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Gardy~ edit: Please use this thread for Platinum questions as well, at least until a separate thread may or may not need to be made. :)

Edited (nfield/15 Dec 2007): I purged out all the former posts of this topic. It was just very very messy, to say the least. If you posted a question earlier, and it wasn't answered, then sorry, but you'll have to re-post.

READ THE DIAMOND/PEARL FAQs BEFORE YOU ASK ANY QUESTIONS

Platinum walkthrough here!


The secondary personality trait that Pokemon have in Diamond and Pearl, informally known as "Characteristics," tell you your Pokemon's highest Individual Value (IV), formally known as Deter Values (DV) in GSC. If your Pokemon has two IVs tied for the highest value, the characteristic appears to be random between the two highest stats. Here's a list of each characteristic and their potential IVs:

HIT POINTS

"Often dozes off": 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
"Loves to eat": 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
"Likes to relax": 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
"Scatters things often": 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
"Often scatters things": 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27

ATTACK
"Likes to thrash about": 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
"Proud of its power": 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
"Quick tempered": 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
"Likes to fight": 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
"A little quick tempered": 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27

DEFENSE
"Capable of taking hits": 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
"Sturdy body": 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
"Good perseverance": 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
"Good endurance": 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
"Highly persistent": 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27

SPECIAL ATTACK
"Mischievous": 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
"Highly curious": 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
"Very finicky": 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
"Often lost in thought": 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
"Thoroughly cunning": 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27

SPECIAL DEFENSE
"Somewhat vain": 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
"Strong willed": 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
"Somewhat stubborn": 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
"Hates to lose": 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
"Strongly defiant": 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27

SPEED
"Alert to sounds": 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
"Likes to run": 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
"Quick to flee": 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
"Somewhat of a clown": 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
"Impetuous and silly": 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27


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Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:41 pm
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Where are the move tutors? And no, I don't mean the remember-er in pastoria.

I mean the elemental hyper beams and draco meteor ones.



Also, here's an idea - edit your posts once the question has been answered with the correct answer, while leaving the old questions.


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Draco Meteor is indeed on Route 210 (north of Solaceon Town), past the large swath of grass. Use cut on the bush, go up, the stairs, hang a right, go down the rock climb, walk about 3 squares, use rock climb to go up, fight the dragon tamer (with the gible), and the lady is in the house in the upper right. She can be used as often as you like. Oh, before going down the ledge, there's a nugget right in the little square area - take the stairs.

Elemental Hyper Beams: Route 228 in the Sandstorm Area - not up tot hat yet, so I can't confirm


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Draco Meter is to the east of canalave in the fog, you'll go across a bike bridge, then go i square down, keep going east, then rock climb once down, then once up.

I believe the other is on route 228, but i'll have to double check

oh! Good idea with the post with answers.

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Peanut-Lover wrote:
Where are the move tutors? And no, I don't mean the remember-er in pastoria.

I mean the elemental hyper beams and draco meteor ones.



Also, here's an idea - edit your posts once the question has been answered with the correct answer, while leaving the old questions.


Thats a good idea! The Elemental Move Tutor can be found in a house in route 228(the desert/sandstorming place). While the Draco Meteor person can be found in the misty area of route 210, but you need rock climb.

Edit: Gah. Beaten to it.

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Peanut-Lover wrote:
Where are the move tutors? And no, I don't mean the remember-er in pastoria.

I mean the elemental hyper beams and draco meteor ones.



Also, here's an idea - edit your posts once the question has been answered with the correct answer, while leaving the old questions.


For the Elemental Hyper Beams, go to Route 228 (the sandstorm area).
For Draco Meteor, head to Route 210, in the foggy area. You'll need Rock-climb to arrive there.

Edit: Darn it. Beaten to answering the question.

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Does Payback's base power double every time your Pokémon goes second, or only if the opponent used a damaging/attacking move before?

Edit: It doubles everytime, as long as you go second.

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I have a question that's been irking me.
When a dual-type Pokemon is attacked, where the attack is super effective against one type, and isn't very effective against the other, how is it determined how effective the attack is?


