How to use the Dowsing Machine in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Suddenly, luck isn't all that you need to seek buried items.

Unseeable items have always been an integral part of every Pokémon game, and the case is the same for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Usually, Pokémon games will provide you with a Dowsing Machine to make the searches go faster. Here’s how get and, later on, use the Dowsing Machine in the Sinnoh remakes.

How to get the Dowsing Machine in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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The Dowsing “Machine” isn’t really a machine—it's an app on your Pokétch. You get it automatically once you arrive at the Route 207 junction south of the Cycling Road. This is after you’ve earned your second badge. Dawn or Lucas will give it to you, along with the Vs Seeker.

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How to use the Dowsing Machine in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  1. Move to a location where you think there might be something buried.
  2. Press R to access your Pokétch.
  3. Tap the red button until it's on the Dowsing app.
  4. Tap the screen. If it shows a small dot, that means something is nearby. The closer the black dot is to the center, the nearer the treasure is to your location.

The final step needs a bit of patience. You will need to manually search for the treasure by pressing A around the area. The small dot provides a direction of reference: if the dot is on the bottom-right of the radar, for example, that means that item is somewhere to your southeast. Happy digging!

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