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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. tydaman95 // June 5, 2007 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    how do u get spiritomb

  2. how do i get to lakefront valory on pokemon diamond

  3. TurtWig Dominates! // June 5, 2007 at 1:43 pm // Reply

    When Turtwig becomes Grotle at lvl. 18, he starts learning very cool moves like bite and mega drain.

  4. I suggest to start with Turtwig. He learns razor leaf at lvl. 13 and when he evolves to his final evolution{Torterra} at lvl. 32 he learns leech seed and earthquake!

  5. to beat the E4 get a level 100 deoxy or empoleon with 15 max revives wala you are going to beat the E4 in no time if you use my advice.

  6. i cant catch uxie or mesprit even thought i have mesprit running around paralized and with about 5 hp and what should i do to catch uxie?

    I also cant beat the elite 4 with 2 legendary pokemon both over lvl 50 and the rest are in the 50s but i cant get past the 3rd of the elite 4 what should i do?

  7. Poke' master // June 5, 2007 at 11:47 am // Reply

    You don’t have to have really high level pokemon to beat the pokemon league, I beat it with all six of my pokemon under Lv. 55 and just bought a lot of revives and full restores.

  8. Please resond asap. P.S.-ASAP MEANS AS SOON AS POSSIBAL.

  9. Where are the legendary dogs at?

  10. out of all the tv shows pokemon is the best

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