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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. You can’t make Flashdragon stop saying yall.

  2. Where do you find the move deleter and name ratar on Diamond and pearl ????

  3. max riolu’s happiness at day time and it evolves into lucario

  4. guess what everyone i have a action replay i can get every pokemon i have like a level 100 ho-oh no lie i even have like level 100 suicunes,enties,riakous,articunos,moltress,zapdos,lugia,celebi,mew,and mewtwo i swear to gosh no lie! my friend has like every pokemon he is a real pokemon master!

  5. Pokemon expert // June 14, 2007 at 5:56 pm // Reply

    Hey diamond5505 you need to buy a game shark, im not sure if they have it anymore , but they are handy when you want to get multiple items, such as, rare candys, also masterballs.

  6. Pokemon expert // June 14, 2007 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    Start off with a well balance kind of team like ash does, combine different types of pokemon to get a powerful combintaion, espically when fighting the gym leaders, they only use one type of pokemon each gym either they use rock, water, or ice types whatever. Just remember to raise different types of pokemon because its not good to rely on one pokemon when fighting stronger oppenents.

  7. Pokemon expert // June 14, 2007 at 5:47 pm // Reply

    Everyone should start their journey off with the fire pokemon. It is much eaiser to progress through the game. IF ur stuck on the first gym, don’t freak out lvl up chimchar to lvl 14, then it’ll learn how to use mach punch, don’t evolve it yet. At lvl 39 chimchar learns a good move, slack off, this move allows it to regain health without buying items such as hyper potion. IT won’t recover much, but its good to not waste ur money if u plan on catching legendary pokemon.

  8. cool scott // June 14, 2007 at 2:03 pm // Reply

    and flashdragon plz dont say “yall”

  9. cool scott // June 14, 2007 at 2:02 pm // Reply

    hey im a girl and my middle name is scott (ya my dad’s name) and i just wanted to state that you all are so weird for playing these games you guys should try acting like a boy andf playing football…

  10. defeat team galactics first leader and talk to the guy that owns the bike shop to get the latest model bike. that bike can change gears.

  11. what level does meditite evolve?

  12. flashdragon // June 14, 2007 at 1:30 pm // Reply

    his name is drifblim

  13. yeah i know how to copy items on the game. not telling though…. plus i have caught mespirit, uxie, and azelf. I am doing really bad, but i have so many master balls and other items like that. it is AWSOME

  14. use a fire pokemon. ive beat the game 4 times. use fire and dark. if you have pearl, use houndoom.

  15. 100-Manaphy // June 13, 2007 at 6:12 pm // Reply

    i saw mesperit and azelf but they wernt recorded on my pokedex

  16. 100-Manaphy // June 13, 2007 at 6:09 pm // Reply

    hey mario 1 u cant only get one master ball in the whole game.

    you can get another one by playing the lotto

  17. flashdragon // June 13, 2007 at 4:45 pm // Reply

    this my team

    lucairio level 100

    giratina level 100

    dialga level 100

    palkia levl 100

    hetran level100

    empoleon level 100

  18. flashdragon // June 13, 2007 at 4:34 pm // Reply

    does any body know cool trick yall

  19. flashdragon // June 13, 2007 at 4:33 pm // Reply

    hey monthy python magmomtar is the lats for magby

  20. flashdragon // June 13, 2007 at 4:31 pm // Reply

    hey jimbo you cant get 999 master balls thats impossibe only if you clone theor u use a gameshark

  21. Pokemon:Diamond is AWESOME!monty python, Magmortar is the evolution of Magmar. Catch one on a GBA version and migrate it using the dual slot system on your DS so you can catch it in the pal park. What I want to now is what colors the special version of all the pokemon are.I’m trying to catch all the specials.Tell Pedro he rocks!

  22. how do u get the 8th badge

  23. am just about to get my ds and pokemon diamond and am picking the water starter because its cool. and can you clone on the game

  24. i need help for beating lucian,the last guy in eleite 4.pleze help

  25. UHH. how do you get through the maze in the 8th badge gym?? the last part where you are supposed to reach the gym leader?? please help(:

  26. ultimate poke star // June 13, 2007 at 2:42 am // Reply

    Can someone please help me out on where to find all of the items that can be in your inventory?I am going to need them to evolve my pokemon after I trade them from emerald.

  27. Dimond5505 // June 13, 2007 at 12:58 am // Reply

    How do u get 999 master balls and rare candy’s my freind has it but i forget wat u need to buy for it.Can some1 help me remember?!?!?!?!

  28. monty python // June 12, 2007 at 9:26 pm // Reply

    who is magmorter? i have everybody else

  29. pokefan!1111 // June 12, 2007 at 9:02 pm // Reply

    Hey Hunter how do i get past the galactic grunt at the spear pillar theres a guy block a door and he say dont pay attension to the guy with no pokemon what do i do?? Please Tell Me Please?

  30. Master Trainer // June 12, 2007 at 8:43 pm // Reply

    A well blanced team is a great way to beat a leader and the 4. I have a lv.70 Chimchar a lv.99 Evee a Lv.72.Merspit a lv.78 prinplup. I got most of my strong pokemon by trading and using the daycare. Use your own to beat leaders as long as you win and have fun. Try to get a level 100 pokemon to beat the chaimpon.

  31. Master Trainer // June 12, 2007 at 8:32 pm // Reply

    Try to get a female stater so you can breed a stater.

  32. Get a turtwig because it can evolve to a Grass and Ground pokemon. No more luxios attacking your stater.

  33. how do you get lvel 101 pokemon???????

  34. Go underground find a bunch of shards go to the marsh and sell them to lady who will give you a TM. Go sell it to Pokemart. Battle to any thimg to get some money. Find some Rare candys and feed them to a high level pokemon to make it a lot more powerful. Buy Zincs and stuff like that for the pokemon. Now challenge the Leaders or the Four to kick thier butt.

  35. what is the name of the balloon pokemon?

  36. Use the Master ball on the lengend pokemon. Don’t use it on a hard to beat onix or something like that.

  37. thers a guy on the road to sunshine city and i can not get through him what do i do,on dimond

  38. I do not have this game but my cousin does and it rules!

  39. How do you get 999 master balls and 999 rare candies??!!

  40. I know how to get azelf. you have to follow it around and weaken it until it has 1 point left or close to that.Then you use quickballs or greatballs over and over again until you have it.Trust me it works.

  41. i wasted my masterball.How can i get a new one.How do you clone it into 999 masterballs?!!!

  42. wow

  43. how do find any more pokemon in sinnoh to feel up your pokedex if you want to

    compleate the sinnoh podex ineed the help know to compleate sinnohs podex

    thank you

  44. where do u get a lickitung

  45. well heres a tip for fast leveling. if you are quite lazy like myself and dont feel like battline a bagillion pokemon to level up your guys, give your weak ones to the poke breeder person and jus fly to cycling road and go up and down a bunch of times. every step earns you 1 exp, so i jus not leveled my lucario (42 – 44) and gabite (39 – 41) in about 10 mins. jus be sure that you learn all ur moves fer a while so nothin gets deleted on accident.

  46. EMPOLEON ROCKS ! I LOVE THIS GAME. giratina cresselia and heatran rule too

  47. WOW! You are the BEST!

  48. Poke-Master // June 11, 2007 at 7:18 pm // Reply

    I have 99 rare candys, 99 master balls, and here is my team.







    ALL of them are shiny pokemon!I used NO cheats!And, don’t ask me how I got a Lv. 101, it is REALLY complicated.

  49. How do you get 999 master balls and rare candies without cheating?

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