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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

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. how do u get dialiga icant beat the game

  2. I may have already said this but are agunomu and lake aspiration in the game and if they are where are they

  3. were is lake aspiration and what is the pokemon agunomu

  4. what is the original one that is talked about in the book in the library and where is it

  5. why cant i catch mesprit

  6. i already fainted regigigas can you still catch it

  7. Fosheezy Mccheesy // February 3, 2008 at 10:15 am // Reply

    y does everyone care about getting legondaries. i mean i have a couple,thats just

    becouse they have good stats.But i dont go out asking eveybody i find them on my own.My party is zapdos, salamance.balstoise.mew two,magainium,moltres.

    by the way they are all lvl 100. i havent used any cheats or glitchs.let me be struck

    by lighting if im lying.

  8. you can’t it is still new

  9. yo everyone i got every pokemon in the national pokedex

    including mew,celebi,deoxy and jirachi.

    my team is

    TORTERRA-101

    GIRATANA-100

    HEATRAN-100

    DIALGA-100

    PALKIA-100

    REGIGAS-100

  10. where can you catch a palkia on pokemon pearl?

  11. Its like a maze there is no way to do it without battling all the trainers

  12. How do you get to darkrai

  13. palkia is at spear pillar in mt coronet. giratina is at spring path. darkrai is at new moon island. cressalia is at fullmoon island shaymin is at flower paradise. rotom is at the old chateu. arseus is at spear pillar after u play the arseus flue lugia, ho-oh, suicune, entei, and raiku are all at random locations

  14. Turtwig90000 // January 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm // Reply

    I cant get to the gym leader in snowpoint city.I cant get there because i keep sliding every where and that last snow ball close to the part where you can walk,that snowball is in this ditch and i cant destroy that snowball.HOW DO YOU DESTROY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. where do you find the hm streghth?

  16. catch evee in the trophy garden with luxuary balls so it will like you better and if you want an espeon or umbreon you can get it faster

  17. how do you catch the 3 legendarys in the lakes

  18. where is palkia

  19. pokemon master 370 // January 19, 2008 at 6:17 pm // Reply

    i beat the whole game and have every single pokemon what is next?is there any other things to do?

  20. how do u get to the stark mountain its blocked by those rocks what do i do

  21. Hey heeeeman, to unlock Sunnyshore, you must defeat Dialga or Palkia at Spear Pillar at Mt.Coronet. The leader uses electric type pokemon, so try leveling up a rock type pokemon. ^-^

  22. The 5th leader is in Hearthome City.

  23. mew master 1 // January 17, 2008 at 6:22 pm // Reply

    I already fainted azelf and I got rid of uxie how do you catch mespirt.

  24. Where do you get HM 05 or the HM that lets you climb up the rock walls?

  25. crazypushover // January 16, 2008 at 3:42 pm // Reply

    how can i unblock sunnyshore

  26. where do you get dealga from HELP.

  27. i need the unown language

  28. I`m having a hard time getting to sunyshore what should I do

  29. Once you beat or capture Dialga/Palkia, you will be able to access Sunyshore City.

  30. how do you get to snow point city

  31. TIGER STRIPES // January 12, 2008 at 8:50 am // Reply

    IF YOU WANT TO GET 2 STARTER POKEMON.ASK A FRIEND IF THEY WANT TO TRADE.

  32. how can i unblock sunnyshore please help me plz??????

  33. mew the many few // January 11, 2008 at 1:12 pm // Reply

    where is the team galactic boss go after you beat the pokemon league?

  34. mew the many few // January 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm // Reply

    please please please tell me how to use the pokeradar

  35. hey im stuck i can’t get through the galastic HQ

  36. I have all 493 pokemon and have all the Kanto Pokemon to level 100

  37. ENGLAND 4 EVA // January 9, 2008 at 10:39 am // Reply

    WHEN U GET MESPIRIT UXIE AND AZELF WHAT DO U DO IM REALLY STUCK IVE COMPLETED THE MASTER 7 TIMES ALL THE PEOPLE WHO R STUCK ON THE MASTER ARE REALLY IN NEED OF TRAINING NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS WHEN U GET PAST THE MASTER ANYWAY

  38. Heres my team: lugia lv.100, shaymin lv.100, darkrai lv.100, salamance lv.100, arceus lv.100, venasaur lv.100. My venasaur is the first pokemon I ever got ( 5 years ago) Ok now for some tips: to catch palkia you have to go through mt. cornet and to spear piller and there are some team galactic guys but dont worry your rival will team up with you. Heres there pokemon: Mars and jupiter fight: bronzor lv.41, golbatlv.42, purugly lv.45, bronzor lv.41, golbat lv.41, skuntank lv.46. Once you win you get fully healed aqnd then fight cyrus: honchcrow lv.45, gyrados lv.45, crobat lv.46, weavile lv.48. Then save your game and battle palkia or dialga (lv. 47). Hope that helps!

