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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

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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50 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. heatran LV.1000000 // March 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm // Reply

    i have really really strong pokemon i could prove it
    Heatran LV.71

    Rayquaza LV.100

    Empoleon LV.98

    Palkia LV.58

    Rhydon LV.55

    Fearow LV.50

  2. heatran LV.1000000 // March 4, 2009 at 8:32 pm // Reply

    You can only beat the Elite four and the champion by having an electric type pokemon that is LV 100.

  3. u get regis from mirating then u get regigigas from the tunnel in snowpoints city (the very north ruins).

  4. How do you make dialga learn draco meter?

  5. where do i get ralts for gardevoir

  6. all my pokemon are lvl 1000
    i used a action replay beat that

  7. HA! I HAVE ALL 493 POKEMON! I ALSO HAVE ARCEUS AND ALL LEGENDS! TAKE THAT!

  8. super kyogre // February 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm // Reply

    how do you get arcanine and elekid and gliscor weedle help me totodile teddiursa please

  9. the ruler of pokemon // February 26, 2009 at 3:23 pm // Reply

    I have 115 pokemon lv 100 beat that all

  10. where to get strength?

  11. You can get Shaymins sky form when you recieve the flower gift. Inside is the Glacadial flower. Give it to Shaymin.

  12. legendhunter // February 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm // Reply

    To Giratina Finder:

    The cave is easy to find you:
    1 have a pokemon team above lv. 50 cause really strong pokemon are there. Also have one with rock climb.(and maybe defog, cause I forgot)
    2 stay along the edge of the cliff till you see an area were rock climb is needed. go down it.
    3 enter the cave!
    Hope I helped!

  13. legendhunter // February 22, 2009 at 7:28 pm // Reply

    I have the legendaries:
    Giratina
    Dialga
    Heatran
    Uxie
    Mesprit
    Azelf and
    Cresselia

  14. legendhunter(new) // February 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm // Reply

    To Giratina Finder:

    the cave is a randomly spawning thing, if you go back the way you came, you’re at the begining.
    You need to see THREE pillars before the writing says 30, then any way you go will be where Giratina is.
    P.S. Giratina is lv. 70, I used Dialga lv. 58 or so with roar of time, and my Staraptor lv. 50 somthing.

  15. masterballboy123 // February 22, 2009 at 10:56 am // Reply

    i know how to get an pokemon platinum.

  16. I’ve defeated the game but theres so much more I want to do.Answer back if you can help me.

  17. i think i should get giritina

  18. How do you get a land form Shamin to a flying form Shamin?

  19. youn go to ironn ilend to get lucarieo in a egg pichu evolves at lv 14

  20. i do i restar the game i lost the booklet

  21. rate meh team on emerald, lvl 100 sceptile lvl100 tyranitar(my strongest and most favorite one), lvl 98 groudon same with rayquaza, lvl 100 jolteon and lvl 100 mewtwo( surprisingly,my mewtwo isnt the strongest pokemon in my party)

    rate meh team 1 out of 10

  22. pokemondude545 // February 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm // Reply

    lol need darkrai really

  23. I for myself want to know how to get rare candies and masterballs

  24. I got my Shaymin by using Action Replay and using the cheat of walking through things.
    I got my Regigigas and Mewtwo by trading with my firend.
    Rate my team….
    Regigigas Lv.87
    Shaymin Lv. 68
    Mewtwo Lv. 90
    Infernape Lv. 89
    Garchomp Lv. 84
    Lucario Lv. 76 Im going for Heatran and Giratina as soon as i get my National Dex. =D

  25. Dragons teams are cool // February 4, 2009 at 11:53 am // Reply

    you get the reggies off the pokemon games set in Hoen in a underground cavern or a action repley or game shark (games shark is safer and game freindly)

  26. jazzy da pokemon master // February 3, 2009 at 9:38 am // Reply

    were do u get the reggies?
    😦
    |-)
    coz i cant find them plz HELP!

  27. myestiria person // February 1, 2009 at 3:43 am // Reply

    i am 8 years old and i have completed pearl in 20 hours. i also have heatran,giratina,cressilia,PALKIA,uxie,mesprit,azelph,kyogra.can someone tell me where to get the azure float and shaymins letter. i also want to know where to get zapdos,moltras,artucuyno mew mew2 jirachu entei rakiou and zazukioun.

  28. poke king1 i can beat ur team look at mine

  29. i have 10 rare pokemon + 17 shinys

  30. come on someone plzz rate my team

  31. plezz rate my team

    rayquaza lvl100
    shiny charizard lvl100
    squirtle lvl100
    shiny blaziken lvl100
    zapdos lvl100
    shiny mewtwo lvl100

  32. how do u get darkrai

  33. how do u get a shaymin

  34. u catch mantice onthe way 2 the pokemon league and u cant catch milotic u have to evolve feebas

  35. my team is shiny ricuaza lv100 dialga lv100 zapdos lv100 torterra lv100 weavile lv100
    and giritina lv100 beat that

  36. how do you get legendary pokemon

  37. get an code breaker to level up your pokemon

  38. how do you catch legendry pokemon with a action replay code breaker

  39. love4pokemon // January 25, 2009 at 9:56 am // Reply

    i have the toughest Empolion ever and the toughest moltres,gengar,and any pokemon u can think of!!!!!!!!!

  40. okay i need help with my game my dealga is level71 can enny one help me

  41. whats crobats weakness

  42. does anybody have a totadile!!

  43. Jazza Da Spazza // January 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm // Reply

    Gallade is the best pokemon to hav early in the game its psychic and fighting. to get u have to hav a male kirlia and use a dawn stone.
    rate my team note havent beat the third gym yet
    Infernape lvl 36
    Gallade lvl 31
    Crobat lvl 33

  44. Giritina Finder // January 21, 2009 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    I know where is Giritina it is at springfield path but which way do you go to the cave to find it.

  45. Pokemon Fan number 1 // January 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm // Reply

    My Team
    Shiny Empoleon Lv 100
    Shiny Mew Lv 100
    Shiny Staraptor Lv 100
    Shiny Arceus Lv 100
    Shiny Salamence Lv 100
    Shiny Typlosion Lv 100

  46. you know that if you get an action replay of ebay you can get any pokemon with this cheat called the “pokemmon modifier”

  47. how do you get Gible

  48. what do you think of my pokemon:
    Bastidoon
    Riachoo
    Roserade
    Infernape
    Luminion
    Vispqueen

  49. can you go to a different world?

  50. Please rate my team
    -Driflblim lv63
    -Infernape lv70
    -Garchomp lv65
    -Empoleon lv 60
    -Rampardos lv 60

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