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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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51 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. how do i get a pilowine

  2. how do i get to sunshore city?

  3. Taylorsguy // April 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm // Reply


    I have 99 master balls and 99 rare candies. my party is:

    Dialga LV. 100

    Palika LV.100

    Darkri LV. 100

    Emplion LV. 100

    Mewtwo LV. 100

    Mew LV. 100

    Any help just type back.

  4. pokemonchampion23 // April 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    how do you make your own pokemon codes?is there a way to put codes on your ds without an action replay?

  5. supaflytrainer // April 4, 2008 at 6:39 pm // Reply

    you got to go to stark mntn after gettin the national dex and do stuff there thats all i know and to get regigigas you have to have the national dex and all of the prev. regis and go to snowpoint temple.

  6. is there any cheatcodes to get gible


  8. dialga n palkia // April 3, 2008 at 6:44 am // Reply

    how do you create new pokemon useing action replay?

  9. Pikachu Fan1 // April 2, 2008 at 7:29 pm // Reply

    how do you get to iron island?

  10. Pikachu Fan1 // April 1, 2008 at 9:29 pm // Reply

    Hi!I can’t find a drifblim or drifbloom and a team galactic big key please tell me where they are if you can.

  11. how do u get the tm rock climb

  12. darkrais dad // April 1, 2008 at 9:44 am // Reply

    whats the cheat for benco city if there is one??????

  13. [Comment for Master Men] To get through Sunyshore you have to go up to Mt. Coronet. Battle your way through Team galactic, as well as the Galactic Commanders Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and their boss Cyrus. The quickest way to Mt. Coronet is Oreburgh City. Go west and you will end up in Mt. Coronet where you met Cyrus for the first time. At the other end of the entrance there is water path where you could not go before, because you did not have surf. If you cross it there will be a spot you could rock climb up. You will need the Hm: Strength, Surf, Rock Climb and maybe rock smash. Once you reach the top of Mt. Coronet dont forget to save after you defeat Cyrus if you plan to capture Dialga(Diamond) or Palkia(Pearl) the legendary deity of the game. Do not use your masterball. Dialga and Palkia has a 30% catch rate making pokeballs a snap for its capture. The two are by far the easiest legendary pokemon to catch in any pokemon versions. Your path to Sunnyshore is clear after you capture / defeat Dialga or Palkia.

  14. No you do not need DS Lite necessarily for action replay. There is one for the original Ds

    but when you buy one, make sure it is the right one for your ds.

  15. Yes, Dialga and Palkia are the easiest legendary pokemon you could catch in the game. A pokeball would have a 30% chance on capture. I would advise you to save your Masterball for some other pokemon instead of Dialga or Palkia. You could probably catch it under 20 pokeballs if it is weakend and paralysis or asleep. (The other legendaries only have a 3% catch rate with a pokeball).

  16. The last gym was easy, even for a water trainer like me. Just train Quagsire/Gastrodon/Swampert, Lanturn and Gyarados to cover for every type. Sorted for Ground and Grass, with some support against fellow water types. Plus, try and get a Quagsire with “water absorb” ability to make Surf awesome in double battles (water moves heal Quagsire instead of damaging it)

  17. how do get pokemon action replay like do you need a DS lite?

  18. That Pokemon Breader is wrong i actually caught Dialga with a Poke Ball

  19. Dragon pokemon are awesome if you have any kind of dragon pokemon go to,hold on im checking my DS. go to route 210 NORTH you will need Rock Climb and Defog. Then your on your own. by the way your dragon pokemon will learn DRaCO METEOR Acc 90 Pw 140.

  20. Master Men // March 29, 2008 at 9:02 am // Reply

    thers a guy on the road to sunshine city and i can not get through him what do i do,on dimond

  21. For the Mystery Gift for the event items to obtain the event pokemon at a pokemon event go to Jubilife enter the Jubilife T.v. station go to the 3rd floor talk to a guy that says he’s a t.v producer for the first two blanks pick (Everyone) (Happy) and when he asks again the next two blanks will be (Wi-Fi) (Connection) you must save, turn off and back on for mystery gift to work.

