How To Get HM04 Strength in Pokémon ORAS

Using strength on a boulder in Pokémon Omega Ruby

Your Rival will give you HM04 Strength when you pass through Route 112 for the first time. You can get to Route 112 by heading north from Mauville City and then turning west. However, you won’t be able to use this HM outside of combat until you beat Flannery, the fourth Gym Leader.

Strength is a useful HM that allows you to move heavy boulders in caves that block your path. It’s also a decent move for Pokémon with a high attack stat to learn.

HM04 Strength Location (Step-by-Step)

Biking on Route 112 / Pokémon ORAS
Biking on Route 112

As you enter Route 112 heading west, your Rival will appear.

Your Rival won’t battle you this time; they will instead heal your Pokémon and give you HM04 Strength. Route 112 is located between Route 111 and Fiery Path.

Here’s how to get there:

Step 1: Start at Route 111’s entrance, located north of Mauville City.

Running across Route 111 / Pokémon ORAS
Running across Route 111

Step 2: Head north and use Rock Smash.

Using Rock Smash to pass through / Pokémon ORAS
Using Rock Smash to pass through

Step 3: Head west and meet up with your Rival.

Your Rival is about to give you HM04 / Pokémon ORAS
Your Rival is about to give you HM04

Once you receive HM04 Strength from your Rival, it will be quite some time before you can use it outside of combat.

You’ll have to deal with Team Aqua/Magma first in Meteor Falls and Mt. Chimney before having the chance to defeat Flannery. Defeating her gives you the ability to use Strength outside of combat.

Using Strength Outside of Combat

Finding items in Fiery Path / Pokémon ORAS
Finding items in Fiery Path

HM04 Strength is primarily used in various caves in Hoenn, where giant boulders are present.

With Strength, you can push the boulders into holes to pass through. Some boulders lead to rare items as well.

One of the nearby places you can use Strength is on the Fiery Path. It’s a cave accessible from the same route you received HM04 Strength, Route 112.

Here are all the items you get in Fiery Path by using Strength:

  • TM06 Toxic
  • Fire Stone
  • Charizardite X (after defeating or capturing Groudon/Kyogre)

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