Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl launched at the tail end of last year. Remakes of the gen four games a lot of players had been waiting a very long time for. Their arrival also sort of signaled the end of Pokemon's 25th-anniversary celebrations. Unless you count Pokemon Legends: Arceus under that umbrella which will be here on January 28, 2022.
However, as was the theme for remakes and remasters with November 2021 release dates, BDSP's launch was a disappointing one. The games were so riddled with bugs on release day that speedrunners were eventually managing to finish the games in less than 20 minutes. Not to mention the cloning glitches and other problems on day one, and for quite a few days after that too. On the bright side, most of those bugs have been fixed, and if you're playing the games now you're probably wondering what everyone was whining about.
Especially today, as more evidence that BDSP are faithful remakes of the original games has arrived. In Diamond & Pearl, the chance of encountering Pokemon and the speed at which an egg would hatch would be either increased or decreased on certain days. As highlighted by Serebii, that mechanic has been improved and included in the remakes. Instead of a 50/50 chance that they will drop, today trainers are guaranteed both an encounter and hatch rate boost.
If it feels like you're finding more Pokemon on particular days in BDSP, an increased encounter rate is actually pretty common. Today's is already the fourth of 2022. Hatch rate boosts are a little rarer, though. Today's is the first of the year and there won't be another one until February 14. If you've got eggs to hatch, then fire up your Switch and hatch them today.
As well as encounter and hatch rate boosts, today is also one of the days you will be able to find Diamond Dust in Snowpoint City. This is also as good a place as any to remind BDSP players that it isn't too late to claim your free Manaphy egg. All you need to do to get your egg is click Mystery Gift and then Get Via Internet before February 21, 2022. Do it today so you can use the hatch rate boost to get your Manaphy even faster.
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