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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. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 10:43 pm // Reply

    i agree with you qwert123.

  2. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 10:41 pm // Reply

    thank you pokemon expert.

  3. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 10:40 pm // Reply

    where is the spring path?????????

  4. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 10:39 pm // Reply


  5. pokemonMaster // June 27, 2007 at 10:16 pm // Reply

    you take time training like all good trainers and soon enough yo could beat the elite four in no time at all

  6. POKEMON MASTER // June 27, 2007 at 6:50 pm // Reply

    this is to cam….

    you can find drifloom at vallywind works every friday, all day(he will be standing close to the honey tree)

  7. POKEMON MASTER // June 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm // Reply

    this is to striker….

    an action replay is a little thingy that has a lot of cheats on it, i don’t really know how to describe it but you can get one from wal-mart for like $20 and they are really great, you can get as many of ANY item you want, and you can find cheats for pokemon like arceus and darkrai(those are only 2 of the many) online, and i also think chimchar is the best starter pokemon, because his last stage is fire/fighting, which is really good later on in the pokemon leauge

  8. i love chimchar,monferno,and infernape

  9. Pokemon expert // June 27, 2007 at 11:18 am // Reply

    to later127: you can get heatran after u go to stark mountain with Buck, after he leaves go down the mountain to a house near the pokemon center and you’ll find Buck there. He will go out and say that he will return(magma orb) but doesn’t go back to stark mountain and instead of the magma stone you’ll find heatran lvl 70.

  10. What do u think the best starting pokemon is ?

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