Easter eggs are frequently found in the Pokemon mainline series games, but a rather peculiar one was found again recently in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
January 12 marked the birthday of one of Pokemon’s directors, Junichi Masuda. It was also the day we got to witness the return of the Pokemon franchise’s longest-running easter eggs, called Diamond Dust.
On January 12, in locations like Snowpoint City, players could witness a unique type of snow dust falling overhead. This snow, called Diamond Dust, appears in Pokemon games to commemorate special events such as game anniversaries, releases, and also Junichi Masuda’s birthday.
This tradition/easter egg began all the way back from Generation IV with Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, and has just made its resurgence after its last appearance in Generation VII, where it would appear on Mount Lanakila when it was the player’s birthday itself!
Joe Merrick from Serebii tweeted out that Diamond Dust isn’t purely for aesthetic and celebratory purposes, but also provides a couple of nifty buffs for players on that specific day, where encounter rates and hatch rates would be increased substantially.
Other appearances of the Diamond Dust easter egg happened to be on New Year’s Eve, for the “Discovery of Mew,” Leap Day, Pokemon Day, and more.
So what do you think about the Diamond Dust easter egg appearing in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl? Did you manage to witness this rare and beautiful phenomenon? Let us know in the comments down below!