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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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15 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. i started again on platinum my team
    roselia lv38 toxic mega drain bullet seed (need to get rid of) grass not
    luxray lv38 thunder fang bite charge spark
    drifblim lv38 one of my fav ominous wind fly pay back filler
    infernape lv40 return shadow claw close combat flame wheel
    gastrodon lv37 brine mud bomb body slam water pulse
    gabite lv 39 dig ddragon rage dragon claw take down he epic

  2. UPDATE:
    lvl 92 garchomp
    lvl 97 gardevoir
    lvl 100 shiny darkrai
    lvl 89 arceus ice plate

  3. i have:

    lvl 99 shiny darkrai
    lvl 80 arceus ice plate
    lvl 69 gardevoir
    lvl 74 gengar
    lvl 100 ditto
    lvl 78 shiny shamin

  4. pokemon ultimatum master // June 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm // Reply

    I really dont care wat u guys say,i caught each pokemon in platinum and pearl(pant,pant)witout cheats or any of those thing.i am a sincere pokefan. sooo bring the questions:-)

  5. how do you get past victory road pleas reply

  6. my team:real pokemon from ruby to pearl deoxys 100 100

  7. How to you get lugia,mewtwo and samin. I got a Palkia , Garitina and Celibi. My party is Celibi Lv 50, Camerrupt Lv 56, Walrein Lv 56, Fearow Lv 58, Palkia Lv 73 and Giatina lv 74. My stongest Pokemon is torterra.

  8. empoleon level 100
    togetic level 88
    feraligatr level 74
    lugia level 61
    groudan level 57
    blaziken level 45

  9. My team is
    LUGIA LV 61

  10. how do u catch shamin?

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