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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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52 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. my usual team is
    empoleon lvl 61
    dialga lvl100
    latias lvl 100
    regigigas lvl 82
    shiny shaymin lvl 33
    heatran lvl 70

  2. machop evolves at lvl28 4 me

  3. can someone please tell me where 2 get stunky on pokemon diamond

    .Cheers

  4. I have a articuno lv.100 a groudon lv.100 that I got from ruby and a lv.100 mewtwo

  5. Anonymous // June 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm // Reply

    when does machop evolve

  6. hi. does anyone have a ayquaza or deoxys or even darkrai they don’t want?

  7. I used to have a Jirachi in Sapphire, but i restarted the game

  8. my (normal) team is:

    Latias lvl 74
    Luxray lvl 62
    Gyrados lvl 72
    Roserade (shiny) lvl 100 (no cheats)
    Moltres lvl 63
    Rapidash lvl 92

    I also sometimes use a girantina lvl 53, but not all that much.

  9. how do you draw Pipulp

  10. listen, i would like to trade someone almost anything for a groudon, darkrai, rayquaza,lugia, or mew

  11. Yeah, right, course u have a lv 300 Garchomp n all the rest! My Garchomp’s lv 72 but I don’t really care if u all ave lv 100s ’cause I still think my team’s really cool + good n I love ’em to bits! Here they all are:

    Garchomp lv:72 Draco Meteor, Dragon Claw, Dig, Dragon Rush
    Infernape lv:72 Flame Wheel, Close Combat, Blast Burn, Fire Blast. Item:Fist Plate
    Golduck lv:73 Psychic, Hydro Pump, Water Pulse, Surf. Item: Splash Plate
    Flygon lv:72 Dragon Claw, Crunch, Hyper Beam, Dragon Breath
    Chatot lv:73 Fly, Hyper Voice, Chatter, Aerial Ace
    Luxray lv:72 Thunderbolt, Crunch, Shock Wave,Discharge Item: Zap plate

  12. can you catch moltres whith out cheating

  13. How do you get out of the cave where your stuck with a purple haired girl? please help me.

  14. iS mY TEAM good i have a

    chimchar level 100 and a palkia lvl 78 and lucario lvl 100

  15. can you get mewtwo on diamond W/ action replay? If so,what is the code?

  16. I have a answer for poke master. try to catch them with a normal poke ball. i did it a whole lot of times. ive got almost all of the rare ones like MEWTWO, ZAPDOS, MOLTRES, GIRATIANA, DIALGA, MESPRET, UXIE, AZEL THATS ALL. i also have articuno in fire red. I’m only ten!

  17. howtoget7badge

  18. FLAMEBALL1001 // May 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm // Reply

    2 SEAANAR:U MUST MEET 32 PEOPLE UNDERGROUND.GO 2 THE HALLOWED TOWER AND PRESS @.SPIRATOM WILL APEER

  19. FLAMEBALL1001 // May 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm // Reply

    how du i get mew2,mew3,mew4,and [if its possible] mew5?????!!!!!! WITHOUT MIGRATING AND WHITHOUT THE ACTION REPLAY

  20. YO,I GOT LUGIA IN PLATINUM AND HE IS Lv100.NICE HEIN.OK BYE.

  21. I have a:

    Lv100 blaziken
    Lv100 kyogre
    Lv100 groudon
    Lv100 tyranitar
    Lv100 Milotic
    Lv100 Crobat

    no cheats and i have national. Got my friend who has national to trade me his pokemon.

  22. pikapika2 // May 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm // Reply

    how can catch piplup turtwig and chimchar with out using cheats or trading?

  23. answertogetglaceon // April 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm // Reply

    How to get Glaceon: Level up Eevee around the Ice Rock in Route 217 (I think it’s route 217, if it’s not, it’s in the deep snow area where you found the HM that that guy lost)

    Your best friend (not really i like to be nice)

  24. i have totera,ponyta.and palkia

  25. the thing you need to do is to is to try to find a red orb to open it

  26. poke master // April 25, 2009 at 5:53 pm // Reply

    I would say that i am awesome at this game. Heres your tip. Borrow a GAME BOY ADVANCE Pokemon game like leaf green.Migrate 6 good pokemon. o, and do legendarys too. do that after you beat elite four and get new dex.

    get this: i have 7 legends(working onto 9) on pearl. Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, Mewtwo, Heatran, Palkia, and Rotom. i am tryin to get cresselia and mesprit. help anyone?

