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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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26 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. To poke duuuuuuuuuuude:

    Eevee can be caught in the trophy garden; talk to the owner first and say yes to everything he asks you. This will make a new pokemon appear in the garden every time you do it.

    You can only get Deoxys with cheats.

    You SHOULD be able to transfer Zapdos; it doesn’t matter what moves it knows!!!

    And Darkrai can only be found with a cheat.


  2. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 11:37 am // Reply

    To master boye,

    How did you get regigigas?

    • first need all 3 regies from saphire,ruby, or emrald then transfer
      then when you do that go to the snow point temple and you will find regigigas.

  3. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 10:19 am // Reply

    did you guy know that you can not get deoxes in pokemon diamond or pearl unless you tranfer from emerald. It is sort of strang but I guss thats how thay made the game.

  4. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 10:13 am // Reply

    Um… well me and pokemon man are the same peopel. I said the tipe about how to get Cresselia in your national pokedex. So sorry if you think it was not me.

  5. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 8:54 am // Reply

    To pokemongirl,

    how do you catch all thouse rare pokemon?

    poke duuuuuuuuuuude,

  6. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 8:48 am // Reply

    To wolfgirl,

    how did you get all the EEVEE stages

  7. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 10:04 pm // Reply

    TO samabull


    from poke duuuuuuuuuuuude.

  8. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:56 pm // Reply

    To infernape,

    I do not think that action replay can glitch your game.

  9. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:46 pm // Reply

    Does anybody know how to catch Zapdos? I could have got it from fire red, but it knew fly, so it couldn’t trasfer over to diamond.

  10. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:26 pm // Reply

    Can you catch Deoxes in this game?

  11. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:23 pm // Reply

    Where can i catch EEVEE.

  12. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:17 pm // Reply

    To el Mike

    Go to Mt.Coronet and get either Dialga or palkia then you can go to sunnyshore city and vs the 8 gym leader.

  13. Get Cresselia in national pokedex

    First you must get the national pokedex by beeting the elite 4.But i am talking about geting Cresselia.First fly to Canalave city.Then go the sailors house.

    Then thare will be a sick boy thare walk up to him and press A and he will say. Dar…Dark…is… wathing me.Then go to the sailor and he will take you to Fullmoon island.Go upthe staris then keep going until you see a cave.Then you will see Cresselia.

  14. i have a arceus groudon palkia dialga shaymin rotom absol giritina regigigas mesprit uxie azelf spiritomb heatran and i really want a raquaza and kyogre

  15. Hey, Anonymous,

    The fifth gym leader is Fantina, who is USUALLY in Hearthome, but there’s some stuff you’ll have to do before you can find and battle her. Sorry, i cant remember what exactly, but is there anything going on with Team whatever-they’re-called in your game?

    ps–i have no problem with being part of a group adressed as “guys.” No need to write “girls,” too.


  16. it might mess it up ok guys/girls

  17. were can i find the 5th gym leader?

  18. To el Mike:

    He’s in Sunnyshore.


  19. where can I find the 8 gym leader at?

  20. Dragon Master // November 27, 2007 at 7:07 pm // Reply

    To infernape, on a normal circumstance the action replay will not glitch or mess up your game. However, i have some friends who did glitch his game because he used thirty codes at one time when it said USE ONE ONLY. It is really helpful though.

  21. Hey, infernape,

    Some say that Action Replays glitch your game and alter the screen color, some people say they don’t. If you use one, dont use too many cheats at a time, just to be safe, but a friend of mine who has one says that if the screen DOES get weird-looking, wlking in and then out of a pokecenter fixes it. I’ve used an action replay a couple times and nothing happened to my game. Sorry, i can’t answer the second question–i’m an American.


  22. where could i buy them in ireland

  23. does action replay glitch your game?

  24. Nice tips. Heres one more to beat polkea or dialga. First get a pokemon with a super powerful ground move. (I used earthquake) i faced a level 51 polkea so i got lucky beating it with a lvl 53 tortera. How ever heres a move that polkea has (i dont know about dialga) Its called spacial rend watch out for this move for it is ultra powerful. This is the way you should beat it. It is probalbly faster then your pokemon like it was faster then mine. It will probably start by using spacial rend. Then i used earthquake. spacial rend took around a few less HP then half of mine thats why you need higher level. Then my earthquake took around half of polkeas thats why you need an ultra strong groung move like earthquake. Then Polkea used scacial rend i had like 3hp left then i used earthquake and took away the last half of polkea’s HP. Oh ya and your tips were awsome!

  25. Pokemon Master // November 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm // Reply

    If you want to cacth all 150 pokemon in Diamond or Pearl, you want to cacth Comee and Burmy. You need honey. Go to Floaroroma Town by that place you got the Works Key. Slather honey on the tree by his house. Come Back 12 or 24 hours later and it MIGHT be there.

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