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As I’m composing and writing this blog article, Pokémon Go is releasing Sinnoh Pokémon on the roads. I really like the different productions for a reason or another but Generation 4 appears to have a unique place in my heart because was when I got back to Pokémon following a long hiatus. Specifically, Pokémon Platinum rankings as among my favorite Pokémon games since they took Diamond and Pearl and enhanced everything about these games which makes a top notch classic.

But we’re here in order to ascertain which ones are the very best for a Monotype (or Single Type) Run which is a run where you simply capture and train one kind of Pokémon. And unfortunately, the Sinnoh matches are hit or miss. Although more Pokémon have been released, Diamond and Pearl simply have 150 Pokémon accessible so that you get some fairly average runs. Platinum thankfully adds 60 more Pokémon into Sinnoh which creates a lot of types achievable or magnificent.

I have written previous articles on Monotype Run so check out those. But for people who are unfamiliar are the rules.

  1. Only Pokémon of a particular type may be caught and trained.
  2. You need to catch the very first Pokémon available of that kind if your newcomer doesn’t match that type (you’ll then have to discount that beginner ).
  3. You may instruct a Pokémon that evolves to said type provided that you do it ASAP.
  4. No trading enabled
  5. Just Pokémon captured before Elite Four are all counted.

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Without further ado, let us have a look! A listing of complete team mixes can be found below as well.

The Best Types

Beginning with the best tier I would state the Water, Poison, Conventional , Psychic, Steel, and Struggling forms are types that you ought to go for because of their commonality, early availability and type coverage. This is actually the very first time in the series in which Poison can defend itself from Psychic attacks thanks to both Drapion and Stuntank and when you’ve Roserade, Toxicroak, Crobat, along with Tentacruel financing you up you’re in for a good moment. Struggling types meanwhile possess a near consistent occurrence-rate as you’ve got Chimchar as your own starter and then afterwards you have Medicham, Toxicroak, and, obviously, Lucario. Water is amazing as standard but this conduct is exceptional as you have Empoleon who is incredibly infrequent and astonishing. Empoleon’s presence also makes the Sinnoh matches a hidden gem for a Steel group, certainly don’t miss it .

Meanwhile, Platinum enriches these kinds farther and create Ground and Flying types amusing…thanks tooooo Gliscor! Gliscor’s wonderful type combo improves both of those kinds and come-on, it is Gliscor, they are the ideal. You Can Also train a Mamoswine for Ground and also a Togekiss and Yanmega for Flying.

The Wrong Forms

Like routine, Dragon and Ice are types that I strongly advocate against. Even with Platinum these kinds suffer as a result of late game availability (notably Ice), restricted selections, and poor coverage. Additionally, if you are playing Diamond or Pearl, Fire and Electric are fairly abysmal. It’s true that you can catch both types early on however there are hardly any of them. Platinum increases their diversity and makes them doable but it is going to definitely be a walk at the park. Dark forms are also rather gloomy if a playing Pearl or Platinum as they’re accessible mid-game at best and there’s a lackluster motto. Luckily, in Diamond, you can grab a Murkrow at Eterna Forest after the first gym.


If you skipped forward and looked through the list, you may have noticed Spiritomb is lacking from the Dark and Ghost kind lists. That is because he is among the hardest non-legendary Pokémon to catch. You need to get the Old Keystone, that is not overly difficult, however, you also need to speak to 32 people in the underground. They must be actual individuals also and not NPCs! Thankfully, you’ll only need one other individual with Diamond/Pearl/Platinum to perform it. But since you want an additional copy of the sport so as to get Spiritomb this disqualifies Spiritomb according to our principles. Nevertheless, Dark type still has neutral policy because of Drapion.


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

Optional Pokémon: Kricketune, Beautifly

First Pokémon: Kricketot through Route 202 prior to the first gym

Covers Weaknesses?


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

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

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


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

First Pokémon: Gible in Wayward Cave. In Diamond and Pearl you will need strength that is after the th gym. In Platinum, strength is not mandatory and you may catch one after the second gym.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Covers Weaknesses? No, Steel or Poison not covered


Ideal Team: Infernape, Heracross, Toxicroak, Medicham, Lucario, Gallade (Platinum)

First Pokémon: Chimchar via starter

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


Ideal Team: Infernape, Rapidash, Flareon (Platinum), Houndoom (Platinum), Magmar (Platinum Card )

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 Card )

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

First Pokémon: Starly via Route 201

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


Optional Pokémon: Giratina (Platinum Card )

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

Covers Weaknesses? No, Ghost and Dark motions are not neutralized


First Pokémon: Turtwig via newcomer

Covers Weaknesses? No, Fire and Flying not coated


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 at Hearthome City in Platinum before the next gym.

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


First Pokémon: Starly and Bidoof at Route 201

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


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

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


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

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

Covers Weaknesses? Yes


First Pokémon: Geodude either Oreburgh Gate or Ravaged Path before the initial fitness center

Covers Weaknesses? In most versions 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 purchase Rampardos OR Bastiodon in PlatinumCard! It depends on your Trainer ID number. If the final digit is even you receive a Bastiodon and if it’s odd you get a Rampardos.


Ideal Team: Empoleon, Bastiodon (Pearl and Platinum Card [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, as long as you buy a Bronzong that has the Levitate Ability.


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

First Pokémon: Piplup through Starter

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