To obtain TM64 Explosion, head to Sky Pillar just north of Route 131. The TM is in an isolated area on the southwest side of the tower’s third floor.
It’s important to note that Sky Pillar can only be accessed toward the end of The Delta Episode, so the Explosion TM is only available in the post-game.
TM64 Explosion Location (Step-by-Step)
Sky Pillar is one of the last unlockable areas in the game, so it’s no surprise that it requires some effort to access.
So how can you gain access to Sky Pillar?
During the Delta Episode, you’ll need to ask Wallace for help while he’s in front of the giant tree in Sootopolis City, near the Cave of Origin. Wallace will request that you accompany him to Route 131, where he will unseal the cave. But he will only grant you passage if you defeat him in a rematch.
In addition, since Route 131 is a water route, you’ll need to have a Pokémon that knows HM03 Surf to reach Sky Pillar.
Tip: To leave Sky Pillar quickly after you get the TM, bring a Pokémon with Dig or bring an Escape Rope.
We’ll guide you step-by-step on how to reach Sky Pillar and how to get to TM64’s location.
Step 1: Start by using HM03 Surf to travel on the sea to your left.
Step 2: Head north onto the narrow path between the rocks and keep surfing in this direction.
Step 3: Upon reaching an intersection, keep surfing north past the rocks and disembark in front of the island with a cave entrance.
Step 4: If Wallace hasn’t broken the seal yet, you won’t be able to access Sky Pillar just yet. If the seal has been broken and you’ve defeated Wallace in a rematch, go through the cave entrance.
Step 5: After entering the cave, climb up multiple sets of stairs.
Step 6: At the top of the stairs, turn right and exit the cave through the passage in the bottom-right corner.
Step 7: Upon exiting the cave, enter the tower entrance to the north to get into Sky Pillar.
Step 8: After entering Sky Pillar, go towards the north side of the first floor.
Step 9: Climb the ladder in front of you to reach the second floor of Sky Pillar.
Step 10: Upon reaching the second floor, follow the path heading west towards the bottom-left corner of the floor.
Step 11: You’ll eventually find a ladder to your right going up. Climb it, then head east.
Step 12: Now on the third floor, head eastward and climb another ladder that you’ll find at the end of the path.
Step 13: After climbing up to the fourth floor, follow another linear path heading northwest.
Step 14: Upon reaching the northernmost section of the fourth floor, start moving southwest.
Step 15: Then keep following the path by wrapping around to the east, and then climb up the ladder here to reach the fifth floor.
Step 16: When you’ve made it to the fifth floor, take a right turn and follow the path going south.
Step 17: Instead of using the south ladder that leads to the summit, turn left and travel west until you come across a different ladder that goes down.
Step 18: Descend the ladder to the fourth floor, then look to your left and climb down another ladder which leads to the third floor.
Step 19: In this isolated section of the third floor you’ll be able to pick up the TM for Explosion, which should be near the edge of some rubble.
TM64 Explosion Details + Uses
|Explosion Move Details|
TM64 Explosion is a Physical Normal-type move that deals massive damage, but it causes the user to faint. The user will still faint even if they have the ability Sturdy or are holding a Focus Band or Focus Sash.
Additionally, this move cannot be used when a Pokémon with the Damp ability is present on the field.
It goes without saying that to gain an advantage in battle, the goal is to knock out your opponent’s Pokémon while keeping yours in play.
Although Explosion boasts the highest base power in the game, it also causes the user to faint, which almost always results in a disadvantage for you (unless you plan ahead).
So while Explosion can significantly damage or even knock out an opponent, it often results in a net loss of advantage, regardless of the outcome. There are always better moves to use if you want to deal high damage without having to sacrifice a Pokémon.
Plus you can only get TM64 in the post-game anyways, so it doesn’t really help you get through many tough battles.
In summary, Explosion is usually seen as more of a gimmick move and not typically worth using in most cases. It’s also never the best choice for keeping a consistent edge in battles.