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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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10 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. Here’s a tip:

    When catching a legendary or rare Pokemon, do not always use your masterball. You can only get one in the entire game. Keep throwing any pokeball until you catch it. I caught Dialga with an ultraball, Giratina (Another legendary) with a timerball, and never forget—- You can never have too many Pokeballs.

  2. Zombiekiller2045 // June 2, 2007 at 7:54 pm // Reply

    i suggest if you get pearl that you use chimchar as a starting pokemon because there arnt many other fire-types in the game.also make sure you carry around strong electric types also

  3. Psychicmaster // June 2, 2007 at 7:41 pm // Reply

    I do not quite agree to the fire, water, ground, electric structure as the only good balanced team. There are lots of different ways to do it, for example bringing in strong attackers mixed with strong defenders and you don’t care about types. Type is not everything!

    P.S. People who swear by Alakazam? That would be me! Alakazam is my favorite pokemon in the whole wide world of Pokemon!

  4. geodude26 // June 2, 2007 at 6:49 pm // Reply

    good asdvice i have geodude level 18, shinx which evolved into luxio level 23, and chimchar which evolved into monferno level 33.

    P.S can you tell me were the forth gym is and and how you get there?

  5. I dont have it but a friend let me play it and it was fun.

  6. For an easy boost to getting the first badge, chose Piplup or Turtwig. If you do this, you’ll have the Coal Badge in the first 1 or 2 battles!

  7. Ash is a strong trainer. Try to be like him, and you’ll beat the game in no time!

  8. RedZipper386 // June 2, 2007 at 2:38 pm // Reply

    I think that it is a great idea to have a well-balanced team of pokemon, and to try and include as many decent types as possible. Also, knowledge of special and physical moves is a great help for the champion and elite four. Moves like bulk up and calm mind are a great help, too, because they raise two stats at one time.

  9. Pokemon-Man // June 2, 2007 at 2:27 pm // Reply

    ok, then to get the national-dex (it’s a new better version of the orginal pokedex) make sure you have encounterd every pokemon on the game (there’s 150 i think) and then go and see the Proffesor, at Sandgem town, and once you talk a chatty conversation will comense, and Prof, Oak for Kanto will walk in and give you the National-dex as a reward, And here’s another little treat once you havr the new Dex the Pal-Park will become available, this is where you can import pokemon from your GBA games and use them on Diamond/Pearl. Hope this was useful Poke’Fans 🙂

  10. To all pokefans,

    Make sure that you own a well balanced poke team. it is essential for a trainer to know the characteristics of their pokemon, as well as knowing type advantages and disadvantages. my special advive is to :

    keep all of your pokemon at a reasonably equal level ( dont have one pokemon at L40 and another at L20)

    to keep the opposition way behind you in your journey

    never include status attacks in your arsenal, unless they heal your own pokemon (eg-recover, slack off)

    Thanks for the oppurtunity of speaking folks

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