Where To Get TM73 Thunder Wave in Pokémon Black & White

Using Thunder Wave in battle in Pokémon Black

TM73 Thunder Wave can be purchased for 10,000 Pokédollars in the Nimbasa City Pokémon Center at the desk where TMs are sold. Nimbasa City’s Pokémon Center can be found in the Southwest corner of the town.

In Pokémon BW, Poké Marts are no longer a separate building. Instead they’re included inside Pokémon Centers. The desk selling items can be found to the right of the Center’s entrance.

You’ll be able to reach Nimbasa City after defeating Gym Leader Burgh in Castelia City. After beating Burgh, you’ll need to cross the sandstorm on Route 4.

TM73 Thunder Wave Location

Step 1: Starting at the entrance to Nimbasa City, head north into the city.

Head North from the Nimbasa City entrance / Pokémon Black/White
Head North from the Nimbasa City entrance.

Step 2: Turn and start going west at the big sign, continuing past the Battle Subway.

Head West past the Battle Subway / Pokémon Black/White
Head West past the Battle Subway.

Step 3: Continue west until reaching the Pokémon Center.

Keep West and enter the Pokémon Center / Pokémon Black/White
Keep West and enter the Pokémon Center.

Step 4: Speak to the clerk located closest to the entrance to buy TM73 Thunder Wave.

Buy TM73 Thunder Wave from the clerk nearest the entrance / Pokémon Black/White
Buy TM73 Thunder Wave from the clerk nearest the entrance.

Along with TM73 Thunder Wave, this clerk also sells the following TMs:

TM Price
TM20 Safeguard 30,000
TM21 Frustration 10,000
TM27 Return 10,000
TM33 Reflect 30,000
TM16 Light Screen 30,000
TM74 Gyro Ball 10,000

Thunder Wave Details + Uses

In-game details for TM73 Thunder Wave / Pokémon Black/White
In-game details for TM73 Thunder Wave.
Thunder Wave Move Details
Type Electric
Category Status
Accuracy 100
PP 20

Thunder Wave is the best way to inflict Paralysis on your opponents, which is one of the most crippling status conditions in the game.

A paralyzed Pokémon:

  • Loses 75% of their Speed
  • And is also unable to move 25% of the time

Thunder Wave also has perfect accuracy, but the move will not affect Ground-type Pokémon.

And best of all:

Thunder Wave can be learned by many types of Pokémon other than Electric, which adds to its value. Slower and more powerful Pokémon can greatly benefit from using Thunder Wave regularly, since reducing your opponent’s Speed can help level the playing field in tougher battles.

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