island.
  • Terrakion in Mt. Coronet.
  • Virizion in Eterna Forest.
643Reshiram
Zekrom
Kyurem PWW
Find the Dark Stone/Light Stone in the Underground, and bring it to the Relic Tower on Route 231. Zekrom/Reshiram will be waiting at the top, with the dragon you fight depending on your version. If you bring both to the top of the tower, Kyurem appears. The DNA Splicers can be found on the ground shortly after battling Kyurem.
641Tornadus
642Thundurus
645Landorus
Find Thundurus/Tornadus at the shrine on Route 215, and catch them, with the Pokemon you get changing depending on your version. Bring both to that shrine, and Landorus attacks. The Reveal Glass is obtained from a man in Jubilife City.
716Xerneas
Yveltal
Travel to the Chamber of Life/Death in Lower Mt. Coronet, and either Xerneas or Yveltal will be there depending on your version.
800Necrozma
After catching/defeating Cosmog, Necrozma will wander around the Sinnoh region, like Cresselia in D/P.
  • Arceus can be caught if you bring a party full of all three members of the Creation Trio and all three Lake Guardians to the cave in Celestic Town, where you receive the Azure Flute from an Aether Foundation scientist. Play it at Spear Pillar, and you can battle Arceus.
  • A sleeping Snorlax blocks a bridge on Route 208.
  • Routes 231 and 232 are introduced, which are linked to southern Mt. Coronet. These mountainous and dry routes take you to the Sinjoh Ruins, where Ho-Oh or Lugia can be caught after the Platinum Episode depending on your version. The Relic Tower, a tower with a connection to Unova, is located along this route. In there, Volcarona can also be caught.
  • Fullmoon and Newmoon Island are opened up after the Platinum Episode is complete, and hold Cresselia and Darkrai, respectively.
  • After completing the Platinum Episode, an Ultra Wormhole appears near Celestic Town, with a Cosmog nearby. After catching or defeating Cosmog, a Type: Null can be obtained from an Aether Foundation scientist in Canalave.
  • The opposite-gender character can be battled in Sandgem Town every week after you complete the main story.
  • Barry, Lucas/Dawn, Cynthia, and Cyrus can mega evolve their starters, Garchomp, and Weavile, respectively.
  • A Kanto starter may be obtained from Professor Oak after obtaining the National Pokedex, while a Hoenn starter can be obtained from a Hoenn-native tourist near the Battle Frontier. A Kalos starter can be obtained from one of Professor Rowan's associates.
  • Lower Mt. Coronet is opened up once the Platinum Episode is done, and holds the Forgotten Chamber, where Mewtwo lies, alongside various Pokemon species not in the Sinnoh Pokedex and a direct entrance to the Underground.
  • Z-Crystals can be obtained by clearing small challenges before battling the Gym Leader. Some of the Z-Crystals can only be obtained during post-game, hidden in the Battle Zone and in the Underground.
  • Horde Battles and SOS Battles are returning.
  • Completing the Sinnoh Pokedex is no longer required to visit the Survival and Resort Areas.
  • The Global Terminal in Jubilife City has been replaced with the Battle Terminal, which holds the Battle Institute and the Battle Royale Arena.
  • The Sinnoh Gym Leaders and Elite Four get Mega Evolved Pokemon in their rematches:
    • Roark gets a Mega Rampardos.
    • Gardenia gets a Mega Roserade.
    • Fantina gets a Mega Drifblim.
    • Maylene gets a Mega Lucario.
    • Crasher Wake gets a Mega Floatzel.
    • Byron gets a Mega Bastiodon.
    • Candice gets a Mega Froslass.
    • Volkner gets a Mega Electivire.
    • Aaron gets a Mega Vespiquen.
    • Bertha gets a Mega Rhyperior.
    • Flint gets a Mega Infernape.
    • Lucian gets a Mega Gallade.
  • Awakening Regigigas now requires you to complete a puzzle involving all three Regis.
  • The Gym order is the same as Platinum.
  • After Dialga or Palkia is calmed down, temporal/spatial rifts remain throughout Sinnoh, causing non-native Pokemon to be scattered throughout the region.
  • A tribute to Satoru Iwata can be found in Jubilife City.
  • Access to Poke Pelago is unlocked through a sidequest involving Bebe to link the Sinnoh PC system to that of Alola's.
  • Amity Square now allows for walking with all 802 Pokemon.
  • Most non-Starter Mega Stones are scattered around Sinnoh after the Platinum Episode.
  • Oak's Letter returns as a distribution item, allowing players to catch Shaymin.

