How To Get TM18 Rain Dance in Pokémon Platinum

TM18's Location in Pokémon Platinum

The only copy of TM18 Rain Dance is located at the western edge of Route 223. The TM will be sitting behind a cluster of large rocks, and you’ll need Surf to traverse the water to reach the TM.

Rain Dance is a non-damaging, Water-type status move that causes rainy weather for five turns, empowering Water-type moves. It does not inflict damage.

Rainy weather can also activate/transform certain moves and Abilities, as listed below.

TM18 Rain Dance Location (Step-by-Step)

TM18 Rain Dance’s location on Route 223. / Pokémon Platinum
TM18 Rain Dance’s location on Route 223.

You will have access to TM18 Rain Dance as soon as you’re able to enter Sunyshore City, right after defeating Team Galactic on Mt. Coronet.

To reach TM18’s location, make sure you have a Pokémon with Surf in your party.

Then head north from the Sunyshore Pokémon Center.

Taking the main street north in Sunyshore City / Pokémon Platinum
Taking the main street north from Sunyshore City’s Pokémon Center.

Continue northward, past the Poké Mart and Sunyshore Market, where the paved street ends.

Heading north, passing Sunyshore’s shops. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading north, passing Sunyshore’s shops.

A short distance north of here is a small beach beside the ocean.

Use Surf on the water here, and resume journeying north.

Using Surf to travel across the northern stretch of ocean. / Pokémon Platinum
Using Surf to travel across the northern stretch of ocean.

Continue north past the patch of shallow water and the swimmer NPCs.

Using the shallow water and swimmer NPCS as landmarks. / Pokémon Platinum
Using the shallow water and swimmer NPCS as landmarks.

After you pass two swimmers, make sure you’re near the western side of Route 223.

You will see a third swimmer wearing a white swim cap, and beside him is an assortment of rocks and hills. They might appear randomly placed, but there is a narrow pathway that you can travel through between the rocks.

Winding through the rocks and hills to reach the western edge. / Pokémon Platinum
Winding through the rocks and hills to reach the western edge.

Wind your way through the path, then head north to find a Poké Ball item sitting in some shallow water.

Slipping behind the rocks to find TM18 in the shallow water. / Pokémon Platinum
Slipping behind the rocks to find TM18 in the shallow water.

Pick this up to acquire TM18 Rain Dance.

Obtaining TM18 Rain Dance. / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining TM18 Rain Dance.

This is the only copy of TM18 Rain Dance in the game, so be sure to save it for the right Pokémon.

Rain Dance Details + Uses

In-game description of TM18 Rain Dance. / Pokémon Platinum
In-game description of TM18 Rain Dance.

Rain Dance is a non-damaging, Water-type status move. It causes a rainstorm, which boosts Water-type moves by 50% and dampens Solar Beam and Fire-type moves by the same amount.

The move lasts for 5 turns, unless the user is holding a Damp Rock, which will extend the duration to 8 turns.

Rain Dance Move Details
Type Water
Category Status
Power
Accuracy —%
PP 5 (max. 8)

Rain Dance can be an incredibly useful move to form a strategy around.

Aside from boosting Water Moves, rainfall (like all weather changes) affects a variety of other moves and abilities:

  • Pokémon with Dry Skin will have 1/8 of their maximum HP restored on every turn.
  • Pokémon with Rain Dish will have 1/16 of their maximum HP restored on every turn.
  • Pokémon with Swift Swim will have their Speed stat doubled.
  • Pokémon with Hydration will cure themselves of all non-volatile status conditions (conditions that normally last after the battle is over) on every turn.
  • Pokémon with Forecast will transform into Water type.
  • In the rain, the move Thunder, which usually has an accuracy stat of 70%, will ignore accuracy and evasion checks to always hit the target.
  • The effects of the HP-replenishing moves Morning Sun, Synthesis, and Moonlight will be dampened in rainfall, restoring only ¼ of the user’s maximum HP every turn.
  • In the rain, Weather Ball will become a Water-type move and its base power will increase to 100.

Miscellaneous information about Rain Dance:

  • Rain Dance will fail if used in heavy rainfall, extremely harsh sunlight, or strong winds.
  • If used in a Pokémon Contest in the Tough category, Rain Dance will earn 2 Appeal Points and prevent the Voltage from going up in that turn.

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