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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. pokemon5555 // June 11, 2007 at 1:28 pm // Reply

    I beat the 8th gym but i can’t beat the eleat 4 people

  2. Game master x3 // June 11, 2007 at 12:25 pm // Reply

    Bob you forgot one part. After you deal with the Galatic grunts you go to twinleaf town

    go back to where battled for the first time or in other words Lake Verity

    then go to Veilstone city and then do what Bob said

  3. The Galactic boss, Cyrus, is found in Veilstone City. Beat the seventh gym and head west to the lake. After dealing with the Galactic members, return to Veilstone and talk to the guy checking the radar in front of the big Galactic building. He leaves a key, so pick it up and head over to the other building. Use the key to open the gate inside and go in. Eventually you find Cyrus.

  4. i got 999 rarecandys

  5. girlfriend // June 10, 2007 at 6:29 pm // Reply

    If any of you now how to catch azelf i don’t. My pokemon are Empolean, raichu, Luciaro, Sneasel, Hoothoot, and Diagla. And i have 23 ultra balls.

  6. Beat the Game // June 10, 2007 at 12:58 pm // Reply


    What i did was pick six pokemon who could do super effective damage to all of the elite 4’s pokemon, and i had a Floatzel, Staraptor, Palkia, Lucario, Rapidash, and Torterra.Just keep training them until they get to levels higher than the elite 4’s and the champion’s.YOu can’t really predict what the champion uses, but she uses different types.(that’s all i’ll tell ya bout her)

    -Odin Misawa(not real name)

  7. Beat the Game // June 10, 2007 at 12:52 pm // Reply

    D/P is Diamond and Pearl

  8. ive got 999 master balls

  9. pokemon trader // June 9, 2007 at 10:27 pm // Reply

    for yor 1st battle most pokemon that are on route 201 are shinx biddof and starly.

  10. hey guys how do you all get heatron?

  11. Poke Master // June 9, 2007 at 3:48 pm // Reply

    To catch Rotom go to the Haunted mansion in Eterna forest at night after 8 oclock the go to the room with the tv and it will ask if you want to thump the tv and do it. The little ghost and electric will then appear at level 15

  12. Poke Master // June 9, 2007 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    To get the weather balloon pokemon go to the valley windworks on friday.It will be level 22. It is a ghost and flying type

  13. Poke Master // June 9, 2007 at 3:43 pm // Reply

    To catch the legendary Cresselia you go to the sailors house in canalave and talk to the mom then the boy who is in the bed then to the sailor.He will tell you to get a lunar wing and take you to a weird island. Walk around and there will be a small opening to walk through. Go throgh it and cresselia will be there and it will run away leaving the lunar feather.You have to chase after it like Mesprit but it is usually between Floaroma town and the valley windworks

  14. How do you catch Legendarys like Mew?

  15. Yo Piplup fan, try and get your pokemon to level 60, or Cynthia will be a pain in the butt.

    D/P is Diamond/Pearl

    Teach Ice beam to Empoleon if you have it, and let Palkia learn other moves. I would say Palkia: Spacial Rend, Earth Power, Surf, and Aura sphere

    Dialga:Roar of Time, Earth Power, Flash Cannon, and Aura Sphere

    P.S: make sure they have their correct Orbs attached. Ice Beam from Empoleon, and Spacial Rend from Palkia w/Lustrous Orb is total kill.

    Master ball, the Master Ball is obtained after beating Galactic boss Cyrus

  16. Can’t get master ball until you beat Cyrus at Mt. Coronet.

  17. Leafeon/RoyalGreen // June 9, 2007 at 9:19 am // Reply

    this comment is to Piplup Fan! First of all u need to evolve ur Piplup until he reaches his last form second get rid of that weak pokemon pachirisu. u need to train up a shinx or something. But any way ur pokemon are fine.That’s really all u need to do. Just basically take out pachirisu and replace it with a Luxray.What moves does ur pokemon know?Write me back and tell me.

  18. Leafeon/RoyalGreen // June 9, 2007 at 9:12 am // Reply

    hey guys I know iam the best trainer and all but I need a little help from all of u! Iam training up my Espeon and so far it knows Psychic,Flash,MorningSun.Can u guys tell me wha should I teach him for his last attack.(please)(and)(thankx)

  19. Piplup fan // June 8, 2007 at 11:00 pm // Reply

    The pokemon leage is hard if anyone could give me tips I would be glad because I’m stuck on the last of the eliot 4 but then i have to fight the poke leage champ.

    Pokem in Party

    piplup lv 45

    staraptor lv 56

    Dilga lv 55

    Alakazam lv 58

    Azelf lv 50

    Pachirisu lv 37

    The champ has the rest of the pokemon i need for pokedex to get national dex.

  20. Leafeon/RoyalGreen // June 8, 2007 at 10:07 pm // Reply

    Hi everyone, my favorite types of pokemon is Grass and Fire types. My team that I have with me for the Battle Tower is these 4, but they be on level 50 when u enter them. (level 100~ Leafeon) (level 100~Sceptile) (level 100~Blaziken) (level 100~Vaporeon) 2 eevee evolution and 2 starter pokemon! COOL HUH. If u guys want to know what they know don’t be scared to ask me.

  21. I am Hunter’s little brother…BUT IM WAY BETTER.just kidding.

  22. The game is really easy.I caught Dialga,Uxie,and Azelf.So the gym l seen were peice of cake.If you get pokemon Dimond or Pearl you sould choose Chimchar.It might have trouble on pokemon gym leader Roark.But wait soon it will evolve into monferno which is fire/fighting.Then wait tell it evolves into Infernape then will get hot.If you want Dialga or Palkia go to Mt. Cornet.

