You’ll get TM32 Double Team from Sage Rood, which is an NPC on an island off of Route 18. But he’s only there after you beat the Elite Four and N, so this TM is only obtainable in the post-game.
Sage Rood is on the beachfront of an island off of Route 18. This island is notably where you receive a Larvesta egg during your journey.
As for the move itself:
Double Team is a non-damaging Normal-type move that raises the Evasion stat of the user by one stage. By raising its Evasion, the user reduces the Accuracy of any opposing Pokémon.
TM32 Double Team Location (Step-by-Step)
Step 1: Starting at your home in Nuvema Town, head north on the path leading out of town.
Step 2: Keep north on the dirt path leading out of town.
Step 3: Directly ahead is Route 1 and a patch of tall grass. Continue north through the tall grass.
Step 4: After making it through the tall grass, turn left down the stairs towards the body of water.
Step 5: Use Surf on the body of water.
Step 6: Head southwest across the body of water, passing the patch of wildflowers and trees.
Step 7: Keep west across the water until you reach a line of rocks above you. At this point you should also see some land below you.
Disembark onto the land across from the rocks and climb up the stairs heading east.
Step 8: After climbing the stairs, turn to head south through the grassy knolls and tall grass.
Step 9: Directly south is a white fence. After reaching the fence, head west past the trainer tips sign.
Step 10: South of the fence is a dirt path that leads to a green tunnel.
Step 11: This tunnel leads to Route 17. After heading through the tunnel, use Surf on the water directly ahead of you.
Step 12: Continue west through the body of water, passing between the patches of shallow water as you go.
Step 13: Directly ahead is a large rock formation. From here, turn south to go past the swimming NPC.
Step 14: Continue south past the lanes of ocean currents. Then go way down to the bottom current and Surf west on this last water current – this will carry you across the ocean.
Step 15: The current will carry you automatically to Route 18.
From here, Surf onto the island directly ahead of you.
Step 16: After reaching the island, head north and climb both sets of stairs onto the second floor of the island.
Step 17: Then at the top of the stairs, carry on going north through the tall grass.
Step 18: Take your first available left turn through the tall grass. This will bring you to a house with a dark green roof.
Once you’ve reached the house directly ahead, veer southwest.
Step 19: This will bring you to a steep set of stairs. Climb down the stairs and back to the island’s first level.
Step 20: From the bottom of the stairs, head south onto the beachfront.
Step 21: Speak to Sage Rood, who you’ll find all the way down south on the beach.
Step 22: Speak to him and after a brief conversation Sage Rood will give you TM32 Double Team.
Double Team Details + Uses
|Double Team Move Details|
Double Team is one of the few moves in Pokémon that raise the user’s Evasion stat.
When used repeatedly, this Normal-type Status move can become quite frustrating for most of your opponents.
Your Pokemon’s Evasion will increase by one stage every time they use Double Team, and this can be stacked for a total of 6 uses. A Pokémon’s evasiveness directly affects the Accuracy of all your opponent’s moves.
Here’s how increases in the Evasion stat affect Accuracy by stage.
|1||Opponent’s Accuracy x0.75|
|2||Opponent’s Accuracy x0.60|
|3||Opponent’s Accuracy x0.50|
|4||Opponent’s Accuracy x0.428|
|5||Opponent’s Accuracy x0.375|
|6||Opponent’s Accuracy x0.33|
Using Double Team repeatedly does take away from the opportunity to use damaging attacks, but it can be very effective when used as part of a stalling strategy.
Stalling is the use of status-inflicting damaging moves like Toxic to slowly wear down the opponent’s HP.
By using Double Team, the user can ensure that the battle drags on longer by reducing the amount of hits they take.
Double Team can be very useful against NPCs, so it’s definitely useful in the post-game of Pokémon Black & White.
But this move can be countered quite easily in competitive battles.
- Moves such as Shock Wave, Aerial Ace, and Swift ignore Evasion changes and are guaranteed to hit.
- Other moves like Haze, Defog, and Odor Sleuth will reset the current battle environment and ignore any changes to your Pokémon’s Evasion.
- How To Get TM32 Double Team in Pokémon Black & White