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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. To the person on battle tower to th fight area. Get the nationel dex. They should move.

  2. Infernape1239 // July 1, 2007 at 6:31 pm // Reply

    i need to find the nickname changer i talked to him once and then i forgot where he is. I know this is a lame question but some one tell me please.

    p.s. infernape rules.

  3. Quilavafan962 // July 1, 2007 at 4:32 pm // Reply

    I agree Ilovetorrtera5 Quilavas are awsome!

  4. Ilovetorterra5 // July 1, 2007 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    Typlosions are awsome because they evolve from quilavas. I LOVE QUILAVAS!

  5. Ilovetorterra5 // July 1, 2007 at 4:27 pm // Reply

    hey Taytay1010 to get rotom you go and find the 2 ghosts ones in the kitchen and the other u go into the room with the picture with red eyes then at night go into the room with the tv and press a then rotom will apear its at lv 15

  6. TyphlosionDude // July 1, 2007 at 1:51 pm // Reply


    do you like Torterra or Empoleon more? Please tell me. Or do you like another one?

  7. Pokemon Breeder // July 1, 2007 at 1:13 pm // Reply

    To all Diamond/Pearl players

    When you confront Cresselia it will automaticlly run away from you just like Mesprit so you will have to use your Marking Map on your Poketch’ to track it.

    Good luck,

    Pokemon Breeder

  8. TyphlosionDude // July 1, 2007 at 9:45 am // Reply

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

  9. TyphlosionDude // July 1, 2007 at 9:45 am // Reply


    Which one do u like the MOST?

  10. Torterra rules!!!!!! Empoleon is cool too ( I traded a female burmy for him on GTS).

    If anyone is trading a chimchar tell me your offers. Please!!!!!

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