Communication with Other Games

Temporal Diamond and Spatial Pearl are capable of trading and battling with Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon as well as other copies of Temporal Diamond and Spatial Pearl, and Pokemon can be transferred over to Pokemon Solid and Liquid via Pokemon Bank as well. Pokemon from X & Y as well as ORAS can also be transferred over via Bank.

However, in order to honor the original Diamond and Pearl, Pokemon from any Gen IV game can be transferred directly to Bank without having to go through Gen V, and if you bring a Pokemon from the original Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum to the GAME FREAK director at the Valor Lakefront, you will get the Time Traveler Award.

The games can also link to Pokemon Stadium 3 for HD battling on the Nintendo Switch, as well as to obtain some nice rewards.

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Compatibility Update

A patch will be released for Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, & Ultra Moon that allows for the new features added in Temporal Diamond and Spatial Pearl to work, including the new Mega Evolutions. The following features will be added in the patch:

  • All Mega Stones are now purchasable from the Battle Tree.
  • The Genesis Forms and all of the new moves, Abilities, items, and other forms will be available.
  • A ship can now be taken to the Sinnoh Battle Frontier from any dock in Alola, to allow for compatibility with the battle facilities in the Battle Frontier. However, you cannot leave the Fight Area since you don't have all eight Sinnoh gym badges.
  • Barry is now a Title Defense challenger, using a team of Roserade, Floatzel, Rapidash, Staraptor, Snorlax, and Mega Heracross.
  • When fighting a player who is using Temporal Diamond or Spatial Pearl, their in-game model will show up instead of the default Sun & Moon one.
  • Location data for Sinnoh has been added, so that Pokemon from Temporal Diamond and Spatial Pearl will have accurate met locations instead of a "Faraway place".
  • Lucas appears in the Battle Tree with a team consisting of Torterra, Infernape, Empoleon, Mega Lucario, Porygon-Z, and Rotom.
  • The Bike can now be obtained as an item from a man on Melemele Island after defeating Hala. It is accessed from the Pokeride menu unlike most Key Items.

