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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. red dragon // July 5, 2007 at 3:09 pm // Reply

    jay:u need to go to the nintendo event it costs real money

  2. red dragon // July 5, 2007 at 3:06 pm // Reply

    this is for whoever is showing of thar legendarys at the top of this page!lesin to this i have mostly all the legendarys that u dont need the nintendo event or i have regigigas heatran garitina cresselia palkeia and the three lake pokemon

  3. babie gurl // July 5, 2007 at 2:56 pm // Reply

    how do you get a shiney pokemon i never seen one?i really want one espessilly a shiny eevee i LOVE i mean LOVE THAT POKEMON it has so many forms i have one i evoled it now its an umbreon @ level 42 and i want to find another one i know where to find it its just very hard.

    p.s.where can i find shineys pleze help me.


  4. Mr. wierd // July 5, 2007 at 1:26 pm // Reply

    How do you get Darkrai?

  5. does anybody know which honey trees attract an aipom? please respond. aipom and ambipom are the only pokemon i need left to compelte the sinnoh dex.

  6. Cowbeard2 // July 4, 2007 at 2:57 pm // Reply

    where do you catch an aipom?

  7. croagunk lover // July 4, 2007 at 12:48 pm // Reply

    To any one who has a croagunk If you have a crougunk will you trade for a jirachi whenI beat the game. p.s. once you get the bike you can’t go to the old chatoto’

    so make your visit an injoyable one.

  8. Manaphy is in the came pokemon ranger. Do get it beat the game and to something on ranger net.

  9. I tried the secreat city on the 9th day i had it. It won’t work. Also another lake can open.

  10. Pipluprulez // July 3, 2007 at 8:03 pm // Reply

    ok, Empoleon DOES-NOT-STINK! Its the only pokemon in the game that learns hydro cannon!

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