How To Get Silver Powder in Pokémon Platinum

Collecting the Silver Powder near Eterna Forest
Silver Powder Locations
# Method Repeatable?
1 Eterna Forest—Exterior, in a Poké Ball on the shortcut path (requires Cut) No
2 Held item (100% chance) found on the following Pokémon:

  • Masquerain (Route 229) (requires Surf, Cut, and the National Pokédex)
Yes

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.

Heading west from the Eterna City Pokémon Center. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading west from the Eterna City Pokémon Center.

Cross the wooden bridge all the fishermen are on and keep heading west.

Crossing the bridge to the west of Eterna City. / Pokémon Platinum
Crossing the bridge to the west of Eterna City.

Ignore the north turn the main road takes. Instead, take the western path in front of Eterna Forest.

Ignoring the main path and continuing westward. / Pokémon Platinum
Ignoring the main path and continuing westward.

Follow the path as it curves southward. Use Cut on one of the small trees to pass through.

Heading south after using Cut. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading south after using Cut.

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.

Keeping south at the split. / Pokémon Platinum
Keeping south at the split.

Turn southward and climb the staircase. Then head for the Poké Ball item in the western corner.

Approaching the Silver Powder to the west. / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching the Silver Powder to the west.

Examine the Poké Ball to obtain the Silver Powder.

Acquiring the Silver Powder outside Eterna Forest. / Pokémon Platinum
Acquiring the Silver Powder outside Eterna Forest.

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.

Masquerain’s habitat according to the Pokédex. / Pokémon Platinum
Masquerain’s habitat according to the Pokédex.

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.

Heading northward across the Resort Area’s bridge. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading northward across the Resort Area’s bridge.

On the other side of the lake, continue northward to leave the Resort Area and enter Route 229.

Leaving the Resort Area for Route 229. / Pokémon Platinum
Leaving the Resort Area for 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.

Passing the Ace Trainers on Route 229. / Pokémon Platinum
Passing the Ace Trainers on Route 229.

Head north until you reach the taller grass, then turn right.

Heading east through the taller grass. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading east through the taller grass.

Pass by the next Ace Trainer in this area, then head southward.

Turning south after the lone Ace Trainer. / Pokémon Platinum
Turning south after the lone Ace Trainer.

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.

Cutting the tree and Surfing across the pond on the other side. / Pokémon Platinum
Cutting the tree and Surfing across the pond on the other side.

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.

Encountering a rare wild Masquerain. / Pokémon Platinum
Encountering a rare wild 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.

Identifying the wild Masquerain’s held item using Frisk. / Pokémon Platinum
Identifying the wild Masquerain’s held item using Frisk.

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 in-game description of the Silver Powder. / Pokémon Platinum
The in-game description of the Silver Powder.

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:

  • Scyther
  • Scizor
  • Heracross
  • Pinsir
  • Vespiquen
  • Yanmega

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