The dreaded snowball puzzle in the seventh gym has made a return in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Candice can be one of the more difficult Gym Leaders in this Pokemon game (at least for anyone who didn’t pick Chimchar as their starter). Unfortunately, even getting to the battle takes a while since many gamers spend dozens of minutes figuring out how to get rid of those large snowballs blocking the way.
Every Pokemon generation has that one gym puzzle that is incredibly difficult to solve. In Red & Blue, it was the teleporters in the Saffron City gym, while the tile puzzle found in Ruby & Sapphire‘s Mossdeep City gym also left plenty of players perplexed. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl continues this rich tradition, with Snowpoint City’s ice-themed gym undoubtedly the toughest of the games’ eight to navigate.
In order to clear a path to the gym leader, Candice, Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl players will need to destroy a number of large snowballs by crashing into them at high speeds. This may sound simple enough, but they’ll only be able to approach the snowballs from certain directions and will also need to have built up enough momentum to actually destroy them when they make contact. Worse still, if players happen to leave the gym before actually beating Candice, all of the snowballs will respawn, forcing players to start all over again.
There is a method, though, that Pokemon trainers can use to save time.
Guiding Pokemon trainers past the snowballs in Snowpoint Gy
There is a set of giant snowballs blocking the pathway to Candice in Snowpoint City’s Ice-type Gym. A pit at the bottom contains eight snowballs, while three more block three different staircases. Pokemon trainers can break these, but only via rushing down the icy slopes and crashing through them.
Upon entering the gym, players should slide to the left from the fourth row of tiles so that they crash into a large unbreakable snowball against the gym’s left wall. Next, they should head north to the third of three white tiles. Once they land on it, they’ll want to slide to the right, which will take them to two connected white tiles on the opposite side of the gym. By moving to the tile below the one they first land on and then sliding left, they can destroy the giant snowball blocking the first ladder.
From where they end up, players should head up the stairs to their left and then down and to the right so that they land on the white tile closest to the gym’s entrance. They’ll then need to head north, slide into and defeat the Ace Trainer to their right and then slide back down in the direction of the gym’s entrance. This will cause players to land on another white tile (next to another Ace Trainer), from which they’ll be able to slide to the right to destroy three of the snowballs in the central area.
Fortunately, a trainer can eliminate multiple snowballs if they are lined up together. Therefore, the quickest way to clear out the snowballs in Snowpoint City Gym is to take out three rows of snowballs in the middle of the gym and take out the other three snowballs in front of the staircases.
The first (and easiest) snowball to get rid of is the one closest to the trainer as they enter the Gym. On the far right side is a patch of snow that covers two tiles. Pokemon trainers should head left until they find the snow patch just past the opposing trainer, slide to the right, walk down, and slide back to the left to get rid of the first snowball.
On the left side of the Gym, down one level, is a trainer right in the middle of the floor. If users can land right above this opponent, they can slide to the right to clear one of the rows in the middle pit.
To do so, gamers simply need to head left and then slide until they are at the patch of snow in front of the trainer west of Candice. From there, they can merely slide forward until the main avatar is touching the trainer, then head up to hit the path and slide down.
To eliminate another row of snowballs, Pokemon trainers can head to the upper right corner of the gym. There is a horizontal patch of snow that covers two tiles, and they should find that patch and walk to the furthest left tile.
From there, players can slide down to a snow patch in the middle and slide left to take out another row of snowballs.
After that, gamers should land next to another snowy patch just above them (right to the left of the middle pit). If they slide to this patch and turn right, they will take out the last row of snowballs. If this doesn’t work, users can try turning left once and bouncing back down to build speed before sliding right.
There should only be two snowballs remaining: those blocking the staircases in front of Candice. To take out the lower of these snowballs, Pokemon trainers should head back to the front of the room and slide to the individual snow patches on the left.
Then, while staying to the right of the opposing trainer, players can slide to the upper part of the room, hitting a pair of unbreakable snowballs on the right. From there, sliding to the right will take out the lower snowball, leaving only one remaining.