Pokémon ORAS Silver Powder: Locations + Uses

Surfing on Route 114 in Omega Ruby
All Silver Powder Locations
# Method Repeatable?
1 Held item from Wild Masquerain (5% chance) Yes

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire there’s only one way to obtain Silver Powder. You’ll have to steal it from wild Masquerain by using Thief.

You can find Masquerain on certain routes with bodies of water, including Petalburg City. However, each Masquerain has only a 5% chance of holding a Silver Powder.

Stealing from Wild Masquerain

Using Thief on a wild Masquerain / Pokémon ORAS
Using Thief on a wild Masquerain

The Silver Powder can be obtained by finding it as a held item on wild Masquerain. You can encounter Masquerain by surfing in any body of water in the following locations:

  • Route 102
  • Route 111
  • Route 114
  • Route 117
  • Route 120
  • Route 123
  • Petalburg City

Tip: Remember to bring a Pokémon that knows HM03 Surf in your party when you revisit these routes.

When you encounter a Masquerain, there’s a 5% chance it will be holding a Silver Powder.

To take the item just use a Pokémon that knows TM46 Thief. If you want more details on how to optimally farm held items from wild Pokémon, you can check out this guide.

While most of these areas contain the same Pokémon, only Masquerain has a fixed encounter rate across all these locations. The following is the list of Pokémon and their encounter rates in the seven locations where Masquerain can be found:

Surfing on: Route 102 / Route 111 / Route 114 / Route 117 / Route 120 / Route 123 / Petalburg City

Surfing on Route 117 / Pokémon ORAS
Surfing on Route 117
Pokémon (Surfing) Chances Levels
Masquerain 4% 25
Surskit 15%-30% 15-20
Marill 0%-50% 15-20
Azumarill 16-66% 20-30

DexNav Detector Mode

To increase the chances of finding a Silver Powder, you can use your DexNav’s Detector Mode.

Here’s how:

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 wild Pokémon carrying items also increases.

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

How Silver Powder Works

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

The Silver Powder is a held item that boosts the power of Bug-type moves used by the holder by 20%.

The Silver Powder is not a popular held item in competitive battles, but it can be useful for Bug-type Pokémon using powerful STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) moves like Bug Buzz or U-Turn.

Unlike the Life Orb and Choice items, which boost the power of all moves at a cost, the Silver Powder specifically enhances Bug-type moves without any downsides.

And there’s one often overlooked advantage of the Silver Powder:

Your opponent won’t know what item you’re actually holding, unless they have the ability Frisk. This adds a layer of unpredictability, which can lead opponents to underestimate the damage you deal with your Bug-type moves.


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