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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. Uhh Oreostix i hate to burst your bubble but take a look at Pokemon Master. He (or she) is totally better than you. and yes i caught mesprit with an ultraball.

  2. the person who said he has a lv. 82 empoleon, i have 3 lv. hundreds. all sinnoh beginners, beat that. plus a lv. 90 rayquaza.

  3. POKEMON MASTER // June 25, 2007 at 3:44 pm // Reply

    this is to….

    idk if it is possible to catch mesprit with an ultra ball, or the one with a yellow head, but i caught the blue one with my first ultra ball after weakening it extremely low

    this is to kid….

    you can only get burmy in trees, along w/ munchlax,cherrim,aipom(must get national dex first), and a few other pokemon

    this is to pikachu….

    i think you can get to other regions by beating your opponent somewhere between like 500-2000 times(i’m not sure though i just read this online[there is a set amount that you earn stuff for, you get something for 500 wins,1000 wins, and 2000 wins]you can battle him at fight area, but idk how many times a day you can do this)

    how this helps!:)

  4. POKEMON MASTER // June 25, 2007 at 3:35 pm // Reply

    this is to dragondogluver94 and every one else, ya’ll aren’t that good, i have every single pokemon(evolved) and they are all at level 100 and shiny, yes this includes darkrai and arceus, and yes i did us an action replay which i recommend you do to, they are only like 20 dollars and are extremely useful

  5. dragondogluver94 // June 25, 2007 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    I started out with a PIPLUP and my EMPOLEON is now lv.82(no joke) I’d recommend PIPLUP to those who like mixed attacks because PIPLUP can learn an array of different moves. I also have a lv.70 GIRATINA lv.70 HEATRAN lv.56 DIALGA lv.50 AZELF lv.50 UXIE and a lv.50 CRESSELIA. I ROCK!!!!!

    Q: Where do you get the other legendaries?

    Please answer back!!!!!

  6. rtpackersfreak // June 25, 2007 at 3:14 am // Reply

    how do u get surf

  7. is it possible to catch mespirit with a ultra ball?? cuse all 3 of these spirit things are a b*tch to catch and i dont realy wana use my master ball

  8. ShadowSlayer 0ne // June 24, 2007 at 7:49 pm // Reply

    where is the move deleter

  9. jirachi-fan73 // June 24, 2007 at 6:40 pm // Reply

    piplup is best starter because you can teach it drill peck to destroy your enemies turtwig and you can teach it grass knot for the water types and hydro cannon is awsome

    PIPLUP IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. yes arceus is its ability changes type with the held plate. ive got the shiny version

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