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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. i need advice i am trying to train all my pokemon to lvl 65 before the pokemon league exept for my kadabra wich i want al lvl 75 can someone please give me a place to train ot a glich that works.i am training ,

    A LVL:

    68 kadabra

    50 palkia

    50 graveler

    47 luxray

    47 golduck

    50 infernape i want all exept kadabra to be lvl 65 and i want kadabra to be lvl 75 any tip’s?

  2. how do u get to celestic town

  3. how do you get to the celestic town to get the HM surf from Mt.Coronet

  4. do u have to buy pokemon pearl diamond and something 30 or something times over to get all the acures

  5. where do you get the HMsurf?

  6. how do you get to fullmooon island or new moon island in order to catch darkia

  7. Fatigued Master // January 4, 2008 at 5:17 pm // Reply

    can sum1 plz tl me if u can get eggs from the pokemon sent to u by pal park

  8. how do get past the guy that talks about the black out i just past the boss in vielstone and freed the three pokemon in the three tanks where do i go?

  9. cashmoney $ // January 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm // Reply

    how do you get through that guy that is talking about the black out. i just past the boss in the galactic vielstone building and i freed the three legendary pokemon (forgot names) i really need help with the game plz help me as fast as u can. Thank You

  10. Pokemon Master // January 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm // Reply

    Which starter pokemon should I pick?

    Turtwig, Piplup or Chim Char??

    Please help!

  11. pikachu/pokedork // January 2, 2008 at 11:33 am // Reply

    Before challenging Fantina you must go to the Celestic Ruins (they can be found in Celestic Town– look on your town map if you don’t know where that is), and a old lady will come in and talk to you. She’ll give you the HM for Surf then you can challenge Fantina.

    Sincerely, pikachu/pokedork

  12. pikachu/pokedork // January 2, 2008 at 10:57 am // Reply

    The first time I played Pokemon Diamond I chose a Turtwig, and I won a lot of battles with it. But typically you can win a battle with any Pokemon, however Turtwig, Grotle, and Torterra’s moves are pretty powerful. For instance Razor Leaf. It’s keen. 13 or so razor sharp leaves go rushing at the foe! And that leaf storm, It’s power is 120! Jeez! Anyway, I’m not saying that Piplup and Chimchar are bad choices, because I’ve restarted the game a lot of times with Piplup or Chimchar, and they’re good too, I’m just saying if you can train a Turtwig to level 18 and then level 32 (I think), you’ll have the MIGHTY Torterra.

    Sincerely, pikachu/pokedork (HOPE THIS HELPS!)

  13. The Global Trade System or (GTS) can be accessed after you obtain the national dex it is at Oreburgh City. You have two options in GTS you may offer a pokemon ( lvls 1-100) and gender for a specific pokemon. You can use the GTS through Wi-fi if you have wireless internet or through a usp port and a computer. You can only offer one pokemon at a time and dont forget to take the items off of a pokemon your trading, if you want to keep the item such as: Exp. Share. ( Yeah.. I traded mines away on accident =.= but someone traded theirs to me =) ). Anyways.. Also the pokemon you can trade for has to be seen in your pokedex or has to be a pokemon you have already obtained. In reference, you can not trade for any pokemon in the GTS that is not in your pokedex. You could trade with a friend or if you have the pokemon you need from a gba pokemon game you already own then you can trade for it again Globally =) if you want to… Also be alert on trades… some people teach their pokemon hm moves.. so.. that messes up the pokemon + the eggs if you breed them. So.. the only way to delete hm’s is the move deleter..

  14. To transfer pokemon from firered/leafgreen/ruby/sapphire/emerald you must go to pal park, which is a short surf from sandgem town and its at the end of route 221( Note: You must have the national dex and note that when you restart the game there will be a third option Nintendo Wfc Settings, click that before you talk to the pal park guy. You can insert your gba pokemon game at the gba slot located at the bottom of your ds. At pal park you may transfer only six pokemon at a time and note: When you transfer the pokemon from your gba game they can not be returned. You must then go into pal park and catch the six pokemon you transfered with six park balls. They are not in the same spot and if you transfered a water pokemon it might be in a pond instead of the grass.

