Every once in a while, trainers will receive a Pokemon Egg during their journey in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl. This could be from a Hiker NPC in Hearthome City or from Riley on Iron Island. However, there are more ways to get Pokemon Eggs and that is by breeding Pokemon at the Pokemon Daycare. Certain Pokemon such as Riolu can only be obtained through Eggs, so it's a good idea to use the Daycare to help fill out the Pokedex.


By leaving a female and male Pokemon of a compatible species at the Daycare center, there's a chance they will produce a Pokemon Egg. Hatching Eggs in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl isn't any different from previous core Pokemon games, and some methods can speed up the Hatching Process.

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The Normal Method of Hatching Pokemon Eggs

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Typically, Pokemon Eggs hatch after a certain amount of steps is taken in-game. One species, such as a Pichu, takes 2560 steps to hatch, while starter Pokemon such as Piplup can take 5120 steps. Unlike Pokemon GO, trainers cannot stick Eggs into an incubator and will need to have at least one slot open in their party. Therefore, the best way to hatch Eggs is by having a long path to walk/bike up and down.

If trainers are leaving Pokemon at the Daycare and still not getting any Eggs, they should consider replacing one of the Pokemon with a Ditto. A faster way to increase the Egg output at a Daycare is by breeding Pokemon with different Trainer IDs. A third option is to use the Oval Charm, obtained after beating the Elite Four.

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Hatching Pokemon Eggs with Modifiers

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Pokemon always come with different Abilities. These Abilities have an effect both in and outside of battle. One example is Flame Body, which occasionally inflicts Burn if the Attacker makes contact. However, outside battle, this Ability is an asset in hatching Pokemon Eggs.

Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl that have the Flame Body ability are Magmar, Magmortar, Slugma, Magcargo, Ponyta, Rapidash, and Camerupt. Keep in mind that Flame Body is a Hidden Ability for Ponyta, Rapidash, and Camerupt. Meanwhile, Flame Body is a natural ability (or second Ability) for Magmar/Magmortar and Slugma/Magcargo.

To use Flame Body outside of battle, have the Flame Body-Pokemon in the party with the Egg. This will "incubate" the Egg and decrease the number of steps needed to hatch the Egg. Even if the Pokemon with Flame Body faints, the Ability will still work.

Those that aren't in any rush to hatch Pokemon Eggs can simply hatch them the normal way. Someone who's looking to Shiny Hunt and looking to fill their entire team with Pokemon Eggs should try this strategy.

Lastly, a good place to hatch in Sinnoh is Cycling Road. This is a long bridge over Route 206 between Eterna City and Route 207. It's recommended to battle all the trainers beforehand, so they don't interrupt the trainer going from one end of the bridge to the other.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl are available now on Nintendo Switch.

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