Where To Get TM41 ThunderPunch in Pokémon Crystal

Facing the Goldenrod City Dept. Store in Pokémon Crystal
TM41 ThunderPunch
# Location Repeatable?
1 Goldenrod Department Store, 5F. Buy from the TM Corner for 3000 PokéDollars. Yes

To get TM41 ThunderPunch in Pokémon Crystal, just head to the fifth floor (5F) of the Department Store in Goldenrod City and buy it from the clerk at the counter.

It costs 3000 PokéDollars, and you can buy an unlimited number of copies of this TM.

The earliest point where you can get the ThunderPunch TM is right after arriving in Goldenrod City for the first time (as long as you have the funds).

Getting TM41 ThunderPunch (Step-by-Step)

Step 1: Find the Goldenrod Department Store across the street from the Pokémon Center.

Heading from the Pokémon Center to the Department Store. / Pokémon Crystal
Heading from the Pokémon Center to the Department Store.

Step 2: Use the elevator to reach the fifth floor (5F). You’ll find the elevator to the left of the main entrance.

Department Store, 1F. / Pokémon Crystal
Department Store, 1F.

Once inside the elevator, approach the controls on the right and choose 5F from the menu.

Choosing our destination in the Department Store elevator. / Pokémon Crystal
Choosing our destination in the Department Store elevator.

Step 3: Talk to the green-clothed NPC at the counter.

Department Store, 5F. / Pokémon Crystal
Department Store, 5F.

Step 4: Choose TM41 ThunderPunch from the list to buy it for 3000 PokéDollars.

TM41 for sale in the TM Corner. / Pokémon Crystal
TM41 for sale in the TM Corner.

You shouldn’t have any issue getting that amount of cash from Pokémon battles at this point.

Gym Leader Bugsy in Azalea Town gave you 1600 PokéDollars upon defeat, and Gym Leader Whitney in Goldenrod City will give you 2000 PokéDollars if you beat her too.

But if you’re still short, consider these options for some quick cash:

  • Battling trainers on Routes 34, 35, 36, and the National Park.
  • Selling some items to free up inventory space, including any Nuggets (5000 PokéDollars).
  • Calling your mom to make a withdrawal from your savings.

TM41 ThunderPunch Details + Uses

ThunderPunch Move Details
Type Electric
Category Special
Power 75
Effect 10% chance of inflicting Paralysis on the target.
Accuracy 100%
PP 15 (max. 24)

Thunder Punch is a solid move that balances Power, Accuracy, and PP.

It may not hit as hard as Thunder or Zap Cannon, but you’ll hardly ever miss. And you can use it 15 times before running out of PP.

Note: Thunderbolt shares the perfect Accuracy and decent PP, making it objectively better than Thunder Punch. Regrettably, Thunderbolt isn’t available as a TM in Pokémon Crystal.

One unique feature of Thunder Punch is that it can be learned by numerous Pokémon of various typings other than Electric-type.

If the Pokémon has arms that can throw a punch, it can probably learn Thunder Punch. Water-type critters are a notable exception.

Two examples of non-Thunder-type Pokémon with high Special Attack that can expand their type coverage with Thunder Punch are Alakazam and Gengar.

Pokémon Type Location
Alakazam Psychic Evolve Kadabra.
Gengar Ghost/Poison Evolve Haunter through trading.

Ironically, very few Electric-type Pokémon can throw a punch in Gen 2.

That said, there are two great options with high Sp. Attack that make this move shine:

Pokémon Type Location
Electabuzz Electric Route 10.
Ampharos Electric Evolve Flaaffy.

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