Pokémon Pearl, Nintendo DS

While I wouldn’t call myself a Pokémon fanatic, I do really enjoy the games because they are so well made, and because I love level-grinders. Pokémon Pearl (and its companion, Diamond) is considered by many as one of the best games in the series, and people still love to play it now.

Compared to previous generations, Pokémon Pearl has lots of new features, and compared to later generations: the series hasn’t yet started to collapse under its own weight.

There is so much more to Pearl than there was in the previous Pokémon games, for example: berries now grow much quicker and are more abundant (certain types of berries anyway), plus: the ground in which they grow goes different colours to indicate how dry it is (and how much it needs watering); there are special Pokémon types this time – for example the UNOWN, which exist as one for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet, and when you have them all they unlock access to a hidden area where you can catch two more of their type; box management is much more detailed and usable than before; contests are much more complex than previously, with tight little minigames that allow you to earn award ribbons (and special items) for your prize Pokémon, and fashion accessories that allow you to dress them up for visual presentations; there’s a neat safari game with rare Pokémon to catch, with multiple areas connected by a trolley system, and which can be scoped-out before playing via binoculars on a tower; a Pokémon app system – where you can install useful apps on a wristwatch, such as a ‘berry-finder’, a pedometer, digital and analogue watches, a calculator, and much more; and a day and night cycle that follows the real time DS clock. In fact: there’s so much amazing detail in Pokémon Pearl (and Diamond) that it’s impossible to list it all here. Pokémon fans are in for a rich time when they play this game.

Are there any downsides to Pokémon Pearl? Well, the music is a bit too hectic for my tastes at times, but – that said – there are also musical themes that are slow and beautiful, and reminiscent of The Beatles at times too, so it’s a mixture. Also: the amount of time and effort that you have to invest into the game – if you want to collect everything – is fairly astronomical, but also one of the appeals of the Pokémon games. They’re no pushover. If I had one lingering gripe it would be that having to wait for certain things to happen during battle is a drag. What I mean by that is: the timings of the battle processes do end up slowing you down a bit – waiting for a ball to be thrown, the weather animations to play, and your Pokémon to get set up for a battle. It might have been good to either speed them up a bit, or at least have the option to speed up battles. And – of course – features now lacking because there’s no longer any Nintendo Wifi available is frustrating.

Otherwise: I can’t really find fault in Game Freak‘s design of this game. It’s pretty phenomenal how lush and absorbing Pokémon Pearl is, and I would highly recommend it if you like RPGs.

More: Pokémon Diamond & Pearl on Wikipedia

How to capture Regigigas in Pokemon Pearl/Diamond/Platinum:

A lot of online guides are incomplete and vague about what you need to do to catch Regigigas in Pokémon Pearl or Diamond. He resides at Snowpoint Temple, north of Snowpoint City, and you can only capture him when you have all three Regis (Regice, Regirock, Registeel) in your possession, and to do that you need to import them from Pokémon Ruby or Sapphire.

Since you’re likely playing in an emulator, here’s how to do it:

1. Firstly, you need to ensure you have all three legendary Pokémon, Regice, Regirock, Registeel, captured in Pokémon Ruby or Sapphire on the GBA (no mean feat – check a guide on how to do that), and save your game. Make a copy of your save game file, in case anything goes wrong.

2. Next, you need to save your game in Pokémon Pearl or Diamond. Make a backup of your save game file, just in case you mess up.

3. Next, you need to insert the GBA game cartridge for Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire into your DS emulator. In DeSmuME (I’m using version 0.9.11 x64) this is in Config > Slot 2 (GBA Slot) > choose GBA cartridge in the slot menu, then point it to your Ruby/Sapphire ROM file. You need to make sure that the ROM you’re pointing to is the same one that contains the save file with your Regis.

4. Next, reset Pokémon Pearl/Diamond and choose “Migrate from Ruby” on the opening menu.

5. A process will now begin, allowing you to choose six Pokémon to migrate over. Cycle through your boxes, making sure you select Regice, Regirock and Registeel. When the process is complete the game will tell you.

6. Next, reset Pearl or Diamond again and load your save game normally.

7. To complete the migration the three Regis then need to be caught in Pal Park, in the south area of Sinnoh. Go to Pal Park and enter the Pokémon catching competition. You’ll be given six Park Balls.

8. Wander through the grass until you’re given a chance to catch Pokémon. Your imported Pokémon should immediately pop up for capture, one by one. Throw a Park Ball to capture them. Each catch should happen without the Pokémon running, so don’t worry about that. Note that if you have any water Pokémon to migrate, you’ll have to surf to make them appear, so make sure you brought your surf Pokémon with you if that’s the case. When you’ve captured all six, the capture competition will end and you’ll get your score and prize.

9. Check the computer, and your various boxes, to see your newly-imported Pokémon. If everything went to plan you’ll see all three Regis sat there, waiting for you. It worked for me!

10. Next, you’ll then need to travel to Snowpoint City, and Snowpoint Temple in the north of the city.

11. To awaken Regigigas you need to have all three Regis in your party, when you confront him, so add them and head to Snowpoint Temple. Obviously make sure you have an appropriate party in your possession, because Regigigas is level 70 (in Pokémon Pearl/Diamond – in Platinum I believe he’s level one, but I’m playing in Pearl). Also, make sure you have plenty of Pokéballs at your disposal to catch him. Ultra Balls should do the trick, but Dusk Balls or Quick Balls will also work. Just make sure that you save your game before battling Regigigas, and don’t knock him out during battle! Use emulator quick saves to your advantage, if you need to.

5 thoughts on “Pokémon Pearl, Nintendo DS”

  1. The last Pokemon I played was Gold, but all the ones that came after look just as charming and accessible as those early ones. You’d think it’d have been a stale formula, but somehow it seems to just keep working.

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    1. I noticed a few videos on YouTube about the series “turning bad”, and – to be honest – I have no interest in playing any of the modern games. Particularly the mobile games. The older games are great, though. I’ve yet to play the first one on the Game Boy, so will probably go for that next.


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