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Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Lake Valor (Encounters & Items)

Vincent Lau

This is a walkthrough for Lake Valor, including what Pokémon you can encounter and items you can find.

(1 of 2) Lake Valor is the site of a Team Galactic experiment.

Lake Valor is the site of a Team Galactic experiment. (left), Later on, the lake will be restored to its previous state. (right)

Lake Valor is one of the three lakes of Sinnoh, located towards the east, accessible by traveling south from Veilstone City or east from Pastoria City. When you first arrive at Valor Lakefront, the entrance to the lake will be blocked.

Later, after defeating Gym Leader Byron and chatting to your pals at the Canalave City library, a big explosion will occur at Lake Valor. You can then head to the lake, where you’ll discover the lake waters have completely subsided and the area is swarming with Team Galactic Grunts.

Your task is to navigate the lakebed and reach the central cavern where the lake guardian resides.

Valor Cavern

(1 of 2) Valor Cavern is located at the center of Lake Valor.

Valor Cavern is located at the center of Lake Valor. (left), Yeah, you keep telling yourself that… (right)

When you enter Valor Cavern, one of Team Galactic’s commanders, Saturn, will face you in battle.

Commander Saturn

(1 of 2) Commander Saturn really enjoys being a bad guy, huh?

Commander Saturn really enjoys being a bad guy, huh? (left), First up is Kadabra. (right)

Pokémon Level Type
64.png"Kadabra" IconKadabra 35 pokemon_bdsp_psychic17.png
436.png"Bronzor" IconBronzor 35 pokemon_bdsp_steel17.pngpokemon_bdsp_psychic17.png
454.png"Toxicroak" IconToxicroak 37 pokemon_bdsp_poison17.pngpokemon_bdsp_fighting17.png

Saturn leads with "Kadabra" IconKadabra, an evolved "Abra" IconAbra. This crafty Psychic-type can use Reflect to weaken your physical moves, Rain Dance to cause 8 turns of Rain with its Damp Rock, Kinesis to lower Accuracy and Psychic for STAB. Dark-types will laugh at its face; Ghost-types should do fine, if they’re not part Poison.

"Bronzor" IconBronzor is mostly a distraction, since its unevolved. It can use Confuse Ray to make your Pokémon hurt themselves, Gyro Ball and Extrasensory for STAB and Payback to annoy Ghost-types. Fire and Dark-types have a distinct advantage here; don’t use Ground-types because of Levitate.

Finally, "Toxicroak" IconToxicroak is a minor menace. It can use Toxic to cause severe poison, Thief to try and snatch your hold item (and damage Psychic-types), Mud-Slap to lower Accuracy and Revenge for STAB. Psychic-types are ideal for their 4x damage. Flying and Ground-types are also great. But avoid Water moves due to Dry Skin.

Once he’s defeated, your next mission is to visit Lake Verity, near the start of the game.

Pokémon Encounters

Wild Pokémon - Tall Grass

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
400.png"Bibarel" IconBibarel pokemon_bdsp_normal17.pngpokemon_bdsp_water17.png 45%
433.png"Chingling" IconChingling pokemon_bdsp_psychic17.png 10%
164.png"Noctowl" IconNoctowl pokemon_bdsp_normal17.pngpokemon_bdsp_flying17.png 20% (Night)
54.png"Psyduck" IconPsyduck pokemon_bdsp_water17.png 20%
397.png"Staravia" IconStaravia pokemon_bdsp_normal17.pngpokemon_bdsp_flying17.png 25% (Morning/Day), 5% (Night)

Wild Pokémon - Interact

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
482.png"Azelf" IconAzelf pokemon_bdsp_psychic17.png 100%

Wild Pokémon - Surfing

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
55.png"Golduck" IconGolduck pokemon_bdsp_water17.png 10%
54.png"Psyduck" IconPsyduck pokemon_bdsp_water17.png 90%

Wild Pokémon - Fishing

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
118.png"Goldeen" IconGoldeen pokemon_bdsp_water17.png 45% (Good Rod)
130.png"Gyarados" IconGyarados pokemon_bdsp_water17.pngpokemon_bdsp_flying17.png 55% (Super Rod)
129.png"Magikarp" IconMagikarp pokemon_bdsp_water17.png 100% (Old Rod), 55% (Good Rod)
119.png"Seaking" IconSeaking pokemon_bdsp_water17.png 45% (Super Rod)

Wild Pokémon - Mass Outbreak

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
108.png"Lickitung" IconLickitung pokemon_bdsp_normal17.png 40%

Wild Pokémon - Poké Radar

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
202.png"Wobbuffet" IconWobbuffet pokemon_bdsp_psychic17.png 12%

Item Locations

(1 of 2) Hidden HP Up

Hidden HP Up (left), TM25 Thunder. (right)

Item Location
Dream_HP_Up_Sprite.pngHP Up Near the north-west corner. Hidden below the "Magikarp" IconMagikarp blockade. Missable.
Electric.png TM25 Thunder After the lake is restored, at the south-east corner, along the right side of the tall grass.

Trainer Battles

Team Galactic Grunt

Pokémon Level Type
431.png"Glameow" IconGlameow 33 pokemon_bdsp_normal17.png
453.png"Croagunk" IconCroagunk 33 pokemon_bdsp_poison17.pngpokemon_bdsp_fighting17.png

Team Galactic Grunt

Pokémon Level Type
42.png"Golbat" IconGolbat 32 pokemon_bdsp_poison17.pngpokemon_bdsp_flying17.png
453.png"Croagunk" IconCroagunk 36 pokemon_bdsp_poison17.pngpokemon_bdsp_fighting17.png

Team Galactic Grunt

Pokémon Level Type
453.png"Croagunk" IconCroagunk 34 pokemon_bdsp_poison17.pngpokemon_bdsp_fighting17.png
269.png"Dustox" IconDustox 31 pokemon_bdsp_bug17.pngpokemon_bdsp_poison17.png
267.png"Beautifly" IconBeautifly 31 pokemon_bdsp_bug17.pngpokemon_bdsp_flying17.png
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    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    29 October 2021
  • Last Updated
    23 April 2022
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This strategy guide for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl contains all the information Pokémon trainers will need to complete the game and catch every single Pokémon!

In this remake of the classic Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, you’ll journey through the mystical Sinnoh region to become a Pokémon master. Along the way, you’ll confront the scheming Team Galactic and witness the awesome power of the Legendary Dialga or Palkia.

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