Where To Get TM49 Fury Cutter in Pokémon Crystal

Facing gym leader Bugsy in Pokémon Crystal
TM49 Fury Cutter
# Location Repeatable?
1 Azalea Town Gym. Reward from Gym Leader Bugsy after defeating him in battle. No

You’ll get TM49 Fury Cutter from Gym Leader Bugsy after beating him in the Azalea City Gym.

But a Team Rocket Grunt will block the entrance to the Gym when you first arrive at Azalea Town, so you’ll have to take care of them first.


You’ll notice heavy Team Rocket presence when you first arrive in Azalea Town. This includes a grunt blocking the entrance to Azalea Gym.

Rocket Grunt blocks access to Azalea Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Rocket Grunt blocks access to Azalea Gym.

To gain access to the Gym and challenge Bugsy, you need to chase away Team Rocket and save the local Slowpoke population from getting their tails cut off.

So here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Visit Kurt, the PokéBall Craftsman, on the northwestern corner of Azalea Town
  2. Clear out Team Rocket from the Slowpoke Well

Once that’s done, you’ll be able to freely access Azalea Gym to challenge Bugsy.

Getting TM49 Fury Cutter (Step-by-Step)

Step 1: Find Azalea Gym southwest of the Pokémon Center in Azalea Town.

Road to Azalea Gym from the Pokémon Center / Pokémon Crystal
Road to Azalea Gym from the Pokémon Center.

Step 2: Battle the bug specialist trainers on your way to Bugsy.

There are no puzzles in this gym, just good old Pokémon battles. Make it through a couple trainers and you’ll be ready to face Bugsy.

Bird’s eye view of Azalea Gym, with the easiest route planned out / Pokémon Crystal
Bird’s eye view of Azalea Gym, with the easiest route planned out.

And with this gym, it’s Bug-types all the way down. This makes Flying-type, Rock-type, and Fire-type Pokémon a definite asset.

Tip: There are wild Hoothoot and Pidgey all over Johto. Catch one nearby and level it up to around Lv. 10, and you’ll find this gym a lot easier.

Step 3: Defeat Gym Leader Bugsy and receive TM49 Fury Cutter.

Gym Leader Bugsy’s Team

Bugsy’s Team
Gym Leader Bugsy
Pokémon Metapod (Lv. 14) Kakuna (Lv. 14) Scyther (Lv. 16)
Type Bug Bug/Poison Bug/Flying
Held Item None None None
  • Tackle
  • String Shot
  • Harden
  • Poison Sting
  • String Shot
  • Harden
  • Fury Cutter
  • Quick Attack
  • Leer

As expected of someone named “Bugsy”, Azalea Town’s Gym Leader specializes in Bug-type Pokémon.

The only real threat, however, is his Scyther and its powerful Fury Cutter move.

Tip: Fury Cutter gets stronger each time it’s used consecutively, so try to take down Scyther as quickly as possible.

Considering type advantages, you’ll want to bring Rock, Flying, and Fire-type Pokémon to this gym. Rock and Flying should be easier to procure in the early game.

After you’ve squashed his bugs, Gym Leader Bugsy will reward you with the Hive Badge and with TM49 Fury Cutter.

Receiving TM49 Fury Cutter from Bugsy / Pokémon Crystal
Receiving TM49 Fury Cutter from Bugsy.

TM49 Fury Cutter Details + Uses

Fury Cutter Move Details
Type Bug
Category Physical
Power 10-160
Effect Power doubles each time it’s used, up to 160 at five consecutive uses.
Accuracy 95%
PP 20 (max. 32)

Fury Cutter can go from the weakest Bug-type move to the strongest if you keep using it non-stop.

It doubles its Power (and, therefore, its damage) with each consecutive use, up until the fifth turn. It goes like this:

  • Turn 1: 10
  • Turn 2: 20
  • Turn 3: 40
  • Turn 4: 80
  • Turn 5: 160

This makes it a major asset when facing Psychic, Dark, and Grass-type Pokémon and trainers that specialize in them.

The ones that spring to mind are:

  • Sabrina in Saffron City, specializing in Psychic-type Pokémon.
  • Erika in Celadon City, specializing in Grass-type Pokémon.
  • Will from the Elite IV, specializing in Psychic-type Pokémon.

Since it needs a while to get going, you’ll want to teach Fury Cutter to a Pokémon that can endure some damage while the move gets stronger.

Note: Bug-type Pokémon with high Attack aren’t abundant, so it’s fine to teach Fury Cutter to Pokémon of other types as long as they have the right stats.

Here are my favorite options:

Pokémon Type Location
Scyther Bug/Flying Bug-Catching Contest in the National Park.
Heracross Bug/Fighting Headbutt trees at Routes 33, 43, 43, and 44.
Krabby Water Fish at Route 34, Cherrygrove, Olivine, Union Cave.
Sandshrew Ground Union Cave (Morning, Day).

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