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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. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 10:43 pm // Reply

    i agree with you qwert123.

  2. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 10:41 pm // Reply

    thank you pokemon expert.

  3. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 10:40 pm // Reply

    where is the spring path?????????

  4. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 10:39 pm // Reply


  5. pokemonMaster // June 27, 2007 at 10:16 pm // Reply

    you take time training like all good trainers and soon enough yo could beat the elite four in no time at all

  6. POKEMON MASTER // June 27, 2007 at 6:50 pm // Reply

    this is to cam….

    you can find drifloom at vallywind works every friday, all day(he will be standing close to the honey tree)

  7. POKEMON MASTER // June 27, 2007 at 6:48 pm // Reply

    this is to striker….

    an action replay is a little thingy that has a lot of cheats on it, i don’t really know how to describe it but you can get one from wal-mart for like $20 and they are really great, you can get as many of ANY item you want, and you can find cheats for pokemon like arceus and darkrai(those are only 2 of the many) online, and i also think chimchar is the best starter pokemon, because his last stage is fire/fighting, which is really good later on in the pokemon leauge

  8. i love chimchar,monferno,and infernape

  9. Pokemon expert // June 27, 2007 at 11:18 am // Reply

    to later127: you can get heatran after u go to stark mountain with Buck, after he leaves go down the mountain to a house near the pokemon center and you’ll find Buck there. He will go out and say that he will return(magma orb) but doesn’t go back to stark mountain and instead of the magma stone you’ll find heatran lvl 70.

  10. What do u think the best starting pokemon is ?

  11. The only rare pokemon i have are mew two,Jarchi,entie,ladius,latos,rayquaza,moltes,zapdos,articuno and some unknown

  12. Hey Poke master whats an acton replay ????

  13. this is probebly a stupid question but where can i find driftloom i cant find them antwhere

  14. ruin maniac // June 26, 2007 at 7:31 pm // Reply

    you all are idiots! i bet all your pokemon are freakin’ AR pokemon. how do you get the 99 masterballs! use an AR reader. but it will discolor your top screen forever. IT IS NOT WORTH IT . EVEN IF YOU PUT IN A NEW GAME IT WILL STILL BE DISCOLORED FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRUST ME IT HAPPENED TO ME DON’T DO IT

  15. ruin maniac // June 26, 2007 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    you get defog in the great marsh . and giratina is on spring path after you get the national dex and beat the elite four 1

  16. Pimpin John // June 26, 2007 at 6:26 pm // Reply

    The move deleter is in Canalave City in the house that is south of the pokemon center and the first house you see above the poke mart. Your Welcome!!!!!

  17. my lvl 77 infernape and 57 dialga and my whole party cannot defeat the elite 4 even tho ive tried 16 times i always lose can i have some tips

  18. Chimchar King // June 26, 2007 at 5:11 pm // Reply

    wisdom lake is from japanese version

  19. does anyone no where wisdom lake is

  20. POKEMON MASTER // June 26, 2007 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    this is to Anonymous….

    No there is no wisdom lake, but there is a hidden lake called Spring Path which is where Giratina and the strongest pokemon(but not rare) you can find on the mainland live

    Unfortunatly i dion’t remember how to unlock it but i think all you have to do is beat the pokemon leauge and if it still doesn’t show up then get the national dex and then it should show up next to Valor Lakefront on route 214 to the right it will just be a big square(giratina is in a huge cave in Spring Path, it is ghost and dragon type)

  21. I heard online there was a wisdom lake is there

  22. i heard online there was a wisdom lake is there?

  23. POKEMON MASTER // June 26, 2007 at 3:50 pm // Reply

    this is to bobman….

    once again dittos are found on route 218 with the pokeradar

  24. where are dittos find.

  25. I LOVE POKEMON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. pearlfreak // June 26, 2007 at 12:05 am // Reply

    Any1 who is on i suggest the you have a weevil in your team they are incredibly strong and are amazing with combination attacks in 2on2

  27. rtpackersfreak // June 25, 2007 at 9:50 pm // Reply

    how do u get de fog

  28. POKEMON MASTER // June 25, 2007 at 9:49 pm // Reply

    this is to jay….

    yea i’m a guy and i don’t know why it wouldn’t be normal for guys to play d/p, i have 2 guy friends that play and and my brother and to of his friends(guys) play it and that city that you where talking about well i read online that if you beat the pokemon leauge 7 times then you would unlock a city, i don’t remember exactly what it said but it was something like that, you might also have to talk to pro. rowan

    i haven’t done it yet, so im not 100% sure if it works or not but who knows?

