Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Walkthrough

Stark Mountain / Heatran / Routes 228 – 229 – 230

Stark Mountain

As you travel north on Route 227, you’ll eventually come to a long staircase that will take you up to the entrance of Stark Mountain.

There is one trainer to battle outside of the Mountain entrance.

Trainer found outside of Stark Mountain:

    • Dragon Tamer Darien
      • Gyarados Lv. 60

1st Room

The first room of Stark Mountain is pretty straight forward. Push the boulders out of your way and make your way through the linear cave.

Pokémon found in this first room:

    • Geodude
    • Graveler
    • Onix
    • Golbat
    • Machoke
    • Slugma
    • Magcargo
    • Camerupt
    • Weezing

2nd Room

Near the entrance, you’ll run into Buck again. He will team up with you for this part of the Mountain.

You wont be able to fully explore this room while you’re team up with Buck.

The path to get through is below:

  • Go east and take the first path north just passed the stairs that go down.
  • Use Rock Smash on the rock on the path. Continue north and go down the second set of stairs on the left.
  • Go down the stairs and then take that first path west passed the two brown boulders.
  • Use Rock Smash on the rock and keep going until your reach the stairs that go up.
  • Battle the two trainers at the top of the stairs.
  • From the Dragon Tamer and Black Belt, follow the path west, north and then east. Go down the staircase ns push the boulder with Strength.
  • Push the boulder all the way and then go up the stairs. At the top, you’ll split up with Buck.

You can now continue into the next room or go back, battle all of the trainers in here and pick up the items.

Trainers found in the second room of Stark Mountain:

    • Ace Trainer Abel
      • Aerodactyl Lv. 59
    • Ace Trainer Monique
      • Kangaskhan Lv. 57
      • Ursaring Lv. 57
    • Ace Trainer Keenan
      • Primeape Lv. 57
      • Torkoal Lv. 57
    • Ace Trainer Kassandra
      • Stantler Lv. 58
      • Carnivine Lv. 58
    • Ace Trainer Stefan
      • Larvitar Lv. 57
      • Magcargo Lv. 57
    • Ace Trainer Jasmin
      • Drapion Lv. 59
    • Bird Keeper Krystal
      • Dodrio Lv. 55
      • Fearow Lv. 55
      • Honchkrow Lv. 55
    • Black Belt Ray
      • Tyrogue Lv. 53
      • Marowak Lv. 57
      • Breloom Lv. 58
    • Psychic Chelsey
      • Xatu Lv. 56
      • Mismagius Lv. 58
    • Psychic Sterling
      • Baltoy Lv. 54
      • Grumpig Lv. 58
    • Veteran Harlan
      • Loudred Lv. 56
      • Donphan Lv. 56
      • Tauros Lv. 56
    • Dragon Tamer Kenny
      • Bagon Lv. 57
      • Shelgon Lv. 59
    • Ace Trainer Skylar
      • Loudred Lv. 57
      • Rampardos Lv. 57
    • Ace Trainer Natasha
      • Dunsparce Lv. 56
      • Scyther Lv. 56
      • Marowak Lv. 56
    • Dragon Tamer Drake
      • Vibrava Lv. 57
      • Dragonair Lv. 57
      • Seadra Lv. 57
    • Black Belt Jarrett
      • Machamp Lv. 59

3rd Room

Enter the the door way to find Buck standing in a formation of rocks. Buck will take the Magma Stone and then an earthquake will happen.

Buck will then leave. Exit the third room and then use an Escape Rope, Dig or back track to exit the cave.

Once you’re out, Fly back to the Survival Area.

Survival Area

Return to the Survival Area and go into the house on the west side of town. It is to the left of the Pokémon Center on the other side of the trees.

It might not look like it, but you can pass through the trees that separate the house and Pokémon Center. You do not have to go all the way back around through Route 225.

Speak to Buck’s grandpa and Buck. After speaking to them both, Buck will leave to go return the Magma Stone.

We are going to have to return to Stark Mountain, but make sure you’re loaded up with Dusk and Ultra Balls. We are going to be catching Heatran now.

Stark Mountain

Return to Stark Mountain by taking Routes 226 and 227. We unfortunately cannot fly back. Just go the same way you did earlier.

When you reach the mountain, go back through to the same room where Buck took the Magma Stone from. This time though, Buck won’t be there. Something else will be!

Also, feel free to clean up any items or missed trainer battles in here.


Make sure to save your game before approaching Heatran.

The same strategies we used on the other legendary Pokémon will be just as effective here. Put it to sleep, paralyze it or freeze it and then whittle its health down into the red.

When its very low on health, go ahead start spamming Ultra or Dusk Balls.

Route 228

Fly back to the Survival Area and head east again. We’re gonna take the eastern exit instead of going north to Stark Mountain this time.

