|Silver Powder Locations
|Eterna Forest—Exterior, in a Poké Ball on the shortcut path (requires Cut)
Held item (100% chance) found on the following Pokémon:
The easiest (and by far the earliest) way to get a SilverPowder in Pokémon Platinum is to find the one outside of Eterna Forest. This method’s only requirement is the Hidden Move Cut.
This means you’ll be able to grab this Silver Powder as soon as you’ve defeated Leader Gardenia in the Eterna City Gym.
Acquiring Silver Powders
Method 1: Eterna Forest (Step-by-Step)
The earliest and simplest method of finding a Silver Powder is by visiting the external section of Eterna Forest.
You’ll only need two things in order to reach this Silver Powder:
Once you have a Pokémon that can use Cut, you can start searching for the Silver Powder by heading west from Eterna City’s Pokémon Center.
Cross the wooden bridge all the fishermen are on and keep heading west.
Ignore the north turn the main road takes. Instead, take the western path in front of Eterna Forest.
Follow the path as it curves southward. Use Cut on one of the small trees to pass through.
Continue following this linear path until it turns westward again, and you’ll see a split in the path here.
Follow the bottom path when the path splits.
Turn southward and climb the staircase. Then head for the Poké Ball item in the western corner.
Examine the Poké Ball to obtain the Silver Powder.
Method 2: Wild Masquerain (Repeatable)
You’ll be able to obtain an unlimited supply of Silver Powders by taking them as held items from Masquerain you find in the wild.
You can encounter wild Masquerain in the water on Route 229, which is only accessible after you’ve beaten the Pokémon League and received the National Pokédex upgrade.
A fair warning about getting Silver Powders from wild Masquerain:
This method will likely eat up a ton of your time.
Wild Masquerain can only be found by Surfing in a single pond on Route 229. They are extremely rare with only a 5% encounter rate, and each one has a mere 5% chance of holding a Silver Powder.
Due to the item’s rarity, it’s highly recommended that you optimize your party for item-farming. Building one of these specialized teams will help you in the following ways:
- The Compoundeyes Ability will raise the chance of a wild Masquerain holding a Silver Powder from 5% to 20%
- The Frisk Ability will alert you whenever a Masquerain has a Silver Powder in its held item slot
- Stealing moves will help you grab the Silver Powder quickly without having to waste Poké Balls or Box space
Aside from an item-farming team, make sure to also bring Pokémon with you that can use Surf and Cut. You will need both moves to reach the pond on Route 229.
When you’re ready, Fly to the Resort Area of the Battle Zone. Cross the bridge to the north of the Pokémon Center.
On the other side of the lake, 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. Pass by the two Ace Trainers.
Head north until you reach the taller grass, then turn right.
Pass by the next Ace Trainer in this area, then head southward.
Travel south until you find a tree you can Cut down. Cut the tree and then use Surf on the pond behind it to start searching for Masquerain.
You’ll need to be vigilant in your search here.
At a 5% encounter rate, you might run into twenty or more wild Pokémon before encountering a single Masquerain.
One of the benefits of using an item-farming team is the Frisk Ability. Since the Frisk Pokémon will let you know what’s in the opponent’s held item slot, you won’t have to waste time with guesswork.
Once you detect a Silver Powder, either catch the Masquerain or steal the item with a move like Thief or Trick.
Afterwards, end the battle however you wish. Fleeing will not cause you to lose the Silver Powder.
Silver Powder Details and Uses
The Silver Powder is a held item that boosts the power of Bug-type moves by 20%.
On average, Bug-type Pokémon tend to have a high physical Attack stat. But they lack the bulk to effectively deal with the drawbacks from other offense-boosting items like the Life Orb and the Choice Band.
This makes the Silver Powder a perfect item for stretching out a Bug Pokémon’s high damage output from its STAB moves.
While the Silver Powder doesn’t amplify damage as well as other items, it’s completely free to use.
Good Pokémon to give a Silver Powder include: