Where To Get HM03 Surf in Pokémon Crystal

Talking to the Gentleman NPC that gives you Surf (Pokémon Crystal)

You get HM03 Surf from a well-dressed man with a top hat inside the Ecruteak City Dance Theater. He gives you the HM as a reward after you defeat all 5 of the Kimono Girls.

You’ll find the kimono-clad trainers on stage at the back of the Dance Theater. Defeat all of them (and their Eeveelutions) before returning to the gentleman to get Surf.

You can do all of this immediately after arriving in Ecruteak City.

HM03 Surf Location (Step-by-Step)

Step 1: Go into the Dance Theater at Ecruteak City. It’s located north of the Pokémon Center and west of the PokéMart.

Approaching Ecruteak Dance Theater / Pokémon Crystal
Approaching Ecruteak Dance Theater.

Step 2: Head to the back of the room to find the Kimono Girls.

Crossing the seats toward the stage where the Kimono Girls are performing / Pokémon Crystal
Crossing the seats toward the stage where the Kimono Girls are performing.

Step 3: Defeat all five Kimono Girls in battle.

The Kimono Girls with their Pokémon / Pokémon Crystal
The Kimono Girls with their Pokémon.

Each of them brings a different Level 17 Eeveelution to battle, but none of them should be overly challenging.

From left to right, their teams are:

Trainer Pokémon Type Level Moves
Naoko Flareon Fire 17 Tackle
Tail Whip
Sayo Espeon Psychic 17 Tackle
Tail Whip
Zuki Umbreon Dark 17 Tackle
Tail Whip
Kuni Vaporeon Water 17 Tackle
Tail Whip
Water Gun
Miki Jolteon Electric 17 Tackle
Tail Whip
Moves in bold get a STAB damage bonus.

These Pokémon have powerful moves with STAB bonuses, but there is strength in numbers. Each Kimono Girl only has one Pokémon, so you shouldn’t have trouble with a whole party of critters.

Tip: Remember that you can go to the Pokémon Center and heal between battles. This isn’t the Elite IV!

Step 4: After you defeat all of them in battle, talk to the well-dressed gentleman watching the show and he’ll give you HM03 Surf.

Receiving HM03 Surf from the well-dressed gentleman / Pokémon Crystal
Receiving HM03 Surf from the well-dressed gentleman.

HM03 Surf Details + Uses

Surf Move Details
Type Water
Category Special
Power 95
Accuracy 100%
PP 15 (max.24)

Teaching Surf to a Pokémon allows you to freely traverse bodies of water, which you’ll need to do in order to access Cianwood City and other areas in the game.

But you must defeat Gym Leader Morty in Ecruteak City before you can use Surf outside of battle.

Your Pokémon looks like a Lapras while using Surf / Pokémon Crystal
Your Pokémon looks like a Lapras while using Surf.

Surf is also the most potent Water-type move after Hydro Pump (120), and it’s arguably better due to the higher base accuracy and PP.

This makes Surf a safe bet to teach to any Water-type Pokémon like Totodile and its evolutions.

Tip: You can visit the Move Deleter in Blackthorn City if you ever want to remove a Hidden Machine move like Surf from a Pokémon’s movelist.

Here are some Pokémon available by the mid-game that you could teach Surf to:

Pokémon Type Location
Poliwag Water Routes 30, 31. Fish at Violet City
Psyduck Water Route 35
Slowpoke Water / Psychic Slowpoke Well
Krabby Water Fishing at Cherrygrove City, Olivine City, Union Cave

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