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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. To the person on battle tower to th fight area. Get the nationel dex. They should move.

  2. Infernape1239 // July 1, 2007 at 6:31 pm // Reply

    i need to find the nickname changer i talked to him once and then i forgot where he is. I know this is a lame question but some one tell me please.

    p.s. infernape rules.

  3. Quilavafan962 // July 1, 2007 at 4:32 pm // Reply

    I agree Ilovetorrtera5 Quilavas are awsome!

  4. Ilovetorterra5 // July 1, 2007 at 4:28 pm // Reply

    Typlosions are awsome because they evolve from quilavas. I LOVE QUILAVAS!

  5. Ilovetorterra5 // July 1, 2007 at 4:27 pm // Reply

    hey Taytay1010 to get rotom you go and find the 2 ghosts ones in the kitchen and the other u go into the room with the picture with red eyes then at night go into the room with the tv and press a then rotom will apear its at lv 15

  6. TyphlosionDude // July 1, 2007 at 1:51 pm // Reply


    do you like Torterra or Empoleon more? Please tell me. Or do you like another one?

  7. Pokemon Breeder // July 1, 2007 at 1:13 pm // Reply

    To all Diamond/Pearl players

    When you confront Cresselia it will automaticlly run away from you just like Mesprit so you will have to use your Marking Map on your Poketch’ to track it.

    Good luck,

    Pokemon Breeder

  8. TyphlosionDude // July 1, 2007 at 9:45 am // Reply

    GO TYPHLOSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. TyphlosionDude // July 1, 2007 at 9:45 am // Reply


    Which one do u like the MOST?

  10. Torterra rules!!!!!! Empoleon is cool too ( I traded a female burmy for him on GTS).

    If anyone is trading a chimchar tell me your offers. Please!!!!!

  11. Taytay1010 // June 30, 2007 at 6:53 pm // Reply

    Where can you get another masterball after the galactic boss gives you one

  12. Taytay1010 // June 30, 2007 at 6:37 pm // Reply

    I cant get rotom,I went to the old cheatu and I thumped the tv no Rotom I went there at night

  13. hey yo dudes i just own all the ledganderys so easy to catch and there lv 70! some are lv 50 and when i caught giratina i was like omfg in a great ball!!!!!!!!!!!!! my pokemon lvs are now and iv only had this game for 5 days is lv 70 , lv 70 , 62 , 61 ,65 lacario isnt that cool,and a lv 64 empoleon

  14. empolenisawesome // June 30, 2007 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    hey, i just beat the water guy in diamond, so what do you guys suggest i do? i just don’t know, even though i just beat him. oh yeah, anyone have a drifblim? i’m about to get a second one, and i wuz wondering how many everybody else has!

  15. Luxray fan!!!! // June 30, 2007 at 2:43 pm // Reply

    thyplosiondude i like treck the most! we had long asdvetures hes now lvl 100

  16. luxray fan // June 30, 2007 at 2:42 pm // Reply

    thyplosiondude i like treck the most! we had long asdvetures hes now lvl 100

  17. torterra1234 // June 29, 2007 at 8:09 pm // Reply

    please tell how you get 99 rare candys

  18. Pipluprulez // June 29, 2007 at 8:01 pm // Reply

    My starters: Kanto: Charmander Johto: Totodile Hoenn: Treecko Sinnoh: Piplup

  19. VESPIQUEN219 // June 29, 2007 at 6:34 pm // Reply


  20. VESPIQUEN219 // June 29, 2007 at 6:17 pm // Reply


  21. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 5:09 pm // Reply

    My favorite is cyndaquil.

    GO TYPHLOSION!!!!!!!!!!

  22. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 5:05 pm // Reply


    But which one do you like the most?

  23. POKEMON MASTER // June 29, 2007 at 3:29 pm // Reply

    this is to INFERNO246…

    you get an action replay, with that you can get999 of any item, they are like 25 bucks at walmart

  24. inferno246 // June 29, 2007 at 2:59 pm // Reply

    how do u get 999 master balls and 999 rare candies?

