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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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50 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. red dragon // July 6, 2007 at 3:06 pm // Reply

    random numbers piplup is cool empoleon is its last stage i have 1 and it has weak move but SO WHAT!it dosen’t matter the moves it matters how u train and love it me and my empoleon r best freinds and its lvl 80

  2. Babie gurl, Shinys show up randomly their is no specific spot. I was training and I randomly found a green eared clefairy.

  3. red dragon // July 6, 2007 at 6:56 am // Reply

    TIP:IF your parents won’t let you do the nintendo event then use your masterball on somthing cool like Heatran I used mine on Regigigias I have every legendary you don’t need Diamand or Nintendo event I have diamand and when I get dialga i’m going to ttrade it on to my pearl

  4. Wo0t_Wo0t // July 6, 2007 at 5:31 am // Reply


  5. babie gurl // July 6, 2007 at 2:17 am // Reply

    yes i just caught heatron.finnaly

  6. when you are going to catch mesprit do not use the master ball then you will need it for creselia(you can get him after you get the national pokedex)because HE WILL FLEE

  7. I caught a shiny golbat in victory road but im not sure if it’s just victory road whre you find them. I also hear that shiny bunary are found in eterna forest

  8. Anonymous // July 5, 2007 at 7:56 pm // Reply

    What is Ar ?????????????

  9. Hells_spawn // July 5, 2007 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    does anyone know were you find te move tutors house because i cant find him.

  10. tirtwigs aussome

  11. red dragon // July 5, 2007 at 3:09 pm // Reply

    jay:u need to go to the nintendo event it costs real money

  12. red dragon // July 5, 2007 at 3:06 pm // Reply

    this is for whoever is showing of thar legendarys at the top of this page!lesin to this i have mostly all the legendarys that u dont need the nintendo event or i have regigigas heatran garitina cresselia palkeia and the three lake pokemon

  13. babie gurl // July 5, 2007 at 2:56 pm // Reply

    how do you get a shiney pokemon i never seen one?i really want one espessilly a shiny eevee i LOVE i mean LOVE THAT POKEMON it has so many forms i have one i evoled it now its an umbreon @ level 42 and i want to find another one i know where to find it its just very hard.

    p.s.where can i find shineys pleze help me.


  14. Mr. wierd // July 5, 2007 at 1:26 pm // Reply

    How do you get Darkrai?

  15. does anybody know which honey trees attract an aipom? please respond. aipom and ambipom are the only pokemon i need left to compelte the sinnoh dex.

  16. Cowbeard2 // July 4, 2007 at 2:57 pm // Reply

    where do you catch an aipom?

  17. croagunk lover // July 4, 2007 at 12:48 pm // Reply

    To any one who has a croagunk If you have a crougunk will you trade for a jirachi whenI beat the game. p.s. once you get the bike you can’t go to the old chatoto’

    so make your visit an injoyable one.

  18. Manaphy is in the came pokemon ranger. Do get it beat the game and to something on ranger net.

  19. I tried the secreat city on the 9th day i had it. It won’t work. Also another lake can open.

  20. Pipluprulez // July 3, 2007 at 8:03 pm // Reply

    ok, Empoleon DOES-NOT-STINK! Its the only pokemon in the game that learns hydro cannon!

  21. Pipluprulez // July 3, 2007 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    typhlosiondude, i have to say i like the Char family most, i LOVE fire type!

  22. how do you get arceus with wi-fi? i have like an internet thingy and it can use the gts station so it can link but i cant get the heavens pipe. help ph and thank you pokjemon master for your help. you’re awesome.

  23. can you get master balls at lotters

  24. flippy joe // July 3, 2007 at 2:32 pm // Reply

    ill post wen i beat cinthia

  25. Pokemon expert // July 3, 2007 at 1:19 pm // Reply

    Hey, this trick is pretty awesome you know ditto right? Its a pokemoin that only knows one move transform. It may be, but its an excellent way to breed pokemon such as vespiquen, or your starter pokemon. I hope this helps:)

  26. wheres manthey?

  27. Yo Luxray fan, what do you want for the female starters.

  28. TyphlosionDude // July 3, 2007 at 8:28 am // Reply

    Random numumbers,

    Which do you like more, Infernape or Torterra?

  29. cherubiii // July 3, 2007 at 7:12 am // Reply

    luxray fan i want yr starters! piplup & turtwig please 🙂

    trade for something?

