How To Get TM72 Volt Switch in Pokémon ORAS

Standing near Wattson in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

You will get TM72 Volt Switch after you defeat Mauville City’s Gym Leader Wattson. But before you can enter the Gym, your rival Wally will challenge you to a battle in front of the Gym.

After you win that fight, you can enter and challenge the Gym.

TM72 Volt Switch is an Electric-type move that deals damage and then switches the user out to another Pokémon in your party. The move allows players to deal damage and seamlessly switch to a more favorable matchup, making it an indispensable tool for any trainer looking to gain an edge in battle.

TM72 Volt Switch Location

To get your Dynamo Badge and the TM for Volt Switch, you have beat the Mauville City Gym.

So here’s all the prerequisites you’ll need to do first before you can challenge Wattson:

  • Obtain the second Gym Badge from Brawly, Dewford Town’s Gym Leader
  • Deal with Team Aqua/Magma in Slateport City
  • Beat your Rival (Brendan/May) on Route 110

When you’ve done all that, enter Mauville City through its south entrance on Route 110. The layout for Mauville City can be quite confusing, so here’s where the city’s Gym is located:

Step 1: When you’ve finished exploring Route 110, enter Mauville City through its south entrance

The entrance to Mauville City / Pokemon ORAS
The entrance to Mauville City

Step 2: When you’ve entered Mauville City, head north towards the central plaza, which is located on the outskirts of the city.

Mauville City central area / Pokemon ORAS
Mauville City central area

Step 3: Once you’re in Mauville City’s central plaza, continue north past Square Tower to head back into the interior of the city.

Mauville City’s central plaza near the Pokecenter / Pokemon ORAS
Mauville City’s central plaza near the Pokecenter

Step 4: Once you’re through the doors you’ll soon reach an intersection. At that point, turn left and approach Wally and his uncle who are standing outside the Gym.

This will trigger a short cutscene where Wally will ask you to battle him. Wally’s uncle will give you the HM for Rock Smash after you win.

Back inside Mauville City / Pokemon ORAS
Back inside Mauville City

Step 5: Finally, enter Wattson’s Gym and prepare to battle against him to obtain the TM for Volt Switch.

Mauville City Gym interior / Pokemon ORAS
Mauville City Gym interior

Volt Switch Details + Uses

In-game details for TM72 Volt Switch / Pokemon ORAS
In-game details for TM72 Volt Switch
Volt Switch Move Details
Type Electric
Category Special
Power 70
Accuracy 100
PP 20 (max. 32)

Volt Switch is a Special Electric-type move that deals damage and switches out the user after successfully landing a hit.

This means if the move misses or fails, the user won’t be switched out.

Additionally, Volt Switch can be used to switch out a Pokémon even if they’re under the effect of trapping abilities and moves, such as:

  • Arena Trap
  • Magnet Pull
  • Shadow Tag
  • Block
  • Mean Look
  • Spider Web
Using TM72 Volt Switch in battle / Pokemon ORAS
Using TM72 Volt Switch in battle

Volt Switch is a popular move in competitive battles due to its versatility. It’s particularly useful for speedy Electric-type Pokémon who can use it to pivot safely away from unfavorable matchups.

By switching into a powerful wallbreaker or setting up a sweeper that would likely resist what the opponent would use, you gain momentum against your opponent, while dealing a decent amount of damage at the same time.

Tip: If you’re looking to maximize the potential of Volt Switch, consider pairing it with the held items Choice Specs or Choice Scarf. These items restrict you to using only one move, but in return, they boost your Special Attack and Speed by 50% respectively.

Since Volt Switch already switches out your Pokémon after use, you can ignore the move restriction of the Choice items, but you’ll still benefit from the stat boost provided by the held item.


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