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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

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 deoxys

  2. I Know Every Thing // July 19, 2007 at 12:32 am // Reply

    its a good guide

  3. I Know Every Thing // July 19, 2007 at 12:32 am // Reply

    If you need help go to google and search pokemon merriland and hit the first link it will send you to an all access guide to every thing pokemon and more

  4. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 11:39 pm // Reply

    what will happen if I breed a color male and a regular female?[by color i mean not the real color it is suppose to be].

    pleze tell me!!!!

    BABIE GURL

  5. Happiny evolvees using an oval stone i think babie girl

  6. babie gurl ok well i need watter fall now where do i get ?

  7. to babie gurl it evolvs at 36

  8. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 6:50 pm // Reply

    Chelo you team needs training,but with training and love you can do that what i did.

    BABIE GURL

  9. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 6:42 pm // Reply

    Thank you uchiha and dominator9604,you helped me alot.

  10. to babie girl: budew evolves by happiness in the daytime , luxio evolves at level 30 , staravia evolves at level 34 and bunery evolves by happiness. hope it helped

  11. dominator9604 // July 18, 2007 at 3:56 pm // Reply

    Get a oval stone and let your happiny hold it. make sure your happiny is happy with you so when you level it up it will evolve into a Chansey!

  12. rate my party

    charizard (level 90)

    crobat(level 66)

    lucario(level 70)

    blastoise(level 67)

    chill A.K.A. glaceaon(level 71)

    venusaur(level 67)

  13. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 12:26 pm // Reply

    What lv does staravia evole at?What lv does bunery evole at?

    pleze awnser back.

    BABIE GURL

  14. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 12:19 pm // Reply

    To XRAY you need to go to Mt.Coronet and beat team galactic and capture dialga/palkia then the man will move.

    Your welcome.

    BABIE GURL

  15. how do i get to sunyshore city? need help plz!!!

  16. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 1:54 am // Reply

    what lv does beduw evole at?And what lv does luxio evole at?

    BABIE GURL

    pleze awnser back!

  17. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 1:51 am // Reply

    yes! i just evoled my green cascoon into a dustox with brown wings!!! I’m so happy.

    BABIE GURL.

  18. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 1:05 am // Reply

    pleze rate my team

    empoleon[steeler]lv82

    umbreon[biter]lv42

    golbat[batty]lv51

    steelix[steela]lv53

    palkia[pal]lv49

    clefariry[fairy]lv31

    BABIE GURL

  19. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 12:59 am // Reply

    how do i evole happiny pleze tell me how!

  20. babie gurl // July 18, 2007 at 12:57 am // Reply

    i migreted a purple wurmple from pokemon emerald and evoled it into a green cascoon

  21. How do i get a charmander

  22. babie gurl // July 17, 2007 at 7:17 pm // Reply

    To terry the the terror,where did you find bulbasaur i love that pokemon.

    pleze replie back

    BABIE GURL

  23. you catch aipom by putting honey on a tree wait a day come back the tree should be shaking but save the game before you click a on it because it could be a combee,munchlax,wurmple,silcoon,burmy or cascoon.

  24. pokemon catcher // July 17, 2007 at 4:18 pm // Reply

    Hey how do you catch all the pokemon in game

  25. how do you catch an aipom on pokemon pearl

  26. lucario 498 // July 17, 2007 at 2:01 am // Reply

    I NOW HOW TO GET ALL POKEMON

  27. pokemon catcher // July 16, 2007 at 11:37 pm // Reply

    to:pokemon catcher 4life

    you use wifi by getting an internet connection and by signal of the internet

    connection at leaset at accessable range to get wifi connection

  28. some dud in minasota // July 16, 2007 at 8:49 pm // Reply

    i have a lvl100 lugia try to beat that lismad

  29. pokemaster4life // July 16, 2007 at 12:08 am // Reply

    how do u use the nintendo wi-fi connection

  30. pokemaster 4 life // July 16, 2007 at 12:04 am // Reply

    how do you use the nintendo wi-fi connection

  31. pokemon catcher // July 15, 2007 at 10:46 pm // Reply

    you beat the second gym leader by having kricitune or stravia

    look around the gym for the trainers unill they say that your

    ready for the leader.

    good luck!!!!!!!!

  32. pokemon catcher // July 15, 2007 at 10:45 pm // Reply

    you could catch aipom by slathering honey in the medow of floramora town

    then wait mybe you could get one.

  33. pokeon catcher // July 15, 2007 at 10:39 pm // Reply

    hey guys rate my team

    torrtera lv82

    straptor lv83

    herracross lv82

    palkia lv77

    garchomp lv73

    gastrodon lv75

  34. 1 2 coming for you 3 4 ..... // July 15, 2007 at 8:33 am // Reply

    how do u beat the seconed gym leader >.

  35. to get deoxys you need to catch it on leaf green or fire red and then you have to migrate it.

  36. I have a level 100 torterra BEAT

    THAT

  37. destination-33 // July 14, 2007 at 8:38 pm // Reply

    how do you get deoxys

  38. pokemiragemaster2000 // July 14, 2007 at 7:01 pm // Reply

    how to do you get gible

  39. hey dude i think your team is pretty cool but you need to train a little bit more

  40. ytgflcdtuig // July 14, 2007 at 11:47 am // Reply

    to arceus,please i need a arceus.

  41. rate my team 84 heatran

    72 dialga

    71 tortera

    52 bazeikin

    58 sceptile

    and a lvl 62 shedinja

    Tell me if u think my team is good.

  42. i love my pokemon i could beat u in a battle with my lvl 84 heatran!

  43. bob222997969487397497665603 // July 14, 2007 at 10:40 am // Reply

    How do you get the Pokemon Planthy?

  44. pikachuking // July 14, 2007 at 9:40 am // Reply

    for uchiha, half way decent. level up higher

  45. Eclair20193 // July 14, 2007 at 12:39 am // Reply

    For lil azn kid:

    First, after defeating Candice, go to all the Lakefronts if you haven’t. Go to Veilstone, talk to the Galactic member there and he should drop a key. Go to the Veilstone Warehouse and unlock the door. Keep going till you get the Galactic Card Key, then go to the main building. Blah blah blah, free the trio, then go to the peak, yeah yeah Dialga…then you’re at Sunyshore. Flint comes, says Volkner is bored, go to the lighthouse and meet Volkner I believe, and he’ll go to his gym more energized then finish the gear puzzle in his gym. The only puzzle challenge is in the third room, which here’s a hint, you use the first gear button twice, once to get to somewhere, and twice to get to Volkner.

  46. destination-33 // July 14, 2007 at 12:37 am // Reply

    on the poke dex what comes after kadabra

  47. destination-33 // July 13, 2007 at 11:45 pm // Reply

    i hav made really far with weaker pokemon and i don’t have any cheat sistems is there a way i can boost there lv. without cheating?

  48. phioneforever // July 13, 2007 at 8:56 pm // Reply

    to pokemon catcher:to go to newmoon iseland get the action replay get the code to walk through enything go through the right wall of snowpoint city. keep on going the screen may go black but keep on going.then your at newmoon iseland.

  49. lil azn kid // July 13, 2007 at 3:43 pm // Reply

    this is 4 dude….. feed ur pokemon poffins. (the type the pokemon likes)

  50. lil azn kid // July 13, 2007 at 3:36 pm // Reply

    how do u fid the last gym leader in pokemon diamond? please help!

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