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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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10 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. flashdragon // June 13, 2007 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    hey jimbo you cant get 999 master balls thats impossibe only if you clone theor u use a gameshark

  2. Pokemon:Diamond is AWESOME!monty python, Magmortar is the evolution of Magmar. Catch one on a GBA version and migrate it using the dual slot system on your DS so you can catch it in the pal park. What I want to now is what colors the special version of all the pokemon are.I’m trying to catch all the specials.Tell Pedro he rocks!

  3. how do u get the 8th badge

  4. am just about to get my ds and pokemon diamond and am picking the water starter because its cool. and can you clone on the game

  5. i need help for beating lucian,the last guy in eleite 4.pleze help

  6. UHH. how do you get through the maze in the 8th badge gym?? the last part where you are supposed to reach the gym leader?? please help(:

  7. ultimate poke star // June 13, 2007 at 2:42 am // Reply

    Can someone please help me out on where to find all of the items that can be in your inventory?I am going to need them to evolve my pokemon after I trade them from emerald.

  8. Dimond5505 // June 13, 2007 at 12:58 am // Reply

    How do u get 999 master balls and rare candy’s my freind has it but i forget wat u need to buy for it.Can some1 help me remember?!?!?!?!

  9. monty python // June 12, 2007 at 9:26 pm // Reply

    who is magmorter? i have everybody else

  10. pokefan!1111 // June 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm // Reply

    Hey Hunter how do i get past the galactic grunt at the spear pillar theres a guy block a door and he say dont pay attension to the guy with no pokemon what do i do?? Please Tell Me Please?

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