Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Friendship, loyalty, and some new creatures join the team.

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Positive Messages

Loyalty, friendship, reaching goals, choosing the right path. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ash and Dawn are kind; Pokémon are loyal. Villains aren’t very smart. 

Violence & Scariness

Fantasy violence, mild threats of taking over the universe. Things blow up, people fly away and fall, no injuries. 

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Occasional innocent references to romance. 


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles is the third installment of the Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl series (and season 12 of the popular anime franchise). It's full of messages about friendship, loyalty, making good choices, and reaching your goals. However, it also contains lots fantasy violence and a few threats to take over the universe, but it’s all pretty mild. 

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What's the story?

POKÉMON: DIAMOND AND PEARL: GALACTIC BATTLES is the 12th television season of the popular Pokémon franchise. The series, which is the third installment of the Pokémon: Diamond And Pearl, series, features trainers Ash and Dawn, along with their respective Pokémon partners, continuing their journey through the Sinnoh region of the remote Pokémon world. As they travel and participate in battles along with their friend Brock, they must also contend with the villainous Team Galactic, the members of which want to take over the Pokémon universe. 

Is it any good?

Like its predecessors, this installment of the franchise offers lots of adventures that will appeal to any Pokémon fan. It centers around the Pokémon: Diamond And Pearl story world, but sets itself apart by introducing lots of new Pokémon with their own unique powers. 

The battles are central to the series, but the struggles the trainers have with their Pokémon also add to the fun. The antics of Team Galactic, which always seem to end up falling apart, create some humor, too. Pokémon fans of all ages will find a lot here to enjoy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the Pokémon franchise is a so popular around the world. Is it the stories? The different characters? The battles? Do you have a favorite Pokémon character? Why do you like it? 

  • Pokémon characters are often cute and loyal like real-life pets. What makes them different? Why is important to think about them differently?  

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