Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl How to Get Defog

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl: How to Get Defog


The HM Defog can clear up fog clouding certain routes, making it possible to progress without fear or confusion; here’s how to get it.

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl How to Get Defog

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl are the latest remastered Pokemon Games, following in the tradition of Fire Red/Leaf Green and other such remasters. With the original Diamond & Pearl released 15 years ago, a whole new group of players are now learning how to hatch the mysterious Hearthome egg and discover Rotom, among other secrets.

Like every Pokemon game, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl have environmental hazards that cannot be bargained, reasoned with, or battled out of the way. While some of these are familiar, others were introduced in these titles’ original incarnations, like fog. Here’s how to get and use the Defog HM.

Pastoria City

To get their hands on the Defog HM, players must first make their way to Pastoria City. As the name suggests, it’s less a city and more a pastoral, charming little town right on the edge of the seaside. It’s the home of the Great Marsh Safari Zone and the Pastoria City Gym. That Gym is a players’ first stop here on the road to getting the Defog HM. Players must defeat Crasher Wake in the Pastoria City Gym and get his badge to be able to use the HM outside of combat, which is essential.

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The Great Marsh Safari Zone

After defeating Crasher Wake, players must head into the Great Marsh Safari Zone, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s take on the Safari Zone series mainstay. Anyone familiar with the Safari Zone aspect of Pokemon may groan at finding Defog inside, as these zones tend to be sprawling and a bit difficult to navigate. Some are impossible to navigate fully without the proper HMs. Fortunately, finding this HM is even easier than choosing Dawn’s left or right hand. Just enter the gate and talk to the green-haired NPC standing right there. Defog will be handed over without any further complications.

Using the Defog HM

With the HM firmly in hand and the Fen Badge in their possession, players can now use Defog on the world map. It’s a flying type move, so players are recommended to find a flying type in their roster of Pokemon, like the difficult to encounter Driffloon.

As its name implies, Defog clears out fog from the map, which is useful for several routes throughout Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl. It’s used just like any HM, the same way Cut can cut down trees, and with the fog gone, players can find their way forward and discover new items.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl are available on the Nintendo Switch.

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