HM05 Waterfall is found on an island far west on Route 18.
So before you can acquire HM05, you’ll need to have Surf, which you’ll get shortly after defeating the Mistralton City Gym.
As for move details, Waterfall is primarily used outside of battle to climb waterfalls and reach certain areas of the map – such as the Shrine where you catch the legendary Pokémon Landorus.
Used in battle, Waterfall is a Water-type attack that has 80 Power and perfect Accuracy.
HM05 Waterfall Location (Step-by-Step)
Step 1: Starting at your home in Nuvema Town, head north onto the dirt path.
Make sure you also have a Pokémon in your party that can use HM03 Surf.
Step 2: Continue north on the dirt path to reach Route 1.
Step 3: Keep walking north through the patches of tall grass.
Step 4: Turn left at the Trainer Tip sign towards the body of water.
Step 5: Use Surf to swim across the water.
Step 6: Head down and move southwest across the water.
Step 7: Continue west across the water, passing the patch of wild flowers and trees.
Step 8: Directly opposite the big row of rocks, you’ll be able to disembark onto land. Then head east up the staircase.
Step 9: After you’re up the stairs, start traveling south through the tall grass.
Step 10: Continue south through the tall grass, passing the elevated grassy knolls.
Step 11: Once you reach the white fence, head southwest onto the dirt path.
Step 12: Cross through the green tunnel at the end of the dirt path to enter Route 17.
Step 13: After making it through the tunnel, use Surf on the ocean directly ahead.
Step 14: Swim west across the ocean.
Step 15: Continue west across the water, passing the Hiker trainer NPC.
Step 16: After reaching a large elongated rock formation, head south.
Step 17: As you travel south, you’ll pass currents on the left. Continue south until you reach the very last current in the line (pictured below).
Then Surf onto this current.
Step 18: The current will automatically move you west towards Route 18.
At the end of the current, you’ll jump over a ramp made of rocks.
Step 19: After jumping the ramp, surf west until you reach the island directly in front of you.
Then head up the small set of stairs.
Step 20: After climbing the first set up stairs, climb the second staircase towards the top of the island.
Step 21: At the top of the island, head north past the Hiker through the tall grass.
Step 22: Continue through the tall grass, eventually turning west to keep following the path.
Step 23: Continue west until you reach a small house. From here, head southwest.
Step 24: Walk past the wooden bridge and climb down the staircase nearby, continuing west across the island.
Step 25: At the bottom of the stairs is a patch of sand. Head north up a small set of stairs, and then head over down the narrow strip of land covered in tall grass.
Step 26: Continue south down the strip of land. HM05 Waterfall will be in a Poké Ball at the end of the strip.
HM05 Waterfall Details + Uses
|HM05 Waterfall Move Details|
Waterfall is a Water-type Physical attack that deals modest damage at 80 base Power. The move also features perfect accuracy and a secondary effect, causing its target to flinch 20% of the time.
You could certainly make use of Waterfall in battle, as the damage output is attractive and the possibility of causing your opponent to flinch could open up a sizable turn advantage.
But it’s also not the most crucial water-type move in the game.
Waterfall can really only be taught to Water-types, so you might consider teaching it to a Pokémon like Gyarados to benefit from the STAB bonus and its sizable Physical Attack stat (125 base).
Sharpedo and Crawdaunt are also great users worth teaching Waterfall to, both featuring 120 Special Attack.
- Where To Get HM05 Waterfall in Pokémon Black & White