Ramanas Park is Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl's gateway into the world of legendaries. It's where players can go to catch some of the coolest and rarest Pokemon pals around. Pals like Mewtwo and Kyogre. Big, strong pals that can tear through opposing teams at the Battle Tower and online. Needless to say, it's one of the first things many players will want to unlock.
This guide will not only reveal the requirements for gaining access to Ramanas Park — but it will also prepare you for a successful expedition once those vaunted doors swing open for you.
How to Unlock Ramanas Park
Ramanas Park is a purely post-game experience. That means you'll need to become the Sinnoh League Champion before the park personnel will even consider letting you inside. It's a steep hill to climb, but our Complete Guide and Walkthrough can take you on a tour from Twinleaf Town to the furthest reaches of the region on your road to the Elite Four.
The only other prerequisite for unlocking Ramanas Park is something that you would have been unwittingly taking care of on the way to the championship even without our guide. You simply need to have seen all 151 Pokemon in the Sinnoh Dex. Seeing them is enough. You do not need to catch them.
It's easier than it might sound. If you've been battling every trainer you spot and spending even a bit of time in every route clashing with wild Pokemon, there's a good chance you will already be most of the way there.
The only Pokemon that will require extra legwork — and it's little more than a leisurely stroll — is whichever of the box legendary duo your version of the game doesn't include. If you're playing Brilliant Diamond, the climactic events with Cyrus and Team Galactic would have led you into a confrontation with Dialga; if you're playing Shining Pearl, it's Palkia instead. You need to see both legendaries in order to complete the Sinnoh Dex, but if only one is around per game, how exactly can you facilitate that?
Simply return to Celestic Town and check each house, speaking with the NPCs inside, until you come upon an old lady who turns out to be Cynthia's grandmother. Not only is she a nice person on her own merits, but she'll even show you a picture of the missing legendary in your Sinnoh Dex. Such a benevolent soul.
Ramanas Park And Slates Explained
They'll finally let you in, but how exactly does any of this work? Ramanas Park's a strange place. The landscape has an almost "Safari Zone" vibe to it, suggesting a similar gameplay setup. In fact, it's nothing like that; the major points of interest here are the caves.
Every cave in Ramanas Park hosts one or more legendary Pokemon to battle and attempt to catch. But just prancing inside won't be enough. You'll need slates. Slates are key items that can only be acquired here at Ramanas Park. To do so, you must trade Mysterious Shards — another key item.
Each slate costs either three small Mysterious Shards or one large Mysterious Shard. Before we get into where to find those shards, here's a list of available slates. It's important to note that none of the other slates can be purchased until after you've received (and utilized) the Discovery Slate.
|Name of Slate||Corresponding Pokemon||Exclusive to One Version?|
|Discovery||Regice, Regirock, Registeel||No|
|Kanto||Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres||Yes (Shining Pearl)|
|Johto||Entei, Raikoh, Suicune||Yes (Brilliant Diamond)|
|Rainbow||Ho-Oh||Yes (Brilliant Diamond)|
|Squall||Lugia||Yes (Shining Pearl)|
The Distortion Slate is a special case. Rather than being unlocked bit by bit like the rest, it mandates that you have already caught Giratina in Turnback Cave. This is another post-game quest. You can begin it by heading to Route 214 and traversing the Sendoff Spring, another area that isn't open prior to becoming Sinnoh League Champion.
After capturing Giratina, you can obtain the Distortion Slate at Ramanas Park. Word to the wise: be ready. You'll be going up against a level 100 Giratina with boosted stats and an incredible move pool. Hard-earned victory awards a Griseous Orb that can transform your own Giratina into its Origin Forme.
Where to Find Mysterious Shards
Mysterious Shards are one of many wonderful treasures to be found while digging around in the Grand Underground. Although rather rare, there's still a chance you'll have pocketed several before Ramanas Park is even open for business.
The smaller shards are somewhat more common than their larger cousins, making the big bits all the more valuable. Take a crack at enough Grand Underground cave walls and you'll have more than enough Mysterious Shards to encounter every legendary that your version of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl has on offer.
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