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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. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:56 pm // Reply

    Hey everyone,Rhydon evolves when you trade him or her with the item protector, Porygon-z evolves from porygon 2 when you trade him holding the item dubious disc, Aipom evolves when it learns double attack at level 32.and this something i found out you know how Cherrim has petals covering its face? Use the move sunny day to reveal its true identity! I hope this helps.

  2. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:40 pm // Reply

    To Vespiquen219: to get them to move go to stark mountain and battle trainers along the way. You’ll find your rival and a unexpected person there near the rest room near stark mountain. Follow your rival and find Buck and then follow them inside stark mountain. Then you can go back and they will be gone. Also go to the umm i think fight area and you’ll find Buick their go back up the mountain and you’ll find a rare pokemon, Heatran!- its a fire-iron pokemon

  3. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:33 pm // Reply

    To taytay1010: Its pretty easy to get a rotom. Ok first you have to do is beat the elite four once you’ve done that go to eterna forest, also you need a pokemon with the tm cut to get to the old chateu. So don’t go in just yet talk to the Gardenia whose by the old chateu {in front of it} she’ll tell you about a pokemon. After that go into the old chateu go to the place were there is a t.v press the a button and it will ask you if you want to thump the t.v if you choose yes get ready for a battle with Rotom!

    p.s rotom is a electic-ghost type.

  4. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:22 pm // Reply

    Hey, i found out that you can breed any pokemon faster. All you need to do is keep the egg that you’ve recieve first in your party and then add a pokemon with magma armor in your party. Keeping the pokemon egg first in your party allows it to hatch a little bit faster and magma armor allows your egg to hatch faster as long as the pokemon with this ability is in the party.

  5. Random numbers // July 2, 2007 at 7:30 pm // Reply

    I think Piplup is the WORST starter in the game. Once it evolves into a Empoleon, It is weak to infernape and torterra. infernape can just use mach punch and kill empoleon in 1hit!

  6. TyphlosionDude // July 2, 2007 at 5:46 pm // Reply

    Typhlosion looks a LOT better than Feraligatr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Luxray fan!! // July 2, 2007 at 5:27 pm // Reply

    luxray is awsome!!!!! all tons of the 3 starters for sinnoh leage im willin to trade!

  8. ruby dude // July 2, 2007 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    yeah cheese puffs!! jiggly puff is strongerr than deoxys!!!!! clefa is stronger then mewtwo!!!!

  9. typhlosiondude i like typhlosion too but i think feraligatr looks better than typhlosion

  10. POKEMON MASTER // July 2, 2007 at 2:31 pm // Reply

    this is to pikachu….

    yea they are REALLY had to find, there are a couple in eterna, but thats all i can remember, and the lottery place is in jubilife

    this is to cheese….

    trash cans are in buildings and you can only get 999 master balls with an action replay

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