Where To Get TM09 Psych Up in Pokémon Crystal

Trading between Crystal and Yellow version
TM09 Psych Up
# Location Repeatable?
1 Held by Abra when traded into Pokémon Crystal from Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow through the Time Capsule. Yes

The only way to obtain TM09 Psych Up in Pokémon Crystal is to trade over an Abra through the Time Machine. Just send an Abra from Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow, and it should get to Pokémon Crystal with TM09 in hand.

You’ll find a Time Machine on the second floor of any Pokémon Center after first talking to Bill about Time Machines in Ecruteak City’s Pokémon Center.


Other than catching an Abra in Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow, you also need to unlock the Time Machine in Pokémon Crystal.

To do this, visit the Pokémon Center in Ecruteak City about halfway through the game.

Bill will tell you that he just set up the Time Machine. Then you’ll just have to wait one day.

Next time you visit any Pokémon Center, you’ll find a functional Time Machine all the way to the right of the second floor.

Getting TM09 Psych Up (Step-by-Step)

Step 1: Connect your Pokémon Crystal game to a Pokémon R/B/Y game where you have unlocked the Time Capsule and have an Abra in your party.

Game Boy Color consoles connected by Game Link Cable / Pokémon Crystal
Game Boy Color consoles connected by Game Link Cable.

Here’s how that works, depending on what platform you’re playing on:

  • Game Boy / GBC: Connect both handhelds with a Nintendo Game Link Cable.
  • Game Boy Advance: Connect both handhelds with a GBA Link Cable.
  • 3DS: Virtual Console versions of Pokémon R/B/Y and Pokémon G/S/C can link up over the 3DS’s local wireless connection.

Note: Some emulator software allows you to do this as well. Well-known GBC/GBA emulator mGBA offers a built-in multiplayer option that makes it easy.

Step 2: Go into a Pokémon Center and climb the stairs to the second floor to find the Time Capsule.

Going upstairs at a Pokémon Center / Pokémon Crystal
Going upstairs at a Pokémon Center.

The Time Capsule is on the rightmost end of the room in Crystal.

Pokémon Center, 2F / Pokémon Crystal
Pokémon Center, 2F.

In Pokémon R/B/Y, it’s just the regular trade area on the first floor of any Pokémon Center.

Pokémon Center in Pokémon Yellow / Pokémon Crystal
Pokémon Center in Pokémon Yellow.

Step 3: Talk to the Time Capsule NPC simultaneously in both games.

Save your game when prompted, then choose “Trading Center” when given the option.

Setting up the trade / Pokémon Crystal
Setting up the trade.

Note: Make sure you don’t have any Gen II Pokémon, Moves, or Items in your Pokémon Crystal party, or you’ll be turned away.

Step 4: Face the table in the middle of the room and press A (in both games) to start the trade.

Trading Center in Pokémon Crystal (left) and Pokémon Yellow (right) / Pokémon Crystal
Trading Center in Pokémon Crystal (left) and Pokémon Yellow (right).

Step 5: Choose the Pokémon you’ll trade in both games and watch the cutscene.

Trading screen (Pokémon Yellow) / Pokémon Crystal
Trading screen (Pokémon Yellow).
Trade screen (Pokémon Crystal) / Pokémon Crystal
Trade screen (Pokémon Crystal).

Step 6: Leave the Time Capsule and check your Pokémon party in Crystal. The Abra you just received should be holding something.

Checking Abra’s Held Item / Pokémon Crystal
Checking Abra’s Held Item.

Choose the Pokémon and take its held item to retrieve TM09 Psych Up.

Receiving TM09 from Abra / Pokémon Crystal
Receiving TM09 from Abra.

TM09 Psych Up Details + Uses

Psych Up Move Details
Type Normal
Category Status
Effect Copies the target’s stat changes and applies them to the user.
Accuracy 100%
PP 10

Psych Up is an unusual move that resets whatever stat changes you may have suffered and replaces them with your opponent’s.

So if your Defense has been lowered by Screech and your opponent becomes faster with Agility, you can use Psych Up to shed the Defense debuff and receive higher Speed.

Tip: Make sure your opponent has had some stat changes before using Psych Up, or it will fail and you will have wasted a turn.

If your opponent has been setting themselves up with buffs, Psych Up can balance the battle for you.

Despite being a Normal-type move, most Psychic-type Pokémon will learn this move by leveling up. But here are some of my favorite Pokémon that actually need the TM to learn Psych Up:

Pokémon Type Location
Alakazam Psychic Evolve Kadabra by trading.
Miltank Normal Routes 38 and 39 (Morning, Day).
Espeon Psychic Evolve Eevee with high Friendship during the day.
Snorlax Normal Vermillion City. Blocks the entrance to Diglett’s Cave.

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