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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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10 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. Taytay1010 // June 30, 2007 at 6:53 pm // Reply

    Where can you get another masterball after the galactic boss gives you one

  2. Taytay1010 // June 30, 2007 at 6:37 pm // Reply

    I cant get rotom,I went to the old cheatu and I thumped the tv no Rotom I went there at night

  3. hey yo dudes i just own all the ledganderys so easy to catch and there lv 70! some are lv 50 and when i caught giratina i was like omfg in a great ball!!!!!!!!!!!!! my pokemon lvs are now and iv only had this game for 5 days is lv 70 , lv 70 , 62 , 61 ,65 lacario isnt that cool,and a lv 64 empoleon

  4. empolenisawesome // June 30, 2007 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    hey, i just beat the water guy in diamond, so what do you guys suggest i do? i just don’t know, even though i just beat him. oh yeah, anyone have a drifblim? i’m about to get a second one, and i wuz wondering how many everybody else has!

  5. Luxray fan!!!! // June 30, 2007 at 2:43 pm // Reply

    thyplosiondude i like treck the most! we had long asdvetures hes now lvl 100

  6. luxray fan // June 30, 2007 at 2:42 pm // Reply

    thyplosiondude i like treck the most! we had long asdvetures hes now lvl 100

  7. torterra1234 // June 29, 2007 at 8:09 pm // Reply

    please tell how you get 99 rare candys

  8. Pipluprulez // June 29, 2007 at 8:01 pm // Reply

    My starters: Kanto: Charmander Johto: Totodile Hoenn: Treecko Sinnoh: Piplup

  9. VESPIQUEN219 // June 29, 2007 at 6:34 pm // Reply

    BY THE WAY I’M TALKING ABOUT PEARL VERSION!

  10. VESPIQUEN219 // June 29, 2007 at 6:17 pm // Reply

    I JUST BEAT THE ELITE 4 AND I WENT TO FIGHT AREA. BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE BLOCKING MY WAY EAST AND NORTH OF THE CITY. THEY TOLD ME TO GO BATTLE AT BATTLE PARK/ TOWER SO I DID MANY TIMES, BUT THEY ARE STILL THERE. HOW DO I GET THEM TO MOVE?

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