Pokemon BDSP update stops duplication glitch clone deals

The iteration and cloning of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl threatened to kill any value of the Brilliant Pokemon, but the developers found a way to guard against that with a new update.

In the new update of Pokemon BDSP, the developers have begun to lay the groundwork for exporting Pokemon from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and importing Pokemon into them using Pokemon HOME. This includes a cipher string for “PokeDupeChecker” that is specifically designed to search for cloned Pokemon using transcription and cloning glitches. The result is that cloned Pokemon will not be able to be traded or transferred from the player’s copy of Pokemon BDSP.

“PokeDupeChecker” comes after multiple game-changing cloning bugs were discovered by Pokemon BDSP players. Players were able to copy Pokemon using the game’s buggy menus. This worked by effectively using one set of rolls to move a group of Pokemon from one chest to another, then using a different set of rolls to keep them in place.

With shiny versions of every legendary Pokémon from the first four generations available in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, clones have threatened to flood online trading with previously rare Pokémon. This change will not completely prevent this from happening, but it will mitigate it at least somewhat.

Pokemon HOME updates arrive along with cloned Pokemon changes for Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl

The copy glitch locking wasn’t the only noticeable change that came to the Pokemon BDSP. Besides this there was a framework for importing Pokemon from Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

The origin code of Pokemon has been discovered by data miners, confirming that Pokemon from Legends: Arceus can be exported out of the game. Although this was discovered in the Pokemon BDSP, it likely means that Legends: Arceus Pokemon will be exportable to other titles in the future, and possibly Sword and Shield as well.

What is not certain is how Poke Balls will work in this. Pokemon Legends: Arceus introduced a number of new Poke Balls and reimagined items such as the Heavy Ball. Currently, these are set to be replaced with the previously unused “Strange Ball” with bugged or invalid Poke Ball IDs.

Although the foundation has been laid for the Pokemon HOME update for Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl, these games are not yet compatible with the service. That may change in the near future.

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