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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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51 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. bakuganb321654987 // March 29, 2009 at 2:54 am // Reply

    how do i get all the ledgenary pokemon

  2. dude i need to know where groundon is…………………

  3. how do u beat the fourth eliote four?

  4. pokemon master // March 28, 2009 at 9:16 am // Reply

    this is my awesome party,rayquaza deoxys ho-oh jirachi zapdosand shaymin beat that! p.s. they are all lv. 100

  5. this is my sweet party Arceus lv.100 Heatran lv.100 Giratina lv.100 Chinse Palkia lv.100 Lugia lv.100 and Dusknoir lv.100 burn burn burn burn p.s. my ds user name is lilj’jisdabomb

  6. ay um bck again do you know the secret to the lottery tickets ? 😀

  7. anyone know the rare candy cheats in diamond/pearl, please help me….

  8. Ace traner Paturiciu // March 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm // Reply

    How do you get Darkri with out a cheat/mistery event/speshal event/ect.. I want to add him with my team I put above. (Paturicu) well, my sister gave me my pkm I gave to here wich she migreated from sapphier. Heh, thats why I beat the ealet 4 so fast. =D heh…

  9. Heres my team.
    Infernape lv 55
    Raquaza lv 100 (No, I didnt use a cheat. I migreated it frm sapphier.)
    Drifloon lv 22
    Misdreveas lv 46
    loopuny lv 51

    I didnt use a cheat for any pkm!!!

  10. for the people wirh all the firered,leafgreen legendaries i will trade you

  11. The Only Trainer // March 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm // Reply

    i beat the league and cynthia with a 48 infernape, 49 gengar, 49 staraptor, 47 dialga, 47 golem, and a 39 lucario with an exp share lol. TWAS Epic

  12. You get defog at the top of that graveyard tower . I think it is south of solaceon town

  13. floatzel lv100 // March 22, 2009 at 10:38 am // Reply

    No u dont u can beat the elite 4 with this team floatzel lv 61 rapidash lv55 Torterra lv49 Machamp lv47 staraptor lv46 and Golem lv45

  14. vespiquen20 // March 21, 2009 at 11:07 am // Reply

    pokemon d/p is a pretty easy game and plz do hellp me get the hm defog plz plz plz

  15. vespiquen20 // March 21, 2009 at 6:57 am // Reply

    my favourite pokemon is vespiquen

  16. vespiquen20 // March 21, 2009 at 6:54 am // Reply

    my infernape is lvl100 roserade is 72 and so is my electivire 72 and magmortar is lvl69 thats how i beet the champion and the forth gym is in pastoria city and u get there by beating Maylene (optional)and go to pastoria and deafeat leader wake
    once u deafete cyrus at galactic hq go to spear pillar and battle him and have a double battle with the two commanders to be able to battle dialga and wen u get dragged off by dawn go behind dialgas spot to find the LUSTROUS ORB!

  17. linda player // March 20, 2009 at 5:20 am // Reply

    kk, guys u wont belive this, im fresh out of the 1st badge and ive got the fallowing poke:

    Sauuske (monferno) lvl-31
    Krikitune lvl-12
    bunnery lvl-16
    pachirisu lvl-9
    butifly lvl-12
    Apom lvl-9

    PS: i dont know if its on this any more but im a girl
    that has had this game for almost 3 years beat that!

  18. linda player // March 20, 2009 at 5:09 am // Reply

    If ur hunting for pokemon, i sugjest the trees near the weather institute andthe one just across the brige, there’s a HUGE amount of aipom there, ive caut 10!

  19. linda player // March 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm // Reply

    kk, nother thing, the underground thing isn’t that hard,once u get the hang of it, untill than, do what i did nd try to draw a map of the underground radar scan and mark importaint locations.(i.e. traders, your base, YOUR FRIEND”S BASE, your buried orbs, and any other place you think is important.

