The TM for Shadow Ball can be obtained by going to the fourth floor of Mt. Pyre, which is a memorial site for Pokémon on Route 122. To access this area you’ll need a Pokémon that can use Surf outside of battle.
TM30 Shadow Ball is a Ghost-type damage-dealing move that has a chance of lowering the target’s Special Defense stat.
Whether playing through the story or battling competitively, Shadow Ball is a great move for almost every Ghost-type special attacker. It’s a reliable move with an excellent additional effect. A lot of non-Ghost-type Pokémon can even learn it, giving you coverage against Pokémon weak to Ghost.
TM30 Shadow Ball Location (Step-by-Step)
Mt. Pyre is a Pokémon memorial site located inside a mountain on Route 122. It’s a structure you can access through an entrance on the mountain’s base.
The building inside Mt. Pyre has four floors. Each floor contains various trainers ready to battle you. On the third floor of the building, there’s an exit that leads to the summit of the mountain.
If you’re just here to obtain TM30 Shadow Ball, you will only need to reach the fourth and final floor of the building inside Mt. Pyre. To do that, make sure you already have access to Route 121 and have a Pokémon that knows Surf.
If you’re all set, head over to Route 121.
Step 1: Start following the path heading east from Route 121.
Step 2: Head down the stairs, and use the route’s south exit.
Step 3: Use HM03 Surf on Route 122.
Step 4: Follow the path heading south until Mt. Pyre’s entrance is visible.
Step 5: Disembark here to enter Mt. Pyre.
Step 6: Follow the hallway heading north, then walk toward the northwest side of the room.
Step 7: Climb up the staircase near the Hex Maniac.
Step 8: On this next floor, make your way toward the east side of the room.
Step 9: Climb up another set of stairs.
Step 10: In this next room, there are two different exits.
The exit on the south hallway leads to the mountain’s summit outside, while the staircase on the left leads to the fourth floor of the building. So we want to head towards the left-hand side so we can reach 4F.
Step 11: Use the staircase on the room’s left side (top-left corner) to get to the building’s highest floor.
Step 12: TM30 Shadow Ball should be in the middle of the room on the fourth floor.
Shadow Ball Details + Uses
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TM30 Shadow Ball is a Special Ghost-type move with a 20% chance of lowering the target’s Special Defense by one stage. Any stat can be lowered up to six times; here’s how much each stage modifies a stat value:
With a base power of 80 and 100% accuracy, Shadow Ball has been a staple since its introduction in Generation 2. It’s also been an iconic move frequently used in the Pokémon anime.
The move is comparable to TM29 Psychic, as it has around the same base power and effect as Shadow Ball. It has 10 less power than Psychic, but it also has a 10% higher chance to lower the target’s stats.
Shadow Ball is perfect against tanks that don’t deal much damage. Every time the Special Defense drop procs, it will make them easier to take down.
In competitive battles, Shadow Ball is the most commonly used Ghost-type move. It’s a reliable attack that provides a powerful Same-Type Attack Bonus (STAB) for Pokémon like Chandelure, Cofagrigus, and Gengar.
Another good thing about Shadow Ball is that it can be taught to a wide variety of Pokémon. A surprising amount of non-Ghost-type Pokémon can learn it too, including many Psychic-type Pokémon.
This is highly beneficial for Psychic-types, since it gives them coverage against Ghost-types, one of their biggest weaknesses.
Tip: Be wary of Pokémon with the Ability Bulletproof. It makes them immune to ball and bomb moves, including Shadow Ball. As of Generation 6, only Chespin, Quilladin, and Chesnaught have this Ability.