Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have brought back a feature from the old Nintendo DS touch screen. Pokemon fans who had the old DS games will remember this feature well and, although it doesn’t offer anything more than a feel-good aesthetic, it is a cool aspect of the game! Players can now polish their Gym Badges!
Polishing Gym Badges in Pokemon
Gym Badges are collected throughout the games by defeating Gym Leaders in a Pokemon battle. When you have defeated the Gym Leader the Gym Badge can be found in your Trainer Card. There are a total of 8 Gym Badges to collect in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl:
- Coal – Rock type Pokemon
- Forest – Grass type Pokemon
- Cobble – Fighting type Pokemon
- Fen – Water type Pokemon
- Relic – Ghost type Pokemon
- Mine – Steel type Pokemon
- Icicle – Ice type Pokemon
- Beacon – Electric type Pokemon
After you have defeated those Gym Leaders you then go on to battle the Elite Four – Aaron, Bertha, Flint, Lucian- and the Champion, Cynthia.
In the older games players discovered that they could use their stylus to tap the badges and make a metallic ‘ping!’ sound. They then found that if they rubbed the stylus across each badge it made a ‘squeaky’ sound and the badges became really shiny! Excitingly, you can do this with touchscreen mode on your Nintendo Switch.
In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl polishing badges is now a feature in touchscreen mode. Open your Trainer Card, tap ‘View Badges’ and get polishing. Rub your finger around on each badge to make a squeaking sound until the colours shine through and sparkles appear!
You can also tap and hold each Gym Badge to hold and rotate them, viewing them individually.
Let us know in the comments below if you have polished your badges today!