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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. what do u do fter u get the HM surf?

  2. lukario2.7 // June 22, 2007 at 12:04 am // Reply

    when you beat the game can you go to other regions and if you want mantaphy just ask how

  3. where to find heatron

  4. yes how do you go to the next gym battle?

  5. What`s up wiv Arceus IT`S EVERY SINGLE BLOODY TYPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. how can you use the member’s card?

  7. what do u do when u have to shearch the lake

  8. How do u get 99 master balls???????????????????????

  9. I GOT A GREEN ZUBAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. you can see a combee by,putting honey on a tree and at exactly 14 hours later go up to it and there will be a combee and meny more pokemon

  11. To make tangela, yama, gligor,and poloswine evolve into Tangrowth, yanmega, Gliscor,and mamoswine make them learn acentpower.

    P.S. To make poloswine evlove give heart scale to the move totor in pasiora town (the town where the water gym is)

  12. to get REGIGIGAS you have to have all regies (that you migrated from ruby, sapphire or emrald). After you beat the elite four go to snowpoint city and go north.go past the gaurd and into the temple.(must have all regies with you,regice, registeel,and regirock) at the bottom of the temple is regigigas! press the A botton and he will awaken from his slumber.

    P.S. He is level 70 and is a normal type. Be sure to have lots of ultra balls and timer balls. (if you have action replay for D.S. use infenate master ball cheat)

  13. where is Benco city after beating the Elite Four 7 times?

  14. how do you use the member’s card?

  15. How do you get Darkrai?

  16. how do u get 999 master balls

  17. pokefanLeeLee#1 // June 19, 2007 at 6:05 pm // Reply

    I LOVE Mew,Pikachu,Pichu,Roselia,Torchic,Squitle,Jigglypuff,Butterfree and my brother ” Cool Guy n ” has Diamond & Pearl.

  18. There r 2 different poke’mon that evolve by gender Combee in2 Mespiquen (girl) & Burmy in2 Mothim (boy)

    to get combee and burmy u have to put honey on a tree then wait 12 hours.(u might get lucky)

  19. Poke' Master // June 19, 2007 at 5:47 pm // Reply

    does any one know wat to do in the stone piller

  20. There are 2 different pokemon that evolve in Mt. Cornet they r magneton and nosepass all u do is go in Mt. Cornet then lvl them up 1 lvl!

    They turn into magnezone-magneton and Probopass-nosepass!!!!!

  21. To get spiritomb is as easy as beating the Elite four , First u talk to 32 Player(s) in the Undergruond, then go to the hallo tower that u fixed with a odd key stone then u should end up in a battle with spiritomb.

    P.S you can talk to the same player 32 times But then you have 2 gt out of the underground and back to talk to him again!

  22. To go to Suneyshore beat the boss at veilstone then Mt. Cornet. Catch the legend pokemon. Then go ahead to the entrance.

  23. cool guy n // June 19, 2007 at 4:11 pm // Reply

    poke ball cheats

    pokeball-hold a

    greatball- hold a&b and on control pad side to side

    utraballl-hold b and on control pad move in a circle clock wise

  24. to migrate from gba u hav to get th national dex you can do this by seeing evry pokemon in sinno

    then u head to rowans lab and talk to him he’ll giv u the national dex

    then hed to the pal park at the end of route 221 (start at 219 south of sandgem town)

    once u get there save your gam and turnit off make sure you have a gba game in the slot

    turn it on and goto the optin “migrate from ruby” or whatevergame yu hav in there

    you can then hilite six pokemon in your pc box from the gba game and catch them in diamond/perl

  25. ooo how do i migrate the pokemon from ruby 2 diamond it it doesn’t show on the main page

  26. does anyone kno

  27. wat do i hav 2 do to face the hearthome city gym leader i already faced the pastoria gym leader but twhen i go 2 fight the hearthome leader shes not at the gym wat do i hav 2 do

  28. When you get your masterball after beating the boss of team galactic use it on dialga or palkia, not on the pokemon of the lakes.

  29. how do i get every pokemon

  30. great guide thanks! oh and an answer for ninini, dialga, and rj [in order] : at the house next to the pokecenter in hearthome ccity after you get the national dex. action replay. darkrai is an event pokemon, ulucky for you the event have stopped. the only way to get one now is action replay. other event pokemon are shaymin manaphy phione and arceus. if you dont beleive me look it up

  31. Stupid spiritomb // June 18, 2007 at 10:44 am // Reply

    I can’t get Spiritomb my DS says There is some sort of presence it appears ready 2 emerge. Then nothin happens. HELP ME

  32. how do u get 2 soneyshore city ?

  33. bzlqtudkyl // June 18, 2007 at 7:28 am // Reply

    Hello! Good Site! Thanks you! lmwiaqroqs

  34. To get a 5th badge you defeat the warter guy at the marsh. Now you will find Cythina and she gives a pill you feed to some sick pokemon by the milk house. After u do that you get HM surf fly to Hearthome for a math test get a wrong answer fight a battle. Once you get a battle bring a dark type.

  35. pikapika$$$ // June 17, 2007 at 5:41 pm // Reply

    cant get mew until you get the pal parkthen migrate it

  36. pikapika$$$ // June 17, 2007 at 5:39 pm // Reply

    if yu cant beat lucian the fourth elite four get haunter or a ghost/darkpokemon

  37. where is eevee

  38. can someone tell me how to get 999 master balls and 999 rare candys PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!???

  39. In the movie lucario and the mystry of mew lucario is mean.I wonder if thats true?Now a quote from the movie:You humans are all alike!

  40. how do u get darkrai

  41. crazy about Lucario // June 17, 2007 at 11:23 am // Reply

    Hey! You know that you can recruit fossils that you have found at the Oreburg Musuem? You find fossils at the underground using your explorer kit. I’ve got a skull fossil and it turned into a Cranidos Lv.20!

  42. crashchicken // June 17, 2007 at 11:18 am // Reply

    to get to sunnyshore city first you must have 7 badges then you must catch or defeat the legendary Dialga/ Palkia in Mt. Coronet. You must also have battled team Galactic and their leader Cyrus inside their headquaters in Veilstone City Go west from Hearthrome City until you arrive at an entrance of Mt. Coronet. You must battle the Team Galactic until you arrive at Dialga.

  43. To go to sunyshore city you gotta battle Dialga or Palkia. You can catch them if you have a masterball.To get a masterball you gotta beat the Team Galatic boss.

  44. lil azn kid // June 16, 2007 at 6:11 pm // Reply

    how do i find Fantina? the guy that was there said that u have to visit places to find her. please help!

  45. Anonymous, the name of the balloon Pokemon is DRIFBLOON.It comes only on Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. “Hey Leafeon/Royal green wouldn’t it be awsome if they made a dragon and a ghost type evee.

  47. I LOVE turtle pokemon!

  48. Cool scoat you are mean person. Why are you on the computer insread of dancing and yes I’m a boy.

  49. I love Torterra,Infernape,and Empoleon.

  50. Is there a move deleter.

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