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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. Pipluprulez // July 3, 2007 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    typhlosiondude, i have to say i like the Char family most, i LOVE fire type!

  2. how do you get arceus with wi-fi? i have like an internet thingy and it can use the gts station so it can link but i cant get the heavens pipe. help ph and thank you pokjemon master for your help. you’re awesome.

  3. can you get master balls at lotters

  4. flippy joe // July 3, 2007 at 2:32 pm // Reply

    ill post wen i beat cinthia

  5. Pokemon expert // July 3, 2007 at 1:19 pm // Reply

    Hey, this trick is pretty awesome you know ditto right? Its a pokemoin that only knows one move transform. It may be, but its an excellent way to breed pokemon such as vespiquen, or your starter pokemon. I hope this helps:)

  6. wheres manthey?

  7. Yo Luxray fan, what do you want for the female starters.

  8. TyphlosionDude // July 3, 2007 at 8:28 am // Reply

    Random numumbers,

    Which do you like more, Infernape or Torterra?

  9. cherubiii // July 3, 2007 at 7:12 am // Reply

    luxray fan i want yr starters! piplup & turtwig please 🙂

    trade for something?

  10. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:59 pm // Reply

    Its getting late i’ll try to come on tommorow, but before that mantyke evolves when you have remoraid in your party, and all you need to do is to level it up, to evolve it into a mantine. Ok good night everybody.

    ps: np babie gurl

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