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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. How do you get a high friendship lvl with a pokemon ?

  2. Um, how do you trigger a specil event? Hello? Anybody?

  3. does any one know how to enter a nintendo pokemon event i want more legendary pokemon

  4. can anyone rate my team?

    my team is Dialga lv.60

    Torterra lv.60

    Luxray lv.60

    Lucario lv.60

    Staraptor lv.60

    Azelf lv.60

    do you find my team good.

    please reply to me tell me if i should take out a pokemon.

  5. typloshion bites dust

  6. i love the water types as i am a swimmer

  7. supernova kid // July 13, 2007 at 6:31 am // Reply

    anyone who has got torterra is wick and the empoleon kicks but but fire type is rubbish

  8. Eclair20193 // July 13, 2007 at 1:10 am // Reply

    how do you get those two ships in Pastoria city to move?

    i’m so confused

  9. How do u beat team galactic boss cyrus when u’ve only got lvl 34 pokemon?

  10. DIS IS TO jay: go to mt coronet, defeat team galactic, en catch dailga…easy

  11. ace trainer // July 12, 2007 at 6:06 pm // Reply

    today i convinced this girl to start over her game and give me all her pokemon so i could get piplup and chimchar don’t worry i gave her pokemon back after i got two of each of the starter pokemon.

  12. ace trainer // July 12, 2007 at 6:02 pm // Reply

    I have something to tell all you people who stink at pokemon and have traided rare pokemon for pokemon that look cute and cool DON’T EVER PLAY POKEMON or people like me are going to take advantage of that and take your pokemon

  13. luxray fan // July 12, 2007 at 5:07 pm // Reply

    PIPLUP ROX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PIPLUP ROX ON ICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! get it? penguin…….ice !!!!!!!!! HAHAH 🙂 ok sorry that was bad

  14. hey can i have a darkai or shaymin or manaphy or phione

  15. pokemon ranger :)(: // July 12, 2007 at 11:41 am // Reply

    yo the dude who wants arcus i can give you one i have 2 i also have 2 cresselia 2 darkrai and a manaphy and phione:)(:

  16. you guys are gonna probably call me a cheat but i’ve actully caught and completed my natinal dex without cheats my friend traded me all those legendary pokemon in dimond,pearl,leaf green,fire red,ruby,emerald,sapphire,collusem,and xd and the rest i migrated(p.s. ho-oh,lugia,celebi….ect my freind also gave me them to)

  17. the pokedex man // July 12, 2007 at 10:49 am // Reply

    I have a mew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. how do you catch dialga

  19. i have the regis i had a jirachi on sapphire and i lost it at france right now catching heatran goning for ginrantina next

  20. Terry the the terror // July 12, 2007 at 12:12 am // Reply

    I caught A wild bulbsaur in pearl then evolved it into venasaur and its bomin

  21. Terry the the terror // July 12, 2007 at 12:02 am // Reply

    Dont face Infernape and empoleon if empoleon is under the level of infernape because will use fire blits kill empoleon

  22. pokemaster // July 11, 2007 at 6:10 pm // Reply

    here is how you get to the 8th gym leader you MUST go to mt.coronet and take out team galactic and catch dialga then you can go to sunyshore

  23. pokemon catcher // July 11, 2007 at 12:04 pm // Reply

    rate my team too

    torrtera LV81

    herracross lv69(still in training)

    snorlax lv69(in training)

    palkia lv77

    straptor lv83

    gastrodon lv75

  24. To Anyone asking about the evoultion of Burmy. Burmy can evolve eiher into a mothim or a wormadam it all depends on its gender. They both evolve at level 20, but they evolve if they have a different type of gender. To get wormadam raise a girl Burmy to level 20.To get a Mothim raise a boy Burmy to level 20.

  25. darn i deleted my game i’m dumb

  26. yogurt2697 // July 10, 2007 at 11:38 am // Reply

    To Arceus:i want a arceus so bad can i have 1

  27. Pokemon expert // July 10, 2007 at 10:10 am // Reply

    To anybody: to get gible a dragon-ground type go to wayward cave underneath the bridge.

