How to get good pokémon in diamond pearl and platinum

In true Pokemon tradition, a third Pokemon game is released after a couple of years to compliment the other two before it. There are many changes in this remake, but whether the changes make it worthwhile to play through the game again is entirely up to you. If you have already gotten Platinum, then use this guide to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the new stuff.

There’s Something Different About You.

The most obvious difference between Platinum and Diamond/Pearl is the look of the game. Although there isn’t anything here as drastic as the addition of color in Pokemon Yellow, or the inclusion of a playable girl character in Pokemon Crystal, there is still plenty to see and admire and, in some cases, enjoy even.

  • Lucas, Dawn and Pearl are all dressed for the winter, wearing >scarves and warmer outer wear.
  • You can see that the weather, in general, is colder throughout the game. There are patches of snow are found all the way to Twinleaf Town. There is still some warmer areas, such as where the Battle Zone used to be in Diamond/Pearl.
  • The battle layout is different in shape and color.
  • The Poketch looks and works differently now. You can now move forward and backwards while selecting apps, which means you don’t need to scroll through the whole list every time you missed the app you want.
  • Important trainers, like Gym Leaders, Pearl, and Galactic Leaders, have animated sprites now and their close up image looks sharper and better.
  • You can now see Pokemon animate from behind as well as in front.
  • Some attacks, like Razor Leaf, have new attack animations.
  • When sending Pokemon out, you can see that more trainers are now using seals.
  • The Eterna Gym now has giant flower petals that rotate after battling trainers.
  • The Heathome Gym now features a dark maze that you must navigate using the light from your flashlight and the glow of Duskull eyes.
  • The Veilstone Gym now has punching bags that you have to move to get around.
  • The Cycling Road has been slightly redesigned with some small tunnels in the middle.
  • The Oreburgh Mine now has coal carts that connect the entrance to the last section of the mine.
  • Victory Road has a much cooler entrance with a huge Pokeball in the center arch.
  • The rooms where you fight the Elite Four look a lot cooler. Aaron is in the forest room, Bertha is surrounded by rocks, Flint has lava pits in his room, and Cynthia’s room is now a different color.

Hey! I don’t remember that!

Besides just looking different, there have been quite a few changes that may affect the way you play the game. For example, the order of the gyms have been changed, which may affect your choice of starter pokemon. As well, you will be sent to accomplish new side quests and will be battling your pokemon against new reoccuring characters. Some things have been changed only slightly while others are brand sparkly new.

Things that Changed:

  • Some Gym Leaders now use different Pokemon than they did in Diamond and Pearl.
  • Fantina is now the third Gym Leader, Maylene is the fourth and Crasher Wake is the fifth.
  • You can battle your rival at the Survival Area in front of the Battleground over and over again after finishing the Stark Mountain quest. Each time you fight, your rival will have stronger pokemon, up to level 85! This makes him the strongest trainer in all Pokemon games so far.
  • The background and in game story for Cyrus and Team Galactic is much more detailed and complicated. Team Galactic also acts a bit more evil in Platinum.

Things that are Brand New:

  • New reoccurring characters have been added to the game, including Pluto, a new Team Galactic Admin, and Looker, an investigator trying to track down Team Galactic in order to stop them.
  • There are new Move Tutors available who can teach a good number of attacks for different amounts of shards.
  • Random trainers appear near the front desk in the Pokemon Centers throughout the game. You can battle them every day and will face stronger trainers as you go through the game.
  • There is a new area, the Distortion World, and this is where you will find Giratina’s Origin Form and fight the final battle against Cyrus.
  • Once you get to the Resort Area, you will be able to own a house there and you will be able to furnish your home with various items. From time to time, you will get visitors to your home. The items that you put in your house will influence who shows up to say hi.
  • The Survival Area now has a new building in it called the Match Place where different trainers can be found every day.
  • You can battle all the Gym Leaders again in the Match Place, you can also battle your tag battle partners here too. They will have high level pokemon, around level 60, so be prepared!
  • A new Battle Frontier has been added. It works like the one in Pokemon Emerald and has five battle areas that test your pokemon battling skills.

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So you received the Explorer Kit from the Underground Man? Congratulations, for you are about to venture into the underlayer of Sinnoh: The Underground.

