How To Get TM45 Attract in Pokémon Crystal

Speaking with Whitney in the Goldenrod City Gym (Pokémon Crystal)
TM45 Attract
# Location Repeatable?
1 Goldenrod City Gym. TM reward after defeating Whitney. No

You’ll receive TM45 Attract from Gym Leader Whitney in Goldenrod City as a reward for defeating her (and her powerful Miltank).

But Whitney won’t hand over the Gym Badge or the TM right after you win the battle. You’ll need to turn and walk down to leave, then a nearby trainer will stop you. Afterwards you can talk to Whitney again to get both the Plain Badge and TM45 Attract.

You can challenge the Gym right after arriving in Goldenrod City.

Getting TM45 Attract (Step-by-Step)

Step 1: Find the Goldenrod Gym in the northeastern area of Goldenrod City.

Coming in from the south (Route 34), you want to head north until you cross the railroad tracks, then turn right to reach the Gym.

Arriving at Goldenrod Gym from the south / Pokémon Crystal
Arriving at Goldenrod Gym from the south.

Step 2: Fight or sneak through Goldenrod Gym and reach Gym Leader Whitney.

Standing outside Goldenrod Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Standing outside Goldenrod Gym.

Four trainers are standing guard before reaching Whitney, but three can be sidestepped easily. Fight them, or follow the route explained below to avoid 3/4 trainers.

Entering Goldenrod Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Entering Goldenrod Gym.

You’ll have to stay close to the wall of flowers.

Sneaking past the first Goldenrod Gym trainer / Pokémon Crystal
Sneaking past the first Goldenrod Gym trainer.

And penetrate further into the maze through the eastern side.

Sneaking past the second trainer / Pokémon Crystal
Sneaking past the second trainer.

Soon, you’ll reach your only unavoidable battle. This trainer has a Lvl. 18 Snubbul, which shouldn’t be a big problem.

Facing the third trainer in Goldenrod Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Facing the third trainer in Goldenrod Gym.

Note: The other trainers have similar Normal-type Pokémon, including Sentret, Meowth, and Jigglypuff.

Finally, stick to the western edge of the maze to slip by the last trainer and reach Whitney.

Sneaking past the fourth trainer in Goldenrod Gym to reach Whitney / Pokémon Crystal
Sneaking past the fourth trainer in Goldenrod Gym to reach Whitney.

Step 3: Defeat Gym Leader Whitney.

Facing Gym Leader Whitney before the battle / Pokémon Crystal
Facing Gym Leader Whitney before the battle.

Here’s what her team looks like:

Pokémon Level Moves
Cleffairy 18 Metronome, Mimic, Encore, Sing
Miltank 20 Stomp, Attract, Rollout, Milk Drink

This Normal-type Gym Leader is famous for her powerful Miltank, which uses Rollout as its primary damage-dealing move.

Rollout’s power doubles with every consecutive hit. It starts relatively low at 30 but climbs to 60, 120, 240, and 480. None of your Pokémon are likely to withstand the fourth hit (240).

Moves that reduce accuracy or cause status conditions like Paralysis and Confusion can make the battle much easier. Just make sure Miltank can’t get past the third consecutive Rollout.

Ground-type and Rock-type Pokémon are more resistant to Rollout, a Rock-type move, so use them to your advantage.

Step 4: Walk away before talking to Whitney again to receive TM45 Attract.

Walking away from a crying Whitney / Pokémon Crystal
Walking away from a crying Whitney.

Normally, you’d get the badge and the TM right away. Instead, Whitney starts crying and forgets to reward your efforts.

Start walking away. A nearby trainer will stop you and tell you that Whitney just needs a little time to calm down.

Try talking to Whitney again, and she’ll give you the badge and TM45 Attract.

Whitney hands out TM45 Attract after being defeated / Pokémon Crystal
Whitney hands out TM45 Attract after being defeated.

Attract Details + Uses

Attract Move Details
Type Normal
Category Status
Effect Target becomes infatuated.
Accuracy 100%
PP 15 (max. 24)

Attract allows a Pokémon to charm an opposite gender and make them Infatuated.

While Infatuated, Pokémon have a 50% chance of ignoring their trainer’s commands to avoid attacking their crush.

This move only works against targets of a different gender than the attacker. It will, however, ignore type immunities (meaning it will affect Ghost-types despite being Normal-type).

Attract can be especially useful against enemies with high-damaging moves where a 50% chance of getting away unscathed can be the difference between life and death.

It can also buy you time to heal and set up your next move.

Here are some solid Pokémon you might have caught so far that can learn Attract:

Pokémon Type Location
Rattata Normal Routes 29, 30, 31, 32, and 46
Sentret Normal Route 29 (morning and day)
Hoothoot Normal/Flying Routes 29, 30, 31, 35, and 36 (night)
Geodude Rock Routes 45 and 46, Union Cave, Dark Cave
Zubat Poison/Flying Union Cave, Slowpoke Well, Ilex Forest

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