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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. The only rare pokemon i have are mew two,Jarchi,entie,ladius,latos,rayquaza,moltes,zapdos,articuno and some unknown

  2. Hey Poke master whats an acton replay ????

  3. this is probebly a stupid question but where can i find driftloom i cant find them antwhere

  4. ruin maniac // June 26, 2007 at 7:31 pm // Reply

    you all are idiots! i bet all your pokemon are freakin’ AR pokemon. how do you get the 99 masterballs! use an AR reader. but it will discolor your top screen forever. IT IS NOT WORTH IT . EVEN IF YOU PUT IN A NEW GAME IT WILL STILL BE DISCOLORED FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUST ME IT HAPPENED TO ME DON’T DO IT

  5. ruin maniac // June 26, 2007 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    you get defog in the great marsh . and giratina is on spring path after you get the national dex and beat the elite four 1

  6. Pimpin John // June 26, 2007 at 6:26 pm // Reply

    The move deleter is in Canalave City in the house that is south of the pokemon center and the first house you see above the poke mart. Your Welcome!!!!!

  7. my lvl 77 infernape and 57 dialga and my whole party cannot defeat the elite 4 even tho ive tried 16 times i always lose can i have some tips

  8. Chimchar King // June 26, 2007 at 5:11 pm // Reply

    wisdom lake is from japanese version

  9. does anyone no where wisdom lake is

  10. POKEMON MASTER // June 26, 2007 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    this is to Anonymous….

    No there is no wisdom lake, but there is a hidden lake called Spring Path which is where Giratina and the strongest pokemon(but not rare) you can find on the mainland live

    Unfortunatly i dion’t remember how to unlock it but i think all you have to do is beat the pokemon leauge and if it still doesn’t show up then get the national dex and then it should show up next to Valor Lakefront on route 214 to the right it will just be a big square(giratina is in a huge cave in Spring Path, it is ghost and dragon type)

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