How To Get TM73 Thunder Wave in Pokémon ORAS

Manectric Using Thunder Wave in Battle (Pokémon ORAS)

TM73 Thunder Wave can be bought for 5,000 Pokédollars at the traveling TM Shop in Slateport Market, an outdoor bazaar in Slateport City. The traveling TM Shop clerk sells other TMs as well. You can buy the TMs as soon as you have access to Slateport City.

Thunder Wave is a move that paralyzes the target. When a Pokémon is paralyzed, its base Speed is reduced, and it has a chance of being unable to attack each turn.

In competitive battles, Thunder Wave is a great option to cripple offensive threats. The Speed reduction alone can prevent them from sweeping your team. Even Pokémon that aren’t reliant on their Speed might succumb to paralysis, skipping their turn and giving you a free one.

TM73 Thunder Wave Location

Slateport City is a port city on the southern coast of the Hoenn region. The city is 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 southwest side of Slateport City is Slateport Market, an outdoor bazaar with stalls selling various items.

And since TM73 Thunder Wave is sold in Slateport Market, you’re going to need access to the city first. So for some prerequisites, make sure you’ve already:

  • 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)
Talking to Mr. Briney / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Talking to Mr. Briney

If you’ve already done that, head over to Slateport City to get started.

Step 1: From Slateport City’s Pokémon Center, follow the left path heading south.

In front of Slateport City’s Pokémon Center / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In front of Slateport City’s Pokémon Center

Step 2: Then go through Slateport Market’s north entrance.

Slateport Market’s north entrance / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Slateport Market’s north entrance

Step 3: Go to the first tent on the right side of the market. Under the blue tent, a clerk will sell various TMs.

The clerk that sells TM73 Thunder Wave / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
The clerk that sells TM73 Thunder Wave

Along with TM73 Thunder Wave, this clerk will also sell the following TMs:

TM Price
TM01 Hone Claws 5,000
TM73 Thunder Wave 5,000
TM76 Struggle Bug 5,000
TM100 Confide 5,000

Thunder Wave Details + Uses

In-game details for TM73 Thunder Wave / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In-game details for TM73 Thunder Wave
Thunder Wave Move Details
Type Electric
Category Status
Accuracy 100%
PP 20 (max. 32)

Thunder Wave is an Electric-type Status move that paralyzes the target.

A paralyzed Pokémon has a 25% chance to be fully paralyzed each turn, making them unable to move that turn. The afflicted Pokémon’s base Speed will also be lowered by 25%.

Ever since Pokémon X and Y, Electric-type Pokémon cannot be paralyzed. Also, Ground-type Pokémon are entirely immune to Electric-type moves. So both Electric and Ground-type Pokémon are unaffected by Thunder Wave.

Banette is fully paralyzed / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Banette is fully paralyzed

Paralysis is a very useful status effect, especially in competitive battles. And Thunder Wave is the most consistent way to inflict paralysis on your opponents.

Unless you’re using an especially slow Pokémon, paralysis’ Speed reduction is usually enough to outspeed a lot of offensive threats in the game.

Even attackers that don’t mind having their Speed reduced can get crippled by paralysis. Occasionally making your opponent lose a turn will definitely hinder your opponent’s battle strategy.

Tip: Pokémon with the ability Prankster, which increases the priority of all status moves by one, are great users of Thunder Wave. This means (most of the time) you’ll get to use Thunder Wave first, regardless of how fast the opposing Pokémon is.

Here’s a list of every obtainable Pokémon in the game that can learn TM73 Thunder Wave who also have the ability Prankster:

Pokémon with Prankster Ability Hidden Ability
Murkrow Yes
Illumise Yes
Sableye Yes
Purrloin Yes
Liepard Yes
Cottonee No
Whimsicott No
Thundurus No
Meowstic (Male) Yes
Klefki No


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