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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 you get 99 master balls in diamond?

  2. pokemon expert // June 28, 2008 at 12:41 pm // Reply

    you should get chimchar as a starter pokemon because there are only two fire pokemon in the whole game and the only other fire pokemon is ponyta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. pokemon exspert // June 28, 2008 at 12:18 pm // Reply

    did you know that if you see all the pokemon in dimond or pearl you can go to hearthome city and talk to this girl in a house and she will give you an EVE

  4. i think i have a reasonable team

    i have:dialga lvl78

    staraptor lvl67


    clefable lvl 63

    lucario lvl 59

    alakazam lvl71

  5. palkia schools // June 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm // Reply

    my team i think is well balenced 48lucario[in training] arua sphere,flash cannon,subsitute, focus punch 5beldum[in training] take down 73giratina shadow rush,shadow ball,dragon pulse,earth power 77charizard heat wave,fly,roost,dragon pulse 75torterra[starter] earthquake,razer leaf,synthesis,crunch 87PALKIA earth power,surf,ice beam,spacial rend good pokemon can count more than high levels so replacing pokemon for lower level pokemon is an option to consider (beldum is replacing an 74alakazam)

  6. shiemew10053 // June 26, 2008 at 11:40 pm // Reply

    I have a level 100 shiny mew that knows psychic, defog, aura sphere, and metronome.

    I am willing to trade for a shiny level 100 darkrai.

  7. Is it possible for Pokemon to die in this game?

  8. technolagayo // June 25, 2008 at 10:09 pm // Reply

    Wheres the fith gym leader

  9. my team is so aewsome i have a lvl100 manaphy lvl 100 darkrai lvl 100 arceus lvl100

    palkie lvl 100 shaymin lvl 100 cresslia

  10. Please i need an action replay code for MEWTWO

  11. what is the action replay code to mewtwo at a low level

  12. i think pokemon is awsome and every player is 100% legend ….good luck

  13. Pokedude 2014 // June 23, 2008 at 6:56 pm // Reply

    This is to Z33K DA G33K, one you enter the little paradise houses and you meet a girl that lost her suite key you go back to the reception counter go up and exit. move up 1 step and look to the left you will find the suite key! hope this helped!

  14. Pokedude 2014 // June 23, 2008 at 6:53 pm // Reply

    tHIS IS TO RUBY RED. Tms and Hms are not ALWAYS GOOD BECAUSE There might be a pokemon that you capture that has a perfectly high attack stats but the Tm that you might have used is already used up so you can teach that pokemon a really good move(Giratina-Dragon Claw, etc.)

  15. Pokedude2014 // June 23, 2008 at 6:49 pm // Reply

    Pokemon Pearl is the most addicting game i have ever played. Piplup is the best starter because later on in the game when you reach stark mountain, You can battle HEATRAN which would be very weak to a Water\Steel type! Does anybody know how to get Mew without using an Action replay! Write Back


  16. To beat the elite 4 i got 20 revives 20 Fullrestors 20 Maxrevives. The pokemon pokemon i had were Palkia LV.58, Infernape LV.50, Luxray LV. 53, Abomasnow LV.40, Pelipper LV.40, Garchomp LV.54 or 55. To beat the first of the elite 4 who has Bug pokemon, i used Infernape, Pelipper,and Abomasnow, Luxray For the second of the elite 4 who has ground and ground, water pokemon i used Palkia all the way. For the third who has fire pokemon i used Pelipper, and Palkia. For the fourth who has phycic i used all of my pokemon and for the last one i used all of my pokemon. And during the battels who ever fainted i left untell i won but i revived them right away but on the laast one i revived them during the battel.

  17. If you want to play play right use T.M.’s and H.M’s to teach your pokemon good moves to get strong!

  18. Win The Lottery-save in front of the lotto girl and turn it off than turn it back on if you lose turn it off again. do this until you’ve won.

  19. This still doesn’t tell me anything

  20. if you get dialga GOOD BOY ( or girl ) anyway if dialga has roar of time, dragon claw, and draco meteor DIE GARCHOMP DIE

  21. Z33K DA G33K // June 18, 2008 at 1:16 pm // Reply

    where do u find the suite key?

