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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. thank you very much fox’s bite????? ^_^ if you need to know something please do come and ask me ill try my best to help you!

  2. fox's bite????? // May 13, 2008 at 11:00 pm // Reply

    I have a lvl 100 arceus!!!! =Þ and 4 all those non-believers, it has 357 HP, 317 Atk., 270 def., 298 sp. atk., 299 sp. def, and 267 speed

    Also it knows Fly, Judgement, Recover, and Flamethower

    POWER: 90 100 None 95

    ACURACY: 95 100 100 100

    TYPE: Flying Normal Normal Fire

    FORM: physical special status special

    EFFECT*only applies 4 judgement: Move type changes according to the Plate the user is holding

  3. fox's bite????? // May 13, 2008 at 10:51 pm // Reply

    ok Max i have your anwsers 1. Garchomp 2. Staraptor

  4. where do i catch a barboach?

  5. pokemon fellow // May 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm // Reply

    kk if u want to no how to get more starters u can use ur starter at the daycare o breed a n=outher starter and borrow friends starterd and do the same

  6. pokemon-hsm-master // May 12, 2008 at 5:28 pm // Reply

    i need help i am on the champon

    i have on my team

    a level 24 luxio

    i level 65 tortera

    a lev

  7. Hello my poke friends lol.. im here to discus about my up coming pokemon team..

    i have 2 each..

    1. which DRAGON pokemon would be better?

    a flygon

    b grachomp

    2. which FLYING pokemon would be better?

    a staraptor

    b pidgeot

    please do answer this question if you have time to.. it would be greatfull of yo if you did.

  8. pokemaniac // May 10, 2008 at 3:44 am // Reply

    Dialga is at spear pillar at the top of MT coronet with team galactic

  9. honeybuff // May 9, 2008 at 10:19 am // Reply

    how do i get to sunny shore city?ive got surf,rock climb and rocksmash. someone told me i needed them hms……..

  10. oh i see haha thanks^_^”

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