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Diamond, Pearl and Platinum Pokémon: Darkrai and Shaymin - The Elite Four Glitch | Pity it only works in Japan
I'm sure you'll have heard about it, but what be this Elite Four Glitch?

Basically, in the original Japanese version of Diamond and Pearl, there was an error in the code for the Pokémon League, and if you're lucky enough to have an original Japanese version of the game, you can exploit this glitch and do three very exciting things with it.

Since the introduction of the Eon Ticket, the games have been huge fans of introducing Pokémon only available via events - Diamond and Pearl are no different, with Shaymin, Darkrai and Arceus all only being available via item-driven events.

Darkrai; a Dark-type legendary, Shaymin; a little grass hedgehog thing, and Arceus; the supposed God of all Pokémon, which can change it's type based upon the item it's holding.

All three are only available in the game after receiving the Member Pass, Oak's Letter and Azure Flute respectively.

But who's this?

And who's this?

Darkrai? Shaymin?

Without any items?

What a clever glitch.

Now I'm going to explain to you how, if you have access to the Japanese games, you too can catch Darkrai and Shaymin.

Please note that the use of these glitches are potentially dangerous if done incorrectly, and PKMN.NET accepts no responsibility for games which muck up due to attempting the following steps. If you follow the steps correctly, you SHOULD be okay, but if your game means that much to you it really isn't worth risking it.

All the following methods start off from the same point: firstly, make sure you have a surfing Pokémon, a flying Pokémon, the Underground Kit and have saved just outside the Elite Four. Enter, go up the lift and go into the room with the first Elite Four member. Immediately turn round so you are facing the door, and use Surf and move forwards. You'll Surf through the door and land in the surrounding darkness. At this point, select the step counter in your Pokétch and reset it - it's very useful in determining how many steps you've made. Now decide if you're going for either Darkrai or Shaymin, and follow the necessary following steps:


1. Go exactly 146 steps to the right.

2. Go exactly 254 steps downwards (making 400 steps in total on your step counter).

3. Use the Underground Kit to go Underground, before immediately resurfacing.

4. You will be in a glitchy world. Load up the World Map in your Key Items and close it. This will restore the graphics.

5. Head left and upwards and enter the forest. Here you'll see a wild Darkrai. It's level 40. Save and catch. Fly off the island or use the boat. The choice is yours.


1. Go exactly 200 steps to the right.

2. Go exactly 363 steps downwards (making 563 steps in total).

3. Go exactly 722 steps to the right (making 1285 steps in total).

4. Go exactly 19 steps to the left (making 1304 steps in total).

5. Check on your World Map in your Key Items that you're directly North of Route 224 (that's the vertical one to the side of the Pokémon League). If you're not, restart your game immediately and start again before you break something.

6. Use the Underground Kit to go Underground, before immediately resurfacing.

7. You will be in a glitchy world. Move North but immediately stop as soon as you enter a new area (the music will change); this should literally be only three or four steps.

8. Load up the World Map in your Key Items and close it. This will restore the graphics.

9. You should be on a flowery route. Head North for a minute or so and you'll see a wild Shaymin. It's level 30. Save and catch. Fly off the island.

There's also one last little trick you can use the glitch for. When you reach the room containing the third member of the Elite Four, simply turn back to the door and Surf through it. Follow the walls of the room until you are at the other side, directly above the top door. Then simply walk straight upwards until some dialogue begins and you're led to the Hall of Fame. Bingo - defeating the Pokémon League by only defeating two of the Elite Four.

Just like magic.

