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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


  2. where can i get a Good Rod?

  3. im stuck on the elite 4!!! help

  4. were to find the pipe

  5. Tony Master // April 25, 2008 at 6:52 pm // Reply

    My question is where is the move deleter,im looking all over for him,i need to get the hm strength off my gyarados so i can put the hm waterfall on him,it wont work on my palkia for some reason,i mean its a water and dragon type,well,hope you help my out.

  6. hmm… still no answer from my question… why hasent anyone posted an answer for me… i mean it has nothing to do with a cheat just to get a simple special move… oh well… hope someone posts a answer to my question…

  7. well i dont think you can get them in the wild.. sorry chimchar.. but if you have a action replay try looking up a code, but i myself dont use the action replay… or the second choice is to get a egg starter from your friends… or either get a DS and buy [or borrow]

    a new pokemon diamond or pearl wich has no data [so like.. start new game thing] then get the starter you want and trade it.. then again restart the game again and do the exact same thing…

    again sorry chimchar45 ….. well.. i just hope this helps you…

  8. chimchar45 // April 24, 2008 at 8:36 am // Reply

    does anybody know where to find chimchar and pipulp not as starter pokemon as wild pokemon if u do plz let me knwo ok thanx.


  9. and no you can’t get any dark pokemon.. unless theres some cheat for the action replay..

  10. i think i know what Lv ponyta evolves… i thinik its Lv 40 but… im not quite sure..

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