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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. Does anybody know any cheat codes (:P) for Diamond????

  2. The game rocks

  3. I love pokemon diamond and pearl

  4. pipluprules // June 4, 2007 at 10:12 am // Reply

    First, when you begen your game get the best pokemon piplup. He rocks! He knows the best moves againest your opponet. Later when you get to the elite four make sure your empoleon {piplups final evovle} is about level 70, because the elite four are pretty hard. so pick piplup for your starter.

  5. After you recieve the national dex, place your old gameboy advanced based pokemon games into the DS’s slot for gameboy advance games to unlock old pokemon in Diamond and Pearl. WARNING: the old pokemon’s locations will not show up in the pokedex so you will have to hunt around for them.

  6. If you do include a status attack in your arsenal, make sure that it either boasts that state sharply (like swords dance), it raises two states at once (comic power), or it will boast all of your other attacks (like howl with stomp, rockthrow, and iron tail).

  7. ET Poke-master // June 4, 2007 at 7:53 am // Reply

    if u choose a Chimchar to start with, and u cant beat the first gym, u can either:

    evolve your Chimchar into the fire-fighting Monferno at level 14 & teach it mach punch


    catch a machoke.

    I evolved my Chimchar, but u can do it either way.

  8. Pokemon Breeder // June 3, 2007 at 9:26 pm // Reply

    To all Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Players,

    When you confront Dialga/Palkia now is a good time to use the Master Ball Cyrus gave you at Mt.Coronet.

    Good Luck,

    Pokemon Breeder

  9. Mack the PokeMaster // June 3, 2007 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    Gyrados is a water/flying type, not fire. Chimchar is a great starter, and my choice. Makes the first gym hard but the rest of the way is easier. I’d say the best thing is trading on the WiFi to get Pokemon from people everywhere. I’ve got 3 manaphy’s now! Get two or three pokie’s to be your HM work horses because the only good HM move for battles is Surf so don’t use HM’s on your main team! Gastrodon learns Surf, Waterfall, Strength, and Rock Smash, which is great for Victory Road! A flying type that can learn Fly, Defog, and another pokie that can learn Rock Climb, Cut, and Flash will help.

  10. my infernape is lv 100, so is my dialga, azelf, and uxie, but i can’t beat the champion

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