Spiritomb, following the original games, is one of the hardest Pokémon to find in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Before you can even consider catching Spiritomb, you must first obtain an Odd Keystone and then complete a very specific requirement to unlock its encounter.
So head to the PokéMarket to buy a bunch of PokéBalls and read on to find out how to get Spiritomb.
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Keystone’s Strange Location in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Explained
If you want to add Spiritomb to your Pokédex in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you must first find an odd keystone.
The easiest way to do this is to visit Route 208, west of Hearthome City. Here, in the lower right corner, near the honey tree and tall grass, you will find a trainer. However, they are a little difficult to spot because they are hidden behind trees.
This trainer will give you an odd keystone and tell you to head to Route 209.
Talk to this trainer to receive an odd keystone.
You can also find a rare keystone by digging in the Grand Underground, and once you can Surf outside of battle by earning the Hearthome City Gym Badge, you can find one hidden in the tree south of Twinleaf Town.
How to get Spiritomb in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Once you have an Odd Keystone, it’s time to start working on capturing Spiritomb in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
First, you must visit Route 209, east of Hearthome City, and the Holy Tower, which can be found on the east side of the route, south of the Lost Tower. However, it does not look like a tower, but rather a sinister hole.
The location of the Hallowed Tower.
When you interact with the Holy Tower, you will be asked to place your Strange Keystone on the tower. Doing so will allow you to truly begin working towards your encounter with Spiritomb.
Next, you must venture into the Grand Underground and talk to 32 of the NPC characters you can find down there.
It’s important to note that vendors, who look like hikers, and any players you meet while playing Grand Underground online do not count towards this count.
Only NPC characters, of which there are 35, count towards Spiritomb and you must talk to 32 unique people, meaning you can’t just spam the same NPC over and over again.
To help you keep track of how close you are to catching Spiritomb, the Holy Tower’s description will change depending on how many people you’ve spoken to:
- 0 to 7 NPC: It is the Sacred Tower. It appears to have been built many years ago.
- From 8 to 14 NPC: It is the Sacred Tower. Its stones seem to have moved…
- 15 to 21 NPC: It is the Sacred Tower. …Is that crying coming from inside the tower?
- 22 to 28 NPC: It is the Sacred Tower. …Does the tower shake slightly?
- 29 to 31 NPC: It is the Sacred Tower. There is some kind of presence… It seems ready to emerge!
- 32+ NPCs: Yulaaah!
The description of the Holy Tower will change as you talk to NPCs in Grand Underground.
Each NPC has a location in the Grand Underground where they are most likely to appear, such as Leilani who appears in the section below Celestic Town, but there is also a chance that they will appear in other parts of the Grand Underground.
Because of this, catching Spiritomb is much easier after the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl game, because you will have full access to the Grand Underground. To find out how to get to each section separately, visit our Grand Underground guide.
However, if you wish to add Spiritomb to your Pokédex before this point, it is possible to force these NPCs to appear. However, it’s a considerable time investment, so we only recommend doing it if you really want Spiritomb on your team.
This method involves taking advantage of how the NPC of the section of tunnels you are currently in can change every time you enter a Pokémon Hideout or exit the Great Underground.
The best place to do this is on either side of Sunlit Cavern, which is easily accessible by entering the Grand Underground from Route 207. Once there, you’ll find two sections of tunnels: on the right and left side of Sunlit Cavern. Cavern: Can be traversed quickly and both may contain an NPC.
On the right side, for example, you’re most likely to encounter Leticia in one of four different locations, but you can also find an NPC from any other location in the Grand Underground. After finding the NPC, enter and then exit Sunlit Cavern to reset the NPC.
Using this method, we meet Donn, Eileen, Harper, Kawika, Kiera, Maika, Roy, Reggie, Rita, Samuel and Troye after a period of one hour. As mentioned above, finding these NPCs before the end of the game can take a considerable amount of time depending on your progress in the game.
These are some of the NPCs, besides Leticia, that we found using the above method.
It’s also important to note that certain character models have been reused for NPCs, such as Eileen and Leilani before appearing as old women, so it’s worth talking to them even if you think you already know this NPC.
We also recommend writing down the names of the NPCs you encounter; No matter when you try to find Spiritomb, you’ll have a good idea of how close you are to achieving this goal.
After you’ve finally talked to 32 unique NPCs, it’s time to catch Spiritomb!
However, first we recommend stocking up on PokéBalls and saving your game. If you knock out Spiritomb or have to leave the battle for any reason, you will have to restart the whole process again.
Spiritomb’s weaknesses in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl explained
Spiritomb will always be level 25 and is a ghost and dark type Pokémon when you encounter it in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
For this reason, we recommend using a fairy type, which is below level 25, to quickly reduce its health. Depending on how far along you are in the game, you can easily find Fairy-type Pokémon in the Trophy Garden, such as Mime Jr. or Cleffa.
Another good strategy is to slowly reduce its health by using types, such as poison, that are less effective on Spiritomb. Remember, however, to avoid normal type moves, because, thanks to Spiritomb being part ghost type, these attacks will not affect it.
Don’t forget to save before fighting Spiritomb in case something goes wrong, so you don’t have to repeat the quest process.
Good luck catching Spiritomb in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl!