TM76 Struggle Bug 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.
Struggle Bug is a damaging Bug-type move that also lowers the target’s Special Attack stat.
The move is almost never used because of its underwhelming base power.
Its effect can be good, but it’s very situational. Opponents whose Special Attack stat is lowered can just switch out, and since Struggle Bug doesn’t do a whole lot of damage, the move can be a bit pointless.
TM76 Struggle Bug 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 TM76 is only sold in Slateport Market, you’re going to need to have access to the city first. So first make sure that you’ve:
- 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)
If you’ve already done that, head over to Slateport City.
Step 1: From Slateport City’s Pokémon Center, follow the left path heading south.
Step 2: Then go through 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.
Along with TM76 Struggle Bug, this clerk will also sell the following TMs:
|TM01 Hone Claws||5,000|
|TM73 Thunder Wave||5,000|
|TM76 Struggle Bug||5,000|
Struggle Bug Details + Uses
|Struggle Bug Move Details|
|PP||20 (max. 32)|
Struggle Bug is a Special Bug-type move that has a 100% chance of lowering the target’s Special Attack stat by one stage. Any stat can be lowered up to six times; here’s how much each stage modifies a stat value:
In Double Battles, Struggle Bug has a bit more utility.
Since it’s able to hit both opponents at the same time, both targets’ Special Attack stat is lowered as well.
It’s ideal to pair your Struggle Bug user with an offensive sweeper that may have a low Special Defense stat, making it harder to take down.
In Pokémon Black and White, Struggle Bug was one of the worst TMs in the game. It had the same effect but 20 less power. It barely did any damage, making it hard to justify running the move on any Pokémon.
Currently, Struggle Bug has a base power of 50. Despite being buffed, it’s not enough to make it viable in competitive battles.
Its effect is situational at best, and is easily countered by switching out, clearing the stat reductions inflicted.