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Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

I began my PokeQuest with Chimchar, the fire monkey, and soon added a Geodude, Shinx and Shellos to my crew. Geodude, who evolves into Graveler and then Golem, is a rock/ground Pokemon who is impervious to electric attacks and stands up well against flying and fire Pokemon. His Magnitude attack wipes out all kinds of opponents, but he is useless against water and plant enemies.


Chimchar, the Diamond and Pearl answer to Charizard, is a cute monkey with a flaming tail. When he evolves into Infernape, his hairdo goes flaming, too.

Hence, I also have Chimchar, who burns through plants. For fighting water Pokemon, I captured a Shinx, which evolved into a Luxio who evolved into a Luxray—a relatively competent electric Pokemon.

You should always strive to have the basics—fire, water, ground and electric—in your party. You can combine elements (Gyrados has fire and water, Infernape has fire and fight) but you need to cover your bases.

I generally do not carry ghost or psychic Pokemon. I know, there are a lot of you out there who will swear by Alakazam and Mewtwo. But you can teach Luxray Bite—a dark attack that wipes out psychic and ghost Pokemon in a hurry.

Get your water, electric, ground and fire attacks down pat, and you will have an answer for any situation.

Tips from Nintendo

In Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, the way Moves affect opponents have changed. Physical Moves strike the opponent up close and use the Attack stat, where as Special Moves strike from afar and use the Special Attack stat. Knowing the difference between the two greatly improves your battle strategy.

Have your Pokemon learn moves that cover its weaknesses. For example, have a Fighting-type Pokemon learn a Ice-type or Dark-type move.

Pay attention to a Pokemon’s ability. Quite a few Pokemon have more than one available to them. A Pokemon’s ability like Levitate can make the difference in a battle.

If you have taught your Pokemon the wrong move, don’t fret! There are people in the Sinnoh that can help. Try looking for the Move Deleter or a Move Tutor. These are people who can help you with your troubles.

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25 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. hello i was really wondering what to do when you’ve beatin the champ what to do, so i use the migration option and migrate from my ruby version?

  2. Empoleon fan X2 // November 21, 2007 at 11:47 pm // Reply

    He is at Sunnyshore City

  3. where do you find the eighth gym leader at

  4. Hey, player_ochoa,

    Burmy can be attracted to trees with honey, especially the tree in the feild of flowers behind Floraoma Town. Of course, you can always just trade for one, too. The international trade thingy is useful; i got my Burmy from some kid in Japan.


  5. To player_ochoa

    there are 2 ways to get burmy so you can geet the national dex. can put honey on a tree and wait and keep looking that way.Or… can go in the Eterna forest and fight a bug cature in there.I’m not sure which one tough.-_-”

    I hope this helps.^_^

    #1Eevee Fan

  6. Beduw evovles at his favorite level, give him lots of attation!

    this might work!

  7. where can i find a move deleter?

  8. G-Gamer:

    I’m pretty sure that the Azure Flute is what you use to get Arceus. As far as i know, it can only be obtained with a cheat. Kinda sucks, doesn’t it? I borrow a cheat thingy from a friend for stuff like that. Though i will admit i don’t have Arceus yet; for some reason, my friend is having trouble finding the cheat.


  9. player_ochoa // November 19, 2007 at 6:50 pm // Reply

    Were do i see/catch burmy … i need burmy to get National Dex..

    do any of you know how i can get/see him

  10. I’m back.

  11. If you need a regigigas you will need regice,registeel,and regirock in your team(can only get them from ruby,sapphire,or emerald by migrating)when you get them regigigas will be in the snowpoint temple.

  12. Where do i need to use the Azure Flute I am nervous but happy. Anyway I have been told that it can be used at Mt. Cornet. If Anyone knows just leave another comment here to let me know.

  13. Umm…you’re quite…enthusiastic, aren’t you, Charmeleon?


  14. pokemon is the best thing in the hole world!

  15. Oh…Did i tell you guys my new discoveries for the Underground?

    Well, the first one i’ve known forever…You can only get to the little patch in the middle by entering the Undergrouund in Celestic Town.

    You can only get into the upper left section by entering on Fullmoon or Newmoon Island.


  16. To “me”:

    Cresselia is a new legendary only in Diamond and Pearl.

    After beating the Elite Four, talk to Sailor Edritch or go in his house. He’ll take you to the island where you meet her. Then she runs away, and you’ll have to follow her like you did with Mesprit.


  17. to sy17056

    you will see Alakazam with a trainer you meet on victory road or the elite

    battle number 4.

  18. where do you see an alakazam? in pokemon diamond

  19. i have all three starter pokemon!

  20. me and my self and i // November 10, 2007 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    does anyone know how that one guy got 999 rare candys

  21. who the heck is creeselia ive beat diamond with my level100 charizard multipletimes and never herd of it

  22. to sunshore

    the gym leader will be in the lighthouse in sunshore city talk to him and he

    will go to the gym.

  23. how to i get to sunyshore city gym leader

  24. I can not wait for the new pokemon revelution

  25. To fireball and pkkkkkk:

    Yes, burmy are found in trees, most commonly in the one in the feild of flowers behind Floaroma Town. They are still rare even there, though.

    In order to find pokemon in trees, you need to buy honey from the man in that feild and smear it on a tree. Wait a couple hours and you’ll find a bug pokemon there–the tree will be wiggling if there’s a pokemon in it. Oh, and you can only smear honey on some trees–the ones that are yellowish-orange.


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