New Features

  • 37 new Mega Evolutions have been included into the game. Although some Pokémon have regional variants, these forms won't receive a Mega Evolution.
Pokémon Type Ability Mega Stone
068Machamp
Fighting Iron Fist Machampinite
119Seaking
Water/Ice Queenly Majesty Seakingite
Dragonite
Dragon/Water Multiscale Dragonitite
169Crobat
Poison/Flying Gale Wings Crobatite
203Girafarig
Normal/Psychic Contrary Girafarite
350Milotic
Water/Fairy Multiscale Miloticite
357Tropius
Grass/Dragon Multiscale Tropiusite
389Torterra
Grass/Rock Solid Rock Torterranite
392Infernape
Fire/Fighting Iron Fist Infernapite
Empoleon
Water/Steel Slush Rush Empoleonite
407Roserade
Grass/Poison Technician Roserite
416Vespiquen
Bug/Fairy Queenly Majesty Vespiquenite
419Floatzel
Water Speed Boost Floatzelite
Drifblim
Ghost/Flying Aerilate Drifblimite
461Weavile
Dark/Ice Slush Rush Weavilite
Rhyperior XY
Ground/Steel Piercing Drills (Powers Drill-based moves up to 20 %) Rhyperiorite
Dusknoir
Ghost/Dark Cursed Body Dusknoirite
Froslass
Ice/Ghost Shadow Tag Froslassite
553Krookodile
Ground/Dark Strong Jaw Krookodite
571Zoroark
Dark/Psychic Forewarn Zoroarkite
635Hydreigon
Dark/Dragon Sheer Force Hydreigonite
715Noivern
Flying/Dragon Sonar (Powers sound-based moves at nighttime) Noivernite
733Toucannon
Fire/Flying Heatproof Toucannonite
740Crabominable
Fighting/Ice Thick Fat Crabominite
743Ribombee
Bug/Fairy Pixilate Ribombite
  • Z-Moves have been introduced for the lake guardians, Regigigas, Manaphy and Shaymin, upgrading their Psychic, Crush Grip, Hydro Pump and Seed Flare moves to Power of the Lakes, Titanic Palm, Seafarer's Twister and Seed Burst, respectively.
  • PokéRide returns from Pokémon Sun & Moon.
    • The Bike remains due to Cycling Road.
    • Rampardos is obtained after the Oreburgh City gym battle, acting as Rock Smash.
    • Scyther is obtained after Eterna City, as Cut.
    • Drifblim fills the Defog niche after you defeat Fantina.
    • Staraptor is your Fly Pokemon after Veilstone.
    • Lapras is the Surf Pokemon once again.
    • Bastiodon provides Strength.
    • Garchomp is used for Rock Climb.
    • Floatzel is capable of swimming faster than Lapras as well as going up waterfalls.
    • Stoutland is reused from Sun and Moon as the Dowsing Machine, obtained at the same time.
    • Mamoswine is obtained in Canalave City, and is used to travel faster through thick snow.
  • Some Pokémon, like Wormadam got new formes. New formes for Burmy and Wormadam are Tidal Cloak (Bug/Water), Nest Cloak (Bug/Flying) and Snow Cloak (Bug/Ice).
  • The Underground has been revamped. Battles may occur there now between players, and Secret Bases are similar to those in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and you can even dig a tunnel that connects your base to the surface. The Underground can also use the Nintendo Network to find people to play with, providing a new source of flags to help get Spiritomb.
    • Hidden Caverns can now be found in the Underground, which hold Pokemon that have their Hidden Abilities.
  • The Game Corner in Veilstone now has different minigames due to the European gambling issues that led to no game corners after the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver. The minigames have nothing to do with gambling, and the building is even renamed to the "Veilstone Arcade". The minigames are similar to those in FireRed and LeafGreen's Game Corner in the Sevii Islands, as well as Voltorb Flip from HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • The Great Marsh's Safari Game has been revamped, with the Safari Game no longer requiring a payment. The Pokemon distribution there remains the same, but includes non-native Pokemon once you get the National Pokedex.
    • A new game mode known as the Safari Challenge has also been added to the Great Marsh, available after the Platinum Episode. In it, you only get to bring in one of your Pokemon, which is scaled down to level 50. You form a team of Pokemon from the Great Marsh, and use it to defeat a Boss Pokemon at the end, which is similar to a Totem Pokemon. A score is awarded based on your team composition as well as how long it took to defeat the boss, and you get to keep any Pokemon you caught.
  • Super Contests return alongside the dress-up feature and dancing minigame, with Keira and her Mega Lopunny introduced as your main contest rival. Elements of the Hoenn Contest Spectaculars are brought in as well, with Lisia even appearing as an opponent later on.
  • The Creation Trio, and Arceus, gets new Forms known as Genesis Forms, which are activated by holding their respective orb, or in Giratina's case, knowing the move Void Pulse. Arceus's is activated through the Jewel of Life, which is obtained in the Hall of Origin after battling it.
Pokemon Type Signature Move (Due to the power of these moves, they only have 2 PP, and that number cannot be boosted) Ability Stat Changes/Competitive Analysis
483Dialga
Steel/Dragon

Temporal Rift (Dragon-type)

(Damages a target and forces both opponents to switch out)

Chronal Warping (Two-turn moves don't waste a turn) Dialga's Special Attack and Defense are increased, with it's Ability providing a hefty boost to moves like Giga Impact and Solar Beam. Temporal Rift allows for Dialga to see a boost in damage and survivability.
484Palkia
Water/Dragon

Gravity Lapse (Dragon-type)

(The entire enemy team takes light damage, with the Pokemon currently out taking more)

Spatial Power (Moves can be used regardless of typing) Palkia gets a Special Attack and Special Defense increase, and it's Ability allows for attacks to hit regardless of typing, which helps against Fairy-types. Gravity Lapse hits multiple foes, making switching out difficult.
Giratina Origin XY
Ghost/Dragon

Void Pulse

(Dragon-type)

(Damages a target and applies a random status condition)

Dying Breath (When Giratina faints, the enemy Pokemon is forced to switch out) Giratina's Special Attack and Speed are boosted, and Dying Breath allows you to set up powerful revenge kills for when you are eventually killed. Void Pulse forces enemies to rethink their strategies.
  • Many features from ORAS and X/Y return, like the PSS, Super Training, and others. Trainer Customization also returns.
  • Pokémon Refresh returns from Su/Mo.
  • The Pokech has been upgraded to the Pokech Plus, with new apps such as a Menu app for menu buttons, a Jubilife TV app similar to the BuzzNav, a Pokedex app similar to the DexNav, and others. It also brings back the phone feature that hasn't been seen since HeartGold and SoulSilver's Pokegear.
  • The Battle Royale mode, Hyper Training, and Z-Moves also returns from S/M. Unlike its predecessor, the Mega Ring and Z-Ring have merged into one item, called the Superpower Ring. However, you can only use either Mega Evolution or Z-Moves on your Pokémon, not both.
  • The Battle Frontier reappears again, and the Fight Area now holds a Day Care along with an Egg-hatching route similar to the one in ORAS.
  • The Pokédex has been expanded to an amount of 380 Pokémon, 170 more than the original Platinum Pokédex, which is more than the original Pokédex from Diamond & Pearl.
  • The Poke Radar now brings out Pokemon who were not registered in the new Pokédex.
  • Sinnohian Formes are introduced, in contrast to the Alolan formes of Pokémon Sun & Moon. They add type variety to Sinnoh's Pokedex to help counteract issues with the old Pokedex. They are 29 Pokémon who receive these formes to adapt to the climate of the region.
Image Pokémon Type Ability Infos
Sinnohian Ponyta & Rapidash Dark/Ghost

