How To Get TM89 U-Turn in Pokémon ORAS

Apartment balcony in Mauville Hills with Uturn TM (Alpha Sapphire)

TM89 U-Turn can be found on an apartment balcony on the east side of Mauville Hills. This is the apartment complex situated on the second floor of Mauville City.

However, you can only access the elevator to reach Mauville Hills after Wattson’s sidequest related to New Mauville. This only becomes available after you’ve defeated/captured Kyogre or Groudon.


Before you can obtain TM89 U-Turn, you need to defeat or capture Kyogre or Groudon in Sootopolis City, specifically within the Cave of Origin.

This significant event takes place just before challenging the eighth and final Gym.

Once you’ve defeated or captured Kyogre or Groudon, you can then begin Wattson’s sidequest, which unlocks New Mauville.

Starting this sidequest will also immediately grant you access to the second floor of Mauville Hills, where the U-Turn TM is located.

TM89 U-Turn Location (Step-by-Step)

Once you’re ready, fly back to Mauville City’s Pokémon Center to get started.

If you need to start Wattson’s New Mauville side-quest, then you’ll find Wattson waiting for you in front of Square Tower in Mauville City’s central plaza.

Step 1: If you haven’t started the side-quest then make your way to Square Tower and speak with Wattson to initiate a brief cutscene.

If you’ve already completed Wattson’s side-quest then skip to step 2.

Note: You do not need to finish the side-quest to gain access to the apartment balcony with the TM. You just need to at least speak with Wattson to start the side-quest. But if you’ve already completed the quest then that’s fine too.

Talking to Wattson in front of Square Tower / Pokémon ORAS
Talking to Wattson in front of Square Tower

Step 2: Once the cutscene ends, make your way back inside the city via the entrance next to the Poké Center.

Heading back inside Mauville City / Pokemon ORAS
Heading back inside Mauville City

Step 3: Back inside the city, turn right at the intersection and proceed eastward until you find an elevator on the northern wall.

Inside Mauville City / Pokemon ORAS
Inside Mauville City

Step 4: When you reach the elevator pictured below, ride it up to the second floor of the city.

The elevator that takes you to Mauville Hills / Pokemon ORAS
The elevator that takes you to Mauville Hills

Step 5: Upon arriving at Mauville Hills, make your way down to the apartment situated along this hallway.

Inside Mauville Hills / Pokemon ORAS
Inside Mauville Hills

Step 6: Enter the first apartment you come across on the left side of the hallway.

Mauville Hills’ east hallway apartment / Pokemon ORAS
The apartment door at Mauville Hills

Step 7: Once you’re in the apartment, find the sliding door along the far-left wall that leads you onto the balcony.

Inside the apartment in Mauville Hills / Pokemon ORAS
Inside the apartment in Mauville Hills

Step 8: Once you’re on the balcony you can pick up the TM for U-Turn in the corner.

The location of TM89 U-Turn / Pokemon ORAS
The location of TM89 U-Turn

TM89 U-Turn Details + Uses

In-game details for TM89 U-Turn / Pokemon ORAS
In-game details for TM89 U-Turn
U-Turn Move Details
Type Bug
Category Physical
Power 70
Accuracy 100
PP 20 (max. 32)

TM89 U-Turn is a Physical Bug-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, U-Turn 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 TM89 U-Turn in battle / Pokemon ORAS
Using TM89 U-Turn in battle

U-Turn Tips for your Team

U-Turn is a highly popular pivot move in competitive battles due to its versatility and utility.

Unlike Volt Switch, which is mainly learned by Electric-types, U-Turn can be learned by a wide range of Pokémon – even including those that aren’t Bug-types.

Additionally, unlike Volt Switch, no type is immune to Bug-type moves.

This makes it useful for any Pokémon that needs the ability to pivot safely away from unfavorable matchups.

By switching into a powerful wallbreaker or setup sweeper that could potentially resist your opponent’s next move, you gain momentum against your opponent while also dealing a reasonable amount of damage at the same time.

A slower U-Turn user can also be viable if the Pokémon using it is bulky enough.

By surviving an attack from the opponent and then using U-Turn, you essentially get a free switch-in to a more favorable matchup.

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

Since U-Turn already switches out your Pokémon after use, you can ignore the Choice item’s restriction and still benefit from the stat boost you get from it.


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