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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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50 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. i think to catch mesprit u just throw a quickball at the start

  2. rate my team

    mew lvl 100

    Lugia lvl 100

    deoxys lvl 100

    giratina lvl 100

    blaziken lvl 100

    ho-oh lvl 100

  3. Dear “loilher”:

    It’s a good combo, but why only two pokemon? May i suggest a fighting-type for the third pokemon? That would make it completely balanced.


  4. Dear “HA…”:

    It helps to walk, run, surf or bike in the direction Mesprit is in; it runs away much more often when you use fly to get closer to it. Get a pokemon that knows Mean Look, and when you finally DO catch up with it, USE MEAN LOOK!!! Make sure you have plenty of pokeballs with you. I’m still trying to catch it too.


  5. how do you track doen misprit whit your poketech ? when i reach her she change place!!

  6. rate my team: (i used ar)

    honchkrow lv 100

    deoxys (speed) lv 100

  7. you can get rock climb on the way to snowpoint city in that storm its by a guys house

  8. pokemongirl // October 8, 2007 at 3:31 pm // Reply

    Dear “Rob 13”:

    I was a newbie once too. ^__^

    When i got stuck at Mt. Coronet, i searched and realized that there was a cave entrance i hadn’t seen before. Lemme guess, you’re stuck at the guy who says he doesn’t have pokemon?

    Once you beat the boss, you’ll be able to go to the last Pokemon Gym in Sunnyshore. After that is the Victory Road!!!

    I’m not sure where to find Rock Climb, but you’re going to need it soon….


  9. pokemongirl // October 8, 2007 at 3:26 pm // Reply

    Dear “evenevan”:

    You can find Proffesor Oak in Orburg, to the left of Jubilife City.

  10. To # 1Eevee Fan

    The only place you can catch a Gible is the Wayward Cave of course is trading a pok’emon for a Gible

  11. were can i fined perfeser Oke

  12. were do you find the next pokemon after pakea

  13. Luxray fan!!!

    hi, do u still have the female starters???!! if u do can i have a turtwig and piplup. I am such a newbie, i got my pearl version 1 week ago and all i have is a staraptor level 34, golduck level 35, Gasper(Haunter) level 36, Luxray level 37, sneasel level 38, and Infernape level 41. And i have 7 BADGES. WITH POKEON IN THE 30’S AND 40’S THERE IS NO WAY I WILL BE ABLE TO BEET THE BOSS ON TOP OF MT. CORONET.Also how do you get to the top of mt. coronet. if you need to use the tm or hm that lets you climb the ledges,clifs then where do i get it.


  14. to sotoris:

    if u want to bring a fossil back to life go to Orburg city and there is a big building right of the city and right above the mine and if you go in there and talk to all the people, one of them(i don’t know which one) will ask u if u have a fossil for him and he will bring it back to life.

    P.S. how do you get the hm(tm) rock climb, or whatever it is. I need to battle the team galactic boss the last time at the top of Mt. Coronet, but i don’t know how to get to him. i am in mt coronet and i went in at hartthrome city but i can’t find the boss. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. to 159pokemon23:

    I think you should even out the pokemon in your team.

    you should have all your pokemon(exept empoleon) level 50-60.

    It might take u pretty long, but it will be worth it.

    p.s. what do u do after you get the 7th badge from snowpoint and u

    scare away the team galactic commander? I NEED HELP!!!

  16. what do you do aftere u get the seventh badge from snowpoint city and u scare away the team galactic commander away from the lake in snowpoint

    I NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. ok pokemon girl i changed my team to my torterra my palkia my electivire my ryprerior and magmortar o and kabutops

  18. the "Big Boss" // October 5, 2007 at 5:34 pm // Reply

    Where do i get Magby and Elekid?

  19. pokemongirl // October 4, 2007 at 4:18 pm // Reply

    To “#1 Eevee Fan”:

    I got my Gible by using the international trading place. Make sure you put somehting good up for trade, though!!! People are reluctant to trade them. You don’t need to put up a legendary for trade or anything, just soemthing a bit more hard to find. I think i traded a Ditto? I’m not sure. Whatever.

    Hope i helped.

    ps–My little brother thinks everyone who uses this site should know that he exists. He seems to think it’ll make him more important. Whatever. He’s annoying, but i love him anyways…


  20. #1Eevee Fan // October 3, 2007 at 4:47 pm // Reply

    dragon pokemon are cool my fave dragon pokemon is Garchomp man its cool,by the way does any one know where I can get a Gible so I can evole it to Garchomp?Also I change my name from babie gurl to #1Eevee Fan.

    #1Eevee Fan.

  21. pokemongirl // October 3, 2007 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    To “Charizard”:

    If dragon-types are so much cooler than the others, why is you username “Charizard”??

    Just asking.


  22. who should i have in my team pachirisu or ponyta

  23. I think all of the dragon pokemon are cooler then some.

    like picachu


  24. pokemongirl // October 1, 2007 at 6:00 pm // Reply

    To “Lucario Guy!!!”:

    Before rating your team, i need to know what types Dialga and Arcearus are

    ps–How did you even GET those pokemon?!?!?!