  30. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:59 pm // Reply

    Its getting late i’ll try to come on tommorow, but before that mantyke evolves when you have remoraid in your party, and all you need to do is to level it up, to evolve it into a mantine. Ok good night everybody.

    ps: np babie gurl

  31. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:56 pm // Reply

    Hey everyone,Rhydon evolves when you trade him or her with the item protector, Porygon-z evolves from porygon 2 when you trade him holding the item dubious disc, Aipom evolves when it learns double attack at level 32.and this something i found out you know how Cherrim has petals covering its face? Use the move sunny day to reveal its true identity! I hope this helps.

  32. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:40 pm // Reply

    To Vespiquen219: to get them to move go to stark mountain and battle trainers along the way. You’ll find your rival and a unexpected person there near the rest room near stark mountain. Follow your rival and find Buck and then follow them inside stark mountain. Then you can go back and they will be gone. Also go to the umm i think fight area and you’ll find Buick their go back up the mountain and you’ll find a rare pokemon, Heatran!- its a fire-iron pokemon

  33. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:33 pm // Reply

    To taytay1010: Its pretty easy to get a rotom. Ok first you have to do is beat the elite four once you’ve done that go to eterna forest, also you need a pokemon with the tm cut to get to the old chateu. So don’t go in just yet talk to the Gardenia whose by the old chateu {in front of it} she’ll tell you about a pokemon. After that go into the old chateu go to the place were there is a t.v press the a button and it will ask you if you want to thump the t.v if you choose yes get ready for a battle with Rotom!

    p.s rotom is a electic-ghost type.

  34. Pokemon expert // July 2, 2007 at 10:22 pm // Reply

    Hey, i found out that you can breed any pokemon faster. All you need to do is keep the egg that you’ve recieve first in your party and then add a pokemon with magma armor in your party. Keeping the pokemon egg first in your party allows it to hatch a little bit faster and magma armor allows your egg to hatch faster as long as the pokemon with this ability is in the party.

  35. Random numbers // July 2, 2007 at 7:30 pm // Reply

    I think Piplup is the WORST starter in the game. Once it evolves into a Empoleon, It is weak to infernape and torterra. infernape can just use mach punch and kill empoleon in 1hit!

  36. TyphlosionDude // July 2, 2007 at 5:46 pm // Reply

    Typhlosion looks a LOT better than Feraligatr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Luxray fan!! // July 2, 2007 at 5:27 pm // Reply

    luxray is awsome!!!!! all tons of the 3 starters for sinnoh leage im willin to trade!

  38. ruby dude // July 2, 2007 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    yeah cheese puffs!! jiggly puff is strongerr than deoxys!!!!! clefa is stronger then mewtwo!!!!

  39. typhlosiondude i like typhlosion too but i think feraligatr looks better than typhlosion

  40. POKEMON MASTER // July 2, 2007 at 2:31 pm // Reply

    this is to pikachu….

    yea they are REALLY had to find, there are a couple in eterna, but thats all i can remember, and the lottery place is in jubilife

    this is to cheese….

    trash cans are in buildings and you can only get 999 master balls with an action replay

  41. Typhlosiondude, I like Torterra the best but Empolion is cool too.

    P.S. I got my chimcharr for a cranidos on global trade station.

  42. how do you get master balls and rare candies i have trouble raising my pokemon help

  43. Torteradude // July 2, 2007 at 12:03 pm // Reply

    He’s in eterna city.


    From: Torteradude

  44. how do you find trash cans and get 999 master balls

  45. I need help weres the lotter place again?

  46. pokemon master I cant find any trash cans

  47. Cyndaquil77 // July 2, 2007 at 8:43 am // Reply

    Cyndaquil is my favorite starter pokemon.

  48. TyphlosionDude // July 2, 2007 at 8:31 am // Reply

    I like Typhlosion because Silver version was my first pokemon game and I picked Cyndaquil and Typhlosion looks AWESOME. GO TYPHLOSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. POKEMON MASTER // July 1, 2007 at 10:36 pm // Reply

    this is to taytay1010….

    you go get rotom at night(and just to be safe wait until around 9:00)

    and you can get master balls in the lottery if you get enough of the numbers right, or you can get an action replay

  50. My fav. would be treeko. But In red rescue skitty. But I am a boy.

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