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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 6, 2007 at 3:06 pm // Reply

    random numbers piplup is cool empoleon is its last stage i have 1 and it has weak move but SO WHAT!it dosen’t matter the moves it matters how u train and love it me and my empoleon r best freinds and its lvl 80

  2. Babie gurl, Shinys show up randomly their is no specific spot. I was training and I randomly found a green eared clefairy.

  3. red dragon // July 6, 2007 at 6:56 am // Reply

    TIP:IF your parents won’t let you do the nintendo event then use your masterball on somthing cool like Heatran I used mine on Regigigias I have every legendary you don’t need Diamand or Nintendo event I have diamand and when I get dialga i’m going to ttrade it on to my pearl

  4. Wo0t_Wo0t // July 6, 2007 at 5:31 am // Reply


  5. babie gurl // July 6, 2007 at 2:17 am // Reply

    yes i just caught heatron.finnaly

  6. when you are going to catch mesprit do not use the master ball then you will need it for creselia(you can get him after you get the national pokedex)because HE WILL FLEE

  7. I caught a shiny golbat in victory road but im not sure if it’s just victory road whre you find them. I also hear that shiny bunary are found in eterna forest

  8. Anonymous // July 5, 2007 at 7:56 pm // Reply

    What is Ar ?????????????

  9. Hells_spawn // July 5, 2007 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    does anyone know were you find te move tutors house because i cant find him.

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