  22. If anyone needs a certain pokemon I may help them out. I have every version game pak. Might not be able to help you on getting a certain lvl for them. But I will gladly trade some of my Standard and Legendaries. Rayquaza lvl 100, Groudon lvl 100, Swampert lvl 100, Blaziken lvl 100, Kyogre lvl 100, Sceptile lvl 100, Regice lvl 100, Charizard lvl 100, Blastoise lvl 100, Suicune lvl 100, Raikou lvl 100, Zapdos lvl 100, Articuno lvl 100, Mewtwo lvl 100, Moltres lvl 100, Dialga lvl 100, Palkia lvl 100, Giratina lvl 100, Heatran lvl 100, Empoleon lvl 100, Infernape lvl 100, Torterra lvl 100. Typholsion lvl 100, Feraligatr lvl 100. and so on… If you need any of these pokemon or some others I have just ask. I would be glad to trade these away and restart a new game for fun. ( Any pokemon from Firered , Leafgreen and Emerald ( Finished Dex for all three and have them in pc). Diamond and Pearl I have not finished though and do not have the event pokemon in them, although I could get them by cheating if I wanted to.

  23. Another post for the honey trees… I would recommend these places: Pastoria City and Canalave city. The trees in Pastoria (South west) has a high appearance rate of Heracrosses and Burmys I have studied over months. I always find one everytime I tap on it… and Canalave (Entrance) i’ve been getting mainly aipoms and Munchlaxes. other than those Florama town, Valley windworks (Next to and north), Hearthome (South), Route 221, Veilstone (South) Sunyshore (Entrance) Solaceon (South) (North of the sandy slope) ( East of the tree where you passed the slope) are the places for honey trees… and I forgot to mention that you need an odd key stone for Spiritomb (Post for the other two)

  24. Pokemon Manshion south of Hearthrome rare pokemon : Porygon, Chansey, Igglypuff, Clefairy and more… Its also identical to the old chateu the old manshion where you catch rotom at night from 10pm – 4am by watching the t.v. Spooky place… Gengar following you … watching you from a gargoyle statue… ghost butler… little ghost girl.. Gengar in the painting… gah that place is awesome. Except for the Gengar

  25. The game pak with the most event pokemon I would say is Emerald.. It has Latios and Latias (Like in Ruby and Sapphire) and the choice for southern island. It has Deoxys like firered and leafgreen which ruby and sapphire does not have. It has Lugia and Ho-oh like firered and leafgreen too. However they added mew to Emerald which cannot be obtained in neither of the other game paks mentioned.. Jirachi from pokemon colosseum bonus disk, Celebi.. but thats only from an event and is not a obtained from a place in the game at all. Well… thats it I guess.

  26. Yeah I agree Piplup was the best choice for a starter. It was strong against your rivals Turtwig once it evolved into prinplup and obtained a secondary type : Steel. ( Grass attacks are no longer super effective). It helped on the first two gyms ( Water attacks and the 2nd gym with flying attacks). The only trouble though was the 8th gym. Thats pretty much it. ( Dont know why but… the water starters for every pokemon game has always pulled for me. Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip and Piplup were pretty awesome.

  27. If there is any questions I have an answer for it. And… Action replay… actually makes the game dull and boring dont brag about getting every 400 so pokemon (shiny lv.100’s)

    because you would know you did not obtain them fairly =) and that pokemon just got boring for you..