  27. if you go too ironisland and you shuld see a girl that will fallow you and if you talk with her she will fallow you and then if you go on every platform and you go to the bottm and you have an open space in you pokemon bag she will give you rilue level 1 and it will evolv into lucareo.

  28. i want a giratina

    i know you get them in spring path but i fainted it

  29. i have a lv80 infernape
    lv42 staraptor
    AND lv48raichu

  30. how do you get glaceon

  31. poke master // April 16, 2009 at 11:23 pm // Reply

    your pokemon are nothing to my team with two boxes full of lv 100’s no hacks ps is there another event.

  32. where do you get rayquaza

  33. where can u find the TM Rock Slide to get through MT.Coronet to get to lake acuirty ??????

  34. This is the ultimate team that I used to win the game:
    Start with Chimchar
    Catch Shinx, Bidoof, Starly, Budew and Geodude
    Just by using these six pokemon and no others i beat every gym and the elite 4

  35. WHERE CAN YOU CATCH A MANAPHY OR PHIONE.

  36. MY TEAMS MOVES
    INFERNAPE BLAST BURN,FLARE BLITZ,BRICK BREAK,SUNNY DAY
    CHARCOAL
    MAGNET
    CRESSELIA CHARGE BEAM,AURORA BEAM,TOXIC,SLASH
    NO ITEM HELD
    NOCTOWL AIR SLASH,FLY,EXTRASENSORY,DEFOG
    QUICK CLAW
    BIBAREL SURF,WATERFALL,ROCK SMASH,CUT
    MYSTIC WATER
    GEODUDE STRENGTH,ROCK CLIMB,MAGNETINUDE,ROCK TOMB
    QUICK CLAW

  37. To Quil
    I already have the National Dex in Pokemon Platinum and the Normal Dex has 212 Pokemon and in Pearl and Diamond too there are 151 Pokemon

  38. To Shadow

    Cresselia cant learn judgement and not even from tutoring it.

  39. To Anonymous

    Its impossible to catch Rayquasa by not cheating sigh

    I wish to catch anything on Pokemon without cheating sigh

  40. I a little bit weak and I have the national dex my pokemon are
    Lv100 Magnezone
    Lv79 Infernape
    Lv50 Cresselia
    Lv33 Noctowl
    Lv19 Geodude
    Lv30 Bibarel
    I’ve seen exactly 296 pokemon in my National Dex

  41. sky pillar in ruby saffire emrald after you obtain the nation dex

  42. I have platuim and i love it there is new pokemon in the sinho dex

  43. got a rayquazza lv.100
    metagross lv.100
    kingdra lv.100
    blastoise lv.100
    dragonite lv. 100
    and a giratina lv.73
    beat that

    tip:catch unown and depending on how many u have the the tunnel south of veilstone city gets bigger untill it joins with the solacean ruins
    this is the only place u can catch hippotas

  44. how do u get rayquazer without cheating!

  45. where is trapinch

  46. MY TEAM IS A GUN BUT I CANT GET THE NATIONAL DECK … MY POKEMON ARE…..DIALGA (shinny) LV100 RAYQUAZA LV 100 AMPHAROS LV100 GARDEVIOUR LV 100 DARKARAI LV 100 AND CELERBI LV 100 …. WITH OUT NATIONAL DECK !!!

  47. that level 300 was no lie i got it off of a cheat code website

  48. this is no lie i have a level 300 garchomp lv 299 Palkia lv 249 Giratina and lv 145 arceus and lv 300 infernape how you do this is that you have to get some certain thing than you can go to Kanto region and raise them to level 300

  49. can cresselea learn jugement and what lvl

  50. bakugan321654987 // March 29, 2009 at 3:01 am // Reply

    try beat my team empoleon lv100 torterra lv100 infernape lv100 fearow lv100 palkia lv100 pelipper lv100 and raqazza lv100

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