Edit: Simple maths, multiply the bonuses together: 2.0 x 0.5 = 1.
Yay I suck.

Also, Poketch app. :o


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Sparrow wrote:
I have a question that's been irking me.
When a dual-type Pokemon is attacked, where the attack is super effective against one type, and isn't very effective against the other, how is it determined how effective the attack is?


2*0.5=1

therefore it does normal damage.

Well, I'm 99% sure anyway. But an immunity is an immunity, i.e. even though it's part Poison, Gengar won't be affected by Earthquake thanks to levitate or Zapdos won't be affected by it because it's part flying.

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Right you are Gardy :D

and, with Gengar...

1 x 2 x 0 = 0

1 from ghost
2 from poison
0 from levitate


Keep in mind that abilities modifying the damage (ie, solid rock, tinted lens on the opponent, levitate) do play into the equation.


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You can use the appropriate Poketch app or the following chart:http://www.psypokes.com/lab/battlechart.php


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Okay, I have a question that really been bugging me.

In Valor Lakefront, there is this girl standing in front of one of the houses. She says that she's lost her Suite Key somewhere. What I want to know is if you can find the key, and if so, where?


EDIT: I have heared this question before. You know the hotel where you rest your pokemon? well if you use your item finder near the back exit outside of the building you'll find the key.


Thank you, but I'm kinda bummed that all I got was a Lava Cookie...

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I have heared this question before. You know the hotel where you rest your pokemon? well if you use your item finder near the back exit outside of the building you'll find the key.

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But you rest your pokemon in the security entrance...

I heard something like "have 20 ribbons on pokemon in your team"


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Peanut-Lover wrote:
But you rest your pokemon in the security entrance...

I heard something like "have 20 ribbons on pokemon in your team"


I don't know if you meant the ribbon society? Because to find the suite key, you don't need any ribbons.

The ribbon society is found at the "Resort Area" , and i think you need 10 ribbons on ONE poke. But I have not confirmed this.

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"DAILY ACTIVITIES" ON POKEMON PEARL/DIAMOND:

- Jubilife City: Draw a Pokemon Lottery Ticket at the TV station.
- Floaroma Town: Get a free Berry from the Flower Shop.
- Pastoria City: Get a rare Berry for free in the house nearest the bog.
- Solaceon Town - Go to the house east of the Pokemon Center and talk to one of the men inside - he will ask you to show him a Pokemon, and when you return with that Pokemon in your party, he will give you three free Poke Balls of a random, common type.
- Veilstone City: Go to the Massage Lady and let her give a massage to one of your Pokemon, and receive a free Accessory as well as making the Pokemon happier. Certain Accessories can only be gained this way.
- Hearthome City: Travel west to the Berry Master's house and get a free Berry.
- Sunnyshore City: Go to Julia's House and tell her a story for a free Ribbon - there is a different Ribbon for each day of the week:
Monday = Alert Ribbon (tell Julia about something splashed with water)
Tuesday = Shock Ribbon (something leaping out from a closet)
Wednesday = Downcast Ribbon (something tearful)
Thursday = Careless Ribbon (shoes on the wrong feet)
Friday = Relax Ribbon (numbers adding up perfectly when shopping)
Saturday = Snooze Ribbon (tell Julia about your favourite pillow)
Sunday - Smile Ribbon (something that makes you happy).
Also, check out the Seal Shop at the Sunnyshore Market - there are different Seals each day.
- Snowpoint City: Talk to the guy in the house above and to the right of the Gym, and he will tell you a trendy phrase that you can then use in Mail messages, interviews and so forth.
- Underground: Each of the Salesmen have different goods every day, so check them out to see if they have an item you want.

