How to unlock following Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl following you

Ever since the release of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver in 2010, the idea of your Pokémon team following you cemented itself as a fan-favorite gameplay mechanic. Over the years, its implementation has been in high demand, with some games in the series experimenting with the idea, but ultimately removing it in future installments. However, in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you can have Pokémon following you, so here’s how to unlock following Pokémon in these games.

How to unlock following Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl with no fuss

After obtaining the second gym badge and thwarting Team Galactic’s plans in Eterna City, you will eventually make your way through multiple routes before arriving in Hearthome City. This city is home to Pokémon Contests, as well as Amity Square, the location you need to navigate to. You can enter Amity Square from either the top left or top right area of Hearthome City, so choose which one you want to set foot in.

Amity Square Entrance How to unlock following Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl following you

Speak to the lady at the desk in Amity Square, and she will ask you to present her with a “Cute” Pokemon. I was able to take my Monferno into Amity Square, thus allowing me to explore the park with my starter Pokémon. It’s worth exploring the area before exiting it, as there are some useful items scattered around the square. Once you’ve had your fun, simply head back to the entrance, which will then unlock the following Pokémon mechanic in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

How to unlock following Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl following you

You are not restricted in which Pokémon you want to follow you, so don’t worry about the “Cute” criteria from Amity Square, as that’s exclusive to that area. If you want to change the Pokémon that’s currently following you, simply open up the “Pokémon” section on the menu, click on the Pokémon you want, and choose “Walk Together.”

That’s everything you need to know about how to unlock Pokémon following you in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. For more tips, check out our other Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl guides:

Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on Zelda Universe and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The chances are you'll also hear him scream Persona.

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