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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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12 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. you rock dude! add more stuff! do pokemon platinum! you are a master!

  2. Years ago when I played my Poke. Red my original team was:

    -Gyarados Lvl 100
    -Charizard Lvl 100
    -Raichu Lvl 100
    -Venasaur Lvl100
    -Pidgeot Lvl100
    -Gengar **MY FAVORITE POKE EVER** Lvl100

    I do not remember my Diamond team and I’m not sure this team is 100% accurate I mean its been years since the glory day of Pokemon Red

  3. I got 3 lv.x.

  4. ive got
    in my deck

  5. Empoleon led- team // June 12, 2009 at 8:34 am // Reply

    I have really strong Pokemons. I’ll prove it to you:
    Empoleon lv.100
    Staraptor lv.100
    Dialga lv.100
    Fearow lv.100
    Aerodactyl lv.100
    Delibird lv.100
    Darkrai lv.43
    Empoleon lv.100
    Abomasnow lv. 100
    Shaymin lv.31 beat that! Actually I can beat heatran LV.1000000

  6. Empoleon led- team // June 12, 2009 at 8:05 am // Reply

    I have very good Pokemons: Empoleon lv.100 Empoleon lv.100 Staraptor lv.100
    Darkrai lv.43 Dialga lv.100 Rampardos lv.100

  7. i am new…i cannot find the gym 1 in pokemon diamand …can you all help me please….i also needv some help,do you all know in pokemon diamand can catch charizard,blastoise,venusour,rayquaza,giratina,and …….

    • if you meet yellow hair in the school give him map, go to the guy , find 3 clowns, answer yes, go back to guy, you get wach go to first exit (on right)go to cave ,go to other exit of cave,go in mine,talk to red hair with hat, leave mine, go to gym, guess who the leader is ………… RED HAIR WITH HAT

  8. where in pearl can you catch rayquaza without cheats

  9. i’ve got a

    RAYQUAZA lv. 100
    CHARIZARD lv. 100
    TIRANYTAR lv. 100
    BLASTOISE lv. 100
    AMPHAROS lv. 100
    DIALGA lv. 82
    GIRATINA lv. 79
    SCEPTILE lv. 78
    i change ’em instead of DIALGA

  10. vespiquen20 // June 6, 2009 at 7:23 am // Reply

    can u catch spiritomb by goin up down talk to the same person?

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