So what is the Underground? For those that don’t even have the Explorer Kit yet, you can get it from the Underground Man in Eterna City. You can use the Explorer Kit virtually anywhere outside, and you will be sent to the Underground. When you do, DS wireless communications will be launched so you can explore with friends. Where you land in the Underground depends on where you used your Explorer Kit. Check the Undergound map for locations.

While you are Underground, your undergound map will be located on the top screen and your character will be located on the bottom. Your character’s location is marked by a red circle, other players will be marked by an orange cross, while items hidden within the walls will be marked by bursts of orange light. Your secret base will be marked by a red square.

How to get good pokémon in diamond pearl and platinum

Pushing X will show you not your usual menu, but a special Underground menu. Your Underground inventory is separated into the following menus: Traps, Spheres, Goods, and Treasures. You can select your name to see a list of things you accomplished during your Underground adventure. Choosing “Go Up” will send you back up to the surface.

So what do I do first? You ask? That is up to you. I will show you all the things you can do Underground, and what you do first is solely up to you, but I would recommend doing them in the order I give them to prevent any confusion..

You can complete the Training Missions, which the Underground Man will issue to you. You will be rewarded each time you complete a mission, and it will help you familiarize yourself with the Underground, so I recommend you do this first. Here is a table of the missions he will issue to you, and the reward you get for completing it.

Missions Rewards
Go undergound (1st test) Move Trap (up), Bubble Trap, Leaf Trap
Dig up an object (2nd test) Prism Sphere 1, Red Sphere 1, Blue Sphere 1
Bury a sphere (3rd test) Digger Drill
Dig out a Secret Base (4th test) Plain Table, Wooden Chair, Small Bookshelf, Buneary Doll
Decorate the Secret Base (5th test) A doll Based on your Starter Pokemon
Get Bronze Flag (1 flag) Pretty Gem
Get Silver Flag (3 flags) Shiny Gem
Get Gold Flag (10 flags) Mystic Gem
Get Platinum Flag (50 flags) Glitter Gem

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You can hunt for treasure, which you will find is fun and time consuming if you don’t know when to stop! It’s easy to get addicted, so watch out! How you find the treasure is to find the treasure hotspots, which are located on the map by the bursts of orange light. Go in those areas and tap on the screen with your stylus. A circle will show up on your screen, like a radar, showing you where on the wall to dig. When you first start, you will notice a wall with different layers of rocks. The darker the texture, the harder it is to pound to the end. The end is where you will find your treasure. Be careful though, because after so many hits, the wall will collapse!

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There are many things you can find in the walls. There are two main categories though. One is spheres, (basically your currency for the Underground) which the walls are usually caked with. The bigger the sphere, the less common it usually is. You can get bigger spheres though by burying them into the ground and digging them up later on. The other is other treasure, which consists of everything else. That includes items like revives, shards, plates, heart scales, and even fossils! When you receive the National Dex, you will find more different fossils than before.

After you round up a good haul of treasure, it’s time to find out where to spend it all. Now is the time to look for some Undergound Vendors. There’s three different kinds of vendors: Goods Vendors, which offer you items for your spheres (the goods are for use for your Secret Base). Trap Vendors offer just that, traps! The last vendor, Treasure Trader, will give you spheres in return of certain goods. Each vendor is different, so do some wandering around to find a vendor you are satisfied with!

How to get good pokémon in diamond pearl and platinum

Now you may be asking yourself right now, “what are traps and what the heck are they for?”. The answer is simple. They are used to vent away pests, namely those who are looking to find your Secret Base and steal your flag. The traps don’t really stop people, but they can be a nuisance. Some, you have to blow into the mic. Others, you need to pick at the screen, and then there’s some that send you lunging in a certain direction, so watch your step! Traps are identifiable by touching the screen. They show up just like how treasure does.

How to get good pokémon in diamond pearl and platinum

Now it’s about due time to set up a Secret Base, if you haven’t already figured it out and done so already. Before you can set up a Secret Base, you need a Digger Drill. You can get one from the Underground Man as a mission reward, or you can get one from a Trap Vendor. When you get one, simply use it on any wall in the Underground. It doesn’t matter where you set it, just try to set it in a discreet place.

