How to change a Pokémon’s Nickname in Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl

You'll need to visit the Name Rater.

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Pokémon need a name and when you capture a new Pokémon in any game, including Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, you’ll be asked if you want to give it a custom nickname and continue using its standard species name.

At the time, you may decide one option is better than the other but down the road, things could change and you might be wondering what your options are to right your wrongs. Fortunately, you can easily switch things up in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

If you’ve made a mistake when picking a name you can always rename your Pokémon to something you’d prefer at a later time. Renaming Pokémon isn’t a new feature, and like other games, you’ll need to do so at the Name Rater.

How to change a Pokémon’s Nickname in Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl

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To rename a Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you’ll need to visit the Name Rater in Eterna City.

  • Once you arrive at Eterna City, simply head down to the bottom right portion of the city next door to the Pokemart, where you’ll notice a multistory building.
  • Head on inside the building and you’ll see an old man sitting at the table right as you enter.
  • Speak to this man, the Name Rater, and ask him to rate the nickname of your Pokémon. After doing so, he asks if you want to give it a better name.
  • Select yes and then you can choose whatever name you’d prefer. Your Pokémon will then have its new name.