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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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52 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. its awesome

  2. level magneton up in mt.coronet (you dont have to be in a especific place but at least be inside there) then it’ll evolve (some for nosspas :] )

  3. how do I evolve magnetonne

  4. pokedude11 // April 29, 2008 at 6:40 pm // Reply

    i know where palkia is but i dont know how to get there. could u help me?

  5. but theres loads of action replay cheats.. you must give out an espesific cheat, wich i dont know (i dont use action replay so i wouldent know either.. )

  6. Does anyone know where u trade the shards?

  7. to tonymaster: the move deleter is in canalave city it’s the first house before u cross the bridge

  8. SnorlaxGuy199 // April 27, 2008 at 11:51 am // Reply

    Does any one know the action replay cheat cuz i need it!!!



  9. SnorlaxGuy199 // April 27, 2008 at 11:49 am // Reply

    does anyone know if you can teach Rapidash Solarbeam cuz i need a good grass type move…









  12. where can i get a Good Rod?

  13. im stuck on the elite 4!!! help

  14. were to find the pipe

  15. Tony Master // April 25, 2008 at 6:52 pm // Reply

    My question is where is the move deleter,im looking all over for him,i need to get the hm strength off my gyarados so i can put the hm waterfall on him,it wont work on my palkia for some reason,i mean its a water and dragon type,well,hope you help my out.

  16. hmm… still no answer from my question… why hasent anyone posted an answer for me… i mean it has nothing to do with a cheat just to get a simple special move… oh well… hope someone posts a answer to my question…

  17. well i dont think you can get them in the wild.. sorry chimchar.. but if you have a action replay try looking up a code, but i myself dont use the action replay… or the second choice is to get a egg starter from your friends… or either get a DS and buy [or borrow]

    a new pokemon diamond or pearl wich has no data [so like.. start new game thing] then get the starter you want and trade it.. then again restart the game again and do the exact same thing…

    again sorry chimchar45 ….. well.. i just hope this helps you…

  18. chimchar45 // April 24, 2008 at 8:36 am // Reply

    does anybody know where to find chimchar and pipulp not as starter pokemon as wild pokemon if u do plz let me knwo ok thanx.


  19. and no you can’t get any dark pokemon.. unless theres some cheat for the action replay..

  20. i think i know what Lv ponyta evolves… i thinik its Lv 40 but… im not quite sure..

  21. staravia evolves at 34-36? … can’t remember but iv evolved one not so long ago and ponyta….. hmm… im not sure……

  22. can u get dark pokemon on diamond

  23. wot lv duz staravia an ponyta evole w/b

  24. righty-ho haha anyway im trying to find the special moves when you like… um… i dont know how to explain it.. ill say it like this.. if you have like… a sceptile and it loves you compleatly aparently you can teach it a special move… obiusly iv done it before because my infrenape knows one of the special moves (forgot the move name haha, and sorry for my spelling) its on a route somewhere but iv forgotten… pls answer this question :] thanks!

  25. where do you trade the shards that are found underground?

  26. ask me any question i got all the pokemon and my team is: inferinape: lv100,empoleon:lv100,torterra:lv100,dialga:lv100,palkia:lv100 and luxray:lv100

  27. i reccomend chimchar as a starter cause it can win empoleon wid close combat and wins turtwig with fire

  28. If You think your perfect try walking on water..:) // April 20, 2008 at 5:40 pm // Reply

    ummm…….my first pokemon was a chimchar…but now its a lvl.100 Infernape….i chose chimchar was soo cute!!….and it had a great advantage on the grass type leader……and the first elite four person…….now i have every starter and every legendary…..but my pokedex is…..453…….:)

  29. just ask me for help i beat the game and filled all the pokedex

  30. 123pokemonisme // April 19, 2008 at 2:00 am // Reply

    plz help hoe to elvolve pokemon using GTS

  31. i have level 82 inferno // April 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm // Reply

    how do u get the mistey gift opinon (srry about spelling) plz answer

  32. Pikachu:-) // April 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm // Reply

    the fourth gym is in veilstone and it’s Crasher Wake. He is a water gym.

  33. help me pleez... // April 18, 2008 at 10:53 am // Reply

    can someone pleez tell me where exactly in victory road do u get the razor claw, i’m trying to evolve my sneasel but apparently i need this item first.

  34. My first pokemon was turtwing and he is one of the best choices it last evolution is Totterrra a cool grass-ground pokemon. He could beat easily a chimchar or infernape with its earthquake.Or if he doesnt wins my Staraptor, an excelent flying pokemon could win.

  35. hows this for a team

    lv:100 rayquza

    lv:100 rampardos

    lv: 100 garchomp

    lv: 100 kyorge

    lv; 100 dialga

    lv: 100 swapert.

  36. you need a heavens pipe to get Arceus

  37. ShallowSouL // April 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm // Reply

    Oh…yeah…..yes… i had to restart my game i did not do this… i was forced to do this…..BEWARE!! if your a cheater (like me) careful on using the Action Replay DS.If you use a lot of….Arceus lvl. 100 maxed out stats…if you use that cheat like….about 10 times your game might have a chance of corrupting.. thats what mine did and, i had to start from the beginning…it sucked….because i was really close on getting my full national pokedex now i have 479 in my national pokedex…so now im careful on how many cheats i use….

    P.S. i hope this tip helped……….:)

  38. ShallowSouL // April 16, 2008 at 8:30 pm // Reply

    To transfer your mew you have to gain access to Pal Park then you can transfer 6 pokemon each day. (24 hours) or you can transfer any other pokemon..but you cannot transfer any pokemon with HM’S so remember that.

    And which rocks are you talking about?? The boulders, or the rocks where you can smash with rock smash? It depends which one’s your talking about..

    To get Ditto you have to google and find out which route…but all i know you have to use PokeRadar………..=) =) 🙂

  39. corinne-marie // April 16, 2008 at 5:58 am // Reply

    how to you move rugged rocks if people could get back to me asap that would be helpful??

  40. hey, i just caught a Combee female. I heard those were rare on some site. is it? another thing, who should i use on my team against the elite 4? i really, really, hate Cynthia… >.<

  41. bandit2135 // April 15, 2008 at 8:55 pm // Reply

    will somebody help me i want to catch palkia i am so close bu cyrus wont apear in front of the head quarters

  42. pokemon rule

  43. on the google site. it said on this site where to catch barboach and wormadam i cant see it on this site can you tell me please just tell me can u put it on da site . and ihave acheat you can be a team galexy member just talk to the people in sunyshore city u do a robbing missin in veilstone city shop but u have to have natinal dex

  44. here is some usefull advice for starters,pick turtwig first, its easy when u face your freind at infernape once its torterra and has earthquake, anyways, i picked chimchar but he can learn it to if you teach him it but anyways (sorry ror the very long hints) does anyone know how to get ditto?

  45. Empoleon Rocks // April 13, 2008 at 12:53 pm // Reply

    Empoleon Rocks!!!

  46. If you try getting a male and female, put it in a day care centre and have one of the pokemon hold the master ball, the egg you get should hatch with another master ball, so you can catch loads of legendary pokemon with out worrying about it.

  47. how can i get mew an me 2 on pokemon pearl without the action replay


  48. Sunshore city cannot be accsessed until you have got Dialga or Pilkia.These are found in spear mointain at the top of mnt cornet. A drifloom is found on a Friday at Valley Windworks near Floaroma Town. Pokemon don’t go higher than LV. 100. The HM rock climb is found on the road to snow point city.

  49. How do I get to Sunyshore city

  50. How do I get to Sunyshore city

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