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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. hello i was really wondering what to do when you’ve beatin the champ what to do, so i use the migration option and migrate from my ruby version?

  2. Empoleon fan X2 // November 21, 2007 at 11:47 pm // Reply

    He is at Sunnyshore City

  3. where do you find the eighth gym leader at

  4. Hey, player_ochoa,

    Burmy can be attracted to trees with honey, especially the tree in the feild of flowers behind Floraoma Town. Of course, you can always just trade for one, too. The international trade thingy is useful; i got my Burmy from some kid in Japan.


  5. To player_ochoa

    there are 2 ways to get burmy so you can geet the national dex. can put honey on a tree and wait and keep looking that way.Or… can go in the Eterna forest and fight a bug cature in there.I’m not sure which one tough.-_-”

    I hope this helps.^_^

    #1Eevee Fan

  6. Beduw evovles at his favorite level, give him lots of attation!

    this might work!

  7. where can i find a move deleter?

  8. G-Gamer:

    I’m pretty sure that the Azure Flute is what you use to get Arceus. As far as i know, it can only be obtained with a cheat. Kinda sucks, doesn’t it? I borrow a cheat thingy from a friend for stuff like that. Though i will admit i don’t have Arceus yet; for some reason, my friend is having trouble finding the cheat.


  9. player_ochoa // November 19, 2007 at 6:50 pm // Reply

    Were do i see/catch burmy … i need burmy to get National Dex..

    do any of you know how i can get/see him

  10. I’m back.

  11. If you need a regigigas you will need regice,registeel,and regirock in your team(can only get them from ruby,sapphire,or emerald by migrating)when you get them regigigas will be in the snowpoint temple.

  12. Where do i need to use the Azure Flute I am nervous but happy. Anyway I have been told that it can be used at Mt. Cornet. If Anyone knows just leave another comment here to let me know.

  13. Umm…you’re quite…enthusiastic, aren’t you, Charmeleon?


  14. pokemon is the best thing in the hole world!

  15. Oh…Did i tell you guys my new discoveries for the Underground?

    Well, the first one i’ve known forever…You can only get to the little patch in the middle by entering the Undergrouund in Celestic Town.

    You can only get into the upper left section by entering on Fullmoon or Newmoon Island.


  16. To “me”:

    Cresselia is a new legendary only in Diamond and Pearl.

    After beating the Elite Four, talk to Sailor Edritch or go in his house. He’ll take you to the island where you meet her. Then she runs away, and you’ll have to follow her like you did with Mesprit.


  17. to sy17056

    you will see Alakazam with a trainer you meet on victory road or the elite

    battle number 4.

  18. where do you see an alakazam? in pokemon diamond

  19. i have all three starter pokemon!

  20. me and my self and i // November 10, 2007 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    does anyone know how that one guy got 999 rare candys

  21. who the heck is creeselia ive beat diamond with my level100 charizard multipletimes and never herd of it

  22. to sunshore

    the gym leader will be in the lighthouse in sunshore city talk to him and he

    will go to the gym.

  23. how to i get to sunyshore city gym leader

  24. I can not wait for the new pokemon revelution

  25. To fireball and pkkkkkk:

    Yes, burmy are found in trees, most commonly in the one in the feild of flowers behind Floaroma Town. They are still rare even there, though.

    In order to find pokemon in trees, you need to buy honey from the man in that feild and smear it on a tree. Wait a couple hours and you’ll find a bug pokemon there–the tree will be wiggling if there’s a pokemon in it. Oh, and you can only smear honey on some trees–the ones that are yellowish-orange.


  26. pkkkkkk i have to say that burmy does live in a tree because combee does and he lives in the exact same spot but how do you know when a pokemon is in the tree?

  27. HEY!!!

    A random tip for those of you who like rare Berries. Just discovered this last week!!!

