TM23 Smack Down will be given to you by Professor Cozmo after you defeat Team Aqua/Magma the first time you arrive in Meteor Falls, which is a large cave west of Fallarbor Town.
Smack Down is an attack that grounds the Pokémon hit by the move, removing their immunity to Ground-type moves. This affects Flying-types and Pokémon with the ability Levitate. Pokémon in the middle of moves like Fly, Bounce and Sky Drop can also be hit, canceling those moves in the process.
TM23 Smack Down Location (Step-by-Step)
When you first get to Meteor Falls, you’ll encounter Team Aqua/Magma trying to steal a meteorite from Professor Cozmo.
With the help of your Rival, you’ll defeat Team Aqua/Magma in a double battle.
When you win the battle, Team Aqua/Magma will steal the meteorite anyway. At that point, escort Professor Cozmo back to his house in Fallarbor Town, and he’ll give you the TM for Smack Down.
But before you can head to Meteor Falls, you should already have two other things completed:
- Obtained the fifth Gym badge from Wattson, Mauville City’s Gym Leader
- Explored Fallarbor Town and Route 114, the location of Meteor Falls’ entrance
If you haven’t been to Meteor Falls yet, start by heading to Fallarbor Town’s Pokémon Center:
Step 1: Outside the Pokémon Center, follow the path on the left.
Step 2: Continue heading west along Route 114.
Step 3: Then once you reach an NPC all the way to the west, you should follow the path heading south.
Step 4: Head past the bridge and continue heading south through the tall grass.
Step 5: Turn left and go up the nearby stairs – these appear directly after a pair of trainers.
Step 6: Wrap around the stairs and then head south, eventually following this path going east.
Step 7: Go up the short staircase, then start heading south past the trainer.
Step 8: Head up another staircase on your left, then cross the giant crater going west.
Step 9: The entrance to Meteor Falls should be up ahead past a hiker.
Step 10: Inside the cave, prepare to battle Team Aqua/Magma with the help of your Rival.
Step 11: You’ll eventually end up in Professor Cozmo’s house. And as a reward for rescuing him, he’ll reward you with TM23 Smack Down.
Smack Down Details + Uses
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TM23 Smack Down is a Physical Rock-type move that grounds the target until it switches out. When a Pokémon is grounded, they will be vulnerable to Ground-type moves, even if they were originally immune.
This includes bypassing the Ground-type immunity given by:
- Being a Flying-type
- The ability Levitate
- The move Magnet Rise
- The move Telekinesis
- The held item Air Balloon
Smack Down can also hit targets during the semi-invulnerable turns of moves like Fly, Bounce, and Sky Drop. If it does, it cancels the move. It still grounds them, but it won’t prevent them from using those moves again.
After grounding your opponent, follow it up with any Ground-type attack.
Ideally, the target you use Smack Down on should be weak to Ground-types. This is especially useful in double battles, where you can perform this combo on the same turn.
While the move completely counters Pokémon relying on their immunity to Ground-types, Smack Down is still very situational. Without an ideal target to use it on, its 50 base power isn’t very good on its own.
If you still want to use it, you should consider running a stronger Rock-type move alongside Smack Down.