TM22 Solar Beam can be obtained inside the Safari Zone, which is located on Route 121. The TM is hidden deep inside the Safari Zone, so you’ll need your Mach Bike and a Pokémon that knows Surf to get it.
Unlike in older generations, admittance to the Safari Zone is now free. There also isn’t a time limit anymore. So TM22 is fairly easy to acquire once you reach this point in the game.
TM22 Solar Beam Location (Step-by-Step)
Before we get to the step-by-step guide, here’s a few prerequisites you’ll need before heading to the Safari Zone:
- Obtain the sixth Gym Badge from Winona, the Gym Leader from Fortree City
- Explore Route 120
- Bring a Pokémon that knows Surf
- Have your Mach Bike ready
Once you’re ready, head to Route 121’s west entrance.
Step 1: Start by going east past the two trainers on Route 121.
Step 2: Enter the Safari Zone building on the right by using HM01 Cut. If you don’t have Cut, you can follow the path heading south instead.
Step 3: Go through the building’s backside exit in the top-left corner.
Step 4: Use your Mach Bike and immediately turn left.
Step 5: Head up the muddy slope and turn left again.
Step 6: Go down the muddy slope in front of you on the left-hand side.
Step 7: Continue following the path heading north.
Step 8: Then follow the path on the left, also still going north.
Step 9: Eventually you will reach a body of water. Use Surf to cross to the other side.
Step 10: Keep going east, then use Surf once more on a small body of water. This will bring you to a landing with TM22 on the ground.
Solar Beam Details + Uses
|Solar Beam Move Details|
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Solar Beam is a Special Grass-type move that takes two turns to execute. It will do nothing on the turn the move is selected. However, on the following turn, Solar Beam inflicts massive amounts of damage.
While using this 120 base power move may be powerful, doing nothing for one turn may not be worth it.
This is because on the turn you’re charging, your opponent can use Protect or switch out to another Pokémon that resists Grass. This drawback can give your opponent a significant advantage.
The only way to avoid Solar Beam’s drawback is by utilizing the sunny weather caused by the move Sunny Day or the ability Drought.
During harsh sunlight, Solar Beam charges and deals damage on the same turn.
This strategy alone makes Solar Beam worth running on any Grass-type Pokémon that can learn it.
Fire-type Pokémon tend to learn Solar Beam as well, which gives them a great move to use against Water-type Pokémon.
Tip: Keep in mind that Rain Dance makes Solar Beam charge for an extra turn. So if your opponent uses Rain Dance first when you queue up Solar Beam, you will be forced to charge for two turns.