If you’ve played any Pokémon game, the more open content after the campaign is often as enticing as the linear narrative. You defeat eight gymnastics leaders, defeat the elite four (or whatever other designations a specific region may use), and then enter the annals of the Pokémon Hall of Fame. In addition to this, you can unlock a new area with challenge matches / scenarios, or in the case of gold and silver, you travel to a whole new region with its own coaches and points of interest.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are likely to come with some impressive extra features after the credits roll. In addition, a new trailer and press release revealed Ramanas Park, a kind of endgame nature reserve where you can catch legends from across the franchise.
There is one caveat besides defeating the elite four: you will have to explore all the nooks and crannies of Sinnoh to collect boards that correlate with certain legendary stories and trigger random encounters in Ramanas Park. The trailer above provides extra visual detail.
Once you enter the reserve with the boards you have collected, you have the opportunity to fight and capture classic Pokémon such as Ho-Oh, Entei, Raiku, Suicune, Lugia, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Rayquaza. Of course, different legends will emerge based on which version of the upcoming game you own, so be prepared to act and interact with other coaches if you really want to capture them all!
(2/3) This update allows you to enjoy communication features in the Grand Underground and Super Contest Shows, receive special items via Mystery Gift, and visit Ramanas Park after entering the Hall of Fame.
– Pokémon UK (@PokemonNewsUK) November 10, 2021
There’s even an option to connect your copy of Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl with previous Pokémon inputs like Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee or Sword / Shield to encounter Mew and Jirachi, respectively. Access to Ramanas Park after beating the game (s), as well as a number of communication features in the Grand Underground and Super Contest shows, will arrive in the form of a “day-a-patch” tomorrow (November 11). See the tweet above for more info.
Of course, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will not launch on Switch until November 19, so you do not have to worry about waiting long to experience all that Sinnoh has to offer.
Are you excited about Ramanas Park? Which legends would you most like to capture? Tell us in the comments below!