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Best Monotype Runs for Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

As I’m writing and submitting this blog post, Pokémon Go is publishing Sinnoh Pokémon onto the roads. Now, I love the different generations for a reason or another but Generation 4 appears to have a particular place in my heart as that was when I got back to Pokémon after a long hiatus. In particular, Pokémon Platinum rankings as one of my favorite Pokémon games as they took Diamond and Pearl and improved everything about these games making a leading classic.

But we’re here to ascertain which types are the very best to get a Monotype (or solitary Type) Run that’s a run where you only capture and train 1 type of Pokémon. And unfortunately, the Sinnoh games have been hit or miss. Although more Pokémon are introduced, Diamond and Pearl simply have 150 Pokémon available so you get some pretty average runs. Platinum happily adds 60 more Pokémon to Sinnoh which makes a whole lot of types doable or magnificent.

I’ve written previous articles on Monotype Run so check out those. But for those that are unfamiliar are some rules.

  1. Just Pokémon of a certain type might be caught and educated.
  2. You need to catch the first Pokémon available of this type if your newcomer doesn’t fit that kind (you will then have to discount that beginner ).
  3. You can train a Pokémon that evolves to said type provided that you get it done ASAP.
  4. No trading allowed
  5. Just Pokémon caught before Elite Four have been all counted.

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Without further ado, let us take a look! A list of full team mixes are seen below too.

The Very Best Types

Starting with the best tier I’d say that the Water, Poison, Traditional , Beloved, Steel, and Fighting types are types that you should go for due to their commonality, early availability and kind coverage. This is actually the very first time in the show in which Poison can shield itself from Psychic attacks thanks to Drapion and Stuntank and when you’ve Roserade, Toxicroak, Crobat, along with Tentacruel backing up you you’re in for a good time. Fighting types meanwhile possess a close consistent occurrence-rate as you’ve got Chimchar as your own starter and then afterwards you got Medicham, Toxicroak, also, obviously, Lucario. Water is splendid as usual but this conduct is exceptional since you have Empoleon who’s incredibly rare and astonishing. Empoleon’s presence also creates the Sinnoh matches a hidden gem for a metal group, certainly do not miss it here.

Meanwhile, the Platinum improves these types farther and make Ground along with Flying types amusing…thanks tooooo Gliscor! Gliscor’s fantastic type combo enhances both of these types and come-on, it’s Gliscor, they’re the ideal. You Can Also prepare a Mamoswine for Earth and a Togekiss and Yanmega for Flying.

The Worst Types

Like regular, Dragon and Ice are kinds I strongly urge against. In spite of Platinum these kinds suffer as a result of late game availability (especially Ice), restricted selections, and poor coverage. Additionally, if you’re playing Diamond or Pearl, Fire along with Electric are pretty abysmal. Sure, you can catch both kinds early on however there are hardly any of them. Platinum increases their diversity and leaves them more doable but it is going to surely be a walk at the park. Dark kinds are also rather dismal if your playing Pearl or Platinum as they’re accessible mid-game at best and there is a lackluster diversity. Luckily, in Diamond, you can grab a Murkrow at Eterna Forest following the first gym.


If you already skipped forward and looked through the list, you may have noticed Spiritomb is lacking out of the Dark and Publish type lists. That’s because he is among the hardest non-legendary Pokémon to catch. You need to get the Old Keystone, that itself is not overly hard, but you also have to talk to 32 people in the underground. They must be real individuals also and not NPCs! Luckily, you’ll only need another individual with Diamond/Pearl/Platinum to perform it. But as you will need an extra copy of the match in order to get Spiritomb this disqualifies Spiritomb according to our rules. But Dark type still has neutral coverage as a result of Drapion.


Ideal Team: Vepiquen, Wormadam (Steel and Ground type ), Heracross, Dustox, Mothim/Yanmega (Platinum)/Scyther (Platinum)

First Pokémon: Kricketot via Route 202 prior to the first fitness center

Covers Weaknesses? No, Fire not neutralized


Optional Pokémon: Absol (Platinum), Honchkrow (Diamond), Stuntank (Diamond), Houndoom (Platinum), Umbreon (Platinum)

First Pokémon: Murkrow can be captured in Eterna Forest after the first gym in Diamond. In Pearl, you can grab a Skorupi in the Great Marsh nicely after the third gym. In PlatinumCard, you can get an Eevee at Hearthome City before the third gym.

