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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. when you are catching the mirage pokemon make sure you have some timerballs, and some quick balls real helped to catch them.

  2. for those who have not beat the elite 4 i definitly recemend(i spelled it wrong) having empoleon as ur starter.

  3. MEMAN LIKES THESE NEW GAMES. MEMAN THINKS YOU SHOULD PICK OUT THE GRASS OR WATER STARTING POKEMON, FOR THE FIRST GYM LEADER IS A ROCK TYPE MASTER. MEMAN ALSO KNOWS THAT IN MOST GYMS, THERE ARE SHORTCUTS, SO YOU WON’T HAVE TO BEAT THE GYM LEADER’S GRUNTS. MEMAN THINKS THAT IS ALL FOR KNOW, SO GOO’BYE.

  4. Psychicmaster // June 6, 2007 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    There have been so many questions posted here, so I hope I can at least answer a few.

    1. You cannot find any starters or legendaries from previous generations! Sorry, legendary-dog person.

    2. Arceus, Shaymin, and Darkrai are event pokemon. Do not expect to get one anytime soon!

    Okay, that’s all I have to say. Alakazam rocks!

  5. If you put a Poke’mon in the Day Kare center it might learn some moves to put in a contest.

  6. To diamond players I recomend getting chimchar and then get a water type cause chimchar is good against diaga, the gyms, and the 1st elite four person. The water type is for the rest of the elite four.

  7. blazenkick // June 5, 2007 at 8:10 pm // Reply

    how do I get spiritomb?????

  8. pokemon rules // June 5, 2007 at 7:10 pm // Reply

    i think pokemon rules?

  9. Anonymous // June 5, 2007 at 7:00 pm // Reply

    You must choose chimchar because he has an advantage over almost all gym leaders.I love the knew pokemon games! My team right now is: Monferno Lv. 34 Luxray Lv. 34 Kadabra Lv. 35 and Gastrodon Lv. 32

  10. Psychicmaster // June 5, 2007 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    It is best NOT to use your master ball on dialga or palkia! I have learned from a reliable source that Dialga/Palkia is 6 TIMES EASIER TO CATCH than Groudon/Kyogre from ruby and sapphire. Catch a Sneasel outside of Snowpoint City, then get the TM for False Swipe from the Veilstone Department store and teach it to him. If you have Pearl, use Net Balls–since Palkia is part water type, they will do very well on him. When I caught Palkia, I had my Torterra use Earthquake twice and then had Sneasel use False Swipe and chucked Net Balls till I caught it. Keep these tips in mind!

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