Where To Get the Big Root in Pokémon Platinum

The Big Root Location on Route 214 (Pokémon Platinum)

There is only one Big Root in the game, and it can be found on Route 214 just south of Veilstone City. It will be visible in the overworld as a Pokéball item, among a maze-like arrangement of picket fences.

The Big Root is a Held Item. When a Pokémon holding the Big Root uses an HP-stealing move, the move will replenish 30% more health. It does not cause more damage to the target Pokémon.

Big Root Location (Step-by-Step)

The Big Root’s location on the Town Map. / Pokémon Platinum
The Big Root’s location on the Town Map.

The only Big Root in the game is found on Route 214, about halfway between Veilstone City and the Hotel Grand Lake.

From Veilstone City’s Pokémon Center, head east on the main street, then turn south.

Heading southeast from the Veilstone Pokémon Center. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading southeast from the Veilstone Pokémon Center.

Continue south and leave Veilstone City using the southeastern entrance gate.

Leaving Veilstone City through the southeastern gate. / Pokémon Platinum
Leaving Veilstone City through the southeastern gate.

Once you’re on the other side, head southeast going past the berry plot and toward the three parallel lines of picket fences.

Enter either of the two alleyways created by the fences (doesn’t matter which one you go through here).

Continuing south into the picket fence maze. / Pokémon Platinum
Continuing south into the picket fence maze.

Just keep following the gaps in the fences as you head south.

Continuing South. / Pokémon Platinum
Continuing South.

When the fence placements start to become more elaborate, stick to the eastern path (pictured below).

Staying on the eastern side on Route 214. / Pokémon Platinum
Staying on the eastern side on Route 214.

Eventually you’ll see a signpost to the west. Move toward the sign, and head directly north of it.

Changing direction and heading north of the “Lake Valor” sign. / Pokémon Platinum
Changing direction and heading north of the “Lake Valor” sign.

The path will lead to a dead-end, and a Pokéball item will be visible in the overworld in the left-hand corner. This is the Big Root.

Obtaining the Big Root. / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining the Big Root.

What Does the Big Root Do?

In-game description of the Big Root. / Pokémon Platinum
In-game description of the Big Root.

The Big Root is a Held Item. When a Pokémon holding it uses an HP-stealing move, the Big Root allows the move to replenish 30% more HP than it normally would.

This works conversely if the holder of a Big Root uses a draining move on an opponent that has the Liquid Ooze ability; the damage inflicted on the user of the draining move will be 30% greater.

The following moves are empowered when the user is holding a Big Root:

  • Absorb
  • Aqua Ring
  • Drain Punch
  • Dream Eater
  • Giga Drain
  • Ingrain
  • Leech Life
  • Leech Seed
  • Mega Drain

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