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


Ideal Team: Garchomp, Dialga (Diamond)/Palkia (Pearl)/ / Giratina (Platinum), Altaria (Platinum Card )

First Pokémon: Gible at Wayward Cave. In Diamond and Pearl you require strength that is after the th fitness center. In Platinum, strength is not required and you are able to grab one after the next gym.

Covers Weaknesses? Just in Diamond because of Dialga but at the other two versions, Pearl has a Dragon Platinum and weakness has a Dragon and Ice weakness


Optional Pokémon: Pachirisu

First Pokémon: Shinx at Route 202 before the first fitness center

Covers Weaknesses? Just in Platinumin Diamond and Pearl that the Ground kind Isn’t neutralized.

Fairy (technically does not exist yet but if it did…)

Ideal Team: Mr. Mime, Clefable, Azumarill, Gardevoir (Platinum), Togekiss (Platinum Card )

First Pokémon: Cleffa/Clefairy at Mt Coronet following the second gym

Covers Weaknesses? No, Steel or Poison not covered


Covers Weaknesses? Yes


First Pokémon: Chimchar via starter

Covers Weaknesses? No, Water and Earth not neutralized


Ideal Team: Gyarados, Vespiquen/Yanmega (Platinum), Drifblim, Honchkrow (Diamond), Gliscor (Platinum), Tropius (Platinum)

Optional Pokémon: Staraptor/Noctowl/Chatot/Togekiss (Platinum), Pelipper/Mantine

First Pokémon: Starly via Route 201

Covers Weaknesses? Only in Platinum, in Diamond and Pearl that the Electric and Rock types are not neutralized.


Optional Pokémon: Giratina (Platinum)

First Pokémon: Drifloon on Fridays at the Valley Windworks ahead of the next gym

Covers Weaknesses? No, Black and Ghost moves are not neutralized


Ideal Team: Torterra, Roserade, Wormadam, Abomasnow, Leafeon (Platinum), Tropius (Platinum)

First Pokémon: Turtwig via starter

Covers Weaknesses? No, Fire and Flying not covered


Ideal Team: Torterra, Hippowdon, Garchomp, Gastrodon/Quagsire/Whiscash, Gliscor (Platinum)/Steelix, Mammoswine (Platinum Card )

First Pokémon: Turtwig via starter

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


First Pokémon: Snover/Sneasel in Diamond and Pearl on Route 216 after the sixth fitness center or Eevee in Hearthome City in Platinum just before the third gym.

Covers Weaknesses? No, all versions weak to Steel and Fire. Diamond/Pearl also weak to Rock and Fighting


Ideal Team: Starraptor/Togekiss (Platinum), Clefable, Snorlax, Girafarig, Ambipom, Lopunny

First Pokémon: Starly and Bidoof in Route 201

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


First Pokémon: Zubat through Route 203 and 204 and Budew through Route 204 both which may be caught before the initial gym

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


Optional Pokémon: Chimecho

First Pokémon: Abra through Route 203 prior to the first gym

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


First Pokémon: Geodude either Oreburgh Gate or Ravaged Course before the first gym

Covers Weaknesses? In all variations Earth, Water and Fighting moves aren’t neutralized. In Diamond, the Rock kind is also weak to Grass and metal moves.

Notes: Please be aware that you may just buy Rampardos OR Bastiodon in Platinum! It is dependent upon your Trainer ID number. If the final digit is even you get a Bastiodon and if it is strange you receive a Rampardos.


Ideal Team: Empoleon, Bastiodon (Pearl and Platinum Card [want an ID that ends with an even number])/Probopass (Platinum), Bronzong, Lucario, Steelix, Magnezone (Platinum)

Optional Pokémon: Dialga (Diamond), Wormadam

First Pokémon: Piplup via newcomer

Covers Weaknesses? Yes, provided you purchase a Bronzong with got the Levitate Ability.


Ideal Team: Empoleon, Quagsire/Whiscash/Gastrodon, Gyarados/Mantine, Tentacruel, Octillery, Vaporeon (Platinum)

First Pokémon: Piplup via Starter

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