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The controls on Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are very similar to its precedents, with the added touch screen to make our life a little easier.

Key Function Notes
Field Controls
Neutral dpad Walk around In combination with B button, run (after getting Running Shoes from Mom.)
A button Talk with people, Examining objects, approving of actions, continue chat.
B button Run[1][2], canceling actions, disapprove of actions[3], continue chat.
  1. after receiving Running Shoes from Mom
  2. in combination with Neutral dpad
  3. on most cases, say "No".
Y button Use selected Key Item To select an item, go to the Key Item Section in your Bag, Select it with A button and press Select.
X button Open the Main Menu
  • Equivalent to Start button in older Pokémon versions.
  • It is possible to set the game so that Start button would also open the menu, by going to Options under the Main Menu and selecting the START=X option.
Stylus button Use the Pokétch After receiving it in Jubilife City.
Menu Controls
Neutral dpad Navigate through menus. On most cases, only Up dpad and Down dpad are used.
A button Select item in a menu.
B button Exit menu.
Select button Rearrange items in a menu. Works with items and Pokémon moves.
Battle Controls
Stylus button Use the menus. All battle actions are possible with the stylus, but if you are uncomfortable with the stylus, read on.
Neutral dpad Navigate through the objects in the menu.
A button Select object in a menu.
B button Exit a menu. Can't exit the main battle menu.