After you get the National Dex:

- Sandgem Town, or any TV: Check out which Pokemon is swarming today, and travel to the appropriate location to battle or catch them (or chain for shinies using the Poke Radar, if you would like a shiny Pokemon of that species).
- Route 212, south of Hearthome City: Go to the Pokemon Mansion and talk to Mr Backlot. He will tell you which Pokemon has come into the Trophy Garden today. As far as I can tell, it is possible to find two Trophy Garden species of Pokemon in the garden on the same day - both today's and yesterday's featured Pokemon.
- Resort Area: If your Pokemon (both in your party and on the PC) have 20 ribbons in total, enter the Ribbon Syndicate and get a Spa Treatment to make your lead Pokemon happier.
- Pal Park: If it's been 24 hours or more since you last migrated Pokemon from your GBA cartridge (Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald FireRed or LeafGreen), you may move six Pokemon into the Pal Park and perform a Catching Show. You get a Berry afterwards, depending on the time taken and the types of Pokemon captured.
NB: If your Pokemon is holding Mail or knows a HM, it cannot migrate, so you may have to remove Mail and visit the Move Deleter before transferring some Pokemon.

Other things you can do:

- Visit Amity Square with a {pikachu}, {drifloon}, {psyduck}, {pachirisu}, {happiny}, {clefairy}, {buneary}, {jigglypuff}, {skitty}, {torchic} or {shroomish}, and find an item every 200 steps. You can find rare Berries and several different Accessories; these items are only available by walking with your Pokemon in Amity Square. You can visit as often as you like.
- If it's Friday, go to the Valley Windworks and catch a lv22 {drifloon} - or defeat it, if you already have one. Only one will appear per Friday.
- Play with friends in the Underground. Bury your Spheres to make them grow large (they seem to grow faster the longer they've been buried), and trade them for cool items for your Secret Base. Capture enough Flags and you'll get to make improvements to your Secret Base.
Also, once you've talked with someone 32 times, you can catch a {spiritomb} at the Hallowed Tower on Route 209.


If anyone can add to this list, please do.


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Hello. Can I ask how you guys establish exact DV (IV?) values for your Pokemon? Do you really level them up to 100 and count the EVs en route or do you just use the DV calculator on psypokes and take the middle value of the range?


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The fastest and most accurate way is to take a Pokemon with known EV spread onto wifi and enter a lvl 100 battle with someone else. The game auto-levels the Pokemon to 100. Then you check out the Pokemon's stats in the summary menu and note down the value of each stat. Take that info and the Pokemon's nature to an online stat calculator and you get the exact IVs :) Hope that helped.

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Right. Thanks. Looks like I need another DS :)


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Well, you could just request an IV battle on wifi with someone? I'd do it if I had spare time, but I'm about to go fix a fence.....

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And I'm at work...maybe I'll try it later. My little buddy Lauryn has Diamond and a Wifi connection but I doubt she has the nouse to set it up.


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I was just wondering if someone could explain this chart more clearly to me: for example...

SPECIAL ATTACK
"Mischievous": 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31
"Highly curious": 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30
"Very finicky": 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29
"Often lost in thought": 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28
"Thoroughly cunning": 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27

Is this saying that if you catch/breed a pokemon and it's base stat for sp. attk is 6... that it will go up to 11 by lv. 5, 16 by lv. 10?? and how come for example "very finicky" it starts at 4... then back to zero at "highly curious"? I just need a little clearance of how this system works. I bet it's real simple, I just can't see it :oops:


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I'm pretty sure, that's telling you the list of POSSIBLE IVs that the individual has for the particular stat.

EDIT: The character does not change as the Pokemon gains levels and it only gives guidance on a single stat. It doesn't mean a great deal, really.

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DarkAriados wrote:
I want to know where the "Tough Words" guy is... he tells you a cool word every day that you can then use in Mail messages and so forth.


the Trendy Saying man is in Snowpoint City, in the top right house. if you're very particular about what word he says, you can save beforehand and the word changes.


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Boingo wrote:
Does Payback's base power double every time your Pokémon goes second, or only if the opponent used a damaging/attacking move before?

It works with no matter what the foe uses, just as long as you go second. I have used this move hundreds of times and I know this to be a fact.

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How do you get different Hidden Powers (HP ICE, HP Fire, etc.)?


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