Where to find Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

For those feeling nostalgic.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are remasters of the original games and are fairly faithful to their predecessors. One thing that remains true is the choice of starters—those being Chimchar, Turtwig, and Piplup. But some trainers prefer the original starters and may be wondering if they catch them.

You can find Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in the Grand Underground. But you will first need to have acquired the National Pokédex from Professor Rowan. After that, you can find the Gen I starters in various Pokémon Hideaways. These are:

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  • Charmander - Volcanic Cave, Sandsear Cave, and Typhlo Cave.
  • Squirtle - Fountainspring Cave, Riverbank Cave, and Still-Water Cavern.
  • Bulbasaur - Riverbank Cave, Grassland Cave, Still-Water Cavern, and Sunlit Cavern.

If you do not see the Gen I starters in these various locations, simply exit them and reenter them until you spot Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur. Once they have spawned, simply interact with them to encounter them and catch them as you would any other Pokémon. Good luck out there, trainer!

For more information on Pokémon, check out What are the Shiny Odds in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl? and How to get Eevee in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on Pro Game Guides.

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