You can get TM31 Brick Break by talking to an NPC on the northwest side of Sootopolis City. However, the TM is only obtainable after you complete the Cave of Origin story event that happens before you challenge the final Gym.
Brick Break is a damage-dealing Fighting-type move that also destroys barriers such as Light Screen and Reflect, if the target’s team has either of these moves currently active.
While teams running Reflect and Light Screen are relatively common in competitive battles, there are better ways to remove them than Brick Break. Its low base power also prevents it from becoming more usable, as moves like Close Combat and Superpower are way better offensive options for Fighting-type Pokémon.
TM31 Brick Break Location
Sootopolis is a city entirely built around a giant crater on the east side of Hoenn.
When you first get there, you won’t be able to fully explore Sootopolis City until you finish the story event involving Kyogre/Groudon (depending on what version you’re playing) in the Cave of Origin.
When that part of the story concludes, you can now explore the rest of the city. In a particular house on the city’s northwest side, a Black Belt NPC will give you the TM for Brick Break if you talk to him.
Here’s the list of everything you need to do before you can obtain TM31 Brick Break:
- Obtain 7 Gym Badges
- Bring a Pokémon that knows HM03 Surf
- Bring a Pokémon that knows HM07 Dive
- Finish the story event taking place at the Cave of Origin, located in Sootopolis City
If you’ve yet to reach Sootopolis City, then fly over to Route 126 to get started.
Step 1: Begin by surfing south.
Step 2: Follow the diving spot’s trail heading south.
Step 3: Dive anywhere around the crater’s south side.
Step 4: Enter the cave to Sootopolis City.
Step 5: Once in the cave, return to the surface.
Step 6: Head northwest and land near a female NPC facing the water.
Step 7: Once you’re on land, follow the path on the right.
Step 8: Climb up the stairs and keep moving forward.
Step 9: Climb up the next set of stairs up ahead as well.
Step 10: Then, follow the path on the left, continuing up another set of stairs.
Step 11: Enter the house on the northwest by climbing up the last set of stairs.
Step 12: Talk to the Black Belt NPC in this house to obtain TM31 Brick Break.
Brick Break Details + Uses
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TM31 Brick Break is a Physical Fighting-type move that removes the effects of Light Screen and Reflect, if they’re active your opponent’s side of the field.
The move must land to break the screens, meaning you won’t be able to break the screens against Ghost-type Pokémon.
Teaching Brick Break to an offensive Fighting-type Pokémon may not be ideal, since its base power is too low to deal lethal damage reliably. Because most Fighting-types that learn Brick Break can also learn stronger moves like Close Combat or Superpower, there isn’t a reason to learn Brick Break beyond its screen-breaking effect.
However, Brick Break isn’t even the best way to remove the effects of Light Screen and Reflect. The move Defog is more practical and more commonly used, because in addition to removing Light Screen and Reflect, it also removes the effects of the following moves:
- Stealth Rock
- Toxic Spikes
Brick Break is only ever useful as a coverage move for non-Fighting types if they can’t learn a better Fighting-type move. Brick Break’s screen-breaking effect is too situational to run over higher base power moves or recovery moves like Drain Punch.
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