  23. dbrownbearmh // June 8, 2007 at 6:58 pm // Reply

    On the elite four i’m okay until i get to the fourth guy the i lose and start over

    again. My pokemon are infernape, diagla, starveria, luxray, graveler, and


  24. Psychicmaster // June 8, 2007 at 5:36 pm // Reply

    Bob, teach your Palkia Ice Beam if you still have the TM for it. Then, LET THE GARCHOMP ANNIHALATION BEGIN! BWA HA HA!

  25. What is D/P?

  26. The Good Rod is on Route 209. You will see a fisherman on a bridge coming from Hearthome, and he will give it to you.

  27. Chinaman360 // June 8, 2007 at 8:32 am // Reply

    does anyone know what all the pokemon characteristics do for example i knoe that

    likes to run is speed but whats the others


  29. what do u do after the elite 4?

  30. I think pokemon pearl/diamond is awsome best EVER!!!

  31. that big darkrai // June 7, 2007 at 6:20 pm // Reply

    actually, you can get the pokemon from previous games if you import (national dex needed)

  32. Cluelessdude521 // June 7, 2007 at 5:32 pm // Reply

    it seems so hard to catch all three lake pokemon .. and i dont kno why so i was wondering if i could get any tips and also i cant get to the 8th gym leader i cant beat the puzzle any tips for me?

  33. Can someone tell me how or where to see a combee, lumerion,aipom,bourbouch and where to get a good rod?



  34. girantina king // June 7, 2007 at 2:46 pm // Reply

    how do you get the regis but not regiking i know how to get him but first i need regice regirock and registeel

  35. girantina king // June 7, 2007 at 2:43 pm // Reply

    this is how to get girantina a head off from velstone and walked the right side til you see a opening walk through to get to a spring walk around and use rock climb to get to a cave called turnback cave then find all 3 pillars and at the third go straight and you’ll see it.

  36. diamondguy // June 7, 2007 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    me say that you should get a pokemon ranger gamr so you can get manaphy.

  37. My team is based on 3 pokemon, Infernape (George), Lucario ( Luke) and Palkia. They are all at about lvl. 60 and George is at lvl. 70 but I cannot beat the Champion’s dragon-thingy, It can take half of Luke’s health and anniahlate Palkia in 2 turns (by the time i get that far, George is already dead and I never bring enough revives)

  38. LuckyDog77 // June 7, 2007 at 10:31 am // Reply

    A good tip for starters, when you get to Eterna, talk to the underground man to get your gear, then finish his missions. Dig underground till you find a fossil for your game(Diamond:Skull fossil, Pearl:Armor fossil)and revive it at the mining museum in Oreburge. Then, trade it online for one of the two starters you missed. I don’t have any advice for battling, since everyone finds a way that works.

  39. lordjirachi129 // June 6, 2007 at 9:15 pm // Reply

    dialga and palkia are really easy to catch! dialga especially! and the 2nd best pokemon game was red, blue, yelow, not dungeon

  40. dragonmaster D // June 6, 2007 at 7:16 pm // Reply

    To catch spiritomb:

    1 meet 32 friends underground-they must be actual people linking with u- i know it stinks but u can get around it.just get a friend with d/p, then one one of u start over 32 times and meet over and over. to even the deal,get an egg from sed spiritomb, and trade that 2 the other person

    2 get the old keystone from 1 of the black-belts on route 208

    3 go 2 the wierd rock formation in the right hand-bottom corner of route 209 bring ultra balls

    4 click A next 2 it and battle spiritomb1


  41. when you are catching the mirage pokemon make sure you have some timerballs, and some quick balls real helped to catch them.

  42. for those who have not beat the elite 4 i definitly recemend(i spelled it wrong) having empoleon as ur starter.


  44. Psychicmaster // June 6, 2007 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    There have been so many questions posted here, so I hope I can at least answer a few.

    1. You cannot find any starters or legendaries from previous generations! Sorry, legendary-dog person.

    2. Arceus, Shaymin, and Darkrai are event pokemon. Do not expect to get one anytime soon!

    Okay, that’s all I have to say. Alakazam rocks!

  45. If you put a Poke’mon in the Day Kare center it might learn some moves to put in a contest.

  46. To diamond players I recomend getting chimchar and then get a water type cause chimchar is good against diaga, the gyms, and the 1st elite four person. The water type is for the rest of the elite four.

  47. blazenkick // June 5, 2007 at 8:10 pm // Reply

    how do I get spiritomb?????

  48. pokemon rules // June 5, 2007 at 7:10 pm // Reply

    i think pokemon rules?

  49. Anonymous // June 5, 2007 at 7:00 pm // Reply

    You must choose chimchar because he has an advantage over almost all gym leaders.I love the knew pokemon games! My team right now is: Monferno Lv. 34 Luxray Lv. 34 Kadabra Lv. 35 and Gastrodon Lv. 32

  50. Psychicmaster // June 5, 2007 at 5:52 pm // Reply

    It is best NOT to use your master ball on dialga or palkia! I have learned from a reliable source that Dialga/Palkia is 6 TIMES EASIER TO CATCH than Groudon/Kyogre from ruby and sapphire. Catch a Sneasel outside of Snowpoint City, then get the TM for False Swipe from the Veilstone Department store and teach it to him. If you have Pearl, use Net Balls–since Palkia is part water type, they will do very well on him. When I caught Palkia, I had my Torterra use Earthquake twice and then had Sneasel use False Swipe and chucked Net Balls till I caught it. Keep these tips in mind!

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