TM65 Shadow Claw can be found underground in Granite Cave. But you’ll need the Mach Bike to access the underground levels of the cave, so you won’t be able to get this TM when you first visit Granite Cave.
When you return to get the Shadow Claw TM it’s also worth bringing a Pokémon with TM70 Flash to make it easier to traverse the cave, although this is not mandatory.
TM65 Shadow Claw Location (Step-by-Step)
You can enter Granite Cave through its entrance on Route 106, located northwest of Dewford Town.
But to reach the underground levels you’ll need a Mach Bike to ride up the muddy slopes in Granite Cave. However, you won’t be able to get a bike until you visit Rydel’s Cycles in Mauville City. So you’ll have to wait until then before you can get the Shadow Claw TM.
In addition, if you have TM70 Flash then you can use it to brighten the dimly lit sections of Granite Cave. However, the dark areas of the cave are still somewhat visible even without Flash, so it’s not entirely necessary.
Tip: You can even bring along a Pokémon that knows Dig, or bring an Escape Rope with you, that way you can exit the cave immediately after getting your TM.
Once you have everything you need, we’ll show you step-by-step how to reach the TM, starting at Dewford Town’s Pokémon Center.
Step 1: Start by heading north from the Pokémon Center to reach Route 106.
Step 2: Keep moving north past the houses until you exit Dewford Town.
Step 3: Once you’ve reached Route 106, follow the path heading left.
Step 4: Then head inside Granite Cave’s entrance.
Step 5: Once you’re inside Granite Cave, continue along the path heading west.
Step 6: If you haven’t obtained it yet, talk to the nearby Hiker to obtain TM70 Flash. This will help you explore the underground floors of the cave by illuminating the area.
Step 7: Then take out your Mach Bike and ride it up the muddy slope next to the Hiker NPC.
Step 8: Once you reach the top area here, head eastward and climb down the ladder to enter the underground floor of Granite Cave.
Step 9: If you have a Flash user in your party, now is the time to use TM70 Flash to light up the cave.
But with or without Flash, you’ll want to start heading north in this area.
Step 10: Then use your Mach Bike again to ride up the slope directly in front of you.
Step 11: Once you reach the top of the first slope, you’ll find another slope on your right-hand side.
Go up that slope too, and then follow the path heading east.
Step 12: Follow this path all the way to the east. Then at the end of the path you’ll see another slope.
Slide down this slope going left to proceed.
Step 13: Once you’re down the slope, turn and go south to find a ladder. Climb down the ladder to reach the deepest level of Granite Cave.
Step 14: When you reach the bottom of the ladder, briefly head north, then immediately turn left and follow that direction.
Step 15: From there, continue heading west past the Ruin Maniac.
Step 16: When you go as far west as you can here, head up the small steps. Then walk along the path to the north until you reach another set of steps.
Step 17: This next set of steps should have a right-hand side and a left-hand side.
Go up the steps to the left to pick up TM65 Shadow Claw.
Shadow Claw Details + Uses
|Shadow Claw Move Details|
|PP||15 (max. 24)|
Shadow Claw is a Physical Ghost-type move that has an increased Critical-Hit Ratio.
If it lands a critical hit, it also deals additional damage & ignores any stat boosts from either the attacking or defending Pokémon that would have otherwise reduced the damage.
Although Shadow Claw has a low base power of 70 and a lackluster effect, it is one of the few options available for Physical Ghost-type Pokémon to use as their Ghost STAB move.
In fact, Shadow Claw is the strongest Physical Ghost-type move that can be learned by TM.
And its wide distribution makes Shadow Claw an excellent coverage option for non-Ghost-type Pokémon too. It’s easily one of the most reliable Physical Ghost-type attacks for any Pokémon that can learn it (regardless of their typing).
Tip: If you use the Super Luck ability and the Scope Lens item together, your Critical-Hit Ratio can be significantly boosted in battle – so moves with a high Critical-Hit Ratio such as Shadow Claw can end up guaranteed to land a Critical Hit.
How Critical Hits Work
All attacks have a chance to land a Critical Hit, which increases the damage dealt by 50%.
Additionally, Critical Hits ignore the attacker’s negative stat stages and the defender’s positive stat stages, making it extremely useful in battle.
Critical Hit probability is calculated in stages, with each stage increasing the chances of landing one.
Most attacking moves will always begin at Stage 0. But high Critical-Hit Ratio moves like Shadow Claw begin at Stage 1.
The stages and their corresponding chance of landing a Critical Hit are listed in the table below:
|Stage||Chance of Critical Hit (Gen 6)|
|+3 and above||100%|
There are also several items, moves, and Pokémon abilities in OR/AS that can boost your moves’ Critical-Hit Ratio. These are:
|Super Luck||Ability||Raises the Critical-Hit Ratio of the user’s moves by one stage.|
|Lansat Berry||Held Item||Raises the holder’s Critical-Hit Ratio by two stages when the holder’s HP falls below 25%.|
|Razor Claw||Held Item||Raises the Critical-Hit Ratio of the holder’s moves by one stage.|
|Scope Lens||Held Item||Raises the Critical-Hit Ratio of the holder’s moves by one stage.|
|Focus Energy||Move||Raises the Critical-Hit Ratio of the user’s moves by two stages.|
- How To Get TM65 Shadow Claw in Pokémon ORAS