You can get Dialga, Palkia, and Darkrai in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet today

You can get a shiny Lucario too!
Dialga Palkia and Darkrai custom art for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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It’s been a wild ride following Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, rife with ups and downs. But with the Indigo Disk DLC around the corner, it appears Game Freak is hyping up the end of Generation 9. Fittingly, trainers can grab Dialga and Palkia in this month’s next Tera Raid event.

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As many Pokemon fans know, Dialga and Palkia are the cover legendary Pokemon for Pokemon Diamond & Pearl. Perhaps newer fans know these monsters from the more recent Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but we don’t talk about those games. Either way, these are proper legendary monsters with crazy stats and powerful moves, so they’re well worth grabbing.

Defeat Dialga and Palkia in Tera Raid battles to catch them

Fortunately, you shouldn’t need an optimal team to take on these monsters. Dialga and Palkia will appear as 5-Star encounters, a far cry from the challenging 7-Star events. These will certainly still be tough battles, but as long as you know how to max your monster’s stats, you should do okay. They’ll also appear with the Dragon Tera Type, so you’ll want to use attacks that at least inflict neutral damage. Fairy-Type Pokemon seem like the obvious answer, but Dialga’s Steel-Type attacks may knock you right out, so be careful.

Pokemon Scarlet players can face Dialga, while Violet players will encounter Palkia. Of course, by helping friends out or searching for online Tera Raids, you can still catch both monsters regardless of which version you play. However, note that you can only catch one of each monster per save file, so your six Dialga dream team will have to remain out of reach for now.

The event will go live today at 4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST. It will run until December 21 at 3:59pm PST / 6:59pm EST.

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Here are the Mystery Gift codes for Darkrai and shiny Lucario

For those less inclined to work for legendary monsters, you can grab the Generation 4 mythical monster Darkrai right now simply by opening your game. Follow the usual steps to claim a mystery gift and select the “Get with Code/Password” option. From there, enter the code NEWM00N1SC0M1NG​​.

That’s “New Moon Is Coming” with zeroes and ones replacing the Os and Is. That’s just a quirk of how entering codes work, you can’t actually use Os or Is when you input codes. This will net you a level 50 Darkrai that knows Dark Pulse, Shadow Ball, Hypnosis, and Dream Eater. Not a terribly exciting moveset, but certainly handy if you happen to be playing the main game before the DLC launches. Darkrai will be available until December 21.

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Additionally, you can grab a shiny Lucario by entering the code SH1NYBUDDY. Funny enough, Lucario is actually a lot stronger than Darkrai out of the box! It starts at level 75 and knows Flash Cannon, Aura Sphere, Bullet Punch, and Ice Punch. Not a bad moveset for someone who needs help preparing for the new DLC! Of course, the big appeal is that Lucario is rocking that Yellow and Blue shiny color variant. If you’re a shiny hunter or just don’t have Lucario yet, this is a good pickup. You can get Lucario until January 3.

Game Freak has also revealed that a free Master Ball will be available as a mystery gift when the DLC The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Part 2: The Indigo Disk launches on December 14th. The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC bundle is available now in the Nintendo Switch eShop.

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Guide Editor - Timothy started writing community blogs for Destructoid in 2012. He liked it so much he decided to write articles for the site professionally. His love for RPGs and the Ys series will endure forever.
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Timothy Monbleau
Guide Editor - Timothy started writing community blogs for Destructoid in 2012. He liked it so much he decided to write articles for the site professionally. His love for RPGs and the Ys series will endure forever.