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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. m teaym is really great. onixlv.57(still in training),Rampardoslv.64(still in training),Empoleonlv.42(really working hard and going for the best),Torterralv.44,Infernapelv.55(is tough on the little pokemon but to him they are wimps) and Haunterlv.45 and thats my ausum team. p.s inferrnape is battling rampardos right now(he will get it) you rock!!!!

  2. i have a question how do u catch a gible i go to the place but i cant find 1

  3. my team is a

    lv86 infernape

    lv72 dialga

    lv65 machamp

    lv57 flygon

    lv56 cacaturne

    lv70 heatran

    any 1 no how to get a blakeikin from diamond

  4. how do i get to eternal city

  5. my team Gallade lv100 Empoleam lv100 Infernapelv100 Dragonite lv100 Torterralv100did i include… darkrai lv100

  6. poke amateur // September 2, 2008 at 5:36 am // Reply

    this is my team (kinda weak compared to the others posted here)

    Azelf lvl 51

    Dialga lvl 49

    Infernape lvl 43

    Gabite lvl 43

    Staravia lvl 43

    Floatzel lvl 43


  7. how do you get a sheldon on pokemon dimond

  8. i have a arceus

  9. expect for darkrai

  10. Davemanhandstand // August 27, 2008 at 5:53 pm // Reply

    My team is

    Empoleon lvl 70

    Charizard lvl70

    Venusaur lvl50

    starapor lvl60

    Luxray lvl60

    Lucario lvl60

  11. hey i know a way to organize you boxes really fast just press y once your moving pokemon and select one and hold it over other pokemon. =)

  12. how do u join the eletrical bridges togher to get to volkner on the 8th gym bagde on pokemon pearl ?lolb?


  14. runescape pro33 // August 23, 2008 at 7:36 pm // Reply

    im playing my ds right now

    i cheat with action replay

  15. runescape pro33 // August 23, 2008 at 7:34 pm // Reply

    my team

    arcues Lv.100 and how i did all that….

    cressiliea Lv.100

    giratina Lv.100

    regigigass Lv.100

    heatran Lv.100

    dialga Lv.100

    I CHEATED!!!!!!!!!

  16. how to catch jirachi

    do the same as catching celebi but instead of going to soleceon ruinsgo to iron island beat 100 pokemon ” no more than 100 or it wont work” and jirachi will be the next battle hope this helps

  17. how to catch celebi

    go to the last chamber of the soleceon ruins and beat 100 unown ”dont beat more than 100 or it wont work” read the unown writing and the next battle will be celebi

  18. poke 101 i have all 36 legendarys

  19. my team

    lv 100 palkia

    lv 100 dialga

    lv 100 flygon

    lv 100 infernape

    lv 100 giratina

    and lv 100 salamence

    i cheated!

  20. u get strength at that tower that the old guy is in front of on route 209

  21. hi!!um,i accually have a few quesstions,so um..first,whats the point of the hollowed tower outside hearthrome?can you go to the other regions like kanto,and how to i catch regigigas?

  22. FIRE MAASTER // August 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm // Reply



    LUXRAY LV 82





  23. beat this…

    shiny mew lv 100

    shiny deoxys lv 100

    shiny arceus lv 100

    shiny articuno lv 100

    shiny entei lv 100

    shiny giratina lv 100

  24. please can some 1 help me ive got poke mon diamond and i dont know were to get rock climb and defog sum1 help me please

  25. terp31 were do u get mew and hhow do u get the hm that moves the bulders

  26. my team is ummmmmm………kinda good(horribble)

    it’s made from a:infernape lv. 59,riolu lv. 2,bidoof lv. 16,marill lv. 23,zubat lv. 10,and an egg

  27. pokemon guy // August 18, 2008 at 6:33 pm // Reply

    my team

    Dialga Lv. 49

    Infernape Lv. 68

    Azelf Lv. 51

    Lucario Lv. 41

    Crobat Lv. 36 (still in training)

    Tentacruel Lv. 31 (still in training)

  28. my team

    Infernape Lv. 68

    Dialga Lv. 47

    Azelf Lv. 50

    Mespirit Lv. 50

    Uxie Lv. 50

  29. Heres my pokemon team,

    Infernape Lv.66

    Lucario Lv.40

    Haunter Lv.25 (still in training)

    Steelix Lv.35

    Crobat Lv.35

    Tentacruel Lv.30

    I only use tentacruel for surf

  30. pokemon master // August 15, 2008 at 1:16 pm // Reply

    i got like all my pokemon lvl 100!

  31. i have every pokemon in the game exept arceus and darkriy

  32. game freak 101 // August 12, 2008 at 6:01 pm // Reply

    Do your best and try to COMPLET THAT POKEDEX

  33. Beat this team!

    Lugia 100

    Deoxes 100

    Ho-oh 100

    Mew 100

    Mewtwo 100

    Rayquaza 100

  34. u get the draco meteor at grandma willmas house

  35. if you want your budew to evolve just train it untill it is lv23

  36. how can i get 99 masterballs

  37. on Pokemon diamond and pearl were dose mersprout run to? please Iv been trying to find him for 15 days.

  38. ng,jvmgfchjm // August 5, 2008 at 7:24 pm // Reply

    the fourth badge is in pastrio city

  39. To game gurru

    I like the picture of chimchar it is cute but not as cute as piplup he is so cute i love piplup min

  40. my team is infernape, empoleon, torterra, ăzelf, mispirit,uxie

  41. chimmybroken // August 3, 2008 at 8:49 am // Reply

    do u use a stone 2 make budew evolve? anyone please?


  43. Bug types are not good for your party. You know when you step on a bug, it gets squished?, yeah, same thing here, the game just doesn’t show the pokemon getting squished.

  44. where do you catch a feebas

  45. where can i get a shinystone can i buy it at a mall?

  46. will a beduw evolve daytime or morning?

  47. are bug types good for my party

  48. hi i cant evolve my budew what should i do and what pokemons are great that i can add to my party plz reply


    If your lead pok’emon has this ability Diglett,trapinch, wild pok’emon are drawn to you and cannot flee from battle.

  50. pokemaster // July 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm // Reply

    How do u get 2 sunnyshore?

    awnser soon or i will have a action replay and be able 2 get all 8 badges.

    Yey Me

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