The Safari Zone has been a mainstay of Pokemon games for a long time since Generation I of the series, Pokemon Red and Blue (Green in Japan). In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the Safari Zone is now renamed as the Great Marsh and split between six zones accessible by train. Nevertheless, it still works similarly as in previous games. After buying 30 Safari Balls, you are free to explore and catch any Pokemon there; using Bait and Lure to prevent them from running away instead of battling normally. Most players recommend just throwing a Safari Ball without using Bait or Lure to catch them, though. Your “time” is up after you use all Safari Balls or reach 500 steps.
In total there are unique 31 Pokemon that can be caught in the park. Here is the list of all Pokemon that appear in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl‘s Safari Zone Great Marsh areas.
Safari Zone: Pokemon That Only Appear in Binocular
A special Pokemon will spawn in the Great Marsh every day, and you can see which one to show up by using Binoculars on the Great Marsh’s main gate for 100 Pokedollar. However, even if you didn’t spot them through the Binoculars they will still show up when you get into the Safari Zone. And the spawn is fixed each day; looking multiple times won’t change which special Pokemon will appear.
|Exeggcute||Grass||Any time||National Pokedex|
|Gulpin||Grass||Any time||National Pokedex|
|Kangaskhan||Grass||Any time||National Pokedex|
|Paras||Grass||Any time||National Pokedex|
|Shroomish||Grass||Any time||National Pokedex|
|Yanma||Grass||Any time||National Pokedex|
Safari Zone: List of Random Encounters
Pokemon in this list will appear normally in the Great Marsh of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. However, for some, you will need to use a fishing rod and/or acquire National Pokedex first before you can catch them.
|Arbok||Grass||Any time||National Pokedex, Brilliant Diamond exclusive|
|Barboach||Fishing (Good Rod)||Any time||–|
|Carvanha||Fishing (Super Rod)||Any time||National Pokedex|
|Gyarados||Fishing (Good Rod or Super Rod)||Any time||–|
|Magikarp||Fishing (Old Rod)||Any time||–|
|Wiscash||Fishing (Super Rod)||Any time||–|
Both Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are available now on the Nintendo Switch.