TM53 Energy Ball can be found in the southeast section of the Safari Zone. To get to the TM’s exact location, you’ll need a Pokémon with Surf and both bikes (Mach and Acro).
Because you can only get both bikes after finishing the Delta Episode, you won’t be able to get this TM when the Safari Zone first becomes available. So you’ll need to beat the Elite Four and clear the Delta Episode first.
TM53 Energy Ball Location (Step-by-Step)
Here’s the complete list of things you need to do before visiting the Safari Zone for this TM:
- Complete the Delta Episode
- Get both the Mach Bike and Acro Bike
- Bring a Pokémon with HM01 Cut (Optional)
- Bring a Pokémon with HM03 Surf
If you’ve done all these things, then fly to the west entrance of Route 121 once you’re ready to start.
Step 1: Begin following the path to the east of the Route 121 signpost.
Step 2: Keep going east, moving past the two trainers.
Step 3: Using HM01 Cut, take down the tree and enter the Safari Zone building on the right.
If you don’t have Cut, you can go around the tree by following the path to the south.
Step 4: Exit the building via the back-left corner exit.
Step 5: Now that you’re in the Safari Zone you can get on your Acro Bike, and then ride straight up.
Step 6: Climb up the wooden stumps by performing a bunny hop.
You can do this by holding the B button for more than two seconds, then you can use the D-Pad/Control Pad to move around while hopping.
Step 7: After you climb up the stumps, ride your Acro Bike up and then cross the narrow bridge to the west.
Step 8: Cross to the south bridge where you see some broken sections. You can get by these by performing a sideways hop three times.
You can do this by simultaneously pressing the B button and down on the D-Pad/Control Pad.
Step 9: Follow along the metal rails and once you’re at the end you’ll land on a small slab of rock.
Then ride down this platform and perform a bunny hop to descend the stumps.
Step 10: Once you’re back on the grass, head east and Surf on the body of water you run into.
Step 11: Surf east until you reach the end of the water, then disembark to the south (you’ll be landing to the left of a small flower bush).
Then travel south through the tall grass.
Step 12: Turn to the left and you’ll see a small platform with an item on top.
Switch to your Mach Bike, and then ride up the muddy slope with momentum on your Mach Bike. This will allow you to reach the top of the hill and pick up TM53.
Quick Guide: Getting Both the Mach Bike & Acro Bike
The Mach Bike or Acro Bike can be obtained for the first time at Rydel’s Cycles on the east side of Mauville City. However, you can only have one bike at a time until the post-game.
So if you want the ability to have both bikes at the same time, you’ll need to complete the Delta Episode, and then speak with three different NPCs scattered throughout Hoenn.
Ride your Mach Bike up the slope in the northernmost part of Route 111’s desert area. Then speak with the Hex Maniac pictured below.
Using your Acro Bike, a Surf Pokémon, and a Waterfall Pokémon, head to the northwest corner of Route 119.
Then speak with the Bird Keeper pictured below.
Finally, speak with the Triathlete riding his own bike in the Battle Resort’s southeast corner (pictured below).
Note: The Battle Resort is only accessible after you complete the Delta Episode.
After you’ve showed your bikes to all of these NPCs, return to Rydel’s Cycles in Mauville City.
You’ll then be able to own both bikes simultaneously.
Energy Ball Details + Uses
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TM53 Energy Ball is a Special Grass-type move with a 10% chance of lowering the target’s Special Defense by one stage.
Any stat can be reduced up to six times; here’s how each stage affects the target’s Special Defense stat:
While the Special Defense drop rarely occurs with this move, it is extremely useful in making tanky opponents easier to take down.
With a base power of 90 and 100% accuracy, Energy Ball is a strong move for any Grass-type Special attacker.
Granted, it isn’t the most powerful Grass-type move in the game. But it also doesn’t require any setup like Solar Beam, and it has no negative side effects like Leaf Storm.
Surprisingly, many Psychic-type Pokémon can actually learn Energy Ball. So if you’re looking for move variety for your Psychic-type, Energy Ball could come in handy.
Tip: Be wary of Pokémon with the Ability Bulletproof, as it makes them immune to ball and bomb moves, including Energy Ball. Only Chespin, Quilladin, and Chesnaught have this Ability as of Generation 6.