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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. Mine are Charmander from Kanto. Todile from johto. Treeko from Hoen. Vhimchar from sinnoh. I think ruby is the best with plan red and blue versions.

  2. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 10:31 am // Reply

    I’m trying to see which starter is liked the most. Can u guys tell me your favorite starter? It can be from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, or Sinnoh. Thanks. GO TYPHLOSION!

  3. pikachuking // June 29, 2007 at 10:25 am // Reply

    oh, i dont have any cheating devices

  4. pikachuking // June 29, 2007 at 10:23 am // Reply

    is there a trick to making giratina shiny on pearl, I tried for days

  5. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 9:48 am // Reply

    Where is the Move Tutor in Pokemon Diamond? I need to know! And also, fire starters RAWK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. oh wait! niff sorry i got mixed up i think ou need rotom the electric ghost. Sorry! By the way its in the old chateu place in the eterna forest. the 2nd gym leader will be there. talk to her at nite then go to the room with the tv talk to it thump the tv. Ta da! Oh and you guys know the guard who gaurds the pokemon statue in the mansion down of hearthome? Yeah hes not there at 2:00am to 5:00am. we dont know why vut yeah.

  7. to niff

    umm i think your looking for giratina. its in turnback cave and is really ard to catch. it killed itself with struggle before i got it! Now i still dont have it!

  8. POKEMON MASTER // June 28, 2007 at 8:25 pm // Reply

    this is to niff….

    what is the number of the pokemon you’re looking for?

  9. i have heatron and the ghost dragon type legendaries but i cant find the 3rd.

  10. POKEMON MASTER // June 28, 2007 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    this is to jay….

    well im sorry idk what to do then:(

    this is to babie girl….

    if you’ve seen jigglypuff then just search its area on the pokedex, and if you have the national dex you can find it in the trophy garden(after talking to the guy)

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