TM30 Shadow Ball can be found in two locations in Platinum:
- One copy is on Route 210, east of Celestic Town. Obtaining this copy requires the Bicycle and a Pokémon that can use Rock Smash.
- Unlimited copies can be purchased at the Battle Frontier. Each copy costs 64 BP, which are earned by fighting in the Battle Frontier’s facilities.
As for the move itself: Shadow Ball is a damage-dealing Ghost-type special move. It also has a 20% chance of lowering the target’s Special Defense by one stage.
Getting TM30 Shadow Ball
Location #1: Route 210 (Step-by-Step)
The earliest available copy of TM30 is on Route 210, sitting on a cliff to the east of Celestic Town.
Once you’re ready, Fly to Celestic Town and head through the entrance to the northeast.
Once you hit Route 210, the field will become choked with fog.
Use Defog to clear it away and improve visibility.
Once you can see again, head downstairs and cross the bridge.
On the other side of the bridge, head for the staircase to the southeast.
Climb up the staircase and cross the bridge to the north.
At the end of the bridge, ride your Bicycle across the fallen log to the west.
On the other side of that log you’ll want to switch over to the next log and ride it down going south.
At the end of that log you’ll see a small patch of land.
Use Rock Smash on one of the rock obstacles on the land, then you’ll be able to access the Poké Ball item on the other side.
Pick up the item to receive TM30 Shadow Ball.
Location #2: The Battle Frontier
Unlimited copies of TM30 Shadow Ball can also be purchased at the Battle Frontier.
This is the huge building directly next to the Pokémon Center in the Battle Zone’s Fight Area.
After entering the building, cut through the Entrance Hall and head through the door to the north.
In the middle of the Main Hall will be several kiosks making up a central marketplace. This is the Exchange Service Corner.
Speak to the clerk at the southeastern kiosk with the red and white striped canopy.
Scroll through her inventory until you find the TM30 Shadow Ball listing.
TM30 is one of the more expensive TMs available at the Battle Frontier. Each copy costs 64 Battle Points (BP), and you’ll be able to earn BP by fighting in the Battle Frontier’s various battle facilities.
Shadow Ball Details and Uses
Shadow Ball is a damage-dealing Ghost-type special move that also has a 20% chance of lowering the target’s Special Defense stat by one stage.
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Everything about Shadow Ball is merely decent:
- It has a good base power
- A fair amount of PP
- And a secondary effect that probably won’t make or break many battles.
However, it’s still one of the best Ghost-type moves for dealing straightforward damage.
Shadow Ball is best taught to a Ghost-type Pokémon in your party, that way you can take advantage of STAB damage.
But one big upside to Shadow Ball is that it’s available to a wide range of Pokémon.
This includes plenty of non-Ghost types too. Psychic-types with high Special Attack stats, like Alakazam and Gardevoir, can make particularly good use of the move. It expands their type coverage to include Ghost and Psychic.
The problem with Shadow Ball’s secondary effect is that 20% is pretty low to achieve something that probably won’t matter in most battles.
If a Pokémon uses Shadow Ball three times before the target’s Special Defense is lowered, it’s likely that the target is close to being knocked out anyway. Stat changes can also be easily rectified by switching out the afflicted Pokémon.
It’s a nice bