Where To Get TM19 Giga Drain in Pokémon Crystal

Gym Leader Erika in Pokémon Crystal
TM19 Giga Drain
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You’ll get TM19 Giga Drain as a reward for defeating Gym Leader Erika in Celadon City’s Gym, located in the Kanto region.

To reach Kanto, you must board the S.S. Aqua at Olivine City with the S.S. Ticket handed to you by Prof. Elm in New Bark Town.

You can get the ticket once you’ve conquered the Johto Pokémon League and defeated the Elite IV.


The only real prerequisite to challenging the Celadon Gym and obtaining TM19 Giga Drain is having access to the Kanto region.

That means you’ll need to:

  • Obtain all eight Johto Badges.
  • Defeat the Elite IV and Champion Lance at the Indigo Plateau.
  • Receive the S.S. Ticket from Prof. Elm in New Bark Town.
  • Board the S.S. Aqua to sail to Kanto’s Vermillion City.

From Vermilion City, just go north into Saffron City. Then you can head west through a gate to reach Celadon City.

Getting TM19 Giga Drain (Step-by-Step)

Step 1: You’ll find the Celadon Gym in the southwestern corner of Celadon City, near the exit to Route 16. You’ll need Cut to remove a small tree on the way.

Starting from the Pokémon Center in Celadon, head south down the nearby alley.

Pokémon Center in Celadon City / Pokémon Crystal
Pokémon Center in Celadon City.

Then turn west and then south again at the earliest opportunity.

Alleys of Celadon City, on the way to Celadon Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Alleys of Celadon City, on the way to Celadon Gym.

Now just follow the treeline eastward until you see a small tree.

Have a Pokémon use Cut to remove the tree and follow the path westward.

Southern Celadon. Road to Celadon Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Southern Celadon. Road to Celadon Gym.

Finally, head north along the path to find Celadon’s Gym.

Approaching Celadon Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Approaching Celadon Gym.

Step 2: Defeat the four female trainers on your way to Gym Leader Erika.

This gym is really straightforward, with no puzzles or obstacles. Just make it through the all-female gauntlet, and you’ll be ready to face Erika.

Bird’s eye view of the Celadon Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Bird’s eye view of the Celadon Gym.

My only recommendation is a rather obvious one: bring some Fire-type or Ice-type Pokémon.

Fire and Ice-type moves are super effective against all Grass-type Pokémon, and none of the secondary types in the gym can counter it.

Tip: A lot of these Pokémon can use Sleep Powder to incapacitate your Pokémon for several turns. Make sure to stock up on Awakenings at the Dept. Store.

Step 3: Defeat Gym Leader Erika and receive TM19 Giga Drain.

Gym Leader Erika’s Team

Erika’s Team
Gym Leader Erika
Pokémon Tangela (Lv.42) Jumpluff (Lv.41) Victreebel (Lv.46) Bellossom (Lv.46)
Type Grass Grass/Flying Grass/Poison Grass
Held Item None None None None
  • Vine Whip
  • Bind
  • Giga Drain
  • Sleep Powder
  • Mega Drain
  • Leech Seed
  • Cotton Spore
  • Giga Drain
  • Sunny Day
  • Synthesis
  • Acid
  • Razor Leaf
  • Sunny Day
  • Synthesis
  • Petal Dance
  • Solar Beam

Much like the rest of the trainers in Celadon Gym, Erika’s team is composed purely of Grass-types.

Considering type advantages, Fire or Ice-type Pokémon are your best bet. Flying-types are also fantastic, even though Jumpluff has Flying as its secondary type.

Tip: Fire-types will even get empowered whenever Victreebel or Bellossom use Sunny Day. It’s the perfect type to tackle Celadon Gym.

Once you’re done burning up her vegetable garden, Gym Leader Erika will reward you with TM19 Giga Drain.

Receiving TM19 Giga Drain from Erika / Pokémon Crystal
Receiving TM19 Giga Drain from Erika.

TM19 Giga Drain Details + Uses

Giga Drain Move Details
Type Grass
Category Special
Power 75
Effect Heals the user for 50% of the damage dealt.
Accuracy 100%
PP 10 (max. 16)

Giga Drain is one of the best Grass-type moves in the game, thanks to its relatively high Power and extremely useful healing effect.

Tip: This move belongs to a family of Grass-type draining moves including Absorb and Mega Drain, where Giga Drain is the most powerful.

Since the amount healed by Giga Drain depends on the damage dealt, it will work best for Pokémon with high Special Attack and enough HP that they won’t be 1hko’d.

Of course, Grass-type Pokémon will get the best results thanks to same-type attack bonus damage. Here are some candidates that’ll wreck your opponents with Giga Drain:

Pokémon Type Location
Exeggutor Grass Evolve Exeggcute.
Meganium Grass Starter (Chikorita line).
Vileplume Grass/Poison Evolve Gloom.
Victreebel Grass/Poison Evolve Weepinbell via Leaf Stone.

This move will prove useful against any Water-specialist trainers. You can put it to the test right away by visiting Cerulean City and challenging Gym Leader Misty.

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