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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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11 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. where do u find burmy i need to get the national dex i looked everywhere buy theres nothing there

  2. can u guys plz help me cause icant beat dimond im on the part where the guy dosent let to sunyshore city he says,sunyshore city which is down the road had a majer blacout. so can u help me on that part and i saved the gril from the tunnle

  3. funny monkey // August 29, 2007 at 11:27 am // Reply

    hi ppz, i am wandering ,does any 1 know where the move tutor is coz i need 2 teach my golbat mean look so i can catch azelf and uxie kk thx cya soon

  4. and can anyone please tll me how to get areceus OR DARKRAI PLS THKS

  5. yo wickaacy listen did you talk to flint. (guy with red hair) If you did go to the top of the light house.Talk to the guy with blonde hair. More info later

  6. how to get 8th badge

  7. Anyone know how to get to the peak some guy blocking my way even though I’ve released the 3 pokemon 😦

  8. seth....battletowerstreak // August 28, 2007 at 10:40 am // Reply

    oh and ppl look out for me in the battle tower online i’ll be the one beating you with my mate

  9. seth....battletowerstreak // August 28, 2007 at 10:38 am // Reply

    ok here listen up the only way you can get a good game started is by starting with a low amount of pokemon until the 5th or 6th badge start with chimchar shinx and buizel then a staravia later on in the game then either get a sneasl and lucario or use rare types i never use rare types they take to long to train in my opinion

  10. i need help with vitory road becuase there’s two black things in the way,what do i do!!!???

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