As soon as you enter, you’ll notice that there is a sandstorm happening. This route is a desert biome with a lot of trainers to battle and some “new” Pokémon to catch.

You’ll need the bike in order to fully explore the route.

There is a house with a man who will teach certain Pokémon their “ultimate move.” These are only available to the starter Pokémon from across multiple generations.

  • Charizard
  • Typhlosion
  • Blaziken
  • Infernape
  • Blastoise
  • Feraligatr
  • Swampert
  • Empoleon
  • Venusaur
  • Meganium
  • Sceptile
  • Torterra

Head south to reach the end of the route where you will come to Route 229.

Trainers found on Route 228:

    • Ace Trainer Jose
      • Golduck Lv. 55
      • Sandslash Lv. 55
    • Black Belt Devon
      • Ambipom Lv. 54
      • Rapidash Lv. 54
      • CHansey Lv. 54
    • Dragon Tamer Keegan
      • Gyarados Lv. 58
    • Pokémon Ranger Kyler
      • Exeggcute Lv. 52
      • Ursaring Lv. 58
    • Pokémon Ranger Krista
      • Trapinch Lv. 54
      • Vibrava Lv. 56
    • Ace Trainer Meagan
      • Delcatty Lv. 55
      • Yanma Lv. 55
    • Psychic Corbin
      • Shuppet Lv. 53
      • Duskull Lv. 55

Pokémon found on Route 228:

    • Cacnea
    • Cacturne
    • Diglett
    • Dugtrio
    • Hippowdon
    • Rhydon
    • Poliwag – Surfing
    • Poliwhirl – Surfing
    • Whiscash – Super Rod
    • Gyarados – Super Rod
    • Barboach – Good Rod

Route 229

Route 229 is a very short path that bridges The Resort Area with Route 228. It also stretches across the northern part of the Resort Area.

Trainers found on Route 229:

    • Ace Trainer Dana
      • Mightyena Lv. 55
      • Kirlia Lv. 55
    • Ace Trainer Felix
      • Dusclops Lv. 55
      • Salamence Lv. 55
    • Ace Trainer Sandra
      • Granbull Lv. 57
    • Pokémon Ranger Deshawn
      • Spinda Lv. 55
      • Kecleon Lv. 55

Pokémon found on Route 229:

    • Bellsprout
    • Weepinbell
    • Oddish
    • Gloom
    • Scyther – Diamond Only
    • Pinsir – Pearl Only
    • Illumise
    • Volbeat
    • Ledian
    • Ariados
    • Roselia – Diamond Only
    • Purugly – Pearl Only

Resort Area

There is a big building here called the Ribbon Syndicate, but you will need to have at least 10 ribbons across your party. You can then buy more ribbons here, but they don’t offer any stat boosts.

There’s not a whole lot to do here, so head to Route 230 when you’re ready.

Route 230

Ready for the final Route of the game? Well, here we go. The final route is Route 230 and it is a water route that connects the Fight Area to the Resort Area.

About halfway through the route you’ll find a patch of grass that you can explore to find some more Pokémon to catch.

Battle the trainers and surf your way back to the Fight Area.

Trainers found on Route 230:

    • Swimmer Kurt
      • Crawdaunt Lv. 53
    • Swimmer Joanna
      • Luvdisc Lv. 50
      • Lapras Lv. 54
    • Swimmer Mallory
      • Seel Lv. 50
      • Dewgong Lv. 54
    • Swimmer Glenn
      • Seel Lv. 51
      • Starmie Lv. 51
    • Swimmer Sophia
      • Mantyke Lv. 50
      • Mantine Lv. 52
    • Swimmer Sam
      • Chinchou Lv. 51
      • Lanturn Lv. 51

Pokémon found on Route 230:

    • Golduck – Grass
    • Oddish
    • Gloom
    • Floatzel
    • Gastrodon
    • Bellsprout
    • Weepinbell
    • Beautifly – Diamond Only
    • Dustox – Pearl Only
    • Corsola – Swarm
    • Seel – Diamond Only
    • Dewgong – Diamond Only
    • Spheal – Pearl Only
    • Sealeo – Pearl Only
    • Tenteacruel – Surfing
    • Remoraid – Good Rod
    • Octillery – Super Rod
    • Gyarados – Super Rod
    • Wailmer – Super Rod
    • Wailord – Super Rod

The End.

Once you’ve reached the Fight Area via Route 230, congratulations! You’ve covered the entire region and have completed the game’s story.

All there is left to do now is catch Pokémon and fill that National Pokédex up. You can do whatever you want. Battle through the Elite Four again, make your way through the Battle Tower, battle your Rival, play around in the Grand Underground and or clean up any missed items or trainer battles.

Thank you for reading! If there is anything you think needs to be added, please feel free to reach out.


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