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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. Lugia Lover // January 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm // Reply

    Ques. number 1: Ok, HOW do you get darkrai? 2: HOW do you get Lugia?

  2. wats the name of the water pony name pokemon

  3. jazzy da pokemon master // January 5, 2009 at 9:06 am // Reply

    i wanna be able to able to battle like they do on tv coz they can use moves diffrently does any one know how to plz HELP 😉

  4. jazzy da pokemon master // January 5, 2009 at 9:04 am // Reply

    what lvl does a pichu have to be to evolve into a pikachu plz tel me 😉

  5. jazzy da pokemon master // January 5, 2009 at 9:01 am // Reply

    where do u find reggie ice
    p.s im a girl so no boy will tell me 🙁

  6. Ace_Landis_2 // January 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm // Reply

    I have been wondering. Does anyone know where to catch a Mantyke and Milotic.
    I have been searchin all over the pokemon world but nope…….. I can’t find the dang pokemon.

  7. Ace_Landis_2 // January 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm // Reply

    I have seen Every single legendary pokemon………… but do you mean over the game or over the t.v.

  8. is there anyone who has every legendary pokemon in the whole pokemon series


  10. in pearl it is easy to catch mesprit by just using a wabbafett and having a pokemon know scary face

  11. arceus lover // December 28, 2008 at 3:01 pm // Reply

    has any one got dialga regigigas manaphy phione mewtwo mew deoxys jirachi reigrock regice registeel zapdos moltres articuno ho ho lugia celebi raikou entei suciune latias latios rayquaza kyogre groundon infernape empoleon blaziken sceptile blastoise charizard venusaur meganium typloshion feraligatr riolu

  12. my team is
    master hand [arceus] lv100
    meta knight [giratina]lv100
    kirby [palkia]lv100
    mario [heatran]lv100
    shadow [darkrai]lv100
    cresselia [cresselia]lv100

  13. how do you get kyogre and rayquaza in pearl version?

  14. how do you get a action replay

  15. You don’t need to beat the elite 4, 7 times only 0 you have to free the three pokemon from team galactic and go to the top of mount coronet and battle the whole team galactic team and after that you have to either beat diagla or catch him


  17. To Max
    Flygon and Pidgeyot

    P.S I am a girl.

  18. how do u get ruby/sapphier tickets

  19. get the national dex

  20. the bestest at pokemon // December 15, 2008 at 11:47 am // Reply

    make sure you have one empty slot for a pokemon then go to canalave city and talk to the sailor guy infront of a boat and go to iron island go into the cave and walk about till you find a guy. he will follow you and heal your pokemon whenever they get hurt and then after a while he will give you an egg (it will have riolu in it) walk about with it till it hatches level it up and it will evolve then yu will have a lucario

  21. how do you cathch a lucario and were do you find it on dimend

  22. help me i need a heatrin but its at Lv70 and i need it to win the game p.s. im a girl so dont call me dude.

  23. jazzy da pokemon master // December 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm // Reply

    I really want a pikachu and i got a pichu what lvl does it have to be to evolve

  24. help please, u need national dex!!!

  25. please rate my party if you do you can get a pikachu

    lv56 empoleron
    lv35 staraptor

    lv35 raichu

  26. to help please says you get evee by obtaning the national pokedex then you do that stuff from;the tip giver

  27. to get jirachi in pokemon ruby go to mosdeep city space centwer a guy will say that 100 launches have been good he will ask if you want to go to space say YES.YOU will go to space and get to catch a jirachi

  28. see all 149 pokemon in the and youll get a naitional dex

  29. to get dialga beat the elite 4 7times go to ceiestic tow and an old lady will giv you a dialga/palkia

  30. jazzy da pokemon master // December 7, 2008 at 9:32 am // Reply

    I want to start a new game but i dont want to deleat my old one and i cant buy a new game its to much what should i do im gonna cry if no 1 tells me oh and but the way what happens if a pokemon at lv 100 exp gets full up is there a lv 101? plz tell me da answers

  31. pokemon master of dialga // December 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    my team = infernapeLv.100 EmpoleonLv.100 TorterraLv.100 (shynie) arceusLv.100 Ho-ohLv.100 and LugiaLv.100 en i have evrybady 7x my name is Stefan

  32. empoleonissocoll // November 30, 2008 at 9:41 am // Reply


    Crobat lv53
    Kadbra lv53
    Empoleon lv 77
    floatzel lv 53
    dialga lv53
    Graveler lv 45

    And if you want a piplup just ask me my Empoleon is a girl put a haunter for offer if you want one.

  33. empoleonissocoll // November 30, 2008 at 9:34 am // Reply

    I’ve got a drifblim It’s a girl and i’m willing to trade it for anything
    Its moves:Stockpile,spit up, fly andsleep talk

    This is to empoleonisawsome
    and he is mines at level 77

  34. you have to complete the national dex first

  35. jazzy da pokemon master // November 29, 2008 at 4:23 am // Reply

    i might be crazy but im amazin at pokemon ive nealy finished in 6 months withiut eny cheats

  36. jazzy da pokemon master // November 29, 2008 at 4:20 am // Reply

    hi this is how you get anational pokedex :

    FILL UP YOU OLD ONE …its that simple then go to prfessor rowan the this old guy runs in and waffles on to rowan then he gives u a national pokdex and then say ROCK ON …well u dont have to say that but i did and he gave me a diagla on my pokemon PEARL so ha ha haaaaa

  37. jazzy da pokemon master // November 29, 2008 at 4:14 am // Reply

    to memoos 1 i will answer your question: ITS RUBBISH no only jokin i won against catina with a lvl 46 yep a lvl 46 your team will kill there pokemon well make them faint ………. oh well

  38. i have a dailga i cout it with a pokeball!

  39. pokemon rulesXX // November 28, 2008 at 10:17 am // Reply

    how do you get jarichi in pokemon ruby i need help thats the last ledgedary i need these are the ones i have


    ps:tell me if i missed any

  40. pokemon rulesXX // November 28, 2008 at 10:04 am // Reply

    I have a lv.100garintina



  41. you have to get national pokedex first to do that get see every pokemon in sinnoh regiion then you get the evee

  42. How do you get to sun shine city in pokamon diamand

  43. always start with piplup

  44. hi i lovfe pokemon ive got every single game its ace at the moment ive got addicted to pokemon xd gale of darkness for gamecube im so close to captureing dark lugia can any one give me some tips because ive completeed all my pokemon pinball games and the rest apart from gale of darkness and pokemon snap

  45. how do u get suncurn to evolve into sunflora in pearl

  46. accualy you get deoxys from the guy in these games, ruby, sapphier, and emerald…

    the space place location where you get beldum. you need to catch all pokemon in order to get deoxys!!!!! and when you go to proffeser you get jarichi but you may have to battle i did

  47. blazikenboi123 // October 29, 2008 at 10:02 am // Reply

    haha wer do u get a deoxys from anyway???? is it on emerald if it is hook me up an answer my bladdy question jokes (Y)

  48. legendary pokemon capturer, get a social life! no offence but . . . . gahhh!!!

  49. plz tell me

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