  25. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    To Tono,

    Which one out of all of them?


  26. POKEMON MASTER // June 29, 2007 at 2:11 pm // Reply

    this is to thyphlosiondude….

    i always go with the fire starter, they are the best and the strongest

  27. you have to have it on another game so you can migrate it at pal park

  28. pikachuking // June 29, 2007 at 1:11 pm // Reply

    for billybob, what game are you doing that on

  29. how do you get 99 rare candies

  30. pikachuking // June 29, 2007 at 11:26 am // Reply

    does pikachu count, if not, treecko

  31. Mine are Charmander from Kanto. Todile from johto. Treeko from Hoen. Vhimchar from sinnoh. I think ruby is the best with plan red and blue versions.

  32. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 10:31 am // Reply

    I’m trying to see which starter is liked the most. Can u guys tell me your favorite starter? It can be from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, or Sinnoh. Thanks. GO TYPHLOSION!

  33. pikachuking // June 29, 2007 at 10:25 am // Reply

    oh, i dont have any cheating devices

  34. pikachuking // June 29, 2007 at 10:23 am // Reply

    is there a trick to making giratina shiny on pearl, I tried for days

  35. TyphlosionDude // June 29, 2007 at 9:48 am // Reply

    Where is the Move Tutor in Pokemon Diamond? I need to know! And also, fire starters RAWK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. oh wait! niff sorry i got mixed up i think ou need rotom the electric ghost. Sorry! By the way its in the old chateu place in the eterna forest. the 2nd gym leader will be there. talk to her at nite then go to the room with the tv talk to it thump the tv. Ta da! Oh and you guys know the guard who gaurds the pokemon statue in the mansion down of hearthome? Yeah hes not there at 2:00am to 5:00am. we dont know why vut yeah.

  37. to niff

    umm i think your looking for giratina. its in turnback cave and is really ard to catch. it killed itself with struggle before i got it! Now i still dont have it!

  38. POKEMON MASTER // June 28, 2007 at 8:25 pm // Reply

    this is to niff….

    what is the number of the pokemon you’re looking for?

  39. i have heatron and the ghost dragon type legendaries but i cant find the 3rd.

  40. POKEMON MASTER // June 28, 2007 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    this is to jay….

    well im sorry idk what to do then:(

    this is to babie girl….

    if you’ve seen jigglypuff then just search its area on the pokedex, and if you have the national dex you can find it in the trophy garden(after talking to the guy)

  41. nice picture of chimchar i kinda like this website its AWESOME!!

  42. babie gurl // June 28, 2007 at 2:46 pm // Reply

    does any one know jigglypuff are i love that pokemon?!

  43. dude chimchar rules and i i beat elite four more thAN 20 TIMES!! so what do i do i got all the pokemons and everything….

  44. To pokemon master…..

    my cousins are boys and they play too. I beat the elite four 7 times already! I talked to Prof. Rowan too.

  45. flashdragon // June 28, 2007 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    what level does your pokemon for the elite 4 its my friend he needs it he asked accet the was so high

  46. Hey Spiked Charizard what do you want for shinies?

  47. i think empoleon is the best starter

  48. spikedcharizard // June 28, 2007 at 12:10 pm // Reply

    Alright….I’m totaly TICKED OFF!!! I love pokemon pearl…but,I ordered pokemon battle revolution about a week ago….it came to stores 3 days ago…Wal-Mart -said-

    that it would “be shipped the day it got there and arive today (thursday)….NOW it says it will arive next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    also- I want to trade someone over the wi-fi,I’ve got hundreds of shinies and are willing to trade!

  49. chimchar is okey but pipla RULES

  50. babie gurl // June 27, 2007 at 11:01 pm // Reply

    i used one pokemon to beat the E4 and champion,and that pokemon was empoleon.

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