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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. if you got a honchcrow meet at the pokemon center right now and i will gadly give you giratina. and thats a deal meet with me at union room

  2. pokemaster ervin // July 22, 2008 at 10:54 pm // Reply

    do anybody have honchcrow i gladly give giratina

  3. pokemaster ervin // July 22, 2008 at 10:41 pm // Reply

    well i beat the elite4 with my pokemon team i could give example a level 64 lucario make sure to raise his defense i could say is allright also with a level 53 any fire type with a level 54 weavile at least teach him good moves like ice beam x scissor cause you could use against medicham, girafaric, alakazam let me give you a warwing about lucian alakazam he has a move called focus blast so wacht out he if hit your weavile it could die in one hit.

  4. pokemaster ervin // July 22, 2008 at 10:28 pm // Reply

    well i capture my heatran with a dusk ball so you might wanna bring alot of dusk ball just in case but make sure is weak and if you dont know heatran is in lv70.

  5. pokemaster ervin // July 22, 2008 at 10:23 pm // Reply

    jools is talking about blood

  6. how do i catch arceus legally on pokemon diamond?

  7. how do you get a charmander in pokemon pearl or diamond

  8. Garchomp Freak // July 20, 2008 at 9:03 pm // Reply

    with conections my party has never lost- all lv100s my fav garchomp,roserade,rhyperior,offensive deoxys,salamence,and ursaring with guts facade and holding a flame orb

  9. Garchomp Freak // July 20, 2008 at 8:53 pm // Reply

    to get the diferent forms of deoxys have it in your party and touch the meteors at veilstone city. by the way i raised my Garchomp since a gible and lostonly 4 times its atk is 336

  10. just because // July 19, 2008 at 11:09 pm // Reply

    What kind of ball do u us to capture Heatran

  11. is the cheat to get all ur pokemon on level 100 in action replay

  12. i need help with cheats to get thro tghe elite 4 without beateng them

  13. well u should use a master ball on mesprit and weaken uxie and azelf then use a pokeball on them and dont get me started on diagla and palkia

  14. how is this for a two week team 100 arceus 100 infernape 78 palkia 100 moltres 66 mew 60 lucario where do u get shaymin and darkrai please reply

  15. how do u get mewtwo on diamond or pearl without migrating

  16. U can get 999 master balls by using a cheat item called Action Replay. U can by it in a REAL LIFE store. U can’t get it in the game.

  17. If u hav 10 of da same color shard, u can trade them sumwere and get stuff.

  18. To get Giritina you go to the spring path. Surf across the lake and go into Turnback Cave.Follow some rooms and soon, if you do it right, you might find a surprise at the end. That surprise is Giritina. Don’t get all happy yet, you still have to catch it. Good luck!

  19. u cam find lickitung by lake valor after gettin d national dex.go by lucas house an talk 2 his little sis.she wil tel u which poke is swarming an will be really helpful if u get a walkthrough.

  20. to pokedad.

    Go all the

    way back to Hearthome City, then take the south exit to Route 212. GO straight down and u wil c it startin 2 rain keep on goin 2 ur right an u will get 2 pastoria an ur 4th badge or go down from veilstone along route 214.

  21. I desperately need some cheats PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!

    lvl 40 Luxray,Driffblim,Empoleon,Abomnasnow,Gastrodon. Tell me how 2 make my team better.


  23. whatdo u do with shards from underground????

  24. oh yea and gligar and lickitung

  25. where do i find a togetic in diamond

  26. ben10fan24 // July 13, 2008 at 4:50 pm // Reply

    how do i get 99 master balls in diamond and pearl

  27. poke freak // July 11, 2008 at 8:15 pm // Reply

    i think i got best team here

    lvl.100 darkrai

    lvl.100 giratina

    lvl.100 arceus

    lvl.100 empoleon

    lvl.100 swellow

    lvl.37 swalot (in training)


  28. axel steel // July 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm // Reply

    riolu evolves at level 30 when trained in the daytime, and loves you

  29. axel steel // July 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm // Reply

    what is the cheat to get your pokemon to level 100

  30. axel steel // July 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm // Reply

    find heatron at level 70 at stark mountian

  31. axel steel // July 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm // Reply

    get pokemon from pokemon fire red by migrating them from the game pak

  32. axel steel // July 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm // Reply

    go to the top of mt. cornet to get giritina

  33. axel steel // July 11, 2008 at 5:55 pm // Reply

    how to get giritina????????????????

  34. Kumi_Diamond // July 10, 2008 at 7:09 pm // Reply

    Hi! I have a question… I have defeated the second to last gym leader. I can use surf and defog and all of those things and I did the team galactic. I am hearing about defeating the ‘pokemon league’ and the big supa Dialga pokemon, but I am worried! Aaagh! How can I bet it with a lvl 50 Infernape?? And, how do I get to the pokemon league and Dialga? *Please help me get my last gym badge! for pokemon diamond*

    Luv you!

  35. what does agonumu look like???

  36. you cant get arceus unill you have deafeted the pokemon laege and you need to go to a nintendo event belive me ive tried

  37. trader510 // July 8, 2008 at 1:52 pm // Reply

    i will trade a palika for a arceus

  38. electakidd // July 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm // Reply

    if u havent already, go to the contest hall, if not i’m not sure, i have ben past that 4 munts

  39. electakidd // July 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm // Reply

    do elekids just start showinup????

  40. pokemon expert // July 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm // Reply

    catch Giratina in the sendoff springs cave by going thro the doors on the top

  41. i have a lv100 Darkri lv100 Mew lv100 Palkia lv100 Salamance lv 100 Tyranitar and lv 100 Arceues (used cheats lol)

  42. I need strenght but I cant remember how to get it ive 6 badges and I need to help Damion (my rival who always bumps into me) at the lake nere snow point city,but you need strenght to push the boulders aside in mount coronet otherwise the game is ruined :(:( so if anyone knows how to do it please tell me

  43. i love my pokemon

  44. Swampert-Lover // July 5, 2008 at 4:53 pm // Reply

    Anybody have a Rotom? I do! Go to the Old Chateu (or whatever its called) at night and go to the tv in one of the rooms.

  45. Pokefan_7 // July 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm // Reply

    I think I have a pretty good team considering I beat the game. I have a lvl100 DIALGA,

    a lvl72 GROUDON (in training), a lvl59 EMPOLEON (in training), a lvl55 STARAPTOR (in training), a lvl 68 LUGIA (in training), a lvl70 HEATRAN (in training). I beat the elite four.

  46. prinplupman // July 4, 2008 at 1:12 pm // Reply

    I have i good team.

    lvl 100 Arceus

    lvl 100 Arceus

    lvl 100 Arceus

    lvl 100 Arceus

    lvl 100 Arceus

    and a lvl 100 Arceus

    They are all shiny (-.-) 0_o

  47. mrgangstaelmo // July 4, 2008 at 1:51 am // Reply

    i put in some codes on my action replay and put them in my pkmn diamond a few times… but now when i try to play pkmn diamond it says “data could not be read”


  48. how do you get the power surf im stuck on what to do, i have got 4 badges, but the next boss is not in their gym ? what is my next move ?

  49. magnum rocker // July 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm // Reply

    check out my party i got a lvl 69 empoleon a lvl 65 dialga a lvl 59 lucardio a lvl 67 staraptor a lvl66 abomasnow and last but not least a lvl 60 azelf(in training)Am i ready to fight the elite four?

  50. pokemon girl // June 29, 2008 at 10:43 am // Reply

    technolagayo. i think the 5th gym leader is in hearthome city.

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