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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

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. LUGIABLAST // June 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm // Reply

    BLAZE YOU CAN GO TO SPEAR PILLAR AND GET PALKIA OR DIALGA WHICH IS IN MT.CORNET OR YOU CAN MAKE THEM MIGRATE FROM A GAMEBOY GAME OR TRADE WITH SOMEBODY WHO HAS LEGENDARIES

  2. YES YOU CAN vespiguen 20

  3. how can i get legenderys?

  4. I HAVE A INFERNAPE LV 87
    A ELECTRIVIRE LV100
    A GIRATINA LV 70
    A DIALGA LV 51
    A GOLEM LV 53
    AND A BLAZIKEN LV 74

    POKEMON IS AWSOME

  5. start the game with chimchar evolve it to monferno and let it learn mach punch it is now ready to beat the first gym!

    Oh, and i only used cimchar/monferno/infernape in the game and i had no trouble.

    P.S. try to keep youre starting pokemon at least 5 levels more than youre opponents andit doesnt matter which one you choose!!!

  6. Empoleon led- team i could beat u

  7. ive got a lvl. 100 himochan,mamoswine,probopass,blastoise,luxray,and Garchomp

  8. dragonmaster // June 22, 2009 at 9:23 am // Reply

    i got:
    kyogre lv 85
    torterra lv 85
    blaziken lv 86
    zapdos lv 100
    giratina lv 76
    salamance lv 80

    beat that

  9. vespiquen20 // June 20, 2009 at 5:53 pm // Reply

    in pokemon d/p i have lvl 100 empoleon lvl 100 infernape lvl 81 roserade electivire lvl 80 magmortar lvl 80 and arceus lvl 82

  10. Is there an Action Replay code to unlock benco city?

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