Pokémon Diamond Version (Nintendo DS)

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Together with Pokémon Pearl, this game starts the 4th generation of the Pokémon series. Set in a new region, Sinnoh, it includes 107 new Pokémon, bringing the total up to 493. It is also the first online game in the series, featuring Wi-Fi battles and trading. Players can collect badges, challenge the Elite Four, and become the ultimate Pokémon master.

The game continues the basic idea of previous Pokémon games - you, a new trainer, set out on a quest to catch every Pokémon and defeat the Pokémon league. Along the way, you will foil the plots of the evil organization Team Galactic, who seek to use a trio of legendary Pokémon to awaken a sleeping titan with the power to control time. There are many sidequests and other activities along the way, including the Battle Tower and catching other legendaries.

The core Pokémon series features an RPG turn-based battle system. Each monster can learn up to four attacks. In a single turn, the two opponents select their attacks, and the one with the higher Speed attacks first. The amount of damage is influenced by the Attack and Defense stats. In the past, attacks were automatically classified as Physical or Special based on their elemental type. In Diamond and Pearl, each attack can be individually categorized, so attacks which use natural elements are Special, and those which use simple force are Physical.

The Pokémon Contests from Ruby and Sapphire return, with many new features. In addition to the attack performance, where you must try to impress the judge with flashy moves, you'll also dress up your Pokémon and dance in time to music. Diamond and Pearl also bring back the real time system from Gold and Silver, where day and night are reflected in your game. Some Pokémon are only catchable during certain times.


Pokémon Diamond Version Nintendo DS Title screen
Pokémon Diamond Version Nintendo DS Veilstone city
Pokémon Diamond Version Nintendo DS Hearthome city at night

Alternate Titles

  • "Pokémon Versione Diamante" -- Italian title
  • "Pokémon Version Diamant" -- French title
  • "Pokémon Edición Diamante" -- Spanish title
  • "Pokémon Diamant-Edition " -- German title
  • "Pocket Monsters Diamond" -- Japanese title
  • "ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

If it ain't broke, why fix it? Rensch (203) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A must-have game for DS owners, Pokemon fans or not! Fishaman P (36) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Lawrence Jun 25, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot Apr 23, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Apr 20, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
411mania.com May 30, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2007 8.25 out of 10 82
Digital Spy Jul 28, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) Jul 02, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 27, 2007 15 out of 20 75
Computer Bild Spiele Aug 01, 2007 2.38 out of 6 72
JeuxVideoPC.com Jul 27, 2007 14 out of 20 70


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1001 Video Games

Pokémon Diamond Version appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • After defeating the first Gym Leader in the US version, the following message appears: "In return, we'll refrain from causing massive damage to your assistant. This is a reference to Genji: Days of the Blade, read the trivia item there for more information.
  • Shortly after starting a new game, a news story on the player's TV mentions an "oddly colored" Gyarados. This is a reference to the shiny Gyarados that can be found in the Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silve Version Game Boy games.
  • On January 12 (Junichi Masuda's birthday), fly up to Snowpoint City and instead of the usual flurry snow storm there will be glittery diamond snow.


According to publisher Nintendo, Pokémon Diamond Version together with Pearl Version sold 17.63 million copies worldwide (as of March 31, 2014).


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LordRM (52) added Pokémon Diamond Version (Nintendo DS) on Apr 20, 2007