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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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10 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. My team:

    PALKIA LV. 90
    DIALGA LV. 100(SHINY)
    HOUWNDOEWN LV. 98
    DITTO LV. 100 (SHINY)

  2. all my pokemon r lv 100

  3. vespiquen20 // July 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm // Reply

    yo doodle cood i have the pokemon you were talkin bout like the groudon and stuffs?

  4. vespiquen20 // July 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm // Reply

    yo guys new update 2 more pokes to lvl 100 to get 1 whole box full of em but i did cheat quite a bit so now i have ar codes 999 master balls and 999 rare candies

  5. on the older games like emerald or leafgreen what do u use the special attack and special defense stats for? there’s no place where it says whether its physical or not.

  6. you need an action replay with catch any pokemon code

  7. rate my team

    lvl100 groudon(shiny)
    lvl100 kyogre(shiny)
    lvl100rayquaza(shiny)
    lvl100deoxys(shiny)
    lvl100moltres(shiny)
    lvl100ho-oh(shiny)

  8. which dude can teach ur pokemon moves

  9. It was great

  10. where do you find flygon in pokemon pearl

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