When do Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl unlock?

When can you start your journey through the Sinnoh region?

The wait for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is brutal, but even more so for those who pre-ordered it digitally. After all, this means that once the calendar turns to Nov. 19, the game finally unlocks. But with Nov. 19 being different in many parts of the world, when exactly can you load these two games?

When do Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl unlock?

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl unlock at midnight ET on Nov. 19. For example, while some players can access the game at midnight Eastern time, those who live in Central can get it an hour early.

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Fortunately, you can cut the wait by downloading Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl right now. Both games will be locked when you attempt to open them, but this just means that you won’t wait an additional hour to download either on Nov. 19. Moreover, if you digitally pre-order the game, you’ll get a Manaphy Egg and 12 Quick Balls.

For more help with Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, we at Pro Game Guides have you covered.

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