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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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51 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. How do you get Spiritomb???

  2. How do i get to Turnback Cave??

    Please teach me; i’m a newbie!!!

  3. How do i get Burmy?? and what’s Garintina??

  4. Dear Luxray Fan,

    i suck at the Pearl version, but…


    MewTwo: Sorry dude, but you gotta beat the Elite Four first. It’s in a cave, and you have to surf to the entrance. The cave is REALLY close to Cerulean City. It’s called Cerulean Cave.

    Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres: Zapdos is hiding in a power plant, Articuno is in the ice caves on the little island a short surf the one where you beat the last gym leader, and Moltres is close to Island 1, on the top of a nearby volcano. You MIGHT have to beat Team Rocket to get there, though.


  5. are there mystery gifts in Pearl and Diamond???

  6. please dont think i’m dumb, but i only got my game recently and…


    *sighs** i feel like such a newbie…

  7. how much does an action replay cost??

  8. hey,

    What the heck is a cressalia??? And i know where Mesprit is, and i know that using “mean look” on it forces it to stay, but it always leaves b4 i can attack. and it breaks out of pokeballs cuz i dont have a master ball cuz i used it on Palkia cuz i’m a dummy and i was frustrated that normal pokeballs wouldnt hold it.

    WHAT DO I DO?!?

    Is there a way to get another pokeball if i dont have a gameshark??

    And there’s some special thing involving the gambling place in Veilstone, but i dont know how it works.

    oh, and i tip i got from a friend: save the game in front of Lucas’s house in Sandgem. go in and talk to his little sister. she’ll tell you where a rare kind of pokemon is for the day. Find it and catch one. then go to the mansion on route 212 and talk to the owner. say “yes” to everything he asks. then go out in the trophy garden, that kind of pokemon he mentioned will be there. You can use this every day. They might occaisonally tell you the location of a pokemon you already have. Sorry, but you’ll have to wait till the next day if they do.

  9. dose are some good pokemon.

  10. alright baby gurl

  11. on my gameboy i have a kyoger on lv.130 120hp.

  12. play other pokemon harder.

  13. how do you get 999 rare candy

  14. you need to train your team more 159pokemon23.

    babie gurl

  15. Rate my team

    Garchomp Lv.99

    Palkia Lv.100

    Dialga Lv.100

    Torterra Lv.100

    Staraptor Lv.75

    Gastrodon Lv.80

  16. 159pokemon23 // September 3, 2007 at 4:13 pm // Reply

    rate my team.

    Empoleon lv. 72

    Dialga lv. 52

    Kadabra lv. 47

    Bronzong lv. 38

    Steelx lv.34

    Staravia lv.16

    please rate it.

  17. 159pokemon23 // September 3, 2007 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    good types are dragon.

  18. 159pokemon23 // September 3, 2007 at 4:08 pm // Reply

    dudes I have dialga empoleon kadraba steelx and staravia!!!!

  19. 123diamond I give your team a 9.5 out of 10.

    babie gurl

  20. Dialga lv100

    Infernape lv100

    Leafeon lv68

    Bibarel lv89

    Lucario lv100

    Staraptor lv95

    PLS rate And comment

    Sorry about the spellings:) !!!!!!!!

  21. YO bob09876 i’ll rate it 3.5 out of 10

  22. i have a staravia level 32 and i am trying to evolve it. its too bad that wake’s pokemon dont give alot of exp points

  23. My pokemon are all on Lv.99. I have all the pokemon. I started afew weeks ago. Plus… milk is my favorite color.

  24. i like your team BABIE GURL.

    i totally have to train mine

  25. rate MY team.







    i used my machop more than my turtwig in the start, so, well. BTW i started just a few days ago.


  26. pkmn trainer7 // September 2, 2007 at 10:24 am // Reply

    I love to play pokemon!!! But I don’t know what types are good (or) bad to other types. Please tell me.

  27. to eevee 111 i really dont want to cheat at pokemon

    if you know how to get it the real way please tell me (DARKRAI)

  28. thks for showing your team I’ll rate it 8.5 out of 10


    ps. RATE MY TEAM

  29. here’s my team 123diamond.

    empoleon[lv 89]

    heatran[lv 70]

    steelix[lv 53]

    pinser[lv 52]

    ledian[lv 52]

    banette[lv 52]

    rate my team.


  30. im wondering how to get arceus and benco city. if you know tell me!

  31. get the action replay and get the running through walls code. go to fullmoon island and run accross the water to the right.keep running you will be at darkrais island!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is so easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. ill take a darkrai legend for a leafoen


  34. oh and ps can you tell me your team BABIE GURL!!!!

    Mine is Dialga lv100

    Infernape lv100

    Leafeon lv68

    Bibarel lv89

    Lucario lv100

    Staraptor lv95

    PLS rate And comment

    Sorry about the spellings:) !!!!!!!!

  35. AH! BABIE GURL dont worry about it i just wanted them for fun THKS for trying !!!!!!!!!!

  36. Sorry 123diamond I don’t:(

    I haven’t caught them.

  37. babie gurl please tll me how to get areceus OR DARKRAI PLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  38. Moe what you need to do is catch dilgia than the guy will move and you will be able to go to sunnyshore city.

    Hope this helps.


  39. To Drew,there’s a guy in the forest tha has a burmy,all you need to do is battel him.

    Hope this helps.


  40. can anyone tell me were to find fire type pokemon plz cause i started with a water type lvl 26 and cant defeet the grass gym leader

  41. where do u find burmy i need to get the national dex i looked everywhere buy theres nothing there

  42. can u guys plz help me cause icant beat dimond im on the part where the guy dosent let to sunyshore city he says,sunyshore city which is down the road had a majer blacout. so can u help me on that part and i saved the gril from the tunnle

  43. funny monkey // August 29, 2007 at 11:27 am // Reply

    hi ppz, i am wandering ,does any 1 know where the move tutor is coz i need 2 teach my golbat mean look so i can catch azelf and uxie kk thx cya soon

  44. and can anyone please tll me how to get areceus OR DARKRAI PLS THKS

  45. yo wickaacy listen did you talk to flint. (guy with red hair) If you did go to the top of the light house.Talk to the guy with blonde hair. More info later

  46. how to get 8th badge

  47. Anyone know how to get to the peak some guy blocking my way even though I’ve released the 3 pokemon 🙁

  48. seth....battletowerstreak // August 28, 2007 at 10:40 am // Reply

    oh and ppl look out for me in the battle tower online i’ll be the one beating you with my mate

  49. seth....battletowerstreak // August 28, 2007 at 10:38 am // Reply

    ok here listen up the only way you can get a good game started is by starting with a low amount of pokemon until the 5th or 6th badge start with chimchar shinx and buizel then a staravia later on in the game then either get a sneasl and lucario or use rare types i never use rare types they take to long to train in my opinion

  50. i need help with vitory road becuase there’s two black things in the way,what do i do!!!???

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