How to Catch Giratina in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl

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One of the most iconic Legendary Pokémon of all time returns in Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl. Giratina originated in Sinnoh but only came after the original Diamond and Pearl games. The Legendary hails from Sinnoh's ultimate game, Pokémon Platinum, and was immediately a fan favorite thanks to its unique Ghost and Dragon type.

Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl have introduced a host of Legendaries and Giratina is no exception. Luckily for players, the Pokemon is found much easier than some of the others, like Heatran or Rayquaza.



However, it will take some effort to catch Giratina, so keep reading below for all the details.

Catching Giratina in Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl

Giratina is a formidable Legendary Pokémon. (Photo: Game Freak)

You will first need to complete the Pokémon Sparkling Diamond or Sparkling Pearl main story and defeat the Elite Four to access the post-game. In the post-game, you can acquire the National Dex from Professor Rowan/Oak, which requires you to see all 151 Pokemon in the Sinnoh Pokédex.

Once you have the upgrade dex, you can start the trek to catch Giratina. It starts with finding Turnback Cave, which is the legendary Pokemon's lair. The Turnback Cave is south of Veilstone City on Route 214. You will need to find Spring Path and keep going down it until you reach the cave entrance. This is Turnback Cave and you will need to enter it.

The trick with Turnback Cave is that there's no concrete way to navigate it. There are a total of 30 pieces inside, but each piece is random. You're looking to find three pillars among the rooms, which can take a while if you don't know where you're going. If you reach all 30 rooms in the cave and don't encounter all three pillars, you must exit the cave and start over.



Giratina awaits players in Turnback Cave. (Photo: Game Freak)

However, once you find the third pillar, the next room you enter will contain Giratina. It is recommended to save before leaving the room with the third pillar in order to have as many chances as possible to catch the legendary.


If you saved your Master Ball, Giratina is a great choice to use it. If you haven't, using Dusk Balls might be the best way to catch Giratina in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl. You can buy Dusk Balls in Celestic Town or Pastoria City.

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