    Go to Pastoria City. Go south, until you get to the very last house. Enter ans talk to the older girl, and she’ll give you a berry you can’t find anywhere else! It’s a daily thing, so you can go back and get another tomorrow, too. I’ve gotten five new kinds of berries so far.


  28. To samabull–

    You cannot get Shaymin, Arceus, or Darkrai without an Action Replay. Sorry.



  30. When i first started i had a chimchar he avolved into monferno at leval 22 the i caught aabra he wasnt really good igave him alot of hm”s thenicaught a shinks evolved him to a luxray than my freind traded me a dialaga egg and i rased that egg to become alevel 100 dialga i also thoughtabou agrotle or empoleon so my friend traded all her good pokemon to methen started over.

  31. yeah, the action replay got me enough master balls to last me a few years o-o and my pokemon have leveled from 38 to 60 in about ten minutes. its really helpful, just be careful if you use it. it CAN glitch your game… if you use too many at a time.

    but i suggest getting it if you want shaymin, arceus, darkrai and manaphy.


    Thanks for the tips, guys.

    Oh, and Doctor–save that Master Ball for Cresselia, she’s REALLY hard to catch. I caught both my Cresselia and Mesprit with Darkballs, they’re really good too, but only at night, so it took me a while.


  33. An Action Replay is a thingy that lets you use cheats. There are some pokemon you can only get with an Action Replay.


  34. this is my first tip^_^.Dialga and Palkia don’t have to be caght with the master ball.I caght my dialga with a nest ball, but i had to weaken him first.BY!^_^

  35. To D.C:

    An Action Replay is something used for cheats–you put it into your DS, put the game into a slot in the Action Replay, turn the DS on and you can use cheats. It costs like 10-20(?) dollars and you can get it at most places that sell DS games. There are some pokemon you can only get using the cheats on an Action Replay.


  36. i keep looking for burmy but i cant figer out if thay live in a tree

  37. Good idea.


  38. What is a Action replay.

  39. well i got it from online and nobody gave me the instructions o-o i can try to look elsewhere though…

  40. Ummmmmm…doesnt it TELL you which buttons to press? Look REALLY carefully, maybe there are instructions somewhere… Then again, i’ve only used one once…


  41. How do I catch the opponents pokemon? I have the action replay code on, but i dont know what buttons to press to actually catch the pokemon.

  42. To tk:

    You can find Old Amber by digging underground. It might take a while, though. Just so you know. When you’re looking for it, it’ll look like a an Orb at first, only orange. DIG IT UP RIGHT AWAY so the wall doesn’t collapse before you get it!!!


  43. to tk.

    you can get old amber by going under ground.

    but you must have a national poke’dex.

  44. eneone know how to get old amber

  45. Hey, wolfgirl,

    It’s ok. A kid on my bus let me borrow his Action Replay. ^__^

    They’re really useful. Now i have Shaymin and Darkrai. The guy on my bus is still looking for the cheat to get Arceus, though.

    Hopefully i’ll get it eventually. Thanks!!!!


  46. Dear “desperate for help”:

    Have you beaten Team Galactic at the mountain yet? After beating their leader on Mt. Coronet, you battle either Dialga or Palkia. If you got Palkia but want to get Dialga for your pokedex, you can always trade.

    Bonsly can be found the Trophy Garden, and parts of Routes 209 and 210. This may only apply in Pearl or after you’ve beaten the Elite Four, though. Again, trading is always an option.

    Misdreavus can be found in the uppermost section of Route 209 and in the south-west 3/4 of Eterna Forest, but only at night. Again, this may be only in Pearl or only after defeating the Elite Four.

    Hope i helped. Good luck finding them!!!


  47. even girls are allowed on this website!

  48. pokemon girl, you rock! love ya

  49. i have all evee stages and like 2,3, or 4 evees left. (smile innocently)

  50. you can get to stark mountain by going to the route in the battle zone thats outside of resort are that has sandstorms go thru building that gets you to other cities and go up and you’ll be on your WAY to STARK mountain

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