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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. I heard online there was a wisdom lake is there

  2. i heard online there was a wisdom lake is there?

  3. POKEMON MASTER // June 26, 2007 at 3:50 pm // Reply

    this is to bobman….

    once again dittos are found on route 218 with the pokeradar

  4. where are dittos find.

  5. I LOVE POKEMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. pearlfreak // June 26, 2007 at 12:05 am // Reply

    Any1 who is on i suggest the you have a weevil in your team they are incredibly strong and are amazing with combination attacks in 2on2

  7. rtpackersfreak // June 25, 2007 at 9:50 pm // Reply

    how do u get de fog

  8. POKEMON MASTER // June 25, 2007 at 9:49 pm // Reply

    this is to jay….

    yea i’m a guy and i don’t know why it wouldn’t be normal for guys to play d/p, i have 2 guy friends that play and and my brother and to of his friends(guys) play it and that city that you where talking about well i read online that if you beat the pokemon leauge 7 times then you would unlock a city, i don’t remember exactly what it said but it was something like that, you might also have to talk to pro. rowan

    i haven’t done it yet, so im not 100% sure if it works or not but who knows?

  9. I don’t like piplup not insulting but chimchar and turtwig are better I can’t beat the second gym with him. Also to get some more slack on a pokeball say gottcha or when it turns yellow press A. To me it turns to a mater ball. It did not miss a catch. but it may.

  10. I’m a girl and i think its perfedtly normal for boys to play d/p its a great game what do you expect? Oh and does anyone know how to get to Benco city in pearl? I think its a lie so someone help! oh to the mirage pokemon ultraball people. yes, i caught all three of ’em using ultra balls. oh wait mesprit was a great ball.

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