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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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51 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. It is too bad that you can’t capture some legendary pokemon from the old versions in diamond and pearl version!

  2. where is the move deleter in dimond?

  3. just give me CHEEEEAAATS!!!!!

  4. What u say sounds good, but what about gyms and the elite 4 and so on?

  5. pikaboy, you cant get cyndaquill in diamond or pearl without migrating it. Sorry! 😦

  6. poke dude, pillowswine doesnt learn ancientpower! give it a heart scale if you want to evolve it

  7. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 8, 2007 at 4:40 pm // Reply



    poke duuuuuuuuuuude,

  8. what up every one

  9. what lv does pilowine learn ainciant powor on dimond

  10. I can’t find the move tutor in diamond!

  11. hey people i dont know how to get a cindaquil what do i do

  12. Hey, everybody,

    Commenting on what Pokemon Sly wrote, just so you know, Ghost-types are very good when they fit with the rest of your team, but make sure ALL your pokemon balance each other out!!! One kick-butt ghost pokemon will NOT make up for using 2 or more pokemon of the same type!!! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!!


  13. how do you get cyndiquil in emerald version?

  14. They say you don’t need a ghost pokemon on your team and this is true but with a very strong Genar and a few powerful attacks such as dreamy eater and shadow ball it helps more than “covering all of your bases” my Gengar when it was at lv.55 was able to KO any other pokemon i had to face.

  15. how do u get to the gym leader in snowpoint city on pokemon diman

  16. how do u get to the gym leadre in pokemon dimaond

  17. well for 1 am a girl and i am just pokemon crazy!

    P.S my favourite pokemon’s is piplup an chimchar !!!! 🙂

  18. i realy liked the tips for the pokemon i should have in my make your pokemon work like an invincibal team. well thanks for the tips.

  19. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 3, 2007 at 5:43 pm // Reply

    TO samabull

    I know how you can get darkri in pokemon diamond/pearl . you get an actshin replay card and you clik run eneywhere and run over the water of fullmoon islend then you can get that pokemon.

    poke duuuuuuuuuuude

  20. diagla is at the spear pillar

  21. how do you get a spirtomb

  22. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 9:55 pm // Reply

    To infernape,

    You can buy them in any Game Stop, Game Rush, EB Games.

  23. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 8:55 pm // Reply

    To master boye,

    I know you can get Kyogre and Raquaza by tranfing it from EMERALD.

    I know that because my freind has emerald and he gots those pokemon.

  24. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 6:55 pm // Reply

    poke duuuuuuuuuuudes team-

    Infernape Lv 80

    Charizard Lv 41name Flare

    Pelipper Lv 43

    Camerupt Lv 55

    Ditto Lv 21

    Arcanine Lv 34

    Who whants to trade by youing nintendo DS wi fi global connection?

  25. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 6:41 pm // Reply

    To pokemongirl,

    thank you for telling me the answers all my questions. But it did not let me tranfer zapdos. But i will try agine.

  26. To poke duuuuuuuuuuude:

    Eevee can be caught in the trophy garden; talk to the owner first and say yes to everything he asks you. This will make a new pokemon appear in the garden every time you do it.

    You can only get Deoxys with cheats.

    You SHOULD be able to transfer Zapdos; it doesn’t matter what moves it knows!!!

    And Darkrai can only be found with a cheat.


  27. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 11:37 am // Reply

    To master boye,

    How did you get regigigas?

    • first need all 3 regies from saphire,ruby, or emrald then transfer
      then when you do that go to the snow point temple and you will find regigigas.

  28. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 10:19 am // Reply

    did you guy know that you can not get deoxes in pokemon diamond or pearl unless you tranfer from emerald. It is sort of strang but I guss thats how thay made the game.

  29. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 10:13 am // Reply

    Um… well me and pokemon man are the same peopel. I said the tipe about how to get Cresselia in your national pokedex. So sorry if you think it was not me.

