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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. my usual team is
    empoleon lvl 61
    dialga lvl100
    latias lvl 100
    regigigas lvl 82
    shiny shaymin lvl 33
    heatran lvl 70

  2. machop evolves at lvl28 4 me

  3. can someone please tell me where 2 get stunky on pokemon diamond


  4. I have a articuno lv.100 a groudon lv.100 that I got from ruby and a lv.100 mewtwo

  5. Anonymous // June 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm // Reply

    when does machop evolve

  6. hi. does anyone have a ayquaza or deoxys or even darkrai they don’t want?

  7. I used to have a Jirachi in Sapphire, but i restarted the game

  8. my (normal) team is:

    Latias lvl 74
    Luxray lvl 62
    Gyrados lvl 72
    Roserade (shiny) lvl 100 (no cheats)
    Moltres lvl 63
    Rapidash lvl 92

    I also sometimes use a girantina lvl 53, but not all that much.

  9. how do you draw Pipulp

  10. listen, i would like to trade someone almost anything for a groudon, darkrai, rayquaza,lugia, or mew

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