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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. How do you get to the 8th gym leader? I can’t get past the guy who says there is a blackout at Sunshore City. Is there something special I need to get first? Please help, I’ve been stuck like this for days. Thanks.

  2. i dont know how to get a wormadon sof you have it tell me

  3. what is the cheat for darkria for the AR

  4. pokemon catcher // July 10, 2007 at 12:47 am // Reply

    can i have a arceus

  5. pokemon catcher // July 10, 2007 at 12:45 am // Reply

    anyone know the code to go to newmoon isle?

  6. Pokemon fan 2314 // July 9, 2007 at 10:01 pm // Reply

    This is to shorty, after you get the national dex you go to pal park then they will ask you to perform a show. after they ask you save your game. then shut your NDS off. then turn it back on and right under new game it will say migrate from either leaf green, fire red, sapphire, emerald, or ruby.

    Rember that you have to have the GBA game in the GBA slot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Remember this 2 you have to migrate 6 pokemon.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I have an arceus if someone wants it just let me know on this site and ill give you a shiny one or a normal one.Whatever you want.I have almost all pokemon in the world and completed the natoinul dex.

  8. Pokemon Ranger Sam // July 9, 2007 at 4:11 pm // Reply

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  9. Pokemon Ranger Sam // July 9, 2007 at 4:11 pm // Reply

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  10. Hells_Spawn –

    The moves Tutor house is in Pastoria City in the house next to the water.There is a chubby guy outside of it.

    The move tutor is a chubby guy inside of it

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