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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

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. I know how to get azelf. you have to follow it around and weaken it until it has 1 point left or close to that.Then you use quickballs or greatballs over and over again until you have it.Trust me it works.

  2. i wasted my masterball.How can i get a new one.How do you clone it into 999 masterballs?!!!

  3. wow

  4. how do find any more pokemon in sinnoh to feel up your pokedex if you want to

    compleate the sinnoh podex ineed the help know to compleate sinnohs podex

    thank you

  5. where do u get a lickitung

  6. well heres a tip for fast leveling. if you are quite lazy like myself and dont feel like battline a bagillion pokemon to level up your guys, give your weak ones to the poke breeder person and jus fly to cycling road and go up and down a bunch of times. every step earns you 1 exp, so i jus not leveled my lucario (42 – 44) and gabite (39 – 41) in about 10 mins. jus be sure that you learn all ur moves fer a while so nothin gets deleted on accident.

  7. EMPOLEON ROCKS ! I LOVE THIS GAME. giratina cresselia and heatran rule too

  8. WOW! You are the BEST!

  9. Poke-Master // June 11, 2007 at 7:18 pm // Reply

    I have 99 rare candys, 99 master balls, and here is my team.

    Heatran-Lv.100

    Dialga-Lv.100

    Palkia-Lv.100

    Azelf-Lv.100

    Mesprit-Lv.100

    Magmortar-Lv.101

    ALL of them are shiny pokemon!I used NO cheats!And, don’t ask me how I got a Lv. 101, it is REALLY complicated.

  10. How do you get 999 master balls and rare candies without cheating?

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