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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. lucario breeder // June 3, 2008 at 5:23 pm // Reply

    i see a lot of questions about sunyshore, what you have to do is catch dialga(in diamond) or palkia(in pearl.) at spear pillar.

  2. lucario breeder // June 3, 2008 at 5:21 pm // Reply

    hey ppl wazzup? i just started breeding lucario! sadly, its not for everyone, its after you get the nationel dex, i dont know how man steps it takes for lucario to breed with ditto, but to hatch the egg takes exactly 6630 steps, and btw i will let you have any one of my riolus, but i want a torchic, any level, ill get back to you on how many steps before you should pick up the egg l8er.

  3. poke master // June 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm // Reply

    can somebody help me find spirtomb please !!!!!!!

  4. how do i get a ditto in pokemon diamond

  5. Anonymous // June 1, 2008 at 3:29 am // Reply

    Please can anyone tell me how to get to sunyshore city as there is a black out and i can’t go through? Thankyou

  6. How can I get to sunyshore city?

  7. how’s this team

    1. lvl 77 Tortreea

    2. lvl 100 Charizard

    3 lvl 70 Giratina

    4. lvl 71 Heatran

    5 lvl 63 Zapdos

    6. lvl 50 Cresselia

  8. pokemon freak91 // May 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm // Reply

    Dealer how do you get through victory road and what is the easiest way to capture the 3 legendary pokemon?

  9. Is this a good party for having this game for a week? rate this plz

    Tortterra- lvl. 59

    Palkia- lvl. 49

    Machoke- lvl. 36

    Roserade- lvl. 46

    Haunter- lvl. 36

    Kadabra- lvl. 45

  10. What is the easiest way to catch the 3 other legendary pokemon? How do you the pokemon follower app for my poketech?

  11. What is the trick to the 3rd room on the last gym?

  12. fossilhunter9 // May 29, 2008 at 12:24 pm // Reply

    I have all the gym badges and beat the elite four . After you beat the elite four you get to go to Pal Park and the next rejion . There you get to dig up cooler things.I started with Chimchar and I battled so much that it evolved in to a Monferno and then into a Infernape in the same day! Then I got every Legendairy Pokemon( friend gave me Palka)!

  13. neji hyuga // May 29, 2008 at 9:06 am // Reply

    plz i need help with darkrai i can`t find him i have suite key.

  14. To get to Sunyshore city, you have to have all the pokemon badges exept the 8th because the 8th pokemon badge is at Sunyshore city. So you need 7 badges.

  15. I just got this game and I love it!

  16. I like Pokemon Diamond! Its like the best DS game I have ever have! If you are looking for a good DS game, I would highly recomend this game. Its AWSOME!

  17. empleon master // May 28, 2008 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    any body willing to trade a slowpoke lv.15 for a mewouth a cat pokemon lv.43

    if so speak up

    signed:empleon master

  18. pokemonplyr // May 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm // Reply

    Where do I find the Odd Key Stone, to get spirtomb

  19. empleon master // May 28, 2008 at 11:06 am // Reply

    to trade with me

  20. empleon master // May 28, 2008 at 11:05 am // Reply

    to catch a feebas use a good rod

    and can some body trade with me

    ps.please get on at 1:00pm

    thank you

  21. empleon master // May 28, 2008 at 10:59 am // Reply

    you know i have a lv.100 surf is the way to get lv.100 p.s sorry im braging

  22. Pokemon is the Best!!!!!!!

  23. cheatdude // May 28, 2008 at 6:57 am // Reply

    For all u gamers out there who whant an easier way to catching wild pokemon. When the ball opens on top of the pokemon say gotcha into the microphone and then hold down the B button 🙂

  24. where is the move deleter

  25. how do you use the poketech

  26. how can i find the pokempn froslass magmortar and magnezone?

  27. GO to Pal Park:

    1. Off your NDS.. GO to the Menu and choose Migrate from other Pokemon

    2.Deposit the pokemon that you want to Migrate to your pokestorage

    3.Must have 6 of them

    4. Now go to Pal park…talk to the man and he will give you safari balls

  28. hey im dying to catch a feebas could somebody help me what kind of rod am i gonna use to catch one please please please i really need somebodies help here if you answer me correctly i could tell you how to catch mesprit uxie azelf giratina heatran or cresselia its your choice but if you know already how to catch them please still help me

  29. Anonymous // May 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm // Reply

    How do you go to sunyshore city??

    There is a blackout there!!

    Can someone help me??


  30. 1258uyrjh // May 17, 2008 at 2:43 pm // Reply

    how do you get pass sunny shore, and what do you do after the poeple bombed the lake?

  31. thank you very much fox’s bite????? ^_^ if you need to know something please do come and ask me ill try my best to help you!

  32. fox's bite????? // May 13, 2008 at 11:00 pm // Reply

    I have a lvl 100 arceus!!!! =Ăž and 4 all those non-believers, it has 357 HP, 317 Atk., 270 def., 298 sp. atk., 299 sp. def, and 267 speed

    Also it knows Fly, Judgement, Recover, and Flamethower

    POWER: 90 100 None 95

    ACURACY: 95 100 100 100

    TYPE: Flying Normal Normal Fire

    FORM: physical special status special

    EFFECT*only applies 4 judgement: Move type changes according to the Plate the user is holding

  33. fox's bite????? // May 13, 2008 at 10:51 pm // Reply

    ok Max i have your anwsers 1. Garchomp 2. Staraptor

  34. where do i catch a barboach?

  35. pokemon fellow // May 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm // Reply

    kk if u want to no how to get more starters u can use ur starter at the daycare o breed a n=outher starter and borrow friends starterd and do the same

  36. pokemon-hsm-master // May 12, 2008 at 5:28 pm // Reply

    i need help i am on the champon

    i have on my team

    a level 24 luxio

    i level 65 tortera

    a lev

  37. Hello my poke friends lol.. im here to discus about my up coming pokemon team..

    i have 2 each..

    1. which DRAGON pokemon would be better?

    a flygon

    b grachomp

    2. which FLYING pokemon would be better?

    a staraptor

    b pidgeot

    please do answer this question if you have time to.. it would be greatfull of yo if you did.

  38. pokemaniac // May 10, 2008 at 3:44 am // Reply

    Dialga is at spear pillar at the top of MT coronet with team galactic

  39. honeybuff // May 9, 2008 at 10:19 am // Reply

    how do i get to sunny shore city?ive got surf,rock climb and rocksmash. someone told me i needed them hms……..

  40. oh i see haha thanks^_^”

  41. how to beat the team galactic and how to go to sunny shore city?pls help me…i just want to finish the game pokemon diamond.^_^

  42. Pokedude // May 6, 2008 at 8:04 pm // Reply

    Max I don’t think ponyta evolve at 40 he evolves at 48!

  43. Pokedude // May 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm // Reply

    Frogman I don’t know how you evolve your Magnetone?

  44. is magmar the pokemon u use to help eggs hatch quicker when u have them in your party

  45. Anonymous // May 6, 2008 at 7:40 pm // Reply

    O.K one of my pokemon is on level 100 and cool you guys are the greatest pokedudes in all of pokemon world!

  46. Look if u tell me where to find Dialga i’ll be very happy

  47. O.k I’m at Mt. Coronet but i can’t find Dialga

  48. Pokemon Master // May 3, 2008 at 10:13 pm // Reply

    How do i get 99 rare candys??

  49. how do evolve the mine Gligar?

  50. yo if youre trying to teach a rapidash solar beam buy it at the department store.

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