How To Get TM28 Dig in Pokémon Black & White

The NPC that gives you dig in Pokémon Black

You’ll get TM28 Dig from an NPC at the dig site building on Route 4. The dig site is located just before you’d enter the Desert Resort.

Route 4 is right in the middle of Nimbasa City and Castelia City, and it can be reached from either city. The route has sandstorm conditions, which will slowly eat away at the HP of your Pokémon that are not Steel-, Rock-, or Ground-type.

As for the move itself:

Dig is a Ground-type move with perfect Accuracy and 80 base Power. It is a two turn attack that damages the target the turn after the user burrows underground. While underground, the user cannot be affected by most moves.

Outside of battle, Dig can be used to return to the entrance of caves and dungeons. The move can essentially be used as an infinite Escape Rope.

TM28 Dig Location (Step-by-Step)

Step 1: Starting at the Nimbasa City Pokémon Center, head east through the city.

Head east from the Nimbasa City Pokémon Center. / Pokémon Black and White
Head east from the Nimbasa City Pokémon Center.

Step 2: Continue east through the city, passing by the Battle Subway.

Continue east past the Battle Subway. / Pokémon Black and White
Continue east past the Battle Subway.

Step 3: After passing the Battle Subway, turn south and exit the city through the green tunnel.

Exit the city south through the green tunnel. / Pokémon Black and White
Exit the city south through the green tunnel.

Step 4: This green tunnel leads to Route 4. Once you’re out of the tunnel, head south onto the route.

Head south onto Route 4. / Pokémon Black and White
Head south onto Route 4.

Step 5: Continue walking south here, passing the hiking trainer.

Keep south past the hiking trainer. / Pokémon Black and White
Keep south past the hiking trainer.

Step 6: Above Route 4 is a bridge overpass. Continue south under the overpass, and then turn west onto the next road.

Continue south under the overpass and turn west onto the road. / Pokémon Black and White
Continue south under the overpass and turn west onto the road.

Step 7: Keep west on this road.

Keep west past the orange traffic cone. / Pokémon Black and White
Keep west past the orange traffic cone.

Step 8: Once the road ends west, enter the small building over to the left of the vending machine.

Enter the building at the end of the road. / Pokémon Black and White
Enter the building at the end of the road.

Step 9: Once you’re in the building, you’ll see two NPCs in mining hats.

Speak to the NPC standing at the desk on the right-hand side and he’ll give you TM28 Dig.

Speak to the NPC to the right standing at the desk. / Pokémon Black and White
Speak to the NPC to the right standing at the desk.
Getting TM28 Dig. / Pokémon Black and White
Getting TM28 Dig.

TM28 Dig Details + Uses

In-game details for TM28 Dig. / Pokémon Black and White
In-game details for TM28 Dig.
Dig Move Details
Type Ground
Category Physical
Power 80
Accuracy 100
PP 15

Dig is one of the few moves in the game that provides the user with a semi-invulnerable turn.

This means that once Dig is used, the user gets one turn of cover where most moves won’t affect it. Then on the second turn, Dig damages the target at 80 base Power.

This can be great for a single-player playthrough of Black & White, since Dig can be used effectively against NPCs who won’t be able to defend against it.

But Dig is useless in competitive play, since any opponent will have ample time to defend against the attack with a move like Protect.

Many Ground-type attacks don’t do much damage anyways. So if you’re playing B&W just for fun or semi-casually, then it’s worth teaching Dig to the best Ground-type Pokémon on your team.

Tip: Pair the move with a strong Physical attacker like Rhyperior or Landorus to get the most bang for your buck.

Dig also has some use outside of battle as well.

When used inside a cave or dungeon, Dig will return you outside to the entrance. It can definitely help you out of a bind, and save you some Poké Dollars on Escape Ropes.

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