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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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94 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. I didn’t know Gyrados was fire/water.

  2. can you catch a Garitina and Regigigas in pokemon pearl?If so, how?

  3. lucario rockes! // February 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm // Reply

    where do you get all the legendaries?

    • Yes, Giratina is in turnback cave, only accessible after defeating the elite four and regigigas is in the temple in snowpoint city which is blocked until after you defeat the elite four and have all of the other regis in your party

  4. lucario rockes! // February 25, 2013 at 3:31 pm // Reply

    where do you get a mew?

  5. digiparasease // February 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm // Reply

    where do i get a gible,crobat,and a lopuny without giving it happiness

  6. heres a team to try

  7. Reason i put that up was cause i saw that some of you were having trouble evolving budew. Hope it helped!

  8. sorry about that. but the picture of the budew has to have two small hearts before it will evolve. Either way it will evolve and my suggestion is if you want it to learn rosaliers (is that how you spell it?)best move then lvl it up between lvl 13-16.

  9. Just so you all know it takes 12000-17000 steps to get a budew ready to evolve. Also if you have the poke-tech friendship app from the second gym poke-center if the budews picture h

  10. i found a meowth

  11. i started again on platinum my team
    roselia lv38 toxic mega drain bullet seed (need to get rid of) grass not
    luxray lv38 thunder fang bite charge spark
    drifblim lv38 one of my fav ominous wind fly pay back filler
    infernape lv40 return shadow claw close combat flame wheel
    gastrodon lv37 brine mud bomb body slam water pulse
    gabite lv 39 dig ddragon rage dragon claw take down he epic

  12. UPDATE:
    lvl 92 garchomp
    lvl 97 gardevoir
    lvl 100 shiny darkrai
    lvl 89 arceus ice plate

  13. i have:

    lvl 99 shiny darkrai
    lvl 80 arceus ice plate
    lvl 69 gardevoir
    lvl 74 gengar
    lvl 100 ditto
    lvl 78 shiny shamin

  14. pokemon ultimatum master // June 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm // Reply

    I really dont care wat u guys say,i caught each pokemon in platinum and pearl(pant,pant)witout cheats or any of those thing.i am a sincere pokefan. sooo bring the questions:-)

  15. how do you get past victory road pleas reply

  16. my team:real pokemon from ruby to pearl deoxys 100 100

  17. How to you get lugia,mewtwo and samin. I got a Palkia , Garitina and Celibi. My party is Celibi Lv 50, Camerrupt Lv 56, Walrein Lv 56, Fearow Lv 58, Palkia Lv 73 and Giatina lv 74. My stongest Pokemon is torterra.

  18. empoleon level 100
    togetic level 88
    feraligatr level 74
    lugia level 61
    groudan level 57
    blaziken level 45

  19. My team is
    LUGIA LV 61

  20. how do u catch shamin?

  21. Trading lvl 21 Trapinch for a bagon

  22. in diamonds battle tower i cant seem to win more than 6 times in a row. i mean1 win is 7 trainers so 7*6 is 42 wins. the problems is even though my pokemon types, attacks, stats and abilities are grate the pokemon of the battletower are too strong. e.g my charizard got one shotted from a porygon-z’s tri attack….

  23. i also have lugia and ho oh

  24. my party giratina lvl 100 charizard lvl 100 tortera lvl 100 kyogre lvl 100 dragonite lvl 100 dialga lvl 100

  25. all my legenderies are level 100 i do not have an arceus but i have kyogre,moltres,articuno,zapdos,shaymin,darkrai,dialga,giratina,heatran,creselia,and one from an event in 2010

    • i hav a arseus BUT I AM NOT TRADING IT!!!!! p.s. it is level 100 and nows extremespeed judgement perish song and seismic toss

  26. how do you get all of the leginares

  27. if anyone needs answers i can answer them since i defeated the elite 4

  28. Empoleon101 // April 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm // Reply

    I just erned my 4th badge today from Crasher Wake (he’s SO ugly). When u first start the game pick Piplup he’s best. How do u beat team Galactic in Veilstone city? And wheres the key? Thanks!

    • good job, you should easily beat the grunts by training your pokemon.(i think the key is in the small house that is up the stairs

  29. Empoleon101 // April 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm // Reply

    Empoleon ROCKS! So does Haunter, Floatzel, Staraptor,Pikachu and ponyta. I have a budew thats on level 25 and it wont evolve. I gave it away cause it evolves into Roselia and like u c thoose everyday. THE WORST POKEMON EVER IS MAGIKARP

  30. super sonic // April 11, 2010 at 1:59 am // Reply

    I know but i wont tell till you swap uxie,azelf and mesprite in the union room

  31. i have a bedew with a everstone will that work

  32. joe you battle at the battle tower

  33. you have to evliove it from a sneasl useing a dusk stone

  34. #1PokemonFan // March 30, 2010 at 2:36 am // Reply

    Even though, I had a VERY bad thing happen, I was having a trade (leave and wait trade) And I was wanting a Level 100 Male Lucario in trade for a Level 42 Tentacruel but next day I noticed It said “Deposit Pokemon” or whatever and I was like, What? I got a Level 100 Lucario?! Already?!?! And started to wonder how to get the Lucario, Please help! 🙁

  35. i have a lugia

  36. im at the battle tower and i dont know what to do

  37. im at the part where ur at the battle tower i dont know wat to do?

  38. Current Team:Low because of new pokemon from trading
    Charizard Lv. 37
    Teddiursa Lv. 20
    Munchlax Lv. 3
    Quilava Lv.14
    Deoxys Lv. 100
    Wartortle Lv. 23

    Badges all 8

  39. bob6283628394 // February 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm // Reply

    i have all legendary including dialga palkia garatina and there lv 100 🙂

  40. im at the last part where u have to fight elite 4 i have to see like three more pokemon till i get the big deck


  42. mintyfreshh12 // February 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm // Reply

    my budew wont evolve either

  43. good tip get a ditto at 218 in the patch of grass

  44. BrickMaster // January 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm // Reply

    i have
    monferno 25
    staravia 21
    budew 18
    luxio 16
    dustox 12 recently started training
    geodude lv 11 same as ubove
    rates happily accepted

    • I have:
      lvl 18 wartortle
      lvl 18 grotle
      lvl 19 charmelon
      lvl 19 monferno
      lvl 22 prinplup and a
      lvl 23 quilava

    • my team on pkmon pearl

      blaziken lv 67 (still in training)
      swampert lv 59 (still traning)
      sceptil lv 100 (awsome at level 100!!)
      glalie lv 53
      probopass lv73
      alakazam lv 92 (cool)

      rating well accepted good or bad
      but cool team keep on training and u will be champion in no time :))

  45. i wonder if you can get a ho-oh in pokemon crystal??????

  46. i have no legendary pokemon

  47. Who has a budew that wont evolve?

  48. MY TEAM.

    Budew (28)
    Monferno (21)
    Luxio (16)
    Bidoof (13)
    Geodude (14)
    Staravia (16)


    Forest badge
    coal badge



  49. i have deoxys arcuese you name it or i can get any pokemon there is

  50. I have Arceus, Shaymin, Darkrai, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, and a shiny Staraptor, all level 100. 😮

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