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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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11 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. how do you get a spirtomb

  2. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 9:55 pm // Reply

    To infernape,

    You can buy them in any Game Stop, Game Rush, EB Games.

  3. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 8:55 pm // Reply

    To master boye,

    I know you can get Kyogre and Raquaza by tranfing it from EMERALD.

    I know that because my freind has emerald and he gots those pokemon.

  4. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 6:55 pm // Reply

    poke duuuuuuuuuuudes team-

    Infernape Lv 80

    Charizard Lv 41name Flare

    Pelipper Lv 43

    Camerupt Lv 55

    Ditto Lv 21

    Arcanine Lv 34

    Who whants to trade by youing nintendo DS wi fi global connection?

  5. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 6:41 pm // Reply

    To pokemongirl,

    thank you for telling me the answers all my questions. But it did not let me tranfer zapdos. But i will try agine.

  6. To poke duuuuuuuuuuude:

    Eevee can be caught in the trophy garden; talk to the owner first and say yes to everything he asks you. This will make a new pokemon appear in the garden every time you do it.

    You can only get Deoxys with cheats.

    You SHOULD be able to transfer Zapdos; it doesn’t matter what moves it knows!!!

    And Darkrai can only be found with a cheat.


  7. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 11:37 am // Reply

    To master boye,

    How did you get regigigas?

    • first need all 3 regies from saphire,ruby, or emrald then transfer
      then when you do that go to the snow point temple and you will find regigigas.

  8. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 10:19 am // Reply

    did you guy know that you can not get deoxes in pokemon diamond or pearl unless you tranfer from emerald. It is sort of strang but I guss thats how thay made the game.

  9. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 10:13 am // Reply

    Um… well me and pokemon man are the same peopel. I said the tipe about how to get Cresselia in your national pokedex. So sorry if you think it was not me.

  10. poke duuuuuuuuuuude // December 2, 2007 at 8:54 am // Reply

    To pokemongirl,

    how do you catch all thouse rare pokemon?

    poke duuuuuuuuuuude,

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