|1||Celadon City. Go to the room on the roof of Celadon Mansion at night (6PM – 3:59AM) and talk to the NPC with sunglasses to obtain the TM.||No|
You’ll get TM03 Curse from a sunglasses-wearing NPC in a room on the roof of the Celadon Mansion, which is found on the northern end of Celadon City.
He’ll only give out TM03 after telling you a spooky story at night. So you’ll need to talk to him after 6:00 pm in-game to get the TM.
And since Celadon City is in Kanto, you must have conquered the Johto League and beaten the game at least once before you can get the Curse TM.
Getting TM03 Curse (Step-by-Step)
Step 1: Find the Celadon Mansion in the northern part of Celadon City.You can reach the roof by entering the mansion from the back.
To get there, first walk north from the Pokémon Center.
Then follow the path westward until you see the red carpet that signals the entrance.
Note: The screenshots in this guide were taken during the day for clarity, but you can only receive TM03 at night.
Step 2: Enter Celadon Mansion and climb up multiple sets of stairs until you reach the roof.
The first set of stairs is right there, left of the entrance.
Just keep going up until you come out on the roof.
Step 3: Enter the apartment on the roof.
Step 4: Talk to the sunglasses-wearing NPC after 8:00 pm to obtain TM03 Curse.
Note: You can check the time on your PokéGear, or just wait until it gets dark.
TM03 Curse Details + Uses
|Curse Move Details|
Ghost-type: User loses ½ of their HP and puts a curse on the target, making them lose ¼ of their max HP each turn.
Non-Ghost-type: User’s Attack and Defense rise by one stage while Speed goes down by two.
|PP||10 (max. 16)|
Curse is a unique move that behaves differently depending on whether the user is a Ghost-type.
- Ghost-types: High-risk, high-reward move that can significantly damage the opponent over time at the cost of 50% of your HP.
- Non-Ghost-types: Stat-boosting move that can turn slow, bulky Pokémon into formidable tanks.
Ghost-types may use this move to bring down an enemy tank that seems unfazed by regular attacks. Any of these Pokémon would make great use of it:
|Haunter||Ghost/Poison||Route 8, Rock Tunnel. Evolve Gastly.|
|Gengar||Ghost/Poison||Evolve Haunter by trading.|
|Misdreavus||Ghost||Mt. Silver (Night).|
On the other hand, Curse works better for low-Speed Pokémon that don’t rely on going first each turn. You want a bulky Pokémon so you can make them even bulkier.
Here are some ideas for Pokémon to teach Curse to:
|Snorlax||Normal||Blocking the way to Diglett’s Cave from Vermillion City.|
|Lapras||Water/Ice||Union Cave (Fridays).|
|Ursaring||Normal||Dark Cave (Blackthorn Side), Mt. Silver (Morning, Day).|
|Steelix||Steel/Ground||Evolve Onix by trading while holding a Metal Coat.|
These are only some ideas based on common sense, but just about every Pokémon can learn Curse. The only exceptions in Crystal are: