To get TM83 Infestation, just talk to an NPC with blue hair and glasses inside Sootopolis City’s Poké Mart. He will ask you a question, and if you answer with “Maybe Lisia?” then he will give you the TM.
Note that to access the city’s Poké Mart you’ll need to surf to the west side of Sootopolis City.
TM83 Infestation Location (Step-by-Step)
Before you can get your hands on TM83 Infestation, make sure you’ve done the following:
- Complete the story event taking place at the Cave of Origin, located in Sootopolis City
- Bring a Pokémon that knows Surf
If you’re good to go, fly to the Pokémon Center in Sootopolis City to get started.
Step 1: Begin by heading south and descending the nearby staircase.
Step 2: When you’ve reached the water’s edge on the left-hand side, use Surf to cross to the city’s west side.
Step 3: Keep surfing west, past the Sootopolis Gym.
Step 4: As you land near a female NPC, stick to the path and ascend the stairs found on the left side.
Step 5: Once you’ve climbed the stairs, head straight into the Poké Mart that’s right in front of you.
Step 6: Talk with the Collector NPC inside the Poké Mart near the back wall and answer his question with “Maybe Lisia?”, and then he will give you the TM for Infestation.
TM83 Infestation Details + Uses
|Infestation Move Details|
|PP||20 (max. 32)|
TM83 Infestation is a Special Bug-type move that not only deals damage, but also causes the target to lose 1/8 of its maximum HP at the end of each turn for four to five turns.
Additionally, it prevents the target from switching out while Infestation’s effect is active.
That being said, the target can still switch if it’s holding a Shed Shell or using moves like Baton Pass, Parting Shot, U-turn, or Volt Switch. The effect also ends if the user faints, switches out, or if the target successfully uses Rapid Spin or Substitute.
Keep in mind that a Pokémon can only be affected by one binding move at a time.
Along with Infestation, here’s a list of all binding moves in Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Is Infestation Worth Using?
Infestation is a pretty good move that sees some play in competitive battles. Like the ability Shadow Tag, which traps opponents in unfavorable matchups, Infestation can also give you the same momentum in battle when you manage to trap the right target.
The move Infestation is especially handy in the movesets of defensive stall Pokémon that also utilize Toxic and recovery moves to slowly chip away at their opponents’ health.
Unlike abilities such as Shadow Tag, which Ghost-types are immune to, or binding moves like Fire Spin that Pokémon with Flash Fire are immune to, no ability or Pokémon type can make them immune to Infestation.
It’s also worth noting that Infestation is the only binding move with a perfect accuracy of 100%.
However, Infestation might not be as helpful outside of competitive play since NPCs in the single-player storyline of the game rarely switch out their Pokémon.
You’re generally better off using more powerful moves in a normal playthrough, as there’s usually no need to use stall tactics against NPCs.
Tip: You can boost Infestation’s effectiveness by using held items like the Binding Band and Grip Claw. A Binding Band increases the fixed damage at the end of each turn, while a Grip Claw ensures the move always lasts for 7 turns.