How To Get TM36 Sludge Bomb in Pokémon ORAS

Venusaur using Sludge Bomb in battle (Pokémon Omega Ruby)

TM36 Sludge Bomb can be obtained by talking to an NPC inside Dewford Hall, which is a building in Dewford Town located a bit above the Dewford Pokémon Center. Early in the game, you can only reach Dewford Town by asking Mr. Briney to take you there from Route 104.

Sludge Bomb is a Poison-type damage-dealing move that has a good chance of poisoning the target. When a Pokémon is poisoned, it will continue to take damage every turn until it faints.

In competitive battles, Sludge Bomb is the most reliable Poison-type move for special attackers. With a high base power, perfect accuracy, and a great additional effect, it’s usually the strongest attack for Pokémon like Gengar and Venusaur.

TM36 Sludge Bomb Location (Step-by-Step)

Dewford Hall is a building located north of Dewford Town’s Pokémon Center. Inside, town residents will talk about a “trendy phrase” that the player can change.

An NPC will also give you the TM for Sludge Bomb here.

Since Dewford Town is an isolated island southwest of mainland Hoenn, the only way to get there before you have Surf is by asking Mr. Briney to take you there on his boat.

To do that, make sure you’ve done the following first:

  • Defeated Roxanne, the first Gym Leader from Rustboro City
  • Retrieved the stolen Devon Parts and rescued Peeko in Rusturf Tunnel
  • Received the Letter Key Item from Mr. Stone of Devon Corporation

If you’re all set, then you can either Surf/Fly to Dewford Town, or you can meet with Mr. Briney at Route 104’s south side.

Here’s how to get to Mr. Briney’s house & where to find TM36:

Step 1: From Rustboro City, head south to Route 104.

Entrance to Petalburg Woods near the Flower Shop on Route 104 / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Entrance to Petalburg Woods near the Flower Shop on Route 104

Step 2: Enter Petalburg Woods and go through its south exit.

Petalburg Woods’ south exit / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Petalburg Woods’ south exit

Step 3: Head to Mr. Briney’s house near the docks.

Outside Mr. Briney’s cottage / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Outside Mr. Briney’s cottage

Step 4: Talk to Mr. Briney, and he’ll take you to Dewford Town.

Talking to Mr. Briney in his cottage / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Talking to Mr. Briney in his cottage

Step 5: From Dewford Town’s Pokémon Center, enter the building directly above it to the north.

Outside Dewford Hall / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Outside Dewford Hall

Step 6: Talk to the trainer in the middle of the room that’s wearing a black backpack. He will give you TM36.

The location of TM36 Sludge Bomb / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
The location of TM36 Sludge Bomb

Sludge Bomb Details + Uses

In-game details for TM36 Sludge Bomb / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In-game details for TM36 Sludge Bomb
Sludge Bomb Move Details
Type Poison
Category Special
Power 90
Accuracy 100%
PP 10 (max. 16)

Sludge Bomb is a Special Poison-type move that has a 30% chance of poisoning the target. It has a high base power of 90 and is 100% accurate. It’s a very reliable Special Same-type Attack Bonus (STAB) move for most Poison-types.

Sludge Bomb is nearly identical to another Poison-type move, Sludge Wave.

And since a lot of Pokémon learn both moves, you will have to decide which one is better for you to learn.

Sludge Wave has 5 more base power than Sludge Bomb, but it only has a 10% chance to poison the target.

Because of the higher probability of inflicting a status condition on your opponent, Sludge Bomb tends to be better in most situations.

The 5 base power difference is negligible since its additional effect is much more valuable. However, Sludge Wave can be better in Double Battles since it hits all opposing Pokémon.

Tip: Don’t use Sludge Bomb against Pokémon with the Ability Bulletproof since ball and bomb moves don’t affect them. This is one advantage Sludge Wave has over Sludge Bomb since it’s neither a ball nor a bomb move. As of Generation 6, only Chespin, Quilladin, and Chesnaught have this ability.

How Poison Status Works

A Pokémon afflicted with Poison / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
A Pokémon afflicted with Poison

The Poison status condition inflicts damage every turn until the Pokémon faints. Regardless of the Pokémon’s total HP or Defense stats, it will deal 1/8th or 12.5% of the afflicted Pokémon’s Max HP at the end of each turn.

Poison-type and Steel-type Pokémon cannot be afflicted with the Poison status condition.

List of Moves and Abilities that interact with Poison:

Ability/Move Name Type Description
Immunity Ability Pokémon with this Ability cannot be poisoned
Poison Heal Ability While poisoned, HP is restored each turn instead
Toxic Boost Ability While poisoned, the user’s Attack stat is increased by 50%
Venom Drench Move Lowers a poisoned target’s Attack, Special Attack, and Speed
Venoshock Move Damage is doubled against poisoned targets

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