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ld12278 on Thu 02 Oct 2008 20:49:31 UTC.
i tried the hack too it doesnt work
Arceus on Wed 26 Nov 2008 17:51:42 UTC.
me too BOO
red_eye on Fri 09 Jan 2009 12:49:04 UTC.
you CAN do this glitch on UK and US Diamond or pearl but it takes about 1hour i got shaymin :D holding a lum berry but i done something wrong on the darkrai glitch and the game had to reset:( where can i post a tutorial to do this ?
hardrockcafe on Wed 21 Jan 2009 23:56:03 UTC.
I did the Shaymin glitch but now the legedry pkmn knowen as.... urm can't remember the name so i'll call it the pink haired sister, she runs around the world but now she goes to every road or town that I've been into e.g just been into Jubilee city then went onto one of the paths and there she is in Jubilee city.... WHY CAN'T I CATCH HER NOW?
kade on Tue 17 Feb 2009 21:59:13 UTC.
Ok, red_eye, what are you talking about?! Define an "hour". What do you do? do you just go up to the door, use surf and wait there?! I am so confused!>_< I dont get why i cant just get darkrai without it being a stupid chore!!!! I have the U.S. version and I have every single legendary (including the ones from the other regions), except Manaphy, Phione, and the one i want most, Darkrai! If someone could just tell me the very "hard to know" secret to this glitch. Please.
vaxd on Sun 08 Mar 2009 03:44:19 UTC.
to get the two pokemon in us u would use action replay. for darkrai after u entered the code then go to the mart and you'l see a man in a green suit just like the arsius one he will give you a room key for a hotel. (the door to the hotel in canalave city that doesn't open) go there with the room key the door will open and youl be at an island there you will find dairkai. as for shayman if i remember correcly first you go to the profeser after you beet the game then you should get a note. go though the cave (the one you went though for the elite four) and i think you'l comeout a diffent side. (you will have to search of couerse) then talk to the stone then if you check your map there will be a new land mass. then go along the path (a very very very long path) then you will find shayman. ( reminder need action replay.
oldname000-- on Sun 19 Apr 2009 20:49:37 UTC.
pink haired sister? nyways, how do u do it on america red_eye? hm? hm?
DarkWolfOfTheMoon on Sat 02 May 2009 14:51:18 UTC.
What is the hall of orgin? I have the US version. I only need one more pokemon before I finish the Sinnoh pokedex, if it matters.
DarkWolfOfTheMoon on Sat 02 May 2009 14:57:34 UTC.
Aslo, did you know that this glitch was also in the Japanese version of Emerald, as well?
tqfan on Fri 08 May 2009 23:04:21 UTC.
hardrockcafe - you are talking about mesprit. it ALWAYS runs around sinnoh, it's NOT because you did the shaymin glitch. what to do is go somewhere like eterna city and go left into route 205. you will notice there is a point where you are not in eterna city but in route 205. step back one step and you are in eterna city (the signs come up on the screen). what to do is keep stepping back and forth between these two points (should only be one/two steps you move). while you do this mesprit will go all over sinnoh, but will then appear in route 205 while you are there. walk into the grass and capture... it's all about timing with mesprit, being in the right place at the right time. i always catch it on route 211 left of celestic town. i do hope that actually makes sense...
LanceWest1 on Sat 01 Aug 2009 21:03:08 UTC.
I tried and failed
on Tue 18 Aug 2009 18:16:57 UTC.
i will trade anyone anything for shamin.tell me if you want to trade
scizors on Sat 05 Dec 2009 20:17:23 UTC.
I can't surf through the door.
absol66 on Mon 28 Dec 2009 13:15:02 UTC.
i tried it in a pokemon dident
Lolly:3 on Sun 17 Oct 2010 05:40:31 UTC.
i got in but i got stuck in that spot :[ im sooooooooooo confused!!! how do u get out of here!!!! i have tried every thing!!!
ToonPikachu on Thu 12 Apr 2012 12:34:26 UTC.
If anyone has a Shaymin that can TRANSFORM in Platinum, I will give anything for it! (I have every Pokemon, Normal and Shiny, all Lv 100!) (Cheat Pokemon, but still usable in tournaments)
Magicalflygon on Sun 20 Jan 2013 00:15:19 UTC.
Crap. I have English. :P
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