  15. To get the pokemon Heatran you must go to the fight area suggested by your rival at snowpoint city. There you must battle your way through the fight area, the resort area and to the survival area which is next to stark mt. ( Where Heatran is located). When you get there you must team up with buck and get to the core of the volcano to retrieve the treasure.( Where Heatran is later). Buck will escape with the gem. You must go out of Stark Mt. and talk to her again. Her house is in “The survival Area” right next to the pokemon center. When you talk to her she will put the gem back in Stark Mt. Now go back to where she got the gem at the core. There Heatran will appear and you may now battle it. Regigigas can be obtained only if you have: Regirock,Regice and Registeel in your pokemon slots. He is located in snowpoint temple in snowpoint city. You must trade in the poke center or the (Global Trade Station) in Oreburgh with other people to obtain them or have your own Regi’s from a pokemon ruby/sapphire/emerald game.

  16. After you have completed your sinnoh dex go back to Professor Rowan in Sandgem town, professor Oak will be there on an errand and will update your pokedex to the national one. After the national dex you are able to catch the legendary pokemon Giratina in turnback cave south east of Veilstone city. Notice that there is a passage around the trees that were not there before you got the national dex.(Note: Bring a pokemon that knows rock smash and rock climb and maybe lots of ultra / dusk balls).

    Cresellia can be found in Fullmoon island, in Canalave city, by going to the house next to the sailor which took you to iron island, go and talk to the mother and son of the sailor, and the option to fullmoon island is avaliable. ( Treat Cresellia just like Mespirit it will run away after you talk to it and you must find it).

  17. To get the other Legendary pokemons you need to have the national pokedex which can be obtained by seeing all the pokemon of sinnoh (150). Which includes beating the pokemon league (Which has part of the missing pokemons in your sinnoh dex). Also note: That unowns can be found in solaceon ruins if you have forgot to go there and riolu (The pre-evolve form of Lucario) Can be obtained after your sixth badge in Canalave city there is a sailor there that will take you to iron island where you must double battle your way out of the island with Riley who will give you the egg ( Note: It does take a long time to hatch…) But if you have a fire pokemon in the first slot, you can reduce the time it will hatch. Make sure you have an empty pokemon slot to pick up the egg.

  18. To get the legendary pokemon after Dialga(Diamond), Palkia(Pearl) <– from Mt. Coronet on the spear pillar and the legendary trio Azelf, Uxie and Mespirit from the three lakes (Lake acuity), (Lake Valor) and (Lake Verity) after you have freed them from the galactic Veilstone buildings first. You must surf to each of the lakes and talk to them to battle them (Note: They can be obtained before Dialga or Palkia). Dont forget to save before the battle in case you mess up. (Note: Mespirit is the only trio of the three that runs away after you talk to it, you must go find it in the grass. (You can use the poke tech given to you at oreburgh city to locate it. ( Dont forget to go back there to update it).

    And also note that Mespirit flees in battle just like: Entei and Raikou from pokemon gold/silver/crystal and Latios/Latias from Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald.(Make sure you have a pokemon that has mean lock or block. ( Golbat , Wobbuffet, or Bronzong).

  19. i cant find the harthome city gym leader, the guy at the door says i have to visit other places. I already went to the contest place and talked to her

  20. Note: You can not battle the Hearthome City gym leader Until you have the first four badges ( She is the fifth gym leader) Gyms in order: 1st:Oreburgh City, 2nd:Eterna City, 3rd:Veilstone City, 4th:Pastoria City, 5th:Hearthome City, 6th: Canalave City, 7th: Snowpoint City, and 8th:Sunyshore City. You must skip Hearthome city first and come back to it after you have visited Celestic Town. Hope this helps.