  28. Spiritomb is obtained by using your explorer kit in your Key items to go underground Sinnoh. ( You can dig for Unlimited pokemon fossils –> Aerodactyl, Omantye, Kabuto, Lileep, Anorith, Cranidos ( Diamond only) and Shieldon (Pearl only). Spirittomb is obtained by talking to 32 people under there. ( Also note that there is an old man who lives in a house next to the pokemon center in Eterna City that gives you missions and items as rewards for completing his tasks. (Basically for Spiritomb have some friends play with you and talk to each other 32 times by chatting with the other person and going into your secret base and back out ( Due to the reason that talking to the same person twice or more will only count once to your (talked to another person limit). Treasures are the yellow specks on the map, traps are the white. Dont forget if you have fossils dont forget to use the option to put it in your items bag.

  29. Here are the tree pokemon ( Burmy, Wurmple, Silcoon, Heracross, Munchlax, Cherubi, and Aipom. They are only obtainable in the honey trees for diamond and pearl. (Other than pal park for some of them) Honey can be bought for 100z in Florama town from the guy you saved from galactic. The honey trees are yellowish / brownish colored. When you slather honey on the trees you must leave it alone for apporximately 6 hours -10. Leaving it too long would result in losing the pokemon ( If you wait over the limit you may notice the trees wont shake). When a honey tree is shaking you will know there is a pokemon there. If you slather a tree and accidentaly tapped a on the tree too soon, the honey will be taken off the tree and you must reapply more.(If you notice that you remembered you slathered that tree but you come back 8 hours later and its not shaking).

  30. Action Replay is basically used for cheating, like Gameshark for any particular games. They are sold in particular stores (Walmart , Gamestop (sometimes). for $20.00

    It basically tricks the game, from knowing that its hacked (Especially for pokemon). When your catching an event pokemon, the game thinks your actually doing an event.

    It is sold for both Gba and Ds games. Although it is not recommended that you cheat but… thats the owners choice I guess…

  31. (Post for Troubled Ranger) If you mean the guys that are blocking the other two exits in the battle area. They will not let you pass unless you get the national dex. (Commonly missed pokemon for the national: Riolu ( Obtain from Canalave City talk to a sailor and he will bring you to iron island) Unknown (In the solaceon ruins, start from Solaceon town go to your right and down the slopes from the far right. (Dialga / Palkia) If you have Diamond you cant see Palkia in your pokedex and if you have Pearl you cant see Dialga, but after beating the pokemon league Cynthias grandmother in Celestic town will show you a picture of the one you did not obtain adding to your pokedex.

  32. Darkrai cannot be obtained in the U.S. So far it is only obtainable in an event in Japan. Or by the surf glitch at the pokemon league (Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Japan versions) Or by cheating (Ar / GS) By using the walk anywhere cheat through the water from new moon island ( Where Cresselia is) to Full moon island ( Darkrai’s) by going all the way right.

  33. pokemon man // March 28, 2008 at 2:28 pm // Reply

    pokemon is great! i have completed all games and wonder if you could post any battle stratigies (sorry for spelling) for beating my friends? p.s when facing friends we all use lv 100s and realy put action replay cheats in it.

  34. reply to stringbean:

    Unknown is caught in solaceon town (go to the upper right until u find cave.)

    Burmy is found in sweet honey trees and require luck to come across.

  35. Dogruler1996 // March 26, 2008 at 6:37 pm // Reply

    I think I beat the whole game. After I cought Heatren I did not know what to do so. And useing the action replay (After I cought Heatren) I Got almost all the pokemon I wanted. Right now my pokemon diamond and ds lite (Dark blue + Black) are lost! Also my action replay is broken. the first my younger brother spit in it, then I left in my book bag and it broke. But this time I will take good care of it.

  36. what is aision reaply

  37. troubled ranger // March 26, 2008 at 10:05 am // Reply

    how do u get passed the battle tower ?

