Pokémon BDSP: How To Get The Rock Incense (& What It Does) – Screen Rant

The Rock Incense in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl boosts Rock-Type moves and is a required breeding item to get Bonsly.
The Rock Incense is one of the many battle items in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl that players can find in the Sinnoh region. The Rock Incense was one of the seven Incenses introduced in the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and it’s one of nine available in-game. Like all other Incenses, the Rock Incense has a dual purpose both in and outside of battle.
Many of the various Held Items in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl provide benefits to the Pokémon holding them while they’re in battle. Some items, like the White Herb, can only be used once, and, after it’s used, it disappears. Other items in Pokémon BDSP like the Destiny Knot remain active throughout an entire battle, as long as a Pokémon is holding the item. The Rock Incense is one of the Held Items that provides a passive boost over time and can’t be removed in battle unless the opposing Pokémon knows a move like Thief or Knock Off.
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The Rock Incense is one of the items in Pokémon that provides a 20% attack boost to Rock-type moves, regardless of whether the move is physical or special. Another item that provides a similar battle effect is the Hard Stone, which can be found by mining in the Grand Underground. One of the best features of attack-type boosting items is that they stack with other bonuses, like the STAB bonus that Pokémon receive in battle when they use a move of the same type. It’s a similar effect to the bonus that the Wave Incense provides Water-type Pokémon with. Using a Rock-type Pokémon that attacks with a Rock-type move while holding the Rock Incense means its attack power is boosted by 80%. Furthermore, this attack power doubles when used on a Pokémon with a weakness to Rock-type moves in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
To get Rock Incense in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, players will need to head to Fuego Ironworks. By navigating the spin traps inside the Fuego Ironworks facility, players will eventually be stopped by a container with a factory worker beside it. They can double back through the tight path and pick up the Rock Incense on the ground in between the spin traps.
When it comes to breeding Pokémon in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the Incense items all impact the Pokémon that will hatch from the egg. By giving a Sudowoodo the Rock Incense, players can guarantee that a Bonsly will hatch from the egg. Without the Rock Incense, only a Sudowoodo will hatch from its egg. Bonsly and Sudowoodo are Shining Pearl exclusives, so Brilliant Diamond players will need to breed a traded Sudowoodo or receive Bonsly in a trade to fully register the Pokémon in their Podédex.
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available now for the Nintendo Switch.
Kaleb is a freelance game guide writer for Screen Rant, based in NY. His hobbies include streaming on Twitch under @captnkahleeb and exercising. If the controller is down he is most likely doing something in the gym or trying to learn something random from YouTube. Occasionally, Kaleb spends his time studying a variety of subjects in philosophy.


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