  29. I don’t like piplup not insulting but chimchar and turtwig are better I can’t beat the second gym with him. Also to get some more slack on a pokeball say gottcha or when it turns yellow press A. To me it turns to a mater ball. It did not miss a catch. but it may.

  30. I’m a girl and i think its perfedtly normal for boys to play d/p its a great game what do you expect? Oh and does anyone know how to get to Benco city in pearl? I think its a lie so someone help! oh to the mirage pokemon ultraball people. yes, i caught all three of ’em using ultra balls. oh wait mesprit was a great ball.

  31. Uhh Oreostix i hate to burst your bubble but take a look at Pokemon Master. He (or she) is totally better than you. and yes i caught mesprit with an ultraball.

  32. the person who said he has a lv. 82 empoleon, i have 3 lv. hundreds. all sinnoh beginners, beat that. plus a lv. 90 rayquaza.

  33. POKEMON MASTER // June 25, 2007 at 3:44 pm // Reply

    this is to….

    idk if it is possible to catch mesprit with an ultra ball, or the one with a yellow head, but i caught the blue one with my first ultra ball after weakening it extremely low

    this is to kid….

    you can only get burmy in trees, along w/ munchlax,cherrim,aipom(must get national dex first), and a few other pokemon

    this is to pikachu….

    i think you can get to other regions by beating your opponent somewhere between like 500-2000 times(i’m not sure though i just read this online[there is a set amount that you earn stuff for, you get something for 500 wins,1000 wins, and 2000 wins]you can battle him at fight area, but idk how many times a day you can do this)

    how this helps!:)

  34. POKEMON MASTER // June 25, 2007 at 3:35 pm // Reply

    this is to dragondogluver94 and every one else, ya’ll aren’t that good, i have every single pokemon(evolved) and they are all at level 100 and shiny, yes this includes darkrai and arceus, and yes i did us an action replay which i recommend you do to, they are only like 20 dollars and are extremely useful

  35. dragondogluver94 // June 25, 2007 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    I started out with a PIPLUP and my EMPOLEON is now lv.82(no joke) I’d recommend PIPLUP to those who like mixed attacks because PIPLUP can learn an array of different moves. I also have a lv.70 GIRATINA lv.70 HEATRAN lv.56 DIALGA lv.50 AZELF lv.50 UXIE and a lv.50 CRESSELIA. I ROCK!!!!!

    Q: Where do you get the other legendaries?

    Please answer back!!!!!

  36. rtpackersfreak // June 25, 2007 at 3:14 am // Reply

    how do u get surf

  37. is it possible to catch mespirit with a ultra ball?? cuse all 3 of these spirit things are a b*tch to catch and i dont realy wana use my master ball

  38. ShadowSlayer 0ne // June 24, 2007 at 7:49 pm // Reply

    where is the move deleter

  39. jirachi-fan73 // June 24, 2007 at 6:40 pm // Reply

    piplup is best starter because you can teach it drill peck to destroy your enemies turtwig and you can teach it grass knot for the water types and hydro cannon is awsome

    PIPLUP IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. yes arceus is its ability changes type with the held plate. ive got the shiny version

  41. how do you go to other regions

  42. Heatron is at the volcano

  43. were is burmy

  44. turtwig rocks // June 24, 2007 at 4:55 pm // Reply

    Everyone dont listen to piplup rules because turtwig is alot better and knows better moves like frenzy plant. Here is the best team Giratina lv. 71 , Kyogre lv. 75 , Torttera lv. 87 ,Heatran lv.75 , Golbat lv. 70 , and a weak pokemon that has exp. share to level up really fast. thank you.

  45. jirachi-fan73 // June 24, 2007 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    tips for cresselia get a quick claw and a pokemon with 100 speed give claw to pokemon and keep fighting him evertime u see him then when hes weak use a quick ball


  47. Where are the move deleter and move tutors????!!!!!!!

  48. piplup is a good starter pokemon. And is awesome at the pokemon league. Also these are Cynthia’s pokemon so you can get the advantages. Lucario,Milotic,Spiritomb,and others.

  49. A recomened starter pokemon is piplup. It can be awesome at the pokemon league.


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