Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are mostly very faithful remakes of the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. But a bit of hidden additional content could very well address the lore from Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
If you remember the Canalave library from the original games, it is full of books relating to the myths and legends of the Sinnoh region. There are a number of stories about legendary Pokémon like Arceus, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Giratina, Palkia, Dialga, and others. There are even a few weird stories that seem to confirm that humans at least at some point ate Pokémon, and another that suggests that Pokémon were once indistinguishable from humans.
All of these texts are largely restored in their original translations in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, with the exception of one line in the “Sinnoh Myth” story which appears to have been adapted for the sake of clarity. However, there is an entirely new story hidden on the second floor of the library that was not present in the original games.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl New Canalave Library Text
The text, entitled “The Sea’s Legend”, says that the book “was only recently discovered and its ancient letters deciphered”. It reads like this:
Once upon a time there was a Pokémon in the East Sea known as the prince. A brave human asked the marine Pokémon to show them the prince. Mantyke, Buizel, and a quilfish with huge spines paid tribute to man’s bravery and joined them. Together they rode in a boat across the sunset-lined sea and sailed through the ocean gate that stretched out over the waves. The news of this reached the ears of the prince, who went to meet the brave little company at Seaside Hollow.
The story ends abruptly there, but it’s entirely possible that this strange story – which doesn’t seem to have anything specific to do with anything special in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl – is teasing something about Pokémon Legends: Arceus. For one, no location is known to be called Seaside Hollow in the Pokémon games, nor does it seem to match anything currently in Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl.
The “prince” could refer to Manaphy, known as the “prince of the sea” in the movie Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea. The plot of the film involves the heroes bringing a manaphy egg back to a sea temple that is home to an item called the Sea Crown. Usually, anime plots don’t transition much into the main games (Pokémon Yellow aside), but this could at least give a clue as to who this mysterious “prince” might be. Manaphy appears in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but only as a mystery poison and without an associated plot or secret locations.
It is also worth noting that the review embargo on Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl specifically prohibited mentioning the contents of the books in the Canalave library. Given that this is the only significant change in the books from the originals, this new book seems at least to be an important addition or spoiler that Game Freak wanted to keep under wraps before release.
We won’t know exactly what this refers to until Pokémon Legends: Arceus hits January 28th next year, though we’ve already heard a number of tidbits about its new “noble” Pokémon, its Monster Hunter-like world, and some creepy ones Look for “Found Footage” style teases. Meanwhile, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are still worthy remakes for their faithful recreation of Sinnoh and a time when Pokémon were a little more challenging.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.