Greatest Monotype Runs for Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

As I’m composing and writing this blog post, Pokémon Go is releasing Sinnoh Pokémon on the roads. I really like different generations for one reason or another but Generation 4 seems to have a special place in my heart as that was once I got back into Pokémon following a lengthy hiatus. In particular, Pokémon Platinum ranks as among my favorite Pokémon games as they took Diamond and Pearl and improved everything about these games making a top notch classic.

But we’re here in order to ascertain which types are the best to get a Monotype (or Single Type) Run which is a run in which you only capture and train 1 type of Pokémon. And unfortunately, the Sinnoh matches are either hit or miss. Although more Pokémon have been introduced, Diamond and Pearl only have 150 Pokémon available so that you get some pretty average runs. Platinum happily adds 60 more Pokémon to Sinnoh that produces a whole lot of types achievable or magnificent.

I have written previous posts on Monotype Run so check those out. But for those that are unfamiliar are some rules.

  1. Only Pokémon of a certain type could be caught and trained.
  2. You need to catch the first Pokémon available of this kind if your newcomer doesn’t fit that type (you’ll then need to disregard that starter).
  3. You may instruct a Pokémon that evolves to said type as long as you get it done ASAP.
  4. No trading allowed
  5. Only Pokémon caught before Elite Four have been all counted.

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Without further ado, let’s take a look! A list of full team mixes are found below too.

The Greatest Types

Starting with the top tier I’d state that the Water, Poison, Regular , Psychic, Steel, and Struggling types are types that you should go for because of their commonality, early availability and kind policy. This is the very first time in the series in which Poison can defend itself against Psychic attacks thanks to both Drapion and Stuntank and when you have Roserade, Toxicroak, Crobat, along with Tentacruel financing up you you’re in for a fantastic time. Struggling types meanwhile have a close consistent occurrence-rate since you’ve got Chimchar as your starter and then later you have Medicham, Toxicroak, and, clearly, Lucario. Water is splendid as standard but this conduct is exceptional since you have Empoleon who’s incredibly rare and astonishing. Empoleon’s presence also creates the Sinnoh games a hidden jewel for a Steel team, certainly don’t miss it .

Meanwhile, Platinum enriches these kinds farther and make Ground along with Flying types amusing…thanks tooooo Gliscor! Gliscor’s amazing type combo enhances both of these kinds and come-on, it’s Gliscor, they are the best. You also can train a Mamoswine for Earth and also a Togekiss and Yanmega for Flying.

The Wrong Types

Like regular, Dragon along with Ice are kinds I strongly advocate against. Even with Platinum these kinds suffer as a result of late game availability (notably Ice), restricted selections, and inadequate coverage. Additionally, if you are playing Diamond or Pearl, Fire along with Electric are fairly abysmal. Sure, you can catch both kinds early on but there are barely any of these. Platinum improves their diversity and makes them doable but it will surely be a stroll at the park. Dark kinds can also be rather gloomy if a enjoying Pearl or Platinum since they’re accessible mid-game in the best and there’s a lackluster motto. Thankfully, in Diamond, you can catch a Murkrow in Eterna Forest after the first gym.


If you skipped ahead and looked through the listing, you may have discovered Spiritomb is lacking from the Dark and Ghost kind lists. That’s because he is one of the hardest non-legendary Pokémon to catch. You need to find the Old Keystone, that is not overly hard, however you also have to talk to 32 people in the underground. They must be actual people too and not NPCs! Luckily, you’ll only need one other 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 based on our rules. Nevertheless, Dark kind still has impartial policy thanks to Drapion.


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

First Pokémon: Kricketot through Route 202 before the first fitness center

Covers Weaknesses?


First Pokémon: Murkrow can be caught in Eterna Forest after the first fitness center in Diamond. In Pearl, you can grab a Skorupi from the Great Marsh nicely following the third fitness center. In Platinum, you can get an Eevee in Hearthome City before the third gym.

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


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

First Pokémon: Gible in Wayward Cave. In Diamond and Pearl you will need strength which is after the 6th fitness center. In Platinum, strength is not required and you are able to catch one following the next health.

Covers Weaknesses? Just in Diamond thanks to Dialga but in the other two variations, Pearl includes a Dragon Platinum and weakness has a Dragon and Ice weakness


First Pokémon: Shinx at Route 202 prior to the first gym

Covers Weaknesses? Only in PlatinumCard, in Diamond and Pearl the Ground type is not neutralized.

Fairy (technically doesn’t exist yet but if it did…)

First Pokémon: Cleffa/Clefairy at Mt Coronet after the next gym

Covers Weaknesses? No, Steel or even Poison not covered


First Pokémon: Chimchar via newcomer

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


First Pokémon: Chimchar via newcomer

Covers Weaknesses? No, Water and Earth not neutralized


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

First Pokémon: Starly via Route 201

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


Ideal Team: Haunter, Drifblim, Dusclops (Platinum)/Mismagius (Diamond), Rotom (Platinum), Froslass (Platinum Card )

Optional Pokémon: Giratina (Platinum)

First Pokémon: Drifloon on Fridays in the Valley Windworks before the next gym

Covers Weaknesses? No, Black and Ghost moves Aren’t neutralized


Optional Pokemon: Carnivine

First Pokémon: Turtwig via newcomer

Covers Weaknesses? Fire and Flying not covered


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

Optional Pokémon: Graveler, Onix, Wormadam

First Pokémon: Turtwig via starter

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


Ideal Team: Abomasnow, Weavile, Glaceon (Platinum), Mammoswine (Platinum), Froslass (Platinum), Glalie (Platinum)

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

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


Optional Pokémon: Bibarel, Chatot, Noctowl, Blissey, Purugly (Pearl), Lickilicky (Platinum), Porygon (Platinum)

First Pokémon: Starly along with Bidoof in Route 201

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


Optional Pokémon: Haunter, Stuntank (Diamond)

First Pokémon: Zubat via Route 203 and 204 and Budew via Route 204 both which may be captured before the first gym

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


Ideal Team: Mr. Mime/Gardevoir (Platinum Card ), Bronzong, Medicham/Gallade (Platinum), Kadabra, Girafarig, Espeon (Platinum Card )

First Pokémon: Abra via Route 203 prior to the first fitness center

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


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

Covers Weaknesses? No, in most variations Earth, Water and Fighting moves aren’t neutralized. In Diamond, the Rock type is also weak to Grass and Steel moves.

Notes: Please note that you can just get Rampardos OR Bastiodon in PlatinumCard! It depends on your Trainer ID number. If the last digit is you get a Bastiodon and when it is odd you receive a Rampardos.


Ideal Team: Empoleon, Bastiodon (Pearl and Platinum [require an ID that ends with the even amount ])/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 that has the Levitate Ability.


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

Optional Pokémon: Golduck, Milotic, Azumarill, Floatzel, Lumineon, Palkia (Pearl)

First Pokémon: Piplup through Starter

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