  39. Yeah I’m kinda confused, I’ve traveled around Pearl for awhile, but I cannot find the passage you need to get to Snowpoint city.

  40. How do I get to Sunyshore city???

  41. if you want to catch dialga you will have to go t a secret hidden cave siome were in the game sorry that is all the help i can give you

  42. i need help getting to Sunyshore City. Help me please. The road is blocked and I can’t get through.

  43. my pokemon are Empolean level 58 and a Luxray level 54 a Dialga level 54 a Azelf level 50 a Uxie level 50 and a Chimacho level 45 i need help with the pokemon luegue badly im on the 4th person

  44. i need help with the 4th pokemon luegue person he tough and its hard for me to get past him i have the pokemon a LUXRAY level 54 and a AZELF level 50 DIALGA level 54 and a EMPOLEAN level 58 UXIE level 50 and a CHIMECHO level 45 does any1 have any tips for me or anything that would help plz i need help :[

  45. The three legendary pokemon: Arceus, Shaymin and Darkrai can not be obtained other than cheating or the nintendo mystery gift event. Arceus can be found in the Spear Pillar (Where you got Dialga or Palkia) only if you have obtained the Azure flute from an event or by action replay. Shaymin can be obtained only if you have Prof. Oak’s letter from an event or action replay (Prof Oak will tell you where Shaymin is (A flower garden). Darkrai can be obtained by the eon ticket from an event or action replay. It can also be obtained by a glitch but it is not recommended…

  46. Dialga or Palkia can be found at the top of Mt. Coronet after you have defeat team galactic at veilstone and have freed the pokemon trio: Azelf, Mespirit and Uxie. The leader of Team Galactic will tell you he is going to Mt. Coronet where you two first met. He will summon either Dialga(If you have pokemon Diamond) or Palkia (If you have pokemon Pearl). Make sure you have visited the celestic ruins in celestic town first and have visited the celestic ruins. The pokemon league champion Cynthia will give you a parcel which you must deliver to her grandmother in exchange for the hm surf. Then go to Mt. Coronet when this is complete. The shortest way to Mt. Coronet is from Oreburgh City (east). You must have a pokemon that knows surf, rocksmash, strength and rockclimb. Dialga or Palkia will be on the very top of Mt. Coronet. You must battle your way there through Team galactic grunts, the commanders of galactic and the boss. After you defeat the boss, Professor Rowan will come in and tell you that you must catch or defeat Dialga or Palkia in order to calm it down. (This will resolve the blackout problem in sunyshore and after you have captured or defeated Dialga or Palkia) The legendary trio: Azelf, Mespirit and Uxie will be avaliable for capture that you freed from Veilstone. They will be in their respectful lakes. ( The three lakes you have visited).

  47. could you help me on where to catch palkia

  48. mc raz er 2k7 // January 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm // Reply

    to fatigued master unfortunatly no u cant trie getting pokesav on ya com then hack iv never done it like but ive watched other people do it

  49. i would pick piplup or chimchar because chimchar has a better advantage bc he can learn more moves bc he is also a ground/fighting/fire pokemon. or piplup bc it has a better advantage.

    hint hint if u dont know how to catch a pikachu or get an egg here is how- to get an egg u have to have 2 of the same pokemon one girl and one boy im not sure if they have to be on the same level but just incase do so. then leave them at the daycare in solaceon town then wait about 15 minutes an u get an egg but make sure u have enough room for it and before u get the egg u have talkto the dude out side of the daycare then he gives u the egg. to get a pikachu or pichu u have to go to trophy gaardens outside of i dunno but ya some were nere the middle/begining of ur trip do good luck and hope it helped 🙂

  50. I’ve repeated this before in comments 89-90 but ok.. Sunyshore city is avaliable after you have gone to Mt. Coronet which is where you catch the legendary pokemon Dialga(Pokemon Diamond) or Palkia (Pokemon Pearl) you must defeat team galactic first before you can engage in battle. But make sure you’ve freed (Azelf, Uxie, and Mespirit) from the veilstone galactic headquarters first and that you have have gone to the celestic ruins in Celestic town ( Where you get hm surf). Shortest way to Mt. Coronet is going east from Oreburgh city. After you have gotten your 8th badge from Volkner you will receive the hm rockclimb you will also be granted the passage to the pokemon league which is blocked my the gym leader Jasmine from the johto region until you have earned the badge.

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