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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. that big darkrai // June 7, 2007 at 6:20 pm // Reply

    actually, you can get the pokemon from previous games if you import (national dex needed)

  2. Cluelessdude521 // June 7, 2007 at 5:32 pm // Reply

    it seems so hard to catch all three lake pokemon .. and i dont kno why so i was wondering if i could get any tips and also i cant get to the 8th gym leader i cant beat the puzzle any tips for me?

  3. Can someone tell me how or where to see a combee, lumerion,aipom,bourbouch and where to get a good rod?



  4. girantina king // June 7, 2007 at 2:46 pm // Reply

    how do you get the regis but not regiking i know how to get him but first i need regice regirock and registeel

  5. girantina king // June 7, 2007 at 2:43 pm // Reply

    this is how to get girantina a head off from velstone and walked the right side til you see a opening walk through to get to a spring walk around and use rock climb to get to a cave called turnback cave then find all 3 pillars and at the third go straight and you’ll see it.

  6. diamondguy // June 7, 2007 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    me say that you should get a pokemon ranger gamr so you can get manaphy.

  7. My team is based on 3 pokemon, Infernape (George), Lucario ( Luke) and Palkia. They are all at about lvl. 60 and George is at lvl. 70 but I cannot beat the Champion’s dragon-thingy, It can take half of Luke’s health and anniahlate Palkia in 2 turns (by the time i get that far, George is already dead and I never bring enough revives)

  8. LuckyDog77 // June 7, 2007 at 10:31 am // Reply

    A good tip for starters, when you get to Eterna, talk to the underground man to get your gear, then finish his missions. Dig underground till you find a fossil for your game(Diamond:Skull fossil, Pearl:Armor fossil)and revive it at the mining museum in Oreburge. Then, trade it online for one of the two starters you missed. I don’t have any advice for battling, since everyone finds a way that works.

  9. lordjirachi129 // June 6, 2007 at 9:15 pm // Reply

    dialga and palkia are really easy to catch! dialga especially! and the 2nd best pokemon game was red, blue, yelow, not dungeon

  10. dragonmaster D // June 6, 2007 at 7:16 pm // Reply

    To catch spiritomb:

    1 meet 32 friends underground-they must be actual people linking with u- i know it stinks but u can get around it.just get a friend with d/p, then one one of u start over 32 times and meet over and over. to even the deal,get an egg from sed spiritomb, and trade that 2 the other person

    2 get the old keystone from 1 of the black-belts on route 208

    3 go 2 the wierd rock formation in the right hand-bottom corner of route 209 bring ultra balls

    4 click A next 2 it and battle spiritomb1


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