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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. also Can anyone please tell me all the leganderies of sinoh. Thanks

  2. can anyone please tell me how to get the darkrai,arceus and saymin missions (mystrey gifts) in american version!!!!!!!!!!

  3. legendary trainer // August 27, 2007 at 1:35 am // Reply

    don`t listen to anyone who says you can only get one masterball! you can get more by let pokemon in gba games hold them and then migrate them over or see EVERY POKEMON EVER and then go into the pokemon lab and in the top right corner, there will be a flight of stairs tht lead to a room with a masterball! BUT i think you need to battle proffesor rowan first by speaking to after seeing every pokemon ever. Rowan`s team is:

    lv.100 TORTERRA

    lv.100 INFERNAPE

    lv.100 EMPOLEON

  4. legendary trainer // August 27, 2007 at 1:17 am // Reply

    how do u find benco city ? i have beaten the elite 4 7 times but i still can`t find benco city! some of my friends reckons that some one just made it up then started spreadind the fake news out that it was true! but i don`t belive that because it just a bunch of lies my friends are telling!!!! please please tell me where benco city is located i am waiting for your answers no matter how long u take to find benco city!!!!!!!!!!!!thanks!

  5. legendary trainer // August 27, 2007 at 1:08 am // Reply

    i have a heatran,mesprit,uxie,azelf,dialga,kogre,rayquaza,shaymin,drakrai,arceus and cresselia ready to be given away! i really want a glaceon and a leafeon!

  6. if any has any questions ask me! I know every thing in dimond pearl ruby saphire and emerald ( with the excipon of codes for action replay ) and now im working on firered/leafgreen i just found team rockets hideout under the game corner i want that porgon! can someone tell me how to get mewtoo zapdos articuno and moltres in firered/leafgreen? please and thankyou. (:

  7. pokemon prof // August 25, 2007 at 2:05 pm // Reply

    To get a Riolu you have to go to iron island caves and help a guy named riley and he will give you the egg

  8. To get Electrizer, When you say “Beat The Game” Does that just mean beat the pokemon league, or complete National Dex and all that? Please Reply

  9. i em the best at pokemon it tock me 1day and a half to get the natiomal but 1 week to find pal park lol lol

  10. thanks for all the offers,but I don’tknow how to trade or anything like that.none of my friends have pokemon p/d so I never traded before.!


  11. Master breeder // August 20, 2007 at 5:18 pm // Reply

    in the darkrai mission how do you get the guy to show up at the store

  12. some dude in minasota // August 20, 2007 at 10:48 am // Reply

    i do have a bulbasoure

  13. some dude in minasota // August 20, 2007 at 10:48 am // Reply

    u cant find bulbasour in dimond or pearl un less you migrate

  14. ive beaten the elite four 7 times but cant find benco city

  15. in the old chateau if u save infront of the spooky telly it switches off while savin

  16. Where can you find bulbasurs?I lonve that pokemon!Help me!!!!!!!!!!!


  17. some dude in minasota // August 19, 2007 at 12:09 pm // Reply

    i do to get the electrizer u need to beat the game then if you have pokemon fire red in the gba cartradeg search around vally wind works for elecids you can use thief and steall the electrizere or cathch them and find out if they do thsame thing gos for the magmizer but you need leaf green and you need to sreach for magbys holding the magmizer. hope this helps

  18. Rate My Pokemon

    Empoleon[lv 89]

    Heatran[lv 70]

    Steelix[lv 53]

    Ledian[lv 52]

    Pinsir[lv 52]

    Banette[lv 52]

    pleze rate my pokemon


  19. Thanks,but I don’t know how :p None of my friends have pokemon pearl or dimond?


  20. Master breeder // August 17, 2007 at 10:38 pm // Reply

    does any one know how to get the item magmatizer?

  21. Master breeder // August 17, 2007 at 10:34 pm // Reply

    hey babie gurl do you have wifi. if you do i have some leval one charmanders you might whant.

  22. Master breeder // August 17, 2007 at 10:31 pm // Reply

    thanks babie gurl. i found one thank you soooooooooo much.