Run Away or Illusion

Friend Guard (Hidden)

Based on Kelpies and Nightmares.
Sinnohian Sentret & Furret Normal/Ground

Run Away or Sand Force

Frisk (Hidden)

Based on a black-footed ferret.
Sinnohian Hoothoot & Noctowl Ice/Psychic

Snow Cloak

Tinted Lens (Hidden)

Based on snowy owls and Old Man Winter.
Sinnohian Wynaut & Wobbuffet Fighting

Anger Point or Hustle

Mold Breaker (Hidden)

Based on punching bags.
Sinnohian Beautifly & Dustox

Bug/Fire (Beautifly)

Bug/Fairy (Dustox)

Flash Fire (Beautifly; Hidden)

Illuminate (Dustox)

Based on the monarch butterfly.

Based on a luna moth

Sinnohian Wailord Water/Rock

Sturdy

Pressure (Hidden)

Based on a humpback whale.
Sinnohian Trapinch, Vibrava & Flygon

Ice (Trapinch)

Ice/Dragon (Vibrava & Flygon)

Hyper Cutter or Slush Rush (Trapinch)

Sheer Force (Hidden; Trapinch)

Snow Warning (Vibrava, Flygon)

Based on the insect Belgica antarctica and the wekiu bug.
Sinnohian Tympole, Palpitoad & Seismitoad

Rock (Tympole)

Rock/Grass (Palpitoad and Seismitoad)

Rock Head or Hydration

Grass Pelt (Hidden)

Based on pebble toads.
Sinnohian Mienfoo & Mienshao Fighting/Steel

Skill Link or Inner Focus

Reckless (Hidden)

Based on Kamaitachi and an Onna-bugeisha.
Sinnohian Golett & Golurk Grass/Rock

Iron Fist or Klutz

Grassy Surge (Hidden)

Based on ancient golems covered in moss.
Sinnohian Espurr & Meowstic Ghost/Fire

Flash Fire or Shadow Tag

Anticipation (Hidden)

Based on the Nekomata and Schrödinger's Cat.
Sinnohian Salandit & Salazzle Water/Poison

Swift Swim or Corrosion

Oblivious (Hidden)

Based on crested newts and the naiads.

Version-Exclusive Pokémon

Temporal Diamond-exclusive Spatial Pearl-exclusive
Cranidos & Rampardos Shieldon & Bastiodon
Lycanroc Midday Form Lycanroc Midnight Form
Heracross Pinsir
Stunky & Skuntank Glameow & Purugly
Sableye Mawile
Oricorio Baile Style & Pa'u Style Oricorio Sensu & Oricorio Pom-Pom Style
Mime Jr. & Mr. Mime Bonsly & Sudowoodo
Cleffa, Clefairy & Clefable Igglybuff, Jigglypuff & Wigglytuff
Rufflet & Braviary Vullaby & Mandibuzz
Dratini, Dragonair & Dragonite Deino, Zweilous & Hydreigon
Dialga Palkia
Cresselia Darkrai
Lugia Ho-Oh
Registeel Regice
Zekrom Reshiram
Thundurus Tornadus
Xerneas Yveltal
Solgaleo Lunala

Pokédex

The amount of Pokémon in TD/SP is now 380, 170 more than the original. All Pokémon from Generation VI receive their Pokédex entries from D/P, while the rest of the Pokémon receives Pokédex entries from X/Y. Some of the Pokémon of Generation VII receive their Pokédex entries from Su/Mo or get completely new Pokédex entries. Link here!

Trivia

  • This is the first and only Pokemon game that only runs on the New Nintendo 3DS. The reasoning for this is due to the original 3DS lagging in Sun & Moon during Double Battles and Multi Battles.

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