|1||Held item (5% chance) on the following wild Pokemon:
In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Silver Powder can only be obtained from wild Venomoth as a held item. You can get it by catching wild Venomoth and taking the item, or by using a move like Thief or Covet to steal the SilverPowder.
There is a 5% chance that each wild Venomoth will be holding SilverPowder.
Wild Venomoth can be found in Areas 1 and 2 of the Safari Zone, and also in Berry Forest located on Three Island.
There aren’t many prerequisites for Silver Powder, especially if you don’t mind obtaining it in the Safari Zone.
All you need is:
- To be able to reach Fuchsia City and enter the Safari Zone (costs 500 Poké Dollars)
- Have Thief and the Tri Pass (defeat Blaine on Cinnabar Island and help Celio)
Silver Powder Locations
Venomoth can only be found in two areas in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
|Location||Level||Encounter Rate||Silver Powder Chance|
|Safari Zone (Zone 2)||32||5%||5%|
|Safari Zone (Zone 3)||32||5%||5%|
|Berry Forest||37 – 40||5%||5%|
If you go to the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City, you will need to catch the Venomoth because you’re not allowed to use your Pokémon (so no Thief / Covet.)
In Berry Forest, you can use Thief/Covet to steal the held item instead. But you can’t reach Berry Forest until you have the Tri-Pass.
So which location you choose will depend how far you are into the game.
Method 1: SilverPowder By Catching Venomoth
Catching Venomoth is going to be the harder of the two options here, because you’re going to need to catch a ton of them and hope one is holding the Silver Powder. However, you can catch Venomoth in the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City early on in the game.
You can’t use Thief on a Venomoth in the Safari Zone. So you won’t be able to steal Silver Powder until you can make your way to Three Island and find the Berry Forest, which requires the Tri-Pass (and defeating Blaine).
Before heading into the Safari Zone to catch Venomoth, I highly recommend clearing out your party of all but one Pokémon.
Doing this makes it much more convenient to check whether or not the Venomoth you catch is holding a Silver Powder or not. Otherwise, we’ll need to head back to the Pokémon Center everytime we catch a few of them and cross our fingers hoping they’re holding the item.
After clearing your party (if you choose to do so), head to the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City. The Zone is easy to find, it’s the large building in the back of the city, plugged right into the treeline.
Keep in mind it does cost 500 Poké Dollars every time you enter the Safari Zone, and you can only stay in here for a limited number of steps before you’re kicked out. So we can’t dilly dally!
Luckily Venomoth can be found in Area 1, which isn’t too far from the entrance.
So right when you walk into the Safari Zone, start heading east.
On the right side, you will see a path leading to a different area (Area 1), so walk through that path to enter the next area.
Once you’re in Area 1, walk a little bit into the Tall Grass, and then head up and around the first set of stairs you see, and climb down on the left side of the hill.
Afterward, make your way to the north-west corner of the area, where you will see another path leading west.
This path will lead you to Area 2, where all the Venomoth can be found!
Once you’re in Area 2, just look around the Tall Grass for some wild Venomoth.
Keep in mind that they only have a 5% encounter rate, so you may go many encounters without seeing one.
When you find a Venomoth, you can either throw a Ball, Rock, or Bait at it.
I recommend just chucking Safari Balls at the Wild Venomoth and not wasting your time with Rocks and Bait. But really it won’t make much of a difference, so do whatever is fun for you!
Pro Tip: You can stand still in the Tall Grass and just look around multiple directions without moving to a new tile. This way your Safari Zone step count won’t go down and you won’t be kicked out of the Safari Zone, but you’ll still have wild encounters.
After you catch a Venomoth, you can open up your party and check whether or not it’s holding a Silver Powder.
Just remember there’s only a 5% chance of Venomoth holding the SilverPowder.
So don’t be disheartened if you end up filling your entire party up with them before you actually find the item!
Method 2: SilverPowder with Thief/Covet
Using Thief/Covet to get some SilverPowder is the easiest approach, because you don’t need to spend a ton of time in the Safari Zone trying to catch Venomoth and hoping one of them has the item.
Instead, you can head to Three Island and use Thief or Covet on a ton of Venomoth and hope they have the item…
This is still faster though, because you can tell immediately whether or not Venomoth is holding a Silver Powder or not when you use the move!
Before embarking: make sure whichever Pokémon you plan on using to steal the item isn’t already holding something. If they are holding an item, they won’t be able to steal another one.
First we have to head to Vermilion City and take the Seagallop Ferries to Three Island.
Head to the harbor and walk down the docks like you did when you were boarding the S.S. Anne. This time, the Sailor will ask where you want to sail. Just choose Three Island and you’ll be on your way.
Once you land on Three Island, walk to the northwest side of the Island and you’ll come across Bond Bridge.
Walk west from here and you’ll come across a literal bridge.
Just keep walking west across the bridge and past the trainers.
Finally, once you’ve walked as far west as possible, you’ll find the entrance to Berry Forest.
This is where the Wild Venomoth live!
Head inside Berry Forest and start walking through any patch of Tall Grass.
Venomoth still has a 5% encounter rate in the Berry Forest, so you may need to fend off a few Pidgeys, Oddish, and Glooms before you actually find one.
Once you find a Venomoth, just simply use Thief or Covet on it immediately.
- If Venomoth is holding a Silver Powder, an animation will play showing that your Pokémon stole the item from Venomoth.
- If no animation plays after using Thief/Covet, then the Venomoth isn’t holding Silver Powder and you can defeat it or run away.
Keep in mind, there’s still only a 5% chance that Venomoth is holding the Silver Powder.
What Does SilverPowder Do?
The SilverPowder is a held item that increases the power of Bug-type moves by 10%.
It’s useful if you have a Bug-type Pokémon in your party, but can also be useful if you have a Grass-type Pokémon that also happens to know a strong Bug-type move.
Bug-types are usually pretty underwhelming in FireRed & LeafGreen because they almost never hit very hard.
Giving a Pokémon the Silver Powder helps its Bug-Type moves hit for more damage, so you can reap the benefits of Bug-type Pokémon without sacrificing actual KO potential. Whether it’s worth using as a held item is really up to your team comp, and how valuable bug-type moves are to your team’s coverage.