  23. You can get an eevee after you obtain a national dex or get one in the trophy garden[i haven’t seen one though:P but maybe you’ll have better luck].good luck!!!!!!

  24. Oh well,thanks Master breeder 😛


  25. Master breeder // August 17, 2007 at 9:01 am // Reply

    orry babie gurl but they dont

  26. Master breeder // August 16, 2007 at 10:24 am // Reply

    dittos dont always work tho

  27. If you migret a kadabra to pearl,will it evole?I need to know before i migret it.

    Pleze replie back.


  28. Master breeder // August 15, 2007 at 4:17 pm // Reply

    nice team hypercheater. its pretty decent.

  29. Master breeder // August 15, 2007 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    ill give anything for a really rare pokemon. i only need mesprit and ill be done with my collection.

  30. Master breeder // August 15, 2007 at 4:08 pm // Reply

    sorry about the miss spelling.

  31. Master breeder // August 15, 2007 at 4:07 pm // Reply

    Iraelly need one.

  32. Master breeder // August 15, 2007 at 4:06 pm // Reply

    does anyone know how to get an eevie?

  33. Master breeder // August 15, 2007 at 4:04 pm // Reply

    my seecret is a ditto.

  34. Master breeder // August 15, 2007 at 4:02 pm // Reply

    i also breed mudkips if you whant one

  35. Master breeder // August 15, 2007 at 4:00 pm // Reply

    if anyone whants a charmander i breed them so you can have one!

  36. I want this game!

  37. plse help me coz i read all this stuff sbout pokemon that i havent heard of andby the way_can you catch everyone pokemon on pokemon pearl??

  38. Pokemon Master1 // August 8, 2007 at 11:59 am // Reply

    Oh i change my name from pokemon expert to pokemon master1 because i manage to get the black card. = )

  39. Pokemon Master1 // August 8, 2007 at 11:55 am // Reply

    To anyone trying to get Togepi: To get togepi fly to fight area surf west to an island and use the poke radar, look for the shining patches of grass it could b a togepi and if its not keep trying you’ll find it eventually.

  40. Pokemon Master1 // August 8, 2007 at 11:50 am // Reply

    I forgot to mention you have to go to mystery gift and choose connect via wifi or something like that. (Only thing is you have to be the pokemon champ to get it,) Then when you get a signal you’ll get the items.

  41. Pokemon Master1 // August 8, 2007 at 11:48 am // Reply

    Hey, i just realize you can get the event pokemon without connecting to nitendo wifi. Ok first thing you need to do is get the mystery gift. You get it when you go to Jubilife City 3rd floor, of the tv station thing, anyway talk to the guy with the girl he’ll interview you. Reply to him(everyone happy) For the first one then the next one reply (wifi connection) and you’ll get the mystery gift. After that just go to a hotspot place and you’ll obtain the items need to get the event pokemon.



  44. if you put one pokemon in the daycare with a ditto when the man in front is looking at the right that means they’ve had a BABY!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. some one rate my team…

    SWAMPERT:LVL100:focus punch,earthquake,ice beam,sruf

    CHARIZARD:LVL100:over heat,fly,blast brun,fire blast


    MEGANIUM:LVL100:earthququake,solarbeam,giga drain,grass knot

    JIRACHI:LVL100:psychic,tunder,shadow ball,doom desire

    GIRATINA;LVL100:shadow force,dark pulse,aura shere,earth power

    NOTE: i didnt not use ar…

  46. oh ok sweet can you make any eggs? ill take one if u can

  47. some dude in minasota // August 5, 2007 at 10:10 am // Reply

    it has an impish nature great for defense ev traning

  48. im open to any quesiontons!!

  49. im open to any quesiontons

  50. TO:Destination-33

    #6:you see him in pokemon elit 4

    #22:Get a kadbra and trade it to a frend tell im to trade back. and you will have it .

    #108:you see in pokemon elit 4. or take your frend under ground to your base 31 times then go to the key ston close to the town with the day care center then get the odd key stone

    #111: you see in the pokemon elit 4

    hope i helped

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