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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. I am Hunter’s little brother…BUT IM WAY BETTER.just kidding.

  2. The game is really easy.I caught Dialga,Uxie,and Azelf.So the gym l seen were peice of cake.If you get pokemon Dimond or Pearl you sould choose Chimchar.It might have trouble on pokemon gym leader Roark.But wait soon it will evolve into monferno which is fire/fighting.Then wait tell it evolves into Infernape then will get hot.If you want Dialga or Palkia go to Mt. Cornet.

  3. dbrownbearmh // June 8, 2007 at 6:58 pm // Reply

    On the elite four i’m okay until i get to the fourth guy the i lose and start over

    again. My pokemon are infernape, diagla, starveria, luxray, graveler, and


  4. Psychicmaster // June 8, 2007 at 5:36 pm // Reply

    Bob, teach your Palkia Ice Beam if you still have the TM for it. Then, LET THE GARCHOMP ANNIHALATION BEGIN! BWA HA HA!

  5. What is D/P?

  6. The Good Rod is on Route 209. You will see a fisherman on a bridge coming from Hearthome, and he will give it to you.

  7. Chinaman360 // June 8, 2007 at 8:32 am // Reply

    does anyone know what all the pokemon characteristics do for example i knoe that

    likes to run is speed but whats the others


  9. what do u do after the elite 4?

  10. I think pokemon pearl/diamond is awsome best EVER!!!

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