Where To Get TM29 Psychic in Pokémon Crystal

Outside of Mr Psychic's house in Pokémon Crystal
TM29 Psychic
# Location Repeatable?
1 Saffron City. Given away by Mr. Psychic inside his home near the city’s southern entrance. No
2 Prize Corner in Celadon City. Acquired from the left prize window for 3500 coins. Yes

There are two ways to obtain TM29 Psychic in Pokémon Crystal, one of which is repeatable.

Method #1: You’ll get one copy of the TM from Mr. Psychic in his house east of Saffron City’s Pokémon Center.

Method #2: You can get unlimited copies of the TM at the Prize Corner next to Celadon City’s Game Corner. It’s available for 3,500 coins at the Prize Corner’s left window.


Both methods of getting TM29 are in Kanto. So you’ll need to complete these prerequisites first:

  1. Obtaining all eight Johto Badges.
  2. Defeating the Elite IV and Champion Lance at the Indigo Plateau.
  3. Receiving the S.S. Ticket from Prof. Elm in New Bark Town.
  4. Boarding the S.S. Aqua to sail to Kanto’s Vermillion City.

The Celadon City Game Corner also requires you to pick up the Coin Case from the Goldenrod Underground, so make sure that’s in your bag before heading to Kanto.

Getting TM29 Psychic (Step-by-Step)

Method #1: Mr. Psychic in Saffron City

Step 1: You can find Mr. Psychic’s house by walking east from the Pokémon Center in Saffron City.

Just go all the way east until you see a house with a door and a sign out front.

Road to Mr. Psychic’s house from Saffron City’s Pokémon Center / Pokémon Crystal
Road to Mr. Psychic’s house from Saffron City’s Pokémon Center.

Step 2: Head inside and talk to Mr. Psychic to receive TM29 Psychic for free.

Receiving TM29 Psychic / Pokémon Crystal
Receiving TM29 Psychic.

Method #2: The Celadon City Game Corner

Step 1: You can find the Celadon Game Corner southwest of the Pokémon Center in Celadon City.

Just head down the nearby alley to the south.

Route to Game Corner from Pokémon Center in Celadon City / Pokémon Crystal
Route to Game Corner from Pokémon Center in Celadon City.

You’ll immediately see the Game Corner and Prize Corner buildings on the left side.

Head into the Game Corner (left) to acquire some coins.

Game Corner (left), Prize Corner (right) / Pokémon Crystal
Game Corner (left), Prize Corner (right).

Step 2: Acquire 3,500 coins by gambling or purchasing them at the counter.

Celadon Game Corner / Pokémon Crystal
Celadon Game Corner.

Buying the Coins

You can exchange PokéDollars for coins at the Coin Counter in the northwestern area of the Game Corner.

Coins are somewhat pricey, costing 1,000 PokéDollars per 50 coins.

You’d need 70,000 PokéDollars to buy all 3,500 coins required for the Psychic TM.

The most efficient money farming method in Pokémon Crystal is defeating the Elite IV repeatedly. Each run should net you roughly 22,000 PokéDollars.

Beating the Elite IV three times for around 66,000 should get you very close to buying 3,500 coins. Considering the alternative is luck-based, this doesn’t sound too bad.

Gambling for the Coins

There are two games to play at the Celadon Game Corner:

  • Slot Machines: Bet one to three coins to get payouts of up to 300 coins (for a Triple 7). Some machines are “luckier” than others.
  • Card Flip: Try to identify a face-down card. You can bet in a bunch of configurations, but betting all three coins on a single card (x24) is more profitable in the long run.

Earning 3,500 coins will take a while either way, but a lucky Slot Machine will usually be the fastest option.

Tip: The 2nd Slot Machine in the third row from the bottom up is always lucky, but it’s only available in the Morning (4AM-10AM).

Getting Your TM

Once you have your coins just go next door to the Prize Corner to exchange your 3,500 coins for TM29 Psychic.

Approaching the Prize Corner / Pokémon Crystal
Approaching the Prize Corner.

The left window handles TM prizes.

Approach it and hit A to access the prize catalog.

Inside Celadon Prize Corner / Pokémon Crystal
Inside Celadon Prize Corner.

Then choose TM29 from the drop-down menu.

TM29 Psychic for sale at the Celadon Prize Corner / Pokémon Crystal
TM29 Psychic for sale at the Celadon Prize Corner.

TM29 Psychic Details + Uses

Psychic Move Details
Type Psychic
Category Special
Power 90
Effect 10% chance of slightly lowering Sp. Defense.
Accuracy 100%
PP 10

Psychic is the second most-powerful Psychic-type move in Pokémon Crystal, surpassed only by Future Sight (110 Power).

That said, Future Sight takes three turns to hit, while Psychic brings the pain immediately.

It also has a small chance of lowering the opponent’s Sp. Defense. So generally speaking, Psychic is likely the best move you can get for any Psychic-type in your party.

Tip: You’ll achieve the highest damage by teaching Psychic to a Psychic-type Pokémon with high Sp. Attack and decent Speed. They’d be perfect for a sweeper role.

There are plenty of good candidates to learn Psychic in Pokémon Crystal. But here are some of the obvious best choices:

Pokémon Type Location
Alakazam Psychic Evolve Kadabra by trading.
Espeon Psychic Evolve Eevee with high Friendship during the day.
Starmie Water/Psychic Evolve Staryu with a Water Stone.
Exeggutor Grass/Psychic Evolve Exeggcute with a Leaf Stone.

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