  28. Pokemon expert // July 10, 2007 at 10:05 am // Reply

    To Neon: You don’t get Lucario at Iron island you get its pre-evovle form Riolu, it evolves to Lucario only when you friendship level is high.

  29. Pokemon expert // July 10, 2007 at 10:01 am // Reply

    To Shorty: After you beat the Elite four and completed the Shinnoh pokedex go to sandgem town were proffesor Rowan is at. After that you’ll have a little unexpected visit from the proffesor in Kanto region he’ll give you the national pokedex after that go to Route 221 all the way at the back. You’ll meet Proffesor Oak there and after you talk to him he’ll head to Eterna city. Only then can you insert your GBA game into the ds and only then after the tittle you’ll see migrate from- whatever GBA pokemon game you inserted.( You can only migrate from you p.c box not your party pokemon) THen go to Pal park again and talk to the guy near the door and you can go catch your migrated pokemon.Hope this helps :).

  30. Pokemon expert // July 10, 2007 at 9:53 am // Reply

    Hey can anyone rate my new team? My team is Jolteon level 100, Empoleon level 90,

    Spiritomb level 90, Staraptor level 88, Sceptile level 89, and Infernape level 91.

    Please rate my team and add comments if i should change my team or not

  31. How do you get to the 8th gym leader? I can’t get past the guy who says there is a blackout at Sunshore City. Is there something special I need to get first? Please help, I’ve been stuck like this for days. Thanks.

  32. i dont know how to get a wormadon sof you have it tell me

  33. what is the cheat for darkria for the AR

  34. pokemon catcher // July 10, 2007 at 12:47 am // Reply

    can i have a arceus

  35. pokemon catcher // July 10, 2007 at 12:45 am // Reply

    anyone know the code to go to newmoon isle?

  36. Pokemon fan 2314 // July 9, 2007 at 10:01 pm // Reply

    This is to shorty, after you get the national dex you go to pal park then they will ask you to perform a show. after they ask you save your game. then shut your NDS off. then turn it back on and right under new game it will say migrate from either leaf green, fire red, sapphire, emerald, or ruby.

    Rember that you have to have the GBA game in the GBA slot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Remember this 2 you have to migrate 6 pokemon.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. I have an arceus if someone wants it just let me know on this site and ill give you a shiny one or a normal one.Whatever you want.I have almost all pokemon in the world and completed the natoinul dex.

  38. Pokemon Ranger Sam // July 9, 2007 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    hhh do you know how you said tirtwigs aussome MY TORTEERA IS COOL

  39. Pokemon Ranger Sam // July 9, 2007 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    hhh do you know how you said tirtwigs aussome MY TORTEERA IS AUSSOME!

  40. Hells_Spawn –

    The moves Tutor house is in Pastoria City in the house next to the water.There is a chubby guy outside of it.

    The move tutor is a chubby guy inside of it

  41. luxray fan // July 8, 2007 at 6:33 pm // Reply

    ohh and i have tons of eevees! and bagons!

  42. how do you migrate i know u have 2 baet the E4 then get the national then u put the other game in thenu put migrate but what do u do aftr that ?????????????????

  43. Move tutor is in Pastoria.

  44. POKEMON MASTER // July 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm // Reply

    alright im back

    this is to cowbeard2….

    aipom are in trees

    this is to mr. weird….

    darkrai is on either fullmoon or newmoon island(whichever one cressillia isn’t on), but you need either an action replay or a nintendo event code to get it

    this is to hells_spawn….

    he is in canalave city either in the house above or below the mary(sorry can’t remember)

    this is to anonymous….

    AR is short for action replay

  45. I LOVE POKEMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  46. Who knows where to get Lucario? I know where! At Iron Island. You have to sail on a ship to get there.

  47. pikachuking // July 7, 2007 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    the move tutors house (give him a heart scale) is the city with the safari thing with all the mud

  48. pikachuking // July 7, 2007 at 4:54 pm // Reply

    no one answered my question. how do you make giratina shiny without a cheating device

  49. Eevee lover // July 7, 2007 at 4:46 pm // Reply

    hey if you have an Eevee i will give you a persion or a meowth from my pokemon diamond. P.S. you need the national dex to get garintina in turnback cave

  50. How do you get Arceus ?


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