Pokémon ORAS Metal Powder: Locations + Uses

Metal Powder in wild grass
All Metal Powder Locations
# Method Repeatable?
1 Mauville Food Court – Possible reward for completing the Magnemite Croquette Yes
2 Held item from wild Ditto found on Mirage Spots – 5% chance

  • Mirage Cave – North of Route 132
  • Mirage Island – South Route 132

There are two different ways to obtain Metal Powder.

The first method involves earning a Metal Powder as a reward for completing the Magnemite Croquette course in the Mauville Food Court. To obtain this reward, you must finish the course in exactly six turns and defeat all six Trainers.

Alternatively, you can also obtain a Metal Powder by using Thief to steal Metal Powder from wild Ditto. These can be found on two different Mirage Spots.

Method 1: Mauville Food Court

The Mauville Food Court is where you can order food and participate in battles for rewards. Once you’ve placed an order, you’re given a set number of turns to wait for your food. While waiting you will be challenged to battles by a gauntlet of Trainers who want you seat.

To win Metal Powders you’ll need to compete in the Magnemite Croquette.

But here’s a list of all orders available at the Mauville Food Court, along with the details on how to unlock them and the turn limits for each battle type.

Order Requirements Battle Type Level Cost Turn Limit
Village Sub Combo None Single Battles 17 1,000 5
Magnemite Croquette Win the Rain Badge Double Battles 55 5,000 6
Mauville Ramen Bowl Complete the Delta Episode Triple Battles 65 10,000 8
Note: You can only order each meal once a day.

Magnemite Croquette (Double Battles)

Ordering the Magnemite Croquette / Pokémon ORAS
Ordering the Magnemite Croquette

Talk to the Street Thug behind the counter to place an order for the Magnemite Croquette once you meet these prerequisites:

  • Clearing the Village Sub Combo
  • Winning the Rain Badge

When you order the Magnemite Croquette, you’ll be given a turn limit of 6. This means that if it takes you one turn to defeat each trainer in a Double Battle, you will encounter a total of 6 trainers.

Here are the possible rewards you can get for this particular order:

Reward Method
Pearl String Finish the Magnemite Croquette course in exactly 6 turns
Metal Powder Finish the Magnemite Croquette course in exactly 6 turns and defeat all 6 Trainers

Method 2: Stealing from Wild Ditto

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

Metal Powder can also be obtained by finding it as a held item on wild Ditto. Ditto can only be found in two specific Mirage Spots in ORAS:

  • The first spot is the Mirage Cave located to the north of Route 132
  • The other spot is the Mirage Island that’s on the south side of Route 132

When you encounter a wild Ditto there’s a 5% chance it will be holding a Metal Powder. To take the item, use a Pokémon that knows TM46 Thief.

Tip: We also have a separate guide with more details on how to optimally farm held items from wild Pokémon.

Since Ditto can be found in two separate Mirage Spots, check if either of the Mirage Spots shown in the image below are available. Additionally, refer to the table detailing each location’s encounter rates:

All Ditto Mirage Spots

Mirage Spots where Ditto can be found / Pokémon ORAS
Mirage Spots where Ditto can be found
Mirage Cave – North of Route 132 Chance Levels
Ditto 40% 36-38
Excadrill 30% 36-38
Tynamo 30% 36-38
Mirage Island – South Route 132 Chance Levels
Ditto 40% 36-38
Munna 60% 36-38

How Metal Powder Works

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

Metal Powder is a held item that, when held by Ditto, doubles the holder’s Defense stat in battle.

The Metal Powder has no effect in battle when held by any Pokémon other than Ditto.

However, it doesn’t work when Ditto is transformed.

This essentially makes this held item worthless, as there’s no situation where you don’t want your Ditto to transform in battle just to take advantage of its Defense boost. That said, this item might enable your Ditto to survive a single physical attack before transforming.


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