|All Poison Barb Locations|
|1||Route 206 — Southwest of the Wayward Cave, underneath Cycling Road||No|
|2||Held item (5% chance) found on these wild Pokémon:
The earliest available Poison Barb you can get is on Route 206, next to Cycling Road. The Bicycle and the Hidden Move Cut are required to reach it.
Poison Barbs can also be held by wild Pokémon like Tentacool and Roselia. Many of these Pokémon are extremely common, so stealing a Poison Barb off one of them shouldn’t take much time.
Poison Barb Locations
Location #1: Route 206 (Step-by-Step)
One Poison Barb available is located on the western edge of Route 206, on the other side of Cycling Road from the Wayward Cave.
The Bicycle and the Hidden Move Cut are required to reach its location, so this Poison Barb will remain unavailable until you have defeated Gym Leader Gardenia and rescued Rad Rickshaw’s Clefairy from Team Galactic.
But once you’re ready, here’s how to find this item:
The quickest way to reach Route 206 is by starting at Oreburgh City and leaving town through the northern entrance.
Take the stairs to leave the city for Route 207.
Go down the small staircase leading to a pit, where there is a muddy slope in the middle of the north wall.
Then start riding your Bicycle, make sure it’s in fourth gear (the faster one), and position yourself against the south wall, and charge the muddy slope to ride up.
Once at the top, continue heading northward.
When you’re almost at the gate to Cycling Road, make a right turn onto the side path. Use Cut on one of the small trees and head north.
Continue north down the stairs and up the side path.
Keep going north, crossing the bridge when you come to it.
Make your way straight north past the honey tree.
Pass the Hiker trainer and turn left to pass under the Cycling Road.
On the opposite side of the overpass, move toward the southwestern corner of this field to find a Poké Ball item sitting in some tall grass.
Pick up the Poké Ball to acquire the Poison Barb.
Location #2: Stealing from Wild Pokémon
Lots of wild Pokémon can be found holding Poison Barbs, including extremely common ones like Tentacool and Roselia.
The Poison Barb is categorized as a rare item, so these Pokémon only have a 5% chance of holding one with each wild encounter.
You can barely turn a corner without running into a mountain of Tentacool, but if you need help, here are location listings for all Pokémon that can be found holding a Poison Barb:
|Wild Pokémon with Poison Barbs|
|Tentacool (by Surfing)||
|Tentacruel (by Surfing)||
|Qwilfish (with the Super Rod)||
|Drapion (after receiving the National Pokédex)||
There are several ways of decreasing the time you spend on hunting wild Pokémon’s held items. The best item farming setup includes Pokémon with the Abilities Compoundeyes and Frisk, as well as at least one stealing move like Thief, Covet, or Trick.
Once you’re ready to search for a Poison Barb, head into the wild grass (or surf) at one of the aforementioned locations.
If you’ve set up your team as described, every applicable Pokémon you encounter have a 20% chance of holding a Poison Barb (rather than 5%) due to Compoundeyes.
Plus your Frisk Pokémon will alert you if each target is holding one.
Then, either capture the Pokémon or use a thieving move to separate the Poison Barb from its owner.
Once the Poison Barb is in your possession, you can flee if you want; you don’t have to finish the battle in order to keep it permanently.
Poison Barb Details and Uses
The Poison Barb is a held item that boosts the power of Poison moves by 20%.
Among held items that boost specific types, the Poison Barb is one of the most useful.
Poison-type Pokémon are often champion status users, but this commonly comes at the cost of a lower damage output.
A free 20% boost to its moves can help keep the holder toe-to-toe with its target.
Not only that, but stronger held items like the Life Orb and the Choice Band/Specs can inflict damage to the holder – or make them more open to attack.
Poison-type Pokémon typically aren’t bulky or defensive enough to absorb this kind of abuse for very long, which makes a pretty strong case for using the Poison Barb over other held items.