One of the biggest additions in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is the Grand Underground, an expansion of the original Underground from Pokémon Diamond Version, Pearl Version, and Platinum Version. The Grand Underground allows players to capture Pokémon outside of the standard Sinnoh Dex, set up cool Secret Bases, and farm useful items.

Keep reading for our full guide on the Grand Underground, including how to unlock it, what Pokémon can be found there, and much more.

 

How to unlock the Grand Underground in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

 

 

Unlocking the Grand Underground requires you to make it to Eterna City, where you can find the games’ second Gym Leader, Gardenia. After beating the first Gym Leader in Oreburgh City, the Rock-type user Roark, head west back to Jubilife City and then north through the Ravaged Path, Floaroma Town, and Route 205, and then west through Eterna Forest. However, in order to access Eterna Forest, you must first defeat Team Galactic at the Valley Windworks.

In Eterna City, you’ll find the Underground Man in the house next to the Pokémon Center. The Underground Man will give you the Explorer’s Kit, which unlocks the Grand Underground and allows you to venture to it whenever you like! Note that you can’t enter the Grand Underground in buildings or caves.

Upon getting the Explorer’s Kit, the Underground Man will immediately force you to go to the Grand Underground. There, you’ll briefly meet Roark, who will then set you off to explore the various Grand Underground environments. Once you’re done catching or battling Pokémon, head back up to the surface by pressing “Y,” and the Underground Man will greet you with a gift of a Red Sphere S, Blue Sphere S, and Green Sphere S.

Head back into his house and talk to him again, and he’ll ask you to head back underground to search for treasure. At this point onward, you’ll have the option to enter the Grand Underground through local communication, over the internet, or entirely solo.

 

What are the different areas in the Grand Underground?

 

Like the original Pokémon Diamond Version, Pearl Version, and Platinum Version, the Grand Underground is split into six distinct areas which are accessible from:

 

  • Twinleaf Town
  • Eterna City
  • Celestic Town
  • Snowpoint City
  • Sunyshore City
  • Fight Area

 

While the area names are the same as in the original games, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl offers brand-new layouts with each.

Each area offers a different environment and, consequently, different Pokémon encounters.

 

What Pokémon can be found in the Grand Underground Pokémon Hideaways?

 

 

Pokémon in the Grand Underground can be found in different “Pokémon Hideaways.” Each of these vary from each other, and many ‘mons are exclusive to these Hideaways.

Throughout the game, you’ll hit different points in which more Pokémon will start showing up in the Hideaways:

 

  • Get Defog
  • Get Strength
  • Get Icicle Badge
  • Get Waterfall
  • Get National Pokédex

 

Pokémon in the Grand Underground have a chance of having one of their Egg Moves, and every time you enter a Hideaway, there’s a chance of a “Rare Spawn” occurring. Rare Spawns are how you catch Pokémon not in the standard Sinnoh Dex, like those featured in the expanded Poké Dex in Pokémon Platinum Version.

 

In both Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

 

  • Absol
  • Cricketot
  • Duskull
  • Budew
  • Bidoof
  • Gabite
  • Gastly
  • Gastrodon
  • Geodude
  • Gible
  • Glalie
  • Houndoom
  • Lickitung
  • Magnemite
  • Machop
  • Onix
  • Psyduck
  • Ralts
  • Roselia
  • Rhyhorn
  • Shellos
  • Shinx
  • Smoochum
  • Snorunt
  • Swablu
  • Swinub
  • Togepi
  • Burmy
  • Zubat

 

Exclusive to Brilliant Diamond

 

  • Scyther
  • Gligar
  • Elekid

 

Exclusive to Shining Pearl

 

  • Pinsir
  • Teddiursa
  • Magby

 

We’re working on a complete list of all Pokémon that can be found in the Grand Underground, along with which biome they can be found in, so check back later for details!

 

What Levels are the Pokémon in the Grand Underground?

