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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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11 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. (^ 3 ^)= Smiley-Chu! // March 25, 2008 at 12:51 am // Reply


    There is NO such thing as “Benco City” !!! When i was searching, “How to unlock Benco City in pokemon diamond” , Yah, I just says that you have to beat the elite four 7 times and i already beat the elite four 20 TIMES!!! Yah, I kno w that it’s alot, but I have the Action Replay so I just walk though walls! Oh yea, and by the way, U can get the AR DS (Action replay DS) at best buy or circut city in Daly City. Okay, um, this is weird, but,


    REally, I LOVE more pokemon! … and minun!

  2. CrazyLugias Girl68 // March 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm // Reply

    To TWILIGHT_101… O.K. first get a high level pokemon that knows hypnosis, or sleep powder, stock up on ULTRA balls… I’m saying around 15.Then get a pokemon that will lower down its HP like a water type. Put it to sleep then keep on using those ULTRA balls. But PLEASE dont waste your MASTER ball on that pokemon!!!!

    To ROARK IS FIRST GYM:Can you please post a code on here that will give me the pokemon modifier????!!!!

  3. stringbean // March 24, 2008 at 9:11 am // Reply

    how do i get a unknown ( number 114)

    or a burmy (number 45)

  4. I got 2 epoleon’s leval 100 .I got a 47 leval dalgia.I beat the game twice .then i got

    uxie misperit and alzelf and if enyone needs’s help reply to me

  5. roark is first gym // March 22, 2008 at 1:40 pm // Reply

    If you want to get the masterball you have to baet hearthome gym (Which is the 6th gym leader)and then beat the galatic hideout (I didn’t but DON’T do what i did i used the action replay i got at walmart it lets you do amazing stuff but it makes the game boring i entered abuch of cheats 2 were full pokedex and masterballx999 which is how i got the masterball be ware of the 6th gym leader she has pshycic type and dark type so if your chimchar you got is an inferenape make sure he knows flare blitz and cross chop or close combat and if you want action replay codes or more advice (beacuse i did everything possible on my dimeand version just put up a request becase i read this site every day i can give you cheats,walktroughs,codes,codes for the action replay, and supercheating put up a request for me and i’ll answer it and look for the answer the next day.

  6. Diamond Boy // March 22, 2008 at 5:47 am // Reply

    How come you can’t get all the starter Pokemon

  7. how did you get 999 rare candys

  8. haw do i get spertomb

  9. I have a level 57 moltras that I will trade for a shing DIAGLA

  10. The balloon pokemons name is drifloon

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