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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. pokemon5555 // June 11, 2007 at 1:28 pm // Reply

    I beat the 8th gym but i can’t beat the eleat 4 people

  2. Game master x3 // June 11, 2007 at 12:25 pm // Reply

    Bob you forgot one part. After you deal with the Galatic grunts you go to twinleaf town

    go back to where battled for the first time or in other words Lake Verity

    then go to Veilstone city and then do what Bob said

  3. The Galactic boss, Cyrus, is found in Veilstone City. Beat the seventh gym and head west to the lake. After dealing with the Galactic members, return to Veilstone and talk to the guy checking the radar in front of the big Galactic building. He leaves a key, so pick it up and head over to the other building. Use the key to open the gate inside and go in. Eventually you find Cyrus.

  4. i got 999 rarecandys

  5. girlfriend // June 10, 2007 at 6:29 pm // Reply

    If any of you now how to catch azelf i don’t. My pokemon are Empolean, raichu, Luciaro, Sneasel, Hoothoot, and Diagla. And i have 23 ultra balls.

  6. Beat the Game // June 10, 2007 at 12:58 pm // Reply


    What i did was pick six pokemon who could do super effective damage to all of the elite 4’s pokemon, and i had a Floatzel, Staraptor, Palkia, Lucario, Rapidash, and Torterra.Just keep training them until they get to levels higher than the elite 4’s and the champion’s.YOu can’t really predict what the champion uses, but she uses different types.(that’s all i’ll tell ya bout her)

    -Odin Misawa(not real name)

  7. Beat the Game // June 10, 2007 at 12:52 pm // Reply

    D/P is Diamond and Pearl

  8. ive got 999 master balls

  9. pokemon trader // June 9, 2007 at 10:27 pm // Reply

    for yor 1st battle most pokemon that are on route 201 are shinx biddof and starly.

  10. hey guys how do you all get heatron?

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