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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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16 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. Trading lvl 21 Trapinch for a bagon

  2. in diamonds battle tower i cant seem to win more than 6 times in a row. i mean1 win is 7 trainers so 7*6 is 42 wins. the problems is even though my pokemon types, attacks, stats and abilities are grate the pokemon of the battletower are too strong. e.g my charizard got one shotted from a porygon-z’s tri attack….

  3. i also have lugia and ho oh

  4. my party giratina lvl 100 charizard lvl 100 tortera lvl 100 kyogre lvl 100 dragonite lvl 100 dialga lvl 100

  5. all my legenderies are level 100 i do not have an arceus but i have kyogre,moltres,articuno,zapdos,shaymin,darkrai,dialga,giratina,heatran,creselia,and one from an event in 2010

    • i hav a arseus BUT I AM NOT TRADING IT!!!!! p.s. it is level 100 and nows extremespeed judgement perish song and seismic toss

  6. how do you get all of the leginares

  7. if anyone needs answers i can answer them since i defeated the elite 4

  8. Empoleon101 // April 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm // Reply

    I just erned my 4th badge today from Crasher Wake (he’s SO ugly). When u first start the game pick Piplup he’s best. How do u beat team Galactic in Veilstone city? And wheres the key? Thanks!

    • good job, you should easily beat the grunts by training your pokemon.(i think the key is in the small house that is up the stairs

  9. Empoleon101 // April 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm // Reply

    Empoleon ROCKS! So does Haunter, Floatzel, Staraptor,Pikachu and ponyta. I have a budew thats on level 25 and it wont evolve. I gave it away cause it evolves into Roselia and like u c thoose everyday. THE WORST POKEMON EVER IS MAGIKARP

  10. super sonic // April 11, 2010 at 1:59 am // Reply

    I know but i wont tell till you swap uxie,azelf and mesprite in the union room

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