  22. Z33K DA G33K // June 18, 2008 at 1:11 pm // Reply

    my team







    all 60 and above

  23. pokemon egg keeper // June 17, 2008 at 1:09 pm // Reply

    How do you get to the third gym and what types of pokemon does the gym leader have

  24. yo yo 11 again number 1183 aka krismus was asking about that door shut tightly it has nothing inside I spent a while to trying to open that door and nothing was there

  25. ha whats up I was wonderen if anyone knows any action replay codes to catch deoxys so if you do type it to me yo yo 11 out

  26. help the sailers little boy when hes sick after that use you action replay to get a member card and go in

  27. pokemonster // June 15, 2008 at 11:23 am // Reply

    Anonymous, you catch magmar by inserting a leafgreen gba game into slot 2 and go to stark mountain and you will find wild magbys which will (if trained) evolve into magmar at level 30 and you will get magby at level 27.

  28. how tocatch magmar

  29. pokemonster // June 13, 2008 at 8:02 pm // Reply

    how do you get level EX pokemon

  30. pokemonster // June 13, 2008 at 8:02 pm // Reply

    legendarymaster go near canalave city (outside) use the pokeradar, and go to the patches that are shiney

  31. what do you do after you bveat the 8th gym leader in pearl


  32. legendarymaster // June 12, 2008 at 10:35 am // Reply

    How do you catch a dito esey?

  33. These are the pokemon on my team:

    Dialga LV 88

    Infernape LV99

    Rampardos LV 64

    Lucario LV 62

    Medicham LV 59

    Last but not least, Milotic LV EX

  34. Krismus, you can’t open it. Unless you have a Japeneese Action Replay. But inside is the “portal” to see Darkri. No lie!

  35. after you release mesprit, uxie, azelf. Find the exit of the team galactic building and visit

    the three lakes

  36. how do you open the door that sayes that it is tightly shut it appears impossible to open at canalave city

  37. where do i find an acumon

  38. what level does a beduw evolve into a roselia?

  39. help! what do you do after u’ve defeated team galactic and u press the button to “release” mesprit, uxie, and azelf in veilstone…im stuck and dont noe wat ro do after that!

  40. where can i find latias?

  41. how to catch giranta is easy. all you have to do is go and exsplore spring path

  42. These Are The Pokemon On My Team:

    Palkia Level 52

    Torterra Level 49

    Steelix Level 48

    Drifblim Level 47

    Gastrodon Level 42

    Rilou Egg

    P.S. I’m training my Gastrodon to at least Level 50

  43. pokemonplayer // June 6, 2008 at 8:41 pm // Reply

    hey people I found out that girl pokemon evolve faster… im not sure yet cause i saw a tentacul (boy) LV. 30 then i saw a Tenatacruel (evolved form) (girl) and it was lv. 27

    hehehe im not sure if it works in other pokemon…

  44. pokemonplayer // June 6, 2008 at 8:19 pm // Reply

    im still training but please rate my team P.S. IM STILL WEAK

    Machamp Lv. 70

    Infernape Lv. 44

    Torterra Lv. 43

    Empoleon Lv. 54

    Tentacruel Lv. 27

    Lucario Lv. 32

    Im still traing my lucario… and I use tentacruel for surf thats why its weak…

    oh ya how do you get Heatran and Gratina? PLEASE REPLY ANYONE

  45. after that person in stark mountain gets the magma stone whatt do you do

  46. where can i find heracross? plz. I really really really need your response guys believe me.

  47. can u plz. rate my pokemon: lvl. 74 giratina, lvl. 56 golduck, lvl.56 staraptor, lvl. 64 infernape, lvl. 60 luxray and my graveler lvl. 39 (obviously my graveler has a low lvl. because i only use him for strength, rockslide,some sorta thing.

  48. the fourth gym leader is crasher wake and it is found at pastoria city not veilston city

  49. to catch the three legendary pokemons like mesprit, uxie, azelf. u need 2 catch golbat lvl. 51 or more and give him a quick claw thingy so that u could catch these legendary pokemon

  50. how do u catch mespirt

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