  30. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 8:54 am // Reply

    To pokemongirl,

    how do you catch all thouse rare pokemon?

    poke duuuuuuuuuuude,

  31. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 8:48 am // Reply

    To wolfgirl,

    how did you get all the EEVEE stages

  32. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 10:04 pm // Reply

    TO samabull


    from poke duuuuuuuuuuuude.

  33. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:56 pm // Reply

    To infernape,

    I do not think that action replay can glitch your game.

  34. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:46 pm // Reply

    Does anybody know how to catch Zapdos? I could have got it from fire red, but it knew fly, so it couldn’t trasfer over to diamond.

  35. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:26 pm // Reply

    Can you catch Deoxes in this game?

  36. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:23 pm // Reply

    Where can i catch EEVEE.

  37. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 1, 2007 at 9:17 pm // Reply

    To el Mike

    Go to Mt.Coronet and get either Dialga or palkia then you can go to sunnyshore city and vs the 8 gym leader.

  38. Get Cresselia in national pokedex

    First you must get the national pokedex by beeting the elite 4.But i am talking about geting Cresselia.First fly to Canalave city.Then go the sailors house.

    Then thare will be a sick boy thare walk up to him and press A and he will say. Dar…Dark…is… wathing me.Then go to the sailor and he will take you to Fullmoon island.Go upthe staris then keep going until you see a cave.Then you will see Cresselia.

  39. i have a arceus groudon palkia dialga shaymin rotom absol giritina regigigas mesprit uxie azelf spiritomb heatran and i really want a raquaza and kyogre

  40. Hey, Anonymous,

    The fifth gym leader is Fantina, who is USUALLY in Hearthome, but there’s some stuff you’ll have to do before you can find and battle her. Sorry, i cant remember what exactly, but is there anything going on with Team whatever-they’re-called in your game?

    ps–i have no problem with being part of a group adressed as “guys.” No need to write “girls,” too.


  41. it might mess it up ok guys/girls

  42. were can i find the 5th gym leader?

  43. To el Mike:

    He’s in Sunnyshore.


  44. where can I find the 8 gym leader at?

  45. Dragon Master // November 27, 2007 at 7:07 pm // Reply

    To infernape, on a normal circumstance the action replay will not glitch or mess up your game. However, i have some friends who did glitch his game because he used thirty codes at one time when it said USE ONE ONLY. It is really helpful though.

  46. Hey, infernape,

    Some say that Action Replays glitch your game and alter the screen color, some people say they don’t. If you use one, dont use too many cheats at a time, just to be safe, but a friend of mine who has one says that if the screen DOES get weird-looking, wlking in and then out of a pokecenter fixes it. I’ve used an action replay a couple times and nothing happened to my game. Sorry, i can’t answer the second question–i’m an American.


  47. where could i buy them in ireland

  48. does action replay glitch your game?

  49. Nice tips. Heres one more to beat polkea or dialga. First get a pokemon with a super powerful ground move. (I used earthquake) i faced a level 51 polkea so i got lucky beating it with a lvl 53 tortera. How ever heres a move that polkea has (i dont know about dialga) Its called spacial rend watch out for this move for it is ultra powerful. This is the way you should beat it. It is probalbly faster then your pokemon like it was faster then mine. It will probably start by using spacial rend. Then i used earthquake. spacial rend took around a few less HP then half of mine thats why you need higher level. Then my earthquake took around half of polkeas thats why you need an ultra strong groung move like earthquake. Then Polkea used scacial rend i had like 3hp left then i used earthquake and took away the last half of polkea’s HP. Oh ya and your tips were awsome!

  50. Pokemon Master // November 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm // Reply

    If you want to cacth all 150 pokemon in Diamond or Pearl, you want to cacth Comee and Burmy. You need honey. Go to Floaroroma Town by that place you got the Works Key. Slather honey on the tree by his house. Come Back 12 or 24 hours later and it MIGHT be there.

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