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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. i have level 82 inferno // April 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    how do u get the mistey gift opinon (srry about spelling) plz answer

  2. Pikachu:-) // April 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm // Reply

    the fourth gym is in veilstone and it’s Crasher Wake. He is a water gym.

  3. help me pleez... // April 18, 2008 at 10:53 am // Reply

    can someone pleez tell me where exactly in victory road do u get the razor claw, i’m trying to evolve my sneasel but apparently i need this item first.

  4. My first pokemon was turtwing and he is one of the best choices it last evolution is Totterrra a cool grass-ground pokemon. He could beat easily a chimchar or infernape with its earthquake.Or if he doesnt wins my Staraptor, an excelent flying pokemon could win.

  5. hows this for a team

    lv:100 rayquza

    lv:100 rampardos

    lv: 100 garchomp

    lv: 100 kyorge

    lv; 100 dialga

    lv: 100 swapert.

  6. you need a heavens pipe to get Arceus

  7. ShallowSouL // April 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm // Reply

    Oh…yeah…..yes… i had to restart my game i did not do this… i was forced to do this…..BEWARE!! if your a cheater (like me) careful on using the Action Replay DS.If you use a lot of….Arceus lvl. 100 maxed out stats…if you use that cheat like….about 10 times your game might have a chance of corrupting.. thats what mine did and, i had to start from the beginning…it sucked….because i was really close on getting my full national pokedex now i have 479 in my national pokedex…so now im careful on how many cheats i use….

    P.S. i hope this tip helped……….:)

  8. ShallowSouL // April 16, 2008 at 8:30 pm // Reply

    To transfer your mew you have to gain access to Pal Park then you can transfer 6 pokemon each day. (24 hours) or you can transfer any other pokemon..but you cannot transfer any pokemon with HM’S so remember that.

    And which rocks are you talking about?? The boulders, or the rocks where you can smash with rock smash? It depends which one’s your talking about..

    To get Ditto you have to google and find out which route…but all i know you have to use PokeRadar………..=) =) 🙂

  9. corinne-marie // April 16, 2008 at 5:58 am // Reply

    how to you move rugged rocks if people could get back to me asap that would be helpful??

  10. hey, i just caught a Combee female. I heard those were rare on some site. is it? another thing, who should i use on my team against the elite 4? i really, really, hate Cynthia… >.<

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