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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. Terry the the terror // July 12, 2007 at 12:02 am // Reply

    Dont face Infernape and empoleon if empoleon is under the level of infernape because will use fire blits kill empoleon

  2. pokemaster // July 11, 2007 at 6:10 pm // Reply

    here is how you get to the 8th gym leader you MUST go to mt.coronet and take out team galactic and catch dialga then you can go to sunyshore

  3. pokemon catcher // July 11, 2007 at 12:04 pm // Reply

    rate my team too

    torrtera LV81

    herracross lv69(still in training)

    snorlax lv69(in training)

    palkia lv77

    straptor lv83

    gastrodon lv75

  4. To Anyone asking about the evoultion of Burmy. Burmy can evolve eiher into a mothim or a wormadam it all depends on its gender. They both evolve at level 20, but they evolve if they have a different type of gender. To get wormadam raise a girl Burmy to level 20.To get a Mothim raise a boy Burmy to level 20.

  5. darn i deleted my game i’m dumb

  6. yogurt2697 // July 10, 2007 at 11:38 am // Reply

    To Arceus:i want a arceus so bad can i have 1

  7. Pokemon expert // July 10, 2007 at 10:10 am // Reply

    To anybody: to get gible a dragon-ground type go to wayward cave underneath the bridge.

  8. Pokemon expert // July 10, 2007 at 10:05 am // Reply

    To Neon: You don’t get Lucario at Iron island you get its pre-evovle form Riolu, it evolves to Lucario only when you friendship level is high.

  9. Pokemon expert // July 10, 2007 at 10:01 am // Reply

    To Shorty: After you beat the Elite four and completed the Shinnoh pokedex go to sandgem town were proffesor Rowan is at. After that you’ll have a little unexpected visit from the proffesor in Kanto region he’ll give you the national pokedex after that go to Route 221 all the way at the back. You’ll meet Proffesor Oak there and after you talk to him he’ll head to Eterna city. Only then can you insert your GBA game into the ds and only then after the tittle you’ll see migrate from- whatever GBA pokemon game you inserted.( You can only migrate from you p.c box not your party pokemon) THen go to Pal park again and talk to the guy near the door and you can go catch your migrated pokemon.Hope this helps :).

  10. Pokemon expert // July 10, 2007 at 9:53 am // Reply

    Hey can anyone rate my new team? My team is Jolteon level 100, Empoleon level 90,

    Spiritomb level 90, Staraptor level 88, Sceptile level 89, and Infernape level 91.

    Please rate my team and add comments if i should change my team or not

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