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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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10 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. how do u beat the champion

  2. Best trainner in the world // June 3, 2007 at 4:34 pm // Reply

    If you need a kcik bute team, you are going to need all sorts of things. One thing you would problly want would be some pokemon with a one hit ko move, I use stuff like that all the time, and it gets trainers really angry, lol. Another thing you will want would be a lot of different pokemon like fire, water, grass, and my most favorit in the world, DRAGON!! But it also depends on what kind of a trainer your are, for example I like to have as many dragons in my team as possibal, the only down fall is that if your opponint has an ice type pokemon, your problly gona die. well I hope that some of you out there will take some of my advise. Sincerlly

    Best trainer in the world

  3. Saria Aurora // June 3, 2007 at 3:23 pm // Reply

    Hey peeps!

    They way i riase is by giving one of my pokemon an exp. share and just battle with my starter. switch the pokemon with the exp. share so you can making growing levels easy.

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  5. Your so rite you should have the same range of pokemon,but it is good to have a low lvl traveling type pokemon by your side,that way u can make a plan before u start your main attacks with your pokemon.You should choose Chimchar because he will eventually learn Mach Punch.He an also learn a well known move called Flamethrower which is very efective against ice and sometimes also water.Im also pleased to say that i have a couple good tips.The first tip is :when u get the honey try to get alot and put it over trees in the same area sometimes you get the same and sometimes you will get very rare pokemon.Also if your a little weaker then our other pokefans try to avoid the two trainer in the first gym.

  6. Patman27 5 // June 3, 2007 at 9:34 am // Reply

    Like Fridgey said, you need to keep your Pokemon at a good average level. My Pokemon are all at L25 right now. The way I order my Pokemon depends on their experience. The Pokemon with the most exp is the last Pokemon in my menu. The Pokemon with the lowest exp goes to the front of the Pokemon menu. I thank you for listening to me! Bye

  7. i like pokemon games and my friend already beat pokemon diamond and pearl 3 times. how many has the guru beat it?

  8. the master // June 3, 2007 at 7:52 am // Reply

    i am a pokefan.

  9. Do you know anything about the underground? It seems really confusing.

  10. I love the new Pokemon. My favorite Pokemon are : Dialga, Palkia, Uxie, Azelf, Mesprit, Puplip, Turtwig, and Chimchar.

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