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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. luxray fan // July 8, 2007 at 6:33 pm // Reply

    ohh and i have tons of eevees! and bagons!

  2. how do you migrate i know u have 2 baet the E4 then get the national then u put the other game in thenu put migrate but what do u do aftr that ?????????????????

  3. Move tutor is in Pastoria.

  4. POKEMON MASTER // July 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm // Reply

    alright im back

    this is to cowbeard2….

    aipom are in trees

    this is to mr. weird….

    darkrai is on either fullmoon or newmoon island(whichever one cressillia isn’t on), but you need either an action replay or a nintendo event code to get it

    this is to hells_spawn….

    he is in canalave city either in the house above or below the mary(sorry can’t remember)

    this is to anonymous….

    AR is short for action replay

  5. I LOVE POKEMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Who knows where to get Lucario? I know where! At Iron Island. You have to sail on a ship to get there.

  7. pikachuking // July 7, 2007 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    the move tutors house (give him a heart scale) is the city with the safari thing with all the mud

  8. pikachuking // July 7, 2007 at 4:54 pm // Reply

    no one answered my question. how do you make giratina shiny without a cheating device

  9. Eevee lover // July 7, 2007 at 4:46 pm // Reply

    hey if you have an Eevee i will give you a persion or a meowth from my pokemon diamond. P.S. you need the national dex to get garintina in turnback cave

  10. How do you get Arceus ?


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