 

 

The Levels of Pokémon in the Grand Underground vary depending on your progression in the game:

 

Requirement Level Range
1 badge earned 16-20
2 badges earned 25-29
3 badges earned 29-33
4 badges earned 33-37
5 badges earned 36-40
6 badges earned 39-43
7 badges earned 42-46
8 badges earned 50-55
Post-Elite Four 58-63

 

How do you dig in the Grand Underground?

 

 

Digging in the Grand Underground is very simple. When you see a glistening point along a tunnel wall, just interact with it to start digging. Your Explorer Kit contains both a hammer and mallet, which allows you to find goodies like Spheres, evolution items, shards, elemental plates, Heart Scales, Pokémon fossils, and much more hidden throughout the Grand Underground.

Here’s a full list of all the items found in the Grand Underground:

 

ItemHow to Obtain
Armor FossilDig in the Grand Underground (Shining Pearl)
Blue ShardDig in the Grand Underground
Claw FossilDig in the Grand Underground
Damp RockDig in the Grand Underground
Dome FossilDig in the Grand Underground
Draco PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Dread PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Earth PlateDig in the Grand Underground
EverstoneDig in the Grand Underground
Fire StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Fist PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Flame PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Float StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Green ShardDig in the Grand Underground
Hard StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Heart ScaleDig in the Grand Underground
Heat RockDig in the Grand Underground
Helix FossilDig in the Grand Underground
Icicle PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Icy RockDig in the Grand Underground
Insect PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Iron BallDig in the Grand Underground
Iron PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Leaf StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Light ClayDig in the Grand Underground
Max ReviveDig in the Grand Underground
Meadow PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Mind PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Moon StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Mysterious Shard LDig in the Grand Underground
Mysterious Shard SDig in the Grand Underground
Odd KeystoneDig in the Grand Underground
Old AmberDig in the Grand Underground
Oval StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Pixie PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Rare BoneDig in the Grand Underground
Red ShardDig in the Grand Underground
ReviveDig in the Grand Underground
Root FossilDig in the Grand Underground
Skull FossilDig in the Grand Underground (Brilliant Diamond)
Sky PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Smooth RockDig in the Grand Underground
Splash PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Spooky PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Star PieceDig in the Grand Underground
Stone PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Sun StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Thunder StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Toxic PlateDig in the Grand Underground
Water StoneDig in the Grand Underground
Yellow ShardDig in the Grand Underground
Zap PlateDig in the Grand Underground

 

How to build a Secret Base in the Grand Underground

 

Secret Bases are cool ways to carve out your own personalizable areas within the Grand Underground. To unlock the ability to build a Secret Base, you’ll need to buy a Digger Drill from one of the shopkeepers you can find within the Grand Underground’s tunnels.

The cost of the Digger Drill is anywhere from 10 to 20 Spheres depending on which shopkeeper you buy it from. Spheres can be found through digging.

 

What are Pokémon Statues and how do I get them?

 

While digging in the Grand Underground, you may come across special boxes that contain Pokémon Statues. These can be displayed in your Secret Base and increase your odds of encountering certain Pokémon Types in Pokémon Hideaways. This is based on the Type of the Pokémon Statue. For example, if you place a Charmander Statue, you’ll boost your odds of finding Fire-type Pokémon, but if you place a Charizard Statue, you’ll boost your odds of finding both Fire and Flying-Type Pokémon.

There are three types of Pokémon Statues: Standard, Color, and Legendary. Each version gives a bigger odds boost than the previous.

 

  • To get Standard Statues, you need to dig up Pretty Boxes.
  • To get Color Statues, you need to dig up Gorgeous Boxes. These Statues boost the odds increase by 2x.
  • To get Legendary Statues, you need to catch the relevant Legendary Pokémon in Ramanas Park. These Statues boost the odds increase by 3x.

 

More Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl guides

 

Looking for more help with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl? Check out our other guides!

 

 

 

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.