  25. To both “jakeyboy” and “elecctiviere”:

    Again, you both have very strong teams, and level 100 pokemon are good, but the types you use are unbalanced.

    “jakeyboy,” on your team, you have Mew, a psychic-type pokemon, Celebi, another which i am fairly certain is another psychic pokemon, with a dark-type and water-dragon-type and fire-flying-type thrown in. With ONE of each only nessecary, i prefer to have 1 psychic, 1 dark, and one fighting type, which you do not have at all. Like a game of rock-paper-scissors, psychic beats fighting, fighting beats dark, and dark beats pschic, therefor they balance. If you want to keep Charazard on your team, either get one grass-type and one water type (Palkia would fill this space) or take Palkia off the team and get one flying-type and one electric-type. Whatever you do, you only need one of a type of pokmon on your team.

    “elecctiviere,” i dont even know where to START with your team. It’s good that they’re all level 100, but…You have THREE fire-types on your team!!! The Paklia is a start because it’s water-type, but the Regigas is just kinda randomly thrown in there. You need to COMPLETELY rethink your team. For ideas, read the above section i wrote to “jakeyboy.”

    ps–as for where to get a Lickitung–go to Lucas’s little sister in Sandgem town regularly; that’s how i got mine. If you just never find one, ask; i can put one up for trade if you’d like.

    Sorry, i know that was all really harsh. But i hope it helps.


  26. Lucario Guy!!! // September 30, 2007 at 3:50 pm // Reply

    Oh Yeah!! I hav all level 100 My Team: Dialga,Palkia Lucario Acearus,Darkai, and Manaphy

  27. hey my team is a lv100 torterra lv100 palkia lv98electivire lv88magmortar lv100 regigigas and lv 100arceus

  28. were do you get lickatung or lickaly

  29. rate my team

    mew lvl 100

    celibi lvl 100

    dialga lvl 100

    darkia lvl 100

    charazard lvl 100

  30. To “PokemonDude 07”:

    I think you have a very good team! Finally, someone who chooses good types of pokemon…


  31. i could beat you ak-maverik i got a level 75 empoleon, 75 infernape, 75 torterra, 78 lucario, 74 electavire and a level 75 staraptor

  32. To “Ak-Maverick”:

    Your team is all powerful and mostly rare pokemon, but the types you use are unbalanced.


  33. this is a good tip but you will need to have timing anyway if a pokebal starts to schake press A it aint easy but after somme practice its very handy to catch rare pokemon

  34. Where is a dito

  35. Giratina rules

  36. Babie gurl i can beat you with my pokemons:

    infernape [71]





    I know they are only 5 pokemons but iam working on the sixth(dragonite)it is now a dragonair [41]

  37. Charizard Tamer // September 23, 2007 at 6:38 pm // Reply

    An easy way to level up your pokemon is to first beat the game,then migrate alot of pokemon (while they are holding exp shares), then give them to your pokemon and go to the elite four and beat them again.

  38. To “babie gurl”:

    Sorry, i only just read your comment…

    Yes, i’ve seen the pokemon movie and i know what a pokemon ranger IS, but someone was using the term “pokemon ranger” as if it were some sort of item.

    Do you know what in the world they’re talking about? ‘Cuz i sure dont…


  39. Dear “poke master”:

    Ummm, sorry, but can you be a little more specific about what you need help with? I know lots, but i’m not sure what to tell you.

    Please write more later…


  40. Dear “fdg”:

    You earn the seventh badge in Snowpoint City. The leader there uses ice-type pokemon.

    Good luck!!!


  41. Dear “Bob123”:

    Sorry, but i’m not sure that you can catch a kirlia in Diamond and Pearl. Are you aware that kirlia is the evolved form? It would be easier to try to catch or trade a ralts, the original evolution, and evolve it yourself. As for how to get a ralts, you can…

    1. migrate one from another, earlier game version

    2. trade for one

    3. if you have beaten the elite four and become a master, you can go to Sandgem Town, save the game there, and talk to a little girl inside one of the houses. She tells you where a new pokemon that usually isnt available can be found, a different one every day. If you continue going to her for long enough, perhaps she will tell you where to find a ralts or kirlia.

    Sorry, i cant give you any other advice…

  42. To “pichu” and “poke”:

    In order to get to Sunnyshore City, you must first get to the top of Mt. Coronet, beat Team Galactic, and capture either Palkia or Dialga, depending on whether you have Diamond or Pearl version.

    Does this help you? Do you need more info?


  43. To “adored star”:

    The mossy rock is in Eterna Forest, north of Floaroma Town. Immediately upon entering, take…

    1. three steps north

    2. three steps west (to your right)

    3. thirteen steps north

    4. nine steps west

    5. three steps north.

    And there you find the mossy rock, which you can train near in order to evolve an eevee into a leafeon; i’ve done it myself, it works.

    Does this help you?



  45. how do you catch all three of the level 70 pokemon I have Giratina and Heatran but whats the other one and how do you catch it?

  46. where do i bring my fossil back to life

  47. to get the seventh badge go to snow point city

  48. plese can you tall me how to get to sunny shure city thank you from the best pokemon cleter. poke

  49. how do you get to sunyshore city on pokemon diamond please

  50. to cooper 544: i have no idea

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