  38. im 9 yrs old and im finished the whole game i cauht like 400 somthing and i really need 1 more pokemon how to u go to full moon iland

  39. OKay, this is for PEOPLE.

    And this is how you get DARKRAI. THis is one way of getting darkrai. To get darkrai, you have to have the ACTION REPLAY DS. You just use the walk anyware or run anyware, so yah.You must have 6 gym badges to do this. FIrst, you go to Canalave CIty and go across the bridge and go to the sailor guy. You go int the house, and talk to the boy. He mumers somthing about darkrai. THen the sailor comes and asks you if you can help them by going to Fullmoon island. THen, when he takes you there, then go in to a room and you will see CRESSELA. Yes, she is a legendary. BUt when you talk to her, then she will run away, just like MESPIRIT. THen, you go out of the room and keep going east/right and soon you’ll get to newmoon island. Don’t talk to the sailor ther, cause he’s gonna send you back to Canalave. Okay, so you see a room? Well go inside there and you’ll see DARKRAI. IF you don’t have the x999 masterballs code, then just use a lot of ultraballs, NOT GREAT OF POKEBALLS, and use Dusk balls. IF you have a premier ball or a cherish ball, then you can use that.Happy Hunting/Good luck! Hope this helped!!!

  40. (^ 3 ^)= Smiley-Chu! // March 25, 2008 at 12:37 pm // Reply


    I am gonna give you guys the Action REplay Code, so be thankfull.

    All Shiney COde:

    12068AC6 000046C0

    OH yea, and by the way, I think Piplup is the best starter pokemon, and when you level it up in MT. Coronet, then you’ll be able to beat the second gym leader.

    Turtuig was the HARDEST for my piplup.


  41. (^ 3 ^)= Smiley-Chu! // March 25, 2008 at 12:51 am // Reply


    There is NO such thing as “Benco City” !!! When i was searching, “How to unlock Benco City in pokemon diamond” , Yah, I just says that you have to beat the elite four 7 times and i already beat the elite four 20 TIMES!!! Yah, I kno w that it’s alot, but I have the Action Replay so I just walk though walls! Oh yea, and by the way, U can get the AR DS (Action replay DS) at best buy or circut city in Daly City. Okay, um, this is weird, but,


    REally, I LOVE more pokemon! … and minun!

  42. CrazyLugias Girl68 // March 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm // Reply

    To TWILIGHT_101… O.K. first get a high level pokemon that knows hypnosis, or sleep powder, stock up on ULTRA balls… I’m saying around 15.Then get a pokemon that will lower down its HP like a water type. Put it to sleep then keep on using those ULTRA balls. But PLEASE dont waste your MASTER ball on that pokemon!!!!

    To ROARK IS FIRST GYM:Can you please post a code on here that will give me the pokemon modifier????!!!!

  43. stringbean // March 24, 2008 at 9:11 am // Reply

    how do i get a unknown ( number 114)

    or a burmy (number 45)

  44. I got 2 epoleon’s leval 100 .I got a 47 leval dalgia.I beat the game twice .then i got

    uxie misperit and alzelf and if enyone needs’s help reply to me

  45. roark is first gym // March 22, 2008 at 1:40 pm // Reply

    If you want to get the masterball you have to baet hearthome gym (Which is the 6th gym leader)and then beat the galatic hideout (I didn’t but DON’T do what i did i used the action replay i got at walmart it lets you do amazing stuff but it makes the game boring i entered abuch of cheats 2 were full pokedex and masterballx999 which is how i got the masterball be ware of the 6th gym leader she has pshycic type and dark type so if your chimchar you got is an inferenape make sure he knows flare blitz and cross chop or close combat and if you want action replay codes or more advice (beacuse i did everything possible on my dimeand version just put up a request becase i read this site every day i can give you cheats,walktroughs,codes,codes for the action replay, and supercheating put up a request for me and i’ll answer it and look for the answer the next day.

  46. Diamond Boy // March 22, 2008 at 5:47 am // Reply

    How come you can’t get all the starter Pokemon

  47. how did you get 999 rare candys

  48. haw do i get spertomb

  49. I have a level 57 moltras that I will trade for a shing DIAGLA

  50. The balloon pokemons name is drifloon

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