|TM36 Sludge Bomb|
|1||Route 43. Given to you by an NPC inside the small gate after Team Rocket is chased away from Mahogany Town.||No|
The only way to obtain TM36 Sludge Bomb is to speak with the NPC in the small gate located on Route 43. You’ll access this gate en route to Lake of Rage from Mahogany Town.
This NPC will only appear after Team Rocket has been chased out of Mahogany Town by raiding the Hideout below the Souvenir Shop with Lance.
Before the Sludge Bomb TM becomes available, you must chase Team Rocket away from Mahogany Town.
Otherwise, the building in Route 43 is occupied by Team Rocket thugs charging 1000 PokéDollars just to cross the gate toward the Lake of Rage.
So to get started getting this TM, you must first defeat (or catch) the Red Gyarados in the Lake of Rage north of Route 43. Then you’d return to the shore of the lake to talk with Lance.
He’ll ask for your help investigating the reason behind odd Pokémon behavior around Mahogany Town.
Tell him you can help, then you’ll head back to the Souvenir Store north of Mahogany Town’s Pokémon Center.
Inside, Lance will reveal the way down to a Team Rocket Hideout.
Clear the Hideout with Lance to liberate Mahogany Town and Route 43 from Team Rocket’s dark influence.
Note: This process is part of the main storyline in Pokémon Crystal, so you’ll accomplish this just by playing through the game.
Getting TM36 Sludge Bomb (Step-by-Step)
After you clear Team Rocket out of Mahogany Town, here’s how to get your Sludge Bomb TM.
Step 1: Enter Route 43 from Mahogany Town by heading up.
Step 2: Keep right at the fork to reach the small building that used to be occupied by Team Rocket thugs.
Step 3: Enter the building and talk to the NPC behind the counter on the left side.
Step 4: He will give you TM36 Sludge Bomb for free.
TM36 Sludge Bomb Details + Uses
|Sludge Bomb Move Details|
|Effect||30% chance of poisoning the target.|
|PP||10 (max. 16)|
Sludge Bomb stands out as the top damage-dealing Poison-type move in Gen 2, far surpassing alternatives like Poison Sting, Sludge, or Acid.
In addition to its impressive power, Sludge Bomb can also poison opponents. This makes up for its modest 10 PP.
The move shines against Grass-type Pokémon and trainers specializing in them, including Bug Catchers and Picnickers. It’s also a godsend when fighting Gym Leader Erika and her Grass-type Pokémon in Celadon City in the post-game.
Who To Teach Sludge Bomb To
If you want to maximize Sludge Bomb’s potential, you want to teach it to a Poison-type Pokémon with high Sp. Attack. The top picks are:
And although these other choices don’t really have a high Sp. Attack, the following Pokémon will still get a lot of use out of Sludge Bomb due to all-around solid stats and same-type attack bonus (STAB).
|Weezing||Ghost/Poison||Burned Tower. Evolve Koffing.|