How To Get Metal Coats in Pokémon ORAS

The metal coat in New Mauville
All Metal Coat Locations
# Method Repeatable?
1 New Mauville – Generator room, southeast corner No
2 Held item (5% chance) from Wild Pokémon:

  • Skarmory – Route 113
  • Bronzor – Mt. Pyre (Exterior)
  • Magnemite – New Mauville
Yes

There are two different ways to obtain a Metal Coat in Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

The first method involves visiting the generator room of New Mauville. However you’ll need Wattson’s permission to get past the gates. You can do this after you’ve defeated or captured Kyogre or Groudon.

Alternatively, you can use TM46 Thief to steal Metal Coats from wild Skarmory, Bronzor, or Magnemite. Skarmory can be found on Route 113, Bronzor can be found on Mt. Pyre, and Magnemite can be found in New Mauville.

Method 1: New Mauville

Once you’ve defeated/captured Kyogre or Groudon in the Cave of Origin, you can begin Gym Leader Wattson’s sidequest. Starting this sidequest allows you to unlock Mauville Hills and New Mauville, the underground power plant where you can find a free Metal Coat.

To begin this sidequest, talk to Wattson in front of the Square Tower, which is situated in the central plaza of Mauville City. Once you’re ready, make your way back to the Pokémon Center in Mauville City:

Step 1: Make your way south to Square Tower and speak with Wattson to initiate a brief cutscene.

Talking to Wattson in front of Square Tower / Pokémon ORAS
Talking to Wattson in front of Square Tower

Step 2: Once the cutscene ends, make your way back inside the city via the entrance at the north.

Heading back inside the city / Pokémon ORAS
Heading back inside the city

Step 3: Back inside the city, turn left at the intersection and proceed westward until you find an elevator on the northern wall.

Inside Mauville City / Pokémon ORAS
Inside Mauville City

Step 4: To get to Mauville Hills, take the elevator to the second floor.

The elevator that takes you to Mauville Hills / Pokémon ORAS
The elevator that takes you to Mauville Hills

Step 5: Then proceed toward Wattson’s apartment, situated on the southern side of the floor.

Inside Mauville Hills / Pokémon ORAS
Inside Mauville Hills

Step 6: Walk along the hallway heading south.

Mauville Hills’ west hallway / Pokémon ORAS
Mauville Hills’ west hallway

Step 7: Next, turn right and keep moving east.

The apartment complex’s south hallway / Pokémon ORAS
The apartment complex’s south hallway

Step 8: Enter the second apartment from the left on the north side of the hallway.

Standing outside Wattson’s apartment / Pokémon ORAS
Standing outside Wattson’s apartment

Step 9: Once you’re inside his room, talk to Wattson and he will grant you access to New Mauville.

Inside Wattson’s apartment / Pokémon ORAS
Inside Wattson’s apartment

Step 10: Afterward, head back to Route 110 using the southern exit of Mauville City.

Mauville City’s south exit on Route 110 / Pokémon ORAS
Mauville City’s south exit on Route 110

Step 11: Use Surf on the body of water near the entrance to the Cycling Road.

Surfing on Route 110 / Pokémon ORAS
Surfing on Route 110

Step 12: Keep surfing east until you can see New Mauville’s entrance.

The entrance to New Mauville is up ahead / Pokémon ORAS
The entrance to New Mauville is up ahead

Step 13: Enter New Mauville and interact with the gate to enter the power plant.

Using the Retinal scanner to enter New Mauville / Pokémon ORAS
Using the Retinal scanner to enter New Mauville

Step 14: Once you get through the gate, make your way to the door located northwest of your current position.

Inside the underground power plant / Pokémon ORAS
Inside the underground power plant

Step 15: Now that you’re in the generator room, move towards the rightmost part of the room.

New Mauville’s generator room / Pokémon ORAS
New Mauville’s generator room

Step 16: Finally at the end of the hallway, pick up the Metal Coat in the southeast corner on the floor.

Metal Coat’s location in New Mauville / Pokémon ORAS
Metal Coat’s location in New Mauville

Method 2: Stealing from Wild Skarmory, Bronzor, or Magnemite

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

Another way to acquire Metal Coats is by finding them as held items on wild Skarmory, Bronzor, or Magnemite.

You can encounter Skarmory in the tall grass of Route 113. Bronzor can be found on Mt. Pyre’s exterior using the DexNav after obtaining the National Dex. Lastly, Magnemite is located within New Mauville when you unlock this area later on in the game.

The complete list of Pokémon available in these areas is as follows:

Route 113 – Wild Pokémon (Tall Grass)

Pokémon Chance Levels
Skarmory 5% 16-18
Spinda 60% 15-18
Sandshrew 35% 15-18

Mt. Pyre (Exterior) – DexNav (Post National Dex)

Pokémon Chance Levels
Bronzor -% 31
Growlithe -% 31
Elgyem -% 31

New Mauville – Wild Pokémon

Pokémon Chance Levels
Magnemite 50% 22-25
Voltorb 50% 22-25
Locations where Skarmory, Bronzor, Magnemite can be found / Pokémon ORAS
Locations where Skarmory, Bronzor, Magnemite can be found

When you encounter a wild Skarmory, Bronzor, or Magnemite, there’s a 5% chance for any of them to be holding a Metal Coat.

By using TM46 Thief you can steal the item from it.

We also have a complete guide on how to farm held items from wild Pokémon, so check that out if you’d like more tips on how to farm quickly.

And to increase the chances of finding Metal Coats even further, 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. The DexNav’s search level increases with each encounter with this Pokémon, regardless of whether you catch it or not.

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

How Metal Coats Work

In-game details for Metal Coat / Pokémon ORAS
In-game details for Metal Coat

In Battle

The Metal Coat is a held item that increases the power of Steel-type moves used by the holder by 20%.

It’s a beneficial item for Steel-type attackers to use, as it enhances their damage potential. While not as commonly used in competitive battles, it can be useful during your playthrough.

Outside of Battle

The Metal Coat is not only an item that boosts Steel-type moves, but it also serves as an Evolution item.

It can also be used for the evolution of Onix and Scyther.

When an Onix or Scyther holding a Metal Coat is traded, they evolve into Steelix and Scizor, respectively. After evolving, the Metal Coat is consumed and disappears.

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