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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. Typhlosiondude, I like Torterra the best but Empolion is cool too.

    P.S. I got my chimcharr for a cranidos on global trade station.

  2. how do you get master balls and rare candies i have trouble raising my pokemon help

  3. Torteradude // July 2, 2007 at 12:03 pm // Reply

    He’s in eterna city.


    From: Torteradude

  4. how do you find trash cans and get 999 master balls

  5. I need help weres the lotter place again?

  6. pokemon master I cant find any trash cans

  7. Cyndaquil77 // July 2, 2007 at 8:43 am // Reply

    Cyndaquil is my favorite starter pokemon.

  8. TyphlosionDude // July 2, 2007 at 8:31 am // Reply

    I like Typhlosion because Silver version was my first pokemon game and I picked Cyndaquil and Typhlosion looks AWESOME. GO TYPHLOSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. POKEMON MASTER // July 1, 2007 at 10:36 pm // Reply

    this is to taytay1010….

    you go get rotom at night(and just to be safe wait until around 9:00)

    and you can get master balls in the lottery if you get enough of the numbers right, or you can get an action replay

  10. My fav. would be treeko. But In red rescue skitty. But I am a boy.

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