With over 450 Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Rayquaza is one of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon in the franchise’s history.
There are only a few similar Pokémon that can match or better its base stat total of 680, making it a Pokémon worth getting by all means.
In this guide, we’ll be showing you how you can get Rayquaza in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl once again.
Like every other Legendary in the game but one, you will have to wait until you have completed the game’s main story before getting the opportunity to catch Rayquaza.
Also, the way in which several Legendary Pokémon should be caught in the gen 4 remakes just makes getting Rayquaza one of the last things a lot of players will do in the game(s).
Finding Rayquaza in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Rayquaza can be seen in the game’s special post-game area, known as Ramanas Park. But before you can access it, you’ll have to defeat Cynthia at the Pokémon League and unlock the National Dex.
National Dex can be unlocked by registering the Pokédex data of all 150 Pokémon in the Sinnoh region. Once you’ve done that, you can then visit Professor Rowan’s research lab in Sandgem Town and update the Pokédex.
You can reach Ramanas Park by following Routes 219, 220, and 221, all of which lead to the south of Sandgem Town. The entrance to Ramanas Park can be found at the end of Route 221, but you can’t catch the Rayquaza just yet.
Before getting the chance to catch Rayquaza, you must first catch three Legendary Titans, Latias, Latios, and the three Legendary Beasts in Brilliant Diamond or the three Legendary Birds from Shining Pearl.
Once you’ve done that, you will then be given the slate required to meet Rayquaza. You must place it on the pedestal inside the Stratospheric Room, based in the northwest part of the park.
Catching Rayquaza in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Rayquaza can be difficult to catch, unlike other Pokémon, as it possesses a special move that allows it to restore its health. Knowing this, you’ll find yourself taking more risks than you typically would when it comes to their attacks. In this case, it’s best you save the game before commencing the battle.
Rest can be used to your advantage because Rayquaza is easier to catch when it is sleeping. However, this requires you to have an attack that’s capable of depleting all except a fraction of Rayquaza’s health within one or two turns.
You should aim to pick an attack that the dragon/flying-type is neither resistant nor weak to. This will allow you to avoid too much or too little damage against Rayquaza.
Following the above guide will lead you to Rayquaza, and our tips on how to defeat it should come in handy as well.
But of course, many players have their various battle techniques against different types of Pokémon, so it’s up to you on how you choose to fight it. Happy gaming!