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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. how do u get hm surf??????????

  2. wher is moss rock plz help me sos sos

  3. where the 7th bage

  4. hey guys anyone know who has a ho-oh?

  5. howdo you get kirlia

  6. hey every boudy i need help in dimond plez help

  7. how do you get mystery gift?

  8. what city is darkra in

  9. how did you get it

  10. what won do you like the most

  11. oh yeah i forgot to tell you guys that im new!!!!

  12. what level does vibraveia evolve?

  13. what is the draco meter and where do you get it

  14. Hey, guys–

    I already have “Mystery Gift” as an option on my starting screen, but when i choose it it gives a bunch of choices and i dont know which to pick. I’ve tried every choice, but nothing ever happens. I have the “Mystery Gift” option, NOW what do i do???



  15. hey, gmoney.

    Please clarify what you mean when you say “draco metor.” i have no idea what you are talking about. please give the item’s full name.

  16. were do you go after you defet galactic leder saturn

  17. Please tell me how to get a Galactic key??????

  18. Where you get a Galactic key???????????????????????????

  19. where do you find ice beam in pokemon pearl?

  20. rate my team

    luxray lv47

    palkia lv52

    gyrados lv55

    infernape lv61

    starapter lv38

    purugly lv 44

  21. is there a way to get another masterball WITHOUT cheats??

    i dont think there is, just asking…

  22. how do i get draco metor

  23. how do you get 999 master balls

  24. hehehe…anyone intereseted in trading for an eevee?

  25. i love pokemon!

  26. can some 1 tell me how to get a shiny pokemon

  27. asdfghjklmnbvcxzqwertyuiop // September 11, 2007 at 7:24 pm // Reply

    i lov tirtwigs

  28. I think if you sold games, more boys would like this website.

  29. I think piplup is a good stater pokemon because wate has a aventige on fire, elitric,rock,


  30. doint use the actoin rerpaly on ur dimand or pearl game it frezzez up the game and use it any more.

  31. train your pokemon

  32. Hey, gman,

    What is “heaven’s pipe”???

  33. Hey,

    The only pokemon i have that knows Mean Look is really weak, so i gave it a Quick Claw. It used Mean Look on Cressalia and it still ran away.


  34. to find a togepi go across through water to a patch of grass by the fight area -remember you have to get national pokedex first

  35. To pokemongirl a pokemon ranger is a person who helps pokemon and uses them to destroy fires and stuff lick that.Haven’t you seen the movie pokemon ranger and the tempel of the sea?

    babie gurl

  36. What is Pokemon Ranger??

  37. spiritomb,shamin,arceus,darkrai,giratina,maniphi and phione.this is how you get them.giritina is in the middle of the new lake after the national dex.maniphi, you have to have pokemon ranger enter a password on ranger net, and transfer manifi to diam./pearl.phione is a breeded form of manifi.darkrai, you have to enter a cheat code to walk on water.spiritomb you have to have the odd keystone,insert it and go down and talk to 30 people beside the hikers.go back to the well and spiritomb should be there.arceus, you have to have heavens pipe,go up to where you got palkia/dalgia.shamin, you get through a nentendo event.

  38. to catch a latios or another pokemon that runs day and night, its aaaaaaawwwwwfffffuuuuulllllllllllllllllll. you get so mad that you think the people from pokemon are demons.heres some secerets, go to jubilife city and go to the gts. see if you can get a cresselia or mespirit.or you can get a extremely strong crobat or golbat that knows mean look. use false swipe to get it down, parilyze, and catch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. keep your pokemon happy, dont always evolve pokemon like mudkip does’nt learn whirlpool if it evos. into marshstomp

  40. Again, where do i find Shaymin, Drakai, and Arceus or however you spell their names?


    Uh….can you guys help me find the other legendary ones??

  42. pokemon master // September 8, 2007 at 12:44 pm // Reply

    how do get pass the last maze in the eight badge in pearl

  43. to get burmy honey trees and giratinas a legendary that can be found when you get the national dex go to route 214 and in the trees there will be a gap go down there folo the gap and theyll be a cave dont know how u get 2 it

  44. getting to the forth gym is quite easy all you have to do is go to the great marsh city

    and u will find it there

  45. Good news bob09876 level it up four more levels and it ill evolve

  46. to get 999 rare candys beat the elite four and go to snowpoint city and talk to the guy with the ferry and he will take u to the fight area then go to battle tower (go to battle park north of fight area go strait up) do loads of battles and then go buy some candy

  47. to get to turn back cave beat the elite four and go to the route below and there will be a gap in the trees go down there and follow the path and u should find it and find the legendary giratina

  48. Yet another question from the newbie:

    Where is the move tutor again? I’ve read all 62 freaking comment pages and i still font know. I ask cuz i want to teach one of my pokemon Mean Look, so i can catch Mesprit and Cressalia, I’ve been chasing them for two hours. I have them both down to the yellow area of the HP bar and i have 219 ultraballs, do you think that’s enough?

  49. This is a message to someone calling herself Cool Scott on pg. 18 of these comments:

    You’re steriotypying guys as football players, meanie. I’m a girl and I play american football with my neighbors who are guys and sometimes I kick their butts.

  50. Hey,

    You know that girl at the hotel who says she lost the keys to her room?? Where do you find them?


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