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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

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. ace trainer // July 12, 2007 at 6:06 pm // Reply

    today i convinced this girl to start over her game and give me all her pokemon so i could get piplup and chimchar don’t worry i gave her pokemon back after i got two of each of the starter pokemon.

  2. ace trainer // July 12, 2007 at 6:02 pm // Reply

    I have something to tell all you people who stink at pokemon and have traided rare pokemon for pokemon that look cute and cool DON’T EVER PLAY POKEMON or people like me are going to take advantage of that and take your pokemon

  3. luxray fan // July 12, 2007 at 5:07 pm // Reply

    PIPLUP ROX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PIPLUP ROX ON ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get it? penguin…….ice !!!!!!!!! HAHAH 🙂 ok sorry that was bad

  4. hey can i have a darkai or shaymin or manaphy or phione

  5. pokemon ranger :)(: // July 12, 2007 at 11:41 am // Reply

    yo the dude who wants arcus i can give you one i have 2 i also have 2 cresselia 2 darkrai and a manaphy and phione:)(:

  6. you guys are gonna probably call me a cheat but i’ve actully caught and completed my natinal dex without cheats my friend traded me all those legendary pokemon in dimond,pearl,leaf green,fire red,ruby,emerald,sapphire,collusem,and xd and the rest i migrated(p.s. ho-oh,lugia,celebi….ect my freind also gave me them to)

  7. the pokedex man // July 12, 2007 at 10:49 am // Reply

    I have a mew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. how do you catch dialga

  9. i have the regis i had a jirachi on sapphire and i lost it at france right now catching heatran goning for ginrantina next

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

    I caught A wild bulbsaur in pearl then evolved it into venasaur and its bomin

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