Fans of the Pokémon games have long wanted to revisit the Sinnoh region with remakes of the Gen 4 games, and the upcoming release of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will give them that opportunity. However, what may be even more exciting than revisiting the region is revisiting the many gameplay features that the games introduced and expanded upon.
Since the evolution of Pokémon‘s gameplay is constant, some of these mechanics have been left behind in newer generations, either developing into new mechanics or disappearing altogether. Hopefully, these remakes will allow fans to dive back into Sinnoh with these features still intact and altered to its new graphics and expanded Pokédex.
The tedious method to catch the ghost/dark type Spiritomb may not be a feature that many fans want to see return in the remakes, but it’s undeniable that few if any requirements to catch Pokémon have been as daunting or strange since. The only place to find Spiritomb in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum was at the Hallowed Tower, but just going there isn’t enough.
First, players will need to acquire an Odd Keystone and place it in the Hallowed Tower. From there, they must go to Sinnoh’s Underground and talk to players (not NPCs) 32 times before returning to the Tower to start a battle with a wild Spiritomb. This method of capture is highly unusual and difficult to pull off, and the whole thing will need to be repeated if players need to summon Spiritomb again.
In Sinnoh’s Veilstone City, the Massage Girl offers her relaxing services to Pokémon that just need to wind down, earning rewards for their trainers in the process. For instance, massages can boost the friendship level of Pokémon, strengthening the bond with their trainer.
Also, trainers looking to participate in the games’ Super Contests will want to give the Massage Girl a visit, as she can also find accessories for those events during massages. Hopefully, in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, trainers will be able to take advantage of Massage Girl’s generous offer of one free massage per day, bringing this relaxing mechanic into the present.
Gen 4 introduced a few new methods for players to evolve their Pokémon, with some of them having an impact on how evolution worked in the future. The method used to evolve baby Pokémon Mantyke into Mantine, however, has not been repeated for any other Pokémon since.
In order to evolve into Mantine, Mantyke needs to level up while the player also has a Remoraid in the party, implying a symbiotic relationship between the two Pokémon also represented in Mantine’s official art. Since leaving the Sinnoh region, however, no other evolution method has required players to have a specific species of Pokémon in their party, making Mantyke and Mantine a special case.