How to get good pokémon in diamond pearl and platinum

If you have any goods in your inventory, you can use them to decorate you Secret Base. The possibilities for your Secret Base are endless! By the way, if you are looking to remove some of the boulders from your Secret Base, you will need to upgrate your flag, which you can do from stealing flags from other people’s Secret Bases.

You may be wondering what stealing other flags mean. It means simply that. You look for your friends’ Secret Bases, sneak in, and steal their flag. The more flags you steal, the more your flag levels up. The higher the level, the more boulders that will be removed from your Secret Base. Here is a table on how many flags to get in order to get that amount of boulders removed.

Flag Rewards
Bronze (1 flag) Remove 1 boulder and display 12 decorations
Silver (3 flags) Remove up to 5 boulders and display 15 decorations
Gold (10 flags) Remove up to 10 boulders and receive radar functions for your PC
Platinum (50 flags) Remove all boulders

That’s about all there is to it! Hope you have fun exploring the Underground!

In earlier games, PokeBlocks were used to enhance the contest characteristics of Pokemon. In Diamond and Pearl, Poffin have been introduced. Firstly, you will need a Poffin Case, and this can be found in Hearthome City’s Pokemon Fan Club. Talk to the chairperson, listen to him ramble, and you’ll receive a Poffin Case to store your Poffin. Secondly, you will need some berries, and these can be found all over the world. To start making Poffin, visit the Poffin House, just south of the Pokemon Center in Hearthome City, and talk to the lady standing in front of the table with a weird contraption on top of it.

Making Poffin is relatively simple. Use the DS touchscreen to mix the batter either clockwise or anti-clockwise, depending on which way the arrow is pointing.

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If you stir too fast, you get “overflow”, where the batter spills. Maintain a steady stirring technique to keep the batter in the bowl! Of course, the batter will harden and brown as time goes by, so you can afford to stir faster. If you don’t stir when prompted, or if you stir too slow, you’ll burn the mixture. Too many errors, and you’ll end up with a dull-grey Foul Poffin. You’ll notice after a few rounds that when the Poffin mixture is brown and the cooking flames are blue, you can mix as fast as you want without spilling, so make use of it and go hard.

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Anyway, it’s not that hard to make a decent Poffin. After a minute or so, you’ll be taken to a results screen where you will see how many burns and overflows you’ve done, as well as the Poffin flavour and level. Of course, the higher the level, the better the quality. To achieve really high levels, partner up with some friends and make some Poffin together by choosing “In a group”. Your friends will need to be in wireless range for this to work.

An important note is that if you use two of the same berries, your Poffin will automatically come out as a level 2 Foul Poffin! So make sure you organise what your friends are putting in before you start!

How to get good pokémon in diamond pearl and platinum

Poffin Flavours

Remember, there are five basic Poffin flavours that correspond to the five contest characteristics. See also the Natures Guide for a list of which natures prefer which flavours.
Spicy Poffins raise Cool
Dry Poffins raise Beauty
Sweet Poffins raise Cute
Bitter Poffins raise Smart
Sour Poffins raise Tough

Some berries have multiple flavours, and as a result, sometimes you will get Poffin that have two flavours:

Spicy Dry Sweet Bitter Sour
Spicy Spicy-Dry Poffin Spicy-Sweet Poffin Spicy-Bitter Poffin Spicy-Sour Poffin
Dry Dry-Spicy Poffin Dry-Sweet Poffin Dry-Bitter Poffin Dry-Sour Poffin
Sweet Sweet-Spicy Poffin Sweet-Dry Poffin Sweet-Bitter Poffin Sweet-Sour Poffin
Bitter Bitter-Spicy Poffin Bitter-Dry Poffin Bitter-Sweet Poffin Bitter-Sour Poffin
Sour Sour-Spicy Poffin Sour-Dry Poffin Sour-Sweet Poffin Sour-Bitter Poffin

You can also get Foul Poffin if you get too many burns or overflows, but there are Rich Poffin which have more than two primary flavours. Check your Poffin case to see what kinds of flavours they are. Although they look similar, the Rich Poffin is in fact slightly lighter in colour.

When you mix alone, these are the Poffin flavours that each berry produces. Alternatively, check the Poffin Calculator for more complex mixes.

The new Safari Zone works slightly differently from those of old. The Pokémon are no longer always in the same place. This makes a guide tricky, of course – how do you go about finding them?

