Where To Get Life Orbs in Pokémon ORAS

The Life Orb in the Battle Maison (Pokémon Omega Ruby)
Life Orb Locations
# Method Repeatable?
1 Battle Maison’s Exchange Service Corner – 48 BP Yes
2 Held item (5% chance) from wild Absol found on Route 120 Yes

There are two ways to obtain Life Orbs in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

You can visit the Battle Maison’s Exchange Service Corner and trade 48 Battle Points (BP) for a Life Orb, and you can do this as many times as you want.

Or you can steal Life Orbs as held items from wild Absol found on Route 120. Each Absol only has a 5% chance of holding a Life Orb, but you can use your DexNav to improve your odds.

Method 1: Battle Maison’s BP Shop

The Battle Maison operates similarly to the Battle Tower from previous generations.

If you don’t know where the Battle Maison is, just head over to the Battle Resort’s Pokémon Center to get started.

Step 1: From the Battle Resort’s Pokémon Center, proceed slightly east and then head up the staircase at the nearby intersection.

Battle Resort’s Pokémon Center / Pokémon ORAS
Battle Resort’s Pokémon Center

Step 2: After going up the stairs, just keep going north and enter the Battle Maison.

Outside the Battle Maison / Pokémon ORAS
Outside the Battle Maison

Step 3: Once you’re inside, you’ll see two staircases going upstairs. Head up the right one.

Inside the Battle Maison / Pokémon ORAS
Inside the Battle Maison

Step 4: On the second floor you’ll find one of the Exchange Service Corner’s attendants. If you’ve got at least 48 BP then you can purchase a Life Orb from her.

Note that you can repeat this process as many times as you want.

Exchanging BP for useful items / Pokémon ORAS
Exchanging BP for useful items

In the Exchange Service Corner, two attendants offer a wide variety of valuable items in exchange for BP.

The left attendant sells Vitamins, EV training items, and evolution items. The right attendant sells held items used in battles, including the Life Orb.

Here’s a complete list of items offered as prizes by the attendant on the right:

Item Price Item Price
Flame Orb 16 BP Choice Band 48 BP
Toxic Orb 16 BP Choice Scarf 48 BP
Absorb Bulb 32 BP Choice Specs 48 BP
Cell Battery 32 BP Expert Belt 48 BP
Eject Button 32 BP Focus Band 48 BP
Luminous Moss 32 BP Focus Sash 48 BP
Power Herb 32 BP Iron Ball 48 BP
Red Card 32 BP Life Orb 48 BP
Ring Target 32 BP Muscle Band 48 BP
Snowball 32 BP Razor Claw 48 BP
Weakness Policy 32 BP Razor Fang 48 BP
White Herb 32 BP Safety Goggles 48 BP
Air Balloon 48 BP Scope Lens 48 BP
Assault Vest 48 BP Wide Lens 48 BP
Binding Band 48 BP Wise Glasses 48 BP
Bright Powder 48 BP Zoom Lens 48 BP

Method 2: Stealing from Wild Absol

Using TM46 Thief on a wild Absol / Pokémon ORAS
Using TM46 Thief on a wild Absol

If you want an alternate & free method to get Life Orbs, then you can steal them from wild Absol on Route 120.

This route becomes accessible shortly after you deal with Team Aqua/Magma in the Weather Institute.

There’s a 5% chance that you’ll encounter a wild Absol in the patches of grass along the route. And each Absol has a 5% chance of holding a Life Orb – so this can take a lot of grinding just to get one.

Here is the full list of Pokémon you can find in the tall grass of Route 120:

Route 120 Wild Pokémon
Pokémon Encounter Rate Levels
Absol 5% 27
Gloom 40% 24-27
Linoone 40% 27
Tropius 10% 27
Kecleon 5% 27
Route 120 near tall grass / Pokémon ORAS
Route 120 near tall grass

When you encounter a wild Absol that’s holding a Life Orb, you can use TM46 Thief to steal the item.

We also created a separate guide on how to farm held items fast with an optimized item farming team. Check that out for some extra tips!

But to further increase your chances of finding a Life Orb, you can use your DexNav’s Detector Mode.

Using the DexNav’s Detector Mode / Pokémon ORAS
Using the DexNav’s Detector Mode

After catching a specific species of Pokémon, you can use the DexNav to track more of the same species in the wild.

Each encounter with more of this same Pokémon will increase the DexNav’s search level.

As this level rises, the likelihood of encountering Pokémon carrying items also increases.

How the Life Orb Works

In-game details for Life Orb / Pokémon ORAS
In-game details for Life Orb

The Life Orb is a held item that boosts the damage dealt by the holder’s attacking moves by 30%, but it causes the holder to take damage equal to 10% of their max HP every time it uses an attacking move.

And this is one of the better held items to use in ORAS.

In fact, the Life Orb is one of the most commonly-used held items in competitive battles.

While the Life Orb offers a lesser damage boost than the Choice Band and Choice Specs, it still lets the user switch moves – making it ideal for Pokémon with an array of coverage moves.

And even though it deals some damage to the holder, it’s still worth using in many cases. Because it might make the difference between knocking out your opponent or letting them survive with a sliver of HP.

So the Life Orb is the go-to item for all-out-attackers and sweepers.

Pokémon with high offenses, speed, and extensive coverage (like Greninja or Garchomp) are popular and effective Life Orb users in competitive play.

Tip: The Life Orb pairs up really well with Pokémon with the Sheer Force ability. This ability enhances the power of moves with additional effects by 30%, while negating these effects. This ability also negates the recoil damage of the Life Orb, allowing you to avoid Life Orb’s drawback. Similarly, the ability Magic Guard also negates Life Orb’s HP cost.


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