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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. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 5:09 pm // Reply

    My favorite is cyndaquil.

    GO TYPHLOSION!!!!!!!!!!

  2. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 5:05 pm // Reply


    But which one do you like the most?

  3. POKEMON MASTER // June 29, 2007 at 3:29 pm // Reply

    this is to INFERNO246…

    you get an action replay, with that you can get999 of any item, they are like 25 bucks at walmart

  4. inferno246 // June 29, 2007 at 2:59 pm // Reply

    how do u get 999 master balls and 999 rare candies?

  5. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    To Tono,

    Which one out of all of them?


  6. POKEMON MASTER // June 29, 2007 at 2:11 pm // Reply

    this is to thyphlosiondude….

    i always go with the fire starter, they are the best and the strongest

  7. you have to have it on another game so you can migrate it at pal park

  8. pikachuking // June 29, 2007 at 1:11 pm // Reply

    for billybob, what game are you doing that on

  9. how do you get 99 rare candies

  10. pikachuking // June 29, 2007 at 11:26 am // Reply

    does pikachu count, if not, treecko

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