|PP Max Acquisition Methods|
|1||Route 224—West of the row of Berry Plots (requires Defog, Rock Climb, Surf, Waterfall) (requires Strength if first time visiting Route 224)||No|
|2||Route 226—On the grassy plateau to the northwest of Swimmer Lydia (requires Rock Climb) (hidden)||No|
|3||Route 228—In the southwestern-most patch of tall grass, accessed by riding up a muddy slope (hidden)||No|
PP Maxes are some of the rarest consumable items in Pokémon Platinum. There are only three in total, two of which are in the Battle Zone and the other one is on Route 224.
Because of their locations, no PP Maxes will be available until after you’ve entered the Hall of Fame and obtained the National Pokédex.
Acquiring PP Maxes
Method 1: Route 224
After you’ve entered the Hall of Fame and received the National Dex from Professor Oak, a cave will open up inside Victory Road that leads to the post-game Route 224. You’ll find one PP Max inside a Poké Ball on this Route.
This is the most inconvenient Route in the game, as there are no locations close to it that you can Fly to—you’ll have to make a lengthy voyage through Victory Road every time you want to go there.
You should stock up on Max Repels and healing items, just in case. You’ll also need Pokémon with the following Hidden Moves:
- Defog (recommended)
- Rock Climb
- Strength (if this is your first time visiting Route 224)
When you’re ready to make the exhausting trek, Fly to the Pokémon League. Head outdoors and Surf down the waterfall.
Then step ashore and enter Victory Road to the southeast.
Once you’re inside, head southward down the wide corridor at the entrance.
Cross the bridge to the south and use Rock Climb to descend the rocky wall.
Head to the west once you’re down on the ground, then turn north to pass under the bridge.
Make a left turn at the Veteran trainer, head up the stairs behind him, and cross the bridge to the southeast. Then move eastward.
Pass eastward under the next bridge and through the newly-accessible entrance to the next cave chamber.
Once you’re in the new chamber, climb down the staircase and head northeast.
Descend the staircase and head through the next doorway.
If this is your first time passing through the new cave, Marley will accompany you at this point and you will be unable to use Surf. In this case you will need to take the longer route to the north (which requires Strength to move the boulders).
Otherwise, use Surf on the water to the east.
Surf northward and disembark at the square-shaped patch of land to the east.
Then climb down the staircase and head southward.
Circle around the rectangular lake and head north, passing the two Ace Trainers.
Wind your way through the stone maze and continue heading east.
Eventually you’ll be able to climb down a set of stairs to the north and Surf across the next lake.
Step ashore, then head north and Surf across yet another small waterway.
Step back on land, head up the stairs to the north, and take the exit to your right.
In this new area just head up the long staircase and go through the entryway at the top.
Now you’ll be on Route 224.
From here, turn northward and descend the staircase.
Continue northward past Ace Trainer Ruben.
Head north and take a left turn into the forest.
Follow the winding path through the trees around to the northern staircase. Don’t climb the stairs here though; instead, use Surf on the stretch of ocean to your east.
Surf all the way east until you reach the small patch of terrain to the west of the Berry Plots, where you will discover a Poké Ball lying on the ground.
Pick the Poké Ball up to add the PP Max to your Bag.
Method 2: Route 226
The second PP Max is hidden on Route 226, which is found to the east of the Battle Zone’s Survival Area.
You’ll need a Pokémon with Rock Climb to scale the mountains in this region.
When you’re prepared, Fly to the Survival Area and head east onto Route 226.
When you reach the mountains, move southeast to get in front of them.
Use Rock Climb on the first rocky wall you encounter.
After Rock Climbing onto the terrace, climb down the rocky wall to the immediate east.
Move to the other side of the new terrace, where there are two more rocky walls.
Use Rock Climb on the one leading higher up the mountain.
Head up the short staircase nearby and climb down the next rock wall you come to, just west of Dragon Tamer Stanley and Bird Keeper Geneva.
Then turn eastward and move through the grassy strip.
When you reach the sandbar to the west of Swimmer Lydia, turn north and climb the rocky wall.
On this plateau is a field of tall grass, and on one of the grassy patches is the hidden PP Max.
If you’re standing on the northeastern-most corner tile, you’ll find the item exactly two tiles to your left and one tile to the south. We’ve outlined the exact tile in the screenshot below.
Tip: You can use the Dowsing Machine Pokétch app if you need help pinpointing it.
Face the specified tile and press A to collect another PP Max.
Method 3: Route 228
The third and final PP Max is located on Route 228, which is a short distance to the northwest of the Battle Zone’s Resort Area.
This is probably the simplest PP Max to find; no Hidden Moves are required and it isn’t far from the nearest Pokémon Center.
To start, Fly to the Resort Area and cross the bridge to the north.
On the other side of the pond, continue northward to leave the Resort Area and enter Route 229.
Where the trail splits at the Resort Area/Route 229 sign, head northward through the tall grass past Ace Trainer Felix and Ace Trainer Dana.
Veer to the northwest and slip through the gap in the trees.
Head north from here. A sandstorm will flare up as Route 229 becomes Route 228.
Mount your Bicycle, switch to fourth gear, and ride northward.
You’ll need to ride your bike up the muddy slope, which requires some deft maneuvering to maintain your momentum around the turn.
Once you make it up the slope, descend the stairs to your left and head south.
Head down to the patch of tall grass below the pond.
A hidden PP Max rests on one of the grassy spots here as well; if you’re standing on the southwestern-most tile, you can find the item by moving one tile to your right and two tiles to the north.
Tip: Use the Dowsing Machine Pokétch app if you need assistance.
Face the tile and press A to acquire the final hidden PP Max.
PP Max Details and Uses
PP Maxes are consumable items that permanently raise the PP of Pokémon moves to their highest potential number, allowing them to be used more times in battle. This is the upgraded version of the PP Up.
To use a PP Max, select the item from the Bag and choose a Pokémon to open its list of moves.
The PP number will increase to 8/5 of its base, as demonstrated in the table below:
|Base PP||Maximum PP|
For instance, the powerful move Psychic normally has a PP count of only 10.
Using a PP Max will raise that count to 16, allowing it to be used in battle 60% more times before an Ether or a Pokémon Center visit is required.
PP Maxes are far more useful than PP Ups—three PP Ups are required to have the same effect of a single PP Max.
Because there are only three PP Maxes in the game, however, it is highly recommended that you only use a PP Max on a Pokémon’s move after giving it a lot of consideration.