Pinsir’s Mega Stone (Pinsirite) is located on a small patch of land on Route 124. You can access the Mega Stone’s exact location in a concealed area that requires Dive.
Keep in mind that you can only use HM07 Dive outside of battle once you’ve defeated the seventh Gym in Mossdeep City. So you’ll need at least a Pokémon in your party that can use Dive and Surf to find this Mega Stone.
Route 124 is a water route east of Lilycove City and west of Mossdeep City. It also has an exit to Route 126 in the south.
Before looking for the Pinsirite, make sure you’ve met these prerequisites:
- Obtained the seventh Gym Badge from Liza and Tate in Mossdeep City
- Brought a Pokémon with HM03 Surf
- Brought a Pokémon with HM07 Dive
When you’re ready, fly to Route 124 to get started:
Pinsirite Location (Step-by-Step)
Step 1: Start by getting off the island with the route sign by using Surf and traveling westward on the water.
Step 2: Keep surfing west past the first diving spot (the one you need is further west).
Step 3: As you come across Sis & Bro Rita & Sam, you can battle them or go around them to reach the diving spot in the southwest corner of the route.
Either way, use Dive on the area of water that appears darker (see the image below).
Step 4: While underwater, navigate west to the location where light filters from above. Then use Dive again to resurface.
Step 5: Back on the water, head north a bit and interact with the sparkling item on the sandy island to obtain Pinsirite.
You can also grab the Blue Shard in the center of the island while you’re there.
Is Mega Pinsir Worth Using?
Mega Pinsir is definitely worth using if your team needs a formidable sweeper in competitive battles. For a regular playthrough of OR/AS it may not be the best mega evolution, but it’s also not the worst to have in your party.
Its new Bug/Flying typing and high base Attack let it hit hard against many foes.
And its Aerilate ability enhances moves like Quick Attack and Double-Edge, turning them into powerful Flying-type STAB moves.
However, its vulnerability to Stealth Rock and multiple common weaknesses can limit its overall effectiveness in battle.
Upon Mega Evolution, Pinsir transforms into a Bug/Flying-type Pokémon. Mega Pinsir also gains a temporary new ability, Aerilate, which converts Normal-type moves into Flying-type moves and grants them a 30% power increase.
If you want to use Mega Pinsir then consider the following pros & cons:
- High damage output. Mega Pinsir’s high Attack stat combined with its Aerilate ability transforms Normal-type moves like Return or Double-Edge into extremely powerful STAB moves.
- Aerilate-boosted Quick Attack. Mega Pinsir’s Aerilate ability turns what seems like a weak priority move, Quick Attack, into a powerful priority STAB move that can OHKO frail opponents.
- Strong coverage options. Mega Pinsir can use moves like Earthquake to deal with Rock- and Steel-types, and Close Combat for additional coverage, effectively handling a variety of opponents.
- Reliable bulk for setup. With surprisingly solid defenses, Mega Pinsir can set up Swords Dance more easily, increasing its sweeping potential and allowing it to OHKO opponents reliably.
- Multiple weaknesses. Mega Pinsir has several common weaknesses. This includes Fire, Ice, Electric, and Flying-type moves. Although not as common, it also has a 4x weakness to Rock-types, which can often take out Mega Pinsir.
- Susceptible to Burn and Paralysis. Moves like Will-O-Wisp or Thunder Wave can severely hinder Mega Pinsir’s effectiveness, preventing it from sweeping and leaving it more vulnerable to opponents.
- Stealth Rock vulnerability. Before Mega Evolving, Pinsir has a 2x Stealth Rock weakness, which increases to 4x after Mega Evolving. This makes entry hazard removal crucial and restricts its setup opportunities.