You can obtain TM41 Torment by talking to an NPC inside the Pokémon Contest Hall in Slateport City. You’ll be able to access Slateport right after obtaining the second Gym badge. Also if you don’t have HM03 Surf yet, then you’ll need to ask Mr. Briney to take you there from Dewford Town.
As far as in-battle uses, Torment prevents the target from selecting any move twice in a row. This effect lasts until the target is switched out.
Torment has one primary purpose in competitive battles. It’s to shut down Pokémon with Choice Items. These are items that lock the user into using a single move.
If a Pokémon holding a Choice item is affected by Torment, it’s forced to alternate between its chosen move and Struggle.
TM41 Torment Location (Step-by-Step)
Slateport City is a port city on the southern coast of the Hoenn region. It’s the city first accessible when you head north from the beach on Route 109.
Slateport City is also accessible from Route 110 on the north and Route 134 on the east.
On the northwest side of Slateport City is the city’s Contest Hall, a building where Pokémon Contests are held. A Sailor in this building will give you a copy of the TM for Torment when you talk to him.
But if you haven’t been to the city yet, then first make sure you’ve:
- Obtained the second Gym Badge from Brawly, Dewford Town’s Gym Leader
- Unlocked the option for Mr. Briney to take you to Route 109 (near Slateport City)
If you’ve already done that, head over to Slateport City.
Step 1: From Slateport City’s Pokémon Center, follow the path on the left heading north.
Step 2: Then you’ll see a bright orange building – this is the Contest Hall. Go inside.
Step 3: If it’s your first time inside the Contest Hall, a short cutscene will play that will introduce you to Lisia, a Pokémon Coordinator from Sootopolis City.
After that, make your way up the staircase on the left.
Step 4: Talk to the Sailor in the top-left corner to obtain the TM for Torment.
Torment Details + Uses
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Torment is a Dark-type Status move that restricts the target’s move selection, making them unable to choose the same move twice in a row. This effect remains active until the target leaves play.
Tip: If the target Pokémon didn’t successfully execute a move in the previous turn, Torment will not prevent the selection of any of its moves.
In competitive battles where Choice items (Choice Band, Choice Scarf, and Choice Specs) are commonly used, Torment does see a bit of play. If the target can only use a single move, the target will be forced to use Struggle every other turn. Realistically, they will just be forced to switch, giving you a free turn.
This also works in other situations where a Pokémon is forced to use a single move, such as being under the effect of Encore and only having one PP left on a particular move.
Tip: You can force your opponent into a situation where they can only use a single move by learning Trick, a move that swaps the user and the target’s held items. By giving them a Choice item and using Torment immediately after, they will be forced to use Struggle or switch out.