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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. tydaman95 // June 5, 2007 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    how do u get spiritomb

  2. how do i get to lakefront valory on pokemon diamond

  3. TurtWig Dominates! // June 5, 2007 at 1:43 pm // Reply

    When Turtwig becomes Grotle at lvl. 18, he starts learning very cool moves like bite and mega drain.

  4. I suggest to start with Turtwig. He learns razor leaf at lvl. 13 and when he evolves to his final evolution{Torterra} at lvl. 32 he learns leech seed and earthquake!

  5. to beat the E4 get a level 100 deoxy or empoleon with 15 max revives wala you are going to beat the E4 in no time if you use my advice.

  6. i cant catch uxie or mesprit even thought i have mesprit running around paralized and with about 5 hp and what should i do to catch uxie?

    I also cant beat the elite 4 with 2 legendary pokemon both over lvl 50 and the rest are in the 50s but i cant get past the 3rd of the elite 4 what should i do?

  7. Poke' master // June 5, 2007 at 11:47 am // Reply

    You don’t have to have really high level pokemon to beat the pokemon league, I beat it with all six of my pokemon under Lv. 55 and just bought a lot of revives and full restores.

  8. Please resond asap. P.S.-ASAP MEANS AS SOON AS POSSIBAL.

  9. Where are the legendary dogs at?

  10. out of all the tv shows pokemon is the best

  11. has anyone beat the eighth gym i have a lucario ,palika

  12. I know someone out there knows how to get the finnal password to get in the rocket ware house on fire red. I need the sappire and can I catch memtwo with a ultra ball?


  14. King Deoxazard // June 4, 2007 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    I suggest starting with Turtwig, Turtwig will soon evolve into his final form and have really good moves, like mine has these moves:

    1.Leaf Storm (For those really tough water types)

    2.Eathquake (Since your rival has Infernape, this will take it out in a few hits, this is also good for the fire elite four.)

    3.Crunch (For those psychic and ghost pokemon)

    4.Razor Leaf (For the weak and semi strong water types)

    I also have a Celibi(Not legit). And does anyone want to battle? Or trade?

  15. Pokemon Breeder // June 4, 2007 at 5:03 pm // Reply

    To all Pearl Players

    When you fight Palkia use a grass type or an ice type so you can target its weak spot to ice v.s dragon and grass v.s water.

    p.s Sorry Diamond players I couldn’t make this one out to you too because you can only catch Palkia in Pokemon Pearl

    Good Luck,

    Pokemon Breeder

  16. Emopleonator // June 4, 2007 at 4:48 pm // Reply

    When you receve the master ball from Cyrisis in Mnt. Coronet, DO NOT USE IT, its a wast of a good Master ball. All you need to do is stock up on Ultra ball and Timer Balls (25-40 each) and you should be fine. save your master ball for a travling pokemon such as Mispirit(or the one you can get from Full Moon Island). Once again DO NOT USE A MASTER BALL ON PALKIA/DIALGA.

  17. normal rookie // June 4, 2007 at 3:00 pm // Reply

    My team is Monferno Staravia Luxio Shellos Bonsly and Pichu. any reccomendations?

  18. *srry* also, the oak’s letter is used on that white rock after u get the national dex. it will open the home for that hedghog pokemon.

  19. also, don’t use your master ball on dialga or palkia; use it on arceaus, the pokemon that u need the azure flute 4.

  20. i have most of the pokemon, but i want oak’s letter and the azure flute and that thing you need to catch darkrai, but i don’t know how to get them. could you tell me how? ( i have seen cresselia and caught dialga, heatran, uxie, mesprit, azelf and giratina. ialso have the national dex) plz help me!

  21. Does anybody know any cheat codes (:P) for Diamond????

  22. The game rocks

  23. I love pokemon diamond and pearl

  24. pipluprules // June 4, 2007 at 10:12 am // Reply

    First, when you begen your game get the best pokemon piplup. He rocks! He knows the best moves againest your opponet. Later when you get to the elite four make sure your empoleon {piplups final evovle} is about level 70, because the elite four are pretty hard. so pick piplup for your starter.

  25. After you recieve the national dex, place your old gameboy advanced based pokemon games into the DS’s slot for gameboy advance games to unlock old pokemon in Diamond and Pearl. WARNING: the old pokemon’s locations will not show up in the pokedex so you will have to hunt around for them.

  26. If you do include a status attack in your arsenal, make sure that it either boasts that state sharply (like swords dance), it raises two states at once (comic power), or it will boast all of your other attacks (like howl with stomp, rockthrow, and iron tail).

  27. ET Poke-master // June 4, 2007 at 7:53 am // Reply

    if u choose a Chimchar to start with, and u cant beat the first gym, u can either:

    evolve your Chimchar into the fire-fighting Monferno at level 14 & teach it mach punch


    catch a machoke.

    I evolved my Chimchar, but u can do it either way.

  28. Pokemon Breeder // June 3, 2007 at 9:26 pm // Reply

    To all Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Players,

    When you confront Dialga/Palkia now is a good time to use the Master Ball Cyrus gave you at Mt.Coronet.

    Good Luck,

    Pokemon Breeder

  29. Mack the PokeMaster // June 3, 2007 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    Gyrados is a water/flying type, not fire. Chimchar is a great starter, and my choice. Makes the first gym hard but the rest of the way is easier. I’d say the best thing is trading on the WiFi to get Pokemon from people everywhere. I’ve got 3 manaphy’s now! Get two or three pokie’s to be your HM work horses because the only good HM move for battles is Surf so don’t use HM’s on your main team! Gastrodon learns Surf, Waterfall, Strength, and Rock Smash, which is great for Victory Road! A flying type that can learn Fly, Defog, and another pokie that can learn Rock Climb, Cut, and Flash will help.

