Where To Get TM42 Dream Eater in Pokémon Crystal

The NPC that gives you TM42 Dream Eater (Pokémon Crystal)
TM42 Dream Eater
# Location Repeatable?
1 Viridian City. Received from a sleeping man next to a pond on the southwestern corner of the city. No

You’ll get TM42 Dream Eater from a man sleeping next to a pond in a secluded area in southwestern Viridian City. You’ll need to use either Cut or Surf to reach him.

Viridian City is on the west side of Kanto, so you can only get this TM in the post-game of Pokémon Crystal.


Viridian City is on the west side of the Kanto region. To access this area, you must:

  1. Board the S.S. Aqua with the S.S. Ticket obtained from Prof. Elm after conquering Johto’s Pokémon League to enter Kanto.
  2. Bring the Power Plant east of Cerulean City back online by finding the missing Machine Part.
  3. Visit Lavender Town’s Radio Tower to get the Expn Card that lets you tune into the PokéFlute radio station.
  4. Use the PokéFlute radio station to remove the Snorlax blocking the way to Diglett’s Cave east of Vermillion City.
  5. Traverse Diglett’s Cave to reach the west side of Kanto and then reach Viridian City.

Getting TM42 Dream Eater (Step-by-Step)

Step 1: Find the sleeping man west of the Pokémon Center.

You can access this NPC with either Cut or Surf to enter the secluded area where he’s located.

Route to the sleeping man in Viridian City / Pokémon Crystal
Route to the sleeping man in Viridian City.

Step 2: Talk to the man to wake him up and receive TM42 Dream Eater.

Receiving TM42 Dream Eater / Pokémon Crystal
Receiving TM42 Dream Eater.

TM42 Dream Eater Details + Uses

Dream Eater Move Details
Type Psychic
Category Special
Power 100
Effect Heals the user for 50% of the damage dealt. Only effective on sleeping Pokémon.
Accuracy 100%
PP 15

Dream Eater is one of the most powerful Psychic-type moves in the game, and its healing effect gives your Pokémon more survivability.

That said, you’ll have to put your target to Sleep first if you want Dream Eater to be effective.

This makes it a fantastic combo with moves like Hypnosis, Sing, or Sleep Powder.

Here are some good Pokémon who can learn Dream Eater along with moves that induce Sleep for maximum efficiency:

Pokémon Type Location
Alakazam Psychic Evolve Kadabra.
Hypno Psychic Route 11.
Jynx Ice/Psychic Ice Path (Morning, Day).
Slowbro Water/Psychic Surf at Slowpoke Well.

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