  21. Exp. Share is found in Eterna City before you cross over to the cycling road, there is a bridge connecting Eterna City to the cycling road ( South of Eterna city Gym), and one of Professor Rowan’s scientists is standing in a corner who, gives you the exp. share if you have seen 35 pokemon

  22. hi where is the move tutor coz i keep findin mesprit(cheatin) but i dow have mean look and it keeps runnin and iv got a golbat but it ay got it so does any1 know where the move tutor is

    thx from

    some1 who loves manaphy

  23. To get to Eterna City after you obtained your first badge from Oreburgh City, you go through Floaroma Town and into the Eterna forest where you must partner up with a trainer, there you must defeat Grunts from Team galactic and escort her to the exit ( Note: Your partner heals all your pokemon after every battle except the first one) Then you go east to route 205 and end up in Eterna City (Also this is where the bike shops are, but you must defeat Team galactic and rescue the bike shop owner before he gives you one).

  24. To get to sunnyshore you must first go up Mt. Coronet (Hint: Oreburgh City is the best way go east from there) and catch or defeat Dialga (Diamond) or Palkia (Pearl) before your eigth badge. After that the guy blocking the way to sunnyshore city will move.

  25. The master ball can be obtained at the Veilstone Building in Veilstone City right after you defeat Cyrus, but you must first get the badge from snowpoint and go to lake acuity first.


  27. how do you get the shieldons fossil——-ican only find crainidos’ fossil

  28. you must catch dialga/palkia bring surf, rock smash,rock climb,strong pokemon max repels at mt coronet. also behind palkia/dialga is an item that ups dialga/palkia’s types example:fist plate: fighting

  29. How do you get to Hearthome city from Eterna city???

  30. to user name 822-pokeboy5000 you hav to catch dialga/or palkia (depending on game)on mt coronet BRING MANY MAX REPELS the wild pokemon are so frustrating,strong pokemon seriously. you must have rock climb,surf ,rock smash and MASTER BALL. AND IF YOU WANT A COOL ITEM THERE IS AN ITEM BEHIND DIALGA/PALKIA for dialga its an adamant orb but for palkia???

  31. how do you get to the valor lake

  32. how does the lake get opened

  33. how do you get to sunny shore city

  34. omg im stuck 2 i cant find that gym leader anyone know how?


  36. How do u get 2 sunnyshore city?

  37. How the hek u get 2 sunnyshore city?!?!?! THERES A FAT BOY THAT KEEPS SAYIN’ “I’m sorry sunnyshore city had A MAJOR BLACKOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. im just trying to find the hearthrome city gym leader

  39. pokefanatic_2007 // December 28, 2007 at 11:31 am // Reply

    k im doin good but how the heck do i get to sunyshore city

  40. hey…. may I know how to get to Eterna city or get a bike…. I think I’m stuck I don’t know where to go…. I have been to Orenburgh city and Floaroma town….. do I need to go somewhere before Eterna city…. I need help… please

  41. How to i get to find Fantina in the gym? I can’t get up the thing.

  42. u can get to sunnyshore after you beat team galactic at the lake and capture dialga (or palkia) . if not well…

  43. where is the master ball

  44. hey you guys i just want to know how to get to battle the 5th gym leader… please help! i’ve been going nowhere.. the guy there always say that i have to visit other places before i could battle her. onegia! waahh….>.<

  45. can anyone tell me how to get to benco city

  46. I’m stuck I’ve beat the Ellite Four, filled my pokedex, got a new pokedex, went to everywere in the Sinnoh region, and know it seems that i have nothing else to do somebody tell me what to do next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. How do i get to sunnyshore city on pokemon diamond on nintendo ds?

  48. I’v bin looking for a darckri.butt for somereson intsed i find a little poson in the old manshon at 20:00. I hit the t.v and one rotom.

  49. Pwnage srry but u have 2 many legendaries get some awesome normal pokemon on there

  50. my team is made up of all level 100’s and hear they are. PIKACHU, INFERNAPE, DIALGA, AZELF, UXIE, AND MESPRIT.

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