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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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50 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. some dude in minasota // August 4, 2007 at 9:28 am // Reply

    its my only one

  2. hey some dude wat do you want for the totodile and do you know what nature it is?

  3. some dude in minasota // August 2, 2007 at 10:02 am // Reply

    its could pokemodifer it lets you find eny pokemon depending on how many masterballs you thraow away but u get 493 masterballs in the items poket not the ball poket.

  4. pokemaster6000 // August 1, 2007 at 7:15 pm // Reply

    you can get any pokemon with the action replay. there is a cheat i calll the super cheat. it lets you encounter and pokemon.its actually called master ball encounter cheat. i also love shaymin.

  5. hey how do i catch lugia or hoho in pearl

  6. I beat the entire Pokemon League with just Empoleon 7 times which makes a total of 34 hall of fames for me!

  7. I beat the intire Pokemon League with just Empoleon 7 times To make a Total of 34 Hall of Fames

  8. some dude in minasota // July 31, 2007 at 8:09 pm // Reply

    ive got a todidile and you get the event pokemon like dikary shayman and arceus in an nintendo event

  9. to babygirl you use a dawn stone

  10. To arceus can i have either arceus I don’t care and if you have a togepi I will trade a rare pokemon thank you

  11. How do I find Dialog?

  12. Does any one have Acrecaus iwill trade yousomething rare

  13. How do get Newmoon island because i am stuck Thank you for helping me

  14. How Do you Get shaymin in Diamond version Because I love it

  15. How do you get Acreaus in Pokemon Diamond version

  16. anyone have a totodile? ill trade something rare for it

  17. destination-33 // July 26, 2007 at 6:31 pm // Reply

    where do you see

    # 6

    # 22

    # 108

    # 111


  18. HyperCheaterQ // July 26, 2007 at 1:58 pm // Reply

    rate this my team so far and tell me what to add plz: =) 🙂

    infernape lvl 75 mach punch, flamethrower, ariel ace, close combat.

    garchomp lvl 50 crunch, dragon claw, ariel ace, earthquake

    staraptor, lvl 53 ariel ace, fly, close combat, steel wing

  19. babie gurl // July 26, 2007 at 11:32 am // Reply

    Hope this helps.


  20. babie gurl // July 26, 2007 at 11:30 am // Reply

    To akmal,for those people to move you need to get the national dex.

    Hope this helps.


  21. well i beat the whole game and i didn’t use my masterball on my dialga i used a timer ball just extended the fight

  22. how do i get passed the battle area on pokemon pearl/diamond…2 people r blocking my way

  23. babie gurl // July 24, 2007 at 8:53 pm // Reply

    where can you get an action replay?

    pleze tell me!


  24. I’m not sher what is better Pearl or Diamond because im just about to by one of them

    any early entries plz tell me. Sinsearly Elementis

  25. Riley Caplin Age 9 Listuguj // July 24, 2007 at 10:00 am // Reply

    can you get the pokemon cyndaquil , tododile or chikorita in pokemon diamond and pearl or any of the other starter pokemon in pokemon diamond or pearl? i really want cyndiquil.


  26. some dude in minasota // July 23, 2007 at 4:34 pm // Reply

    ive got a quilava todidyl and chicorita maksed ivs now haks or cheats.

  27. pokefan 1111 wrong way.

  28. use a quickball on the first turn when your facing diagla

  29. to jman you cannot get darai without cheating with action replay ds

  30. thanks i was getting wored cus hes a lvl 100

  31. to catch dialga you must defeat the galactica leader and he will give you a masterball on the peak of mt. coronet and use masterball on dialga 🙂

  32. i want all the starters can anyone help

  33. babie gurl // July 20, 2007 at 2:55 pm // Reply

    To XRAY to evole machoke you have to trade and your new taem is much much better.


  34. jhoto boy, croagunk evolves @ lv 37.

  35. how do i evolve a machoke and what lvl

  36. how do i get red gyarados!!

  37. sorry Newbie, but i have a shiny deoxys at lv 17 and one lv 100 not shiny.

  38. i need help getting darkrai!!!

  39. oops make that pichu a raichu

  40. Rate my pokemon!

    wee man(empoleon)lvl100

    staraptor lvl54

    machoke lvl100

    charizard lvl 70

    dialga lvl47

    pichu lvl59

  41. arceus how do u trade long distance

    if u tell me i will trade u a moltres for a shiny arceus

  42. babie gurl // July 19, 2007 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    how do you get kirlia to evole into its new form?pleze tell me!


  43. dominator9604 // July 19, 2007 at 2:53 pm // Reply

    flashdragon level up riolu at night and it will evolve

  44. babie gurl // July 19, 2007 at 11:53 am // Reply

    To XRAY you get water fall after you bet the last gym leader.Hope this helps.


  45. dominator9604 // July 19, 2007 at 9:52 am // Reply

    to mr.weird you need to have a nintendo event or a action replay! if you have a action replay go to fullmoon island make sure you have the walk through anything cheat. then keep going to your right until you reach newmoon island

  46. what level does croagunk evolve

  47. dominator9604 // July 19, 2007 at 9:46 am // Reply

    To red dragon bet you dont have shaymin Darkari and arceus

  48. dominator9604 // July 19, 2007 at 9:43 am // Reply

    To anonymous a ar is an action replay a code device like the game shark.

  49. dominator9604 // July 19, 2007 at 9:33 am // Reply

    Rate my pokemon!

    Infernape lv 100

    Celibie lv 100

    Ho-oh lv 100

    Roselia lv 100

    Blaziken lv 100

    Dialga lv 100

  50. jkmotorhead // July 19, 2007 at 6:13 am // Reply

    where do you get HM defog

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