Pokémon: tips and tricks for Diamond and Pearl remakes

The Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes are here – if you need tips and tricks to get started, you’ve come to the right place

During the full immersion of Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl, while writing our review we also thought about tricks and there advice you may need to properly address these remake. On the other hand, certain comforts seen later in the saga have softened us a bit: ILCA’s directorial debut reminded us that, at the time, the saga boasted a slightly higher level of difficulty. For our part, we’re here to help you out, so get your Trainer cap ready – we’ve got some tips that will lead you straight to the Pokémon League!

Options in a saga full of options

Before you even start your journey in these remakes, enter the menu of options of Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl and arrange everything properly: the first of the tricks and tips to get to the end unscathed is this. You can set the speed of the text, the speed of the animations and also the volume. If you are tired of seeing the animations, you can turn them off, and if you are in a hurry you can also speed up the dialogue. You can reset everything when you want, but being able to start the journey as you prefer never hurts: keep this in mind once you leave Tweleague behind you.

Speaking of options, these are still Pokémon – it’s normal that they don’t even miss them when it comes to building your team. Always check the type your creatures belong to, because both the power of the attacks you inflict and the damage you are going to collect depend on it. Also, don’t forget the STAB: the acronym stands for Same Type Attack Bonus, or attack bonus for the same type. You will find that there is a noticeable difference between a Thunder attack made by a Pikachu (Electric type) and the same move made by a Dragonite (Dragon and Flying type).

Pokémon: tips and tricks for Diamond and Pearl remakes

Choose your companions well, in every sense – tips and tricks for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes

At the start of the remakes, you will only be able to choose one of the Starter Pokémon already seen also in Diamond and Pearl: we cannot necessarily give you advice based on our preferences, but you will be able to understand for yourself which tricks to apply to your strategy. The choice is between Turtwig, Chimchar e Piplup. They all start with one type and end with two (Grass / Earth for Torterra, Fire / Fight for Infernape and Water / Steel for Empoleon, respectively). With Turtwig and Piplup you will do great against the first gym leader Pedro, but (Big Dungeons aside) you will hardly find many Fire-type creatures. If you are willing to pay the… price (sorry), choose Chimchar.

Speaking of partners, you will happen to team up with non-player characters occasionally. These allies will take the trouble to heal you after every fight, including those with wild Pokémon. If it were not obvious, our advice is to take advantage of it to stock up on experience points with all the local fauna. Take advantage of it while you can, because once you leave the area you will no longer have the opportunity to have that coach by your side. In particular, the clashes with other coaches always yield an easy experience, as you will read in a moment.

Pokémon: tips and tricks for Diamond and Pearl remakes

Strike while the iron is hot – tips and tricks for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes

As obvious as it seems, battles with coaches they are not just for experience. In Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl, you will register Pokémon in your Pokédex only for seeing them in battle. And as long as you strike a fight with anyone, as well as run into as much wildlife as possible, you should be able to complete (or almost complete) your little encyclopedia before you even set foot in the League. Defeating specific Pokémon also helps improve hidden stats, which the competitive scene calls IVs and EVs. We will not dwell on this, but it is enough for you to know that getting to grips with it is worthwhile.

For us it was a bit the opposite, but we suppose we can also forget about gods Great Underground with relative ease. And, honestly, we don’t explain why. Remember what we said about Fire-type Pokémon? Getting medals in tandem with the Explorokit inevitably improves the situation in the Underground Caves, where alternatives to Sinnoh’s fiery wildlife (basically only Ponyta and Rapidash) can be encountered. How about making fire and flames with a Houndoom, for example? It can be obtained almost immediately in the adventure. Moral of the story: dig!

Pokémon: tips and tricks for Diamond and Pearl remakes

Always on the alert!

The last of our tips is also one of the oldest tricks in the Pokémon series: look for hidden tools, also present in large numbers in the remakes of Diamante and Perla. Collecting Poké Balls (intended as those that contain other tools) from the ground is a fairly useless suggestion; after all, if you are here you will want to look for something else. Not long after obtaining the PokéKron, you should also receive the Tool Finder app. It’s not super comfortable to use on Switch, but there are some great rewards for those with the patience to experiment. On Route 206 you may find many rare items, such as Elixirs.

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