Fortunately, there is a way of determining where in your particular game they can be found. Upstairs, there are three sets of binoculars. By paying 100 to use them, you’ll be shown several specific Pokémon, and where in the Safari Zone they are.

The better you get to know the Safari Zone, the better your chances will be of finding them once you’re in, so visit often.

There follows a list of the Pokémon readily available in the Safari Zone.

Picture National Dex No. Pokemon Unique to the Safari?
#54 Psyduck No
#55 Golduck No
#163 Hoothoot No
#164 Noctowl No
#183 Marill No
#194 Wooper No
#194 Quagsire No
#298 Azurill No
#315 Roselia No
#339 Barboach No
#340 Whiscash No
#396 Starly No
#397 Staravia No
#396 Bidoof No
#400 Bibarel No
#406 Budew No
#451 Skorupi Yes!
#453 Croagunk Yes!
#455 Carnivine Yes!

There you go! And there’s more! When you unlock the National Dex, a whole hoard of new (read: old) Pokémon arrive at the Safari Zone.

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Introduction

The best possible Pokémon for an in-game team are the ones that are obtained at the start of the game, can OHKO enemies easily, take little damage from nearly any enemy, can learn many HMs, can heal themselves, can learn useful moves upon level up, don’t need excessive TMs, and have a useful ability. Such a Pokémon doesn’t exist, of course, but this means that Pokémon closer to this ideal are obviously the best ones to use.

The goal of this in-game tier list is to recommend a select group of Pokémon for an efficient run through the game. The ones that fit most of the above requirements are placed in the high tier. Very inefficient Pokémon will be put in the low tier. Things that are neither efficient nor inefficient, for example Pokémon that have some opportunity costs but don’t end up as good as high tiered ones, will be put in the middle tier.

Don’t confuse an efficient run with a speed run. Speed runs are often ones that are segmented and recorded with luck manipulation through resets, and aim for the absolute fastest time recorded, but the real time spent on them is usually much more. Just assume you want to play through in a relatively fast time frame. The most efficient team size for these runs is only one member, but if one doesn’t assume something more like 3 members, the resulting in-game tier lists become incredibly centralized around Pokémon you get early on in the game rather than anything encountered later on. Also note when reading through this guide that some of the moves and abilities listed for a Pokémon may only be obtained by their evolutions. Some Pokémon may be placed in higher tiers due to their evolutions capabilities as well.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, a whole load of new Pokéballs were introduced. Here is a complete list of the new ones, with the old ones thrown in too.

Name Price Where Recommended?
Pokéball 200 All good Pokémarts In the early stages, yes, but in latter stages, you should be using alternatives.
Great Ball 600 Most Pokémarts Again, in the early stages, this is a good Pokéball, but can dwindle later in the game.
Ultra Ball 1200 Pokémarts roughly later than Pastoria City This is a highly recommended Pokéball for the daytime, with good capture rate.
Master Ball N/A Given to you by Cyrus in Galactic HQ, and winning the Pokémon Lotto in Jubilife TV Centre. There is only one of these easily obtainable in the game, so use it wisely, preferrably on Mesprit or Cresselia.
Heal Ball 300 All Pokémarts past Sandgem Town A good Pokéball if you want to use a Pokémon quickly, as it completely heals the Pokemon you catch. It does not have a very high capture rate though.
Net Ball 1000 Pokémarts in Floaroma onwards, roughly Good for capturing Water and Bug types.
Nest Ball 1000 Pokémarts past Hearthome City Good on weaker Pokemon (lower levels).
Dusk Ball 1000 Pokémarts past Eterna City Extremely good for nighttime capturing.
Quick Ball 1000 Pokémarts past Veilstone Department Store Good at the beginning of battles.
Timer Ball 1000 Pokémarts past Canalave City Good at the end of battles.
Repeat Ball 1000 Pokémarts past Canalave City Good for Pokemon you have already captured.
Luxury Ball 1000 Pokémarts past Snowpoint City Increases the friendship of the Pokémon inside it, so good for catching Chansey.
Cherish Ball N/A Obtained at a Nintendo Darkrai event .

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing what all of the Pokéballs do. I hope you use this table wisely, and hopefully, I will be writing more guides soon!

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