  20. linda player // March 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm // Reply

    kk, people who do not know you smear honey on a tree to get one of the fallowing:

    – a lvl.16+ burmy,
    -a lvl.16+ combee,
    -a lvl 16+ shiny pokemon(my first was a blue poneta)
    – OR, if your lucky you can get a lvls1-4 mersprit, i have no idea how i did that without a cheat but it worked!!

  21. linda player // March 18, 2009 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    ok, nother tip, to everyone whom sais there’s only one master ball it isn’t true. If you actualy manige to, you can win some at the pokemon loto if it’s EXACTLY THE SAME #!!!!!!!

  22. linda player // March 18, 2009 at 6:14 pm // Reply

    to all questions, 4th gym is in pastrora, after u beat 7th badge you go to the main galactic base and get warehouse key, then you free the lake pokemon, then you fallow team galactic to the mt. and fight and,or, capture dialga/palkia and go to sunnyshore to beat 8th badge, yes you can’t beat the game without legendary pokemon#1!!!!!!

  23. linda player // March 18, 2009 at 6:04 pm // Reply

    also, guys you say only lv. 100 pokemon can beat the elite 4? LIES!!!!!!!!! the last pokemon i used to beat Cynthia was a lv10 shinx, admitidly it was weakend consideribly by Itachi, my lv56 Emplon.

  24. linda player // March 18, 2009 at 6:00 pm // Reply

    you guys keep talking about a well balanced team, and how Ash would think, but you have to take half and half, and take in some of Paul’s techniques, and use pokemon that are weak against some gym leader’s pokemon and gain exp and skill through leveling and bond more with your pokemon, insted of taking the easy way out. Think of this from al trainer’s view insted of just Ash’s.

  25. juufhudfhiud // March 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm // Reply

    how do you get a lv.100 or 1000 pokemon cheat with achin replay
    i do need help please help.

  26. My toughest pokemon is Empolean,Torterra,and Infermape in LV100! I didn´t cheat!

  27. my toughest pokemon is Infernape Lv: 70 I didn’t use a cheat

  28. can you get Darkri without a cheat?

  29. what to breed a boy lucardio with

  30. noncorrupting littlle cheater // March 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm // Reply

    kk littlecheatermon to keep ur game from corrupting DONT use the walk trough walls cheat on A.R. hope i helped :}

  31. little cheatermon // March 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm // Reply

    ok, if you wonder if theres such thing as a mew3 no but theres a glitch in pokemon red and blue

  32. little cheatermon // March 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm // Reply

    ok,first of all you CAN beat the elite 4 without a electric pokemon,and i know y u said u need 1 its spiritomb and drifbloom USE DIALGA’S OR PALKIA’S good moves

  33. if you escape in the mission of hetran inpokemon diamond wat will hapen

  34. poke begginer // March 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm // Reply

    i beat leaf green so i transfered my poliwag, ( level 67, everstone) to my friend’s pokemon dimond, and we traded stary 4 poliwag, but he like hates me, (he only uses rain dance, what is the point in that?)

  35. i have beat the 7th badge gym leader and i am stuck whats next to do!!

  36. kingpokemon7 // March 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    tis is my team beat that

    Mewtwo 100
    Kyogre 100
    Charzard 100
    Rayquaza 100
    Palkia 100
    infernape 100

  37. How do you change your name on pokemon pearl?

  38. my best poke is a giranter

  39. i bet the champion and the elite four without a electric lv.100

  40. dragonsalamece // March 8, 2009 at 10:14 am // Reply

    how do you get a munchlax

  41. my team rules they r


    and thats my team:-)

  42. I have a battle record of 256 then i lost with a team of gallide salamance and slaking.

  43. you should tech palkia draco meateor

  44. garchomp at lv 1

  45. I have three level 100s without cheating!

    Mewtwo 100
    Kyogre 100
    Charzard 100

  46. ALso Do you know where you can find an Arceus

  47. pokemon diamond action replay cheats/ can you make a pokemon past lv 100?

  48. by the way, it only works for pkmn diamond

  49. here is a cheat for shiny pokemon(A R)
    12068ac6 000046c0
    Hope it helpes

  50. how do you get a pokemon over lv 100 in pokemon diamond using an action replay?

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