  30. my infernape is lv 100, so is my dialga, azelf, and uxie, but i can’t beat the champion

  31. how do u beat the champion

  32. Best trainner in the world // June 3, 2007 at 4:34 pm // Reply

    If you need a kcik bute team, you are going to need all sorts of things. One thing you would problly want would be some pokemon with a one hit ko move, I use stuff like that all the time, and it gets trainers really angry, lol. Another thing you will want would be a lot of different pokemon like fire, water, grass, and my most favorit in the world, DRAGON!! But it also depends on what kind of a trainer your are, for example I like to have as many dragons in my team as possibal, the only down fall is that if your opponint has an ice type pokemon, your problly gona die. well I hope that some of you out there will take some of my advise. Sincerlly

    Best trainer in the world

  33. Saria Aurora // June 3, 2007 at 3:23 pm // Reply

    Hey peeps!

    They way i riase is by giving one of my pokemon an exp. share and just battle with my starter. switch the pokemon with the exp. share so you can making growing levels easy.

  34. On the Wi-Fi G.T.S., you use Wi-Fi to trade with people all over the world. If they have nicknames, the most common languages are English and Japanese.

  35. Your so rite you should have the same range of pokemon,but it is good to have a low lvl traveling type pokemon by your side,that way u can make a plan before u start your main attacks with your pokemon.You should choose Chimchar because he will eventually learn Mach Punch.He an also learn a well known move called Flamethrower which is very efective against ice and sometimes also water.Im also pleased to say that i have a couple good tips.The first tip is :when u get the honey try to get alot and put it over trees in the same area sometimes you get the same and sometimes you will get very rare pokemon.Also if your a little weaker then our other pokefans try to avoid the two trainer in the first gym.

  36. Patman27 5 // June 3, 2007 at 9:34 am // Reply

    Like Fridgey said, you need to keep your Pokemon at a good average level. My Pokemon are all at L25 right now. The way I order my Pokemon depends on their experience. The Pokemon with the most exp is the last Pokemon in my menu. The Pokemon with the lowest exp goes to the front of the Pokemon menu. I thank you for listening to me! Bye

  37. i like pokemon games and my friend already beat pokemon diamond and pearl 3 times. how many has the guru beat it?

  38. the master // June 3, 2007 at 7:52 am // Reply

    i am a pokefan.

  39. Do you know anything about the underground? It seems really confusing.

  40. I love the new Pokemon. My favorite Pokemon are : Dialga, Palkia, Uxie, Azelf, Mesprit, Puplip, Turtwig, and Chimchar.

  41. Here’s a tip:

    When catching a legendary or rare Pokemon, do not always use your masterball. You can only get one in the entire game. Keep throwing any pokeball until you catch it. I caught Dialga with an ultraball, Giratina (Another legendary) with a timerball, and never forget—- You can never have too many Pokeballs.

  42. Zombiekiller2045 // June 2, 2007 at 7:54 pm // Reply

    i suggest if you get pearl that you use chimchar as a starting pokemon because there arnt many other fire-types in the game.also make sure you carry around strong electric types also

  43. Psychicmaster // June 2, 2007 at 7:41 pm // Reply

    I do not quite agree to the fire, water, ground, electric structure as the only good balanced team. There are lots of different ways to do it, for example bringing in strong attackers mixed with strong defenders and you don’t care about types. Type is not everything!

    P.S. People who swear by Alakazam? That would be me! Alakazam is my favorite pokemon in the whole wide world of Pokemon!

  44. geodude26 // June 2, 2007 at 6:49 pm // Reply

    good asdvice i have geodude level 18, shinx which evolved into luxio level 23, and chimchar which evolved into monferno level 33.

    P.S can you tell me were the forth gym is and and how you get there?

  45. I dont have it but a friend let me play it and it was fun.

  46. For an easy boost to getting the first badge, chose Piplup or Turtwig. If you do this, you’ll have the Coal Badge in the first 1 or 2 battles!

  47. Ash is a strong trainer. Try to be like him, and you’ll beat the game in no time!

  48. RedZipper386 // June 2, 2007 at 2:38 pm // Reply

    I think that it is a great idea to have a well-balanced team of pokemon, and to try and include as many decent types as possible. Also, knowledge of special and physical moves is a great help for the champion and elite four. Moves like bulk up and calm mind are a great help, too, because they raise two stats at one time.

  49. Pokemon-Man // June 2, 2007 at 2:27 pm // Reply

    ok, then to get the national-dex (it’s a new better version of the orginal pokedex) make sure you have encounterd every pokemon on the game (there’s 150 i think) and then go and see the Proffesor, at Sandgem town, and once you talk a chatty conversation will comense, and Prof, Oak for Kanto will walk in and give you the National-dex as a reward, And here’s another little treat once you havr the new Dex the Pal-Park will become available, this is where you can import pokemon from your GBA games and use them on Diamond/Pearl. Hope this was useful Poke’Fans 🙂

  50. To all pokefans,

    Make sure that you own a well balanced poke team. it is essential for a trainer to know the characteristics of their pokemon, as well as knowing type advantages and disadvantages. my special advive is to :

    keep all of your pokemon at a reasonably equal level ( dont have one pokemon at L40 and another at L20)

    to keep the opposition way behind you in your journey

    never include status attacks in your arsenal, unless they heal your own pokemon (eg-recover, slack off)

    Thanks for the oppurtunity of speaking folks

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