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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. will somebody aswer my question

  2. is this good team to beat the elite four lvl 60 haunter lvl 62 tortera lvl 40 rapish lvl 53 palkia lvl 52 deoxys and last but not least a lvl a lvl 52 starpotor (knows close combat)

  3. legendary pokemon capturer // October 25, 2008 at 11:21 pm // Reply

    oh pokemon newbie i got something tyo tell u i will beat u all ur pokemon on 1 hit with my ho oh and other legends.hey newb u aint that good.try fightng my palkia.

  4. legendary pokemon capturer // October 25, 2008 at 11:19 pm // Reply

    i also have shay min mewtwo and mew

  5. legendary pokemon capturer // October 25, 2008 at 11:15 pm // Reply

    i have these pokemon. these pokemon all are legends.all lvl 100s.hetran giratina crescelia palkia dialga entei suicine raikou jirachi arceus dakrai latio latias deoxys moltres zapdos articuno regigigas gegirock registeel regiice rotom[does not count as legendary only rare] groudon kyogore lugia rayquaza spiritomb [rare too i think] mesprit azelf uxie and that is probaly it.

  6. were do you get mew

  7. you get arceus at spear pillar when u use a azure flute

  8. i’ll give someone a shiny ho-oh

  9. iv also got shaymin,rayquaza, groudon, deoxys, kyogre, mewtwo and mew.

  10. i have a darkrai i will sell to som1 who can sell me arceus

  11. i can trade you a level 63 mew on the gts or a level 61 ryaquaza

  12. in pokemon diamond, go to spear piller, the place where you get Dialga,press up,up,up,up,up,down,down left,left,left,right then press L+R together and u will get infinity masterballs but,u will lose all of your other pokeballs.

  13. pokemon newbie // October 21, 2008 at 7:37 pm // Reply

    hello i am 8 years old and i’m new to pokemon although i have almost EVERY lengendary. (cuz i got my D. at ebay LOL) and kid with no azelf i will trade you one for a darkrai i HEck like darkrai hes sooooooooo cooooooool! but i have no wifi -_- ! hmm mabey ask no hmmmmmmmm. anywho i know how to get hetran andi have 135 ultra balls 9 great balls 15 poke’ balls 6 heal balls 9 net balls what else hmm oh yeah and 4 premiar balls and i do anything to get darkrai or turtera i love him hes my 2nd fave pokemon or mew or arceus and um guy that cant beat elite four heres the pokemon that i used to bet dem:milotic mewtwo rayquazay dailga griatina and regagigas! buh bye!

  14. can som1 plzz buy it i realy realy want an arceus

  15. Dark Jar Jar Binks // October 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm // Reply

    Pokemon Diamond is da best game but Pokemon Platinum is even better.

  16. i selling a shiny ho-oh with max compitition stats for an Arceus plzz som1 buy

  17. you must have an regigigas

  18. I went to bebe but she just says stuff about the computer and she wont give me an evee i even emptied out my party please help me

  19. where do you get arceus

  20. lol thats hulerus

  21. is very good question and what is the answer?

  22. how do u get draco meter on salamance

  23. to get blaziken u migrate

  24. to go to eterna city u go to flaroma town then go right then u go over the bridge up the mountans into eterna forest then get through eterna forest and you end up going through the forest with some girl and at the end of eterna forest she thanks u then u exit the forest at the end then croos the bridge then you keep going right and u end up at eterna city

  25. MY POKEMON ARE LV 100 TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. depends who you vs

  27. u get rock climb in the snow on the way to snowpoint city

  28. my party is

    lv100 ryperior

    lv100 infernape

    lv100 empoleon

    lv100 swampert

    lv100 charizard

    lv61 blastoise

  29. to get super rod u fly to fight area then go left till u see the water then go up and talk to the fisherman and he will give u the super rod

  30. in my party i have lv 100 ryperior ,infernape,empoleon,swampert,charzard,bastidon

  31. by action replay or access point at EB games

  32. to get the 1st evolve of drifblim u go to the valey windworks in flowertown on a friday afternoon

  33. to get arceus you need acsess point or action replay same with darkrai but my freind told me you get oaks letter from inside the pokemart at sunnyshore and to get mystery gift for arceus and blablabla you go to the tv station in jublife and talk to the news guy and type in some code or something like that

  34. can someone give me an arcus for darkrai

  35. ALL MY POKEMON ARE LVL 100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  37. IT TAKES ME 5MIN.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(aCTION rEPLAY) HEHE

  38. flamehead3345 // September 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm // Reply

    how do you get action reply

  39. my pokemon are iight i have a torterra Lv.87 luxray Lv.87 staraptor Lv.99 palkia Lv.100

  40. how do you get the first evolver of drifblim


  42. dragon master // September 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm // Reply

    how to get darkra in pokemon perl

  43. how do i get to eternal city


  45. my team is kyogre thunder ice beam hydro pump earthqauke

    giratina shadow force fly draco meater earthpower

    hoho shadow ball sacred fire earthquake psychic

    lugia aeroblast sky attack hydro pump fly

    palkia dragon pulse earhquake spacial rend fire blast

    regigas crush grip earthqauke zen headbutt thunder

  46. mikedarkrai222 // September 12, 2008 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    I forgot that i am going to change the gang a little

  47. mikedarkrai222 // September 12, 2008 at 6:17 pm // Reply

    hey.A lot of people may have stong pokemon,but if you battle me,i would say it would take about an hour or two.just wait til` I get the napleboy (giratina)lv.100 darkrai lv.100 mdway (dialga) lv.100 mdwayrule (arseus) lv.100 pikachu lv100 hetran lv.100. see ya!

  48. how do u get a super rod??

  49. how do i get machamp flygon cacaturne heatran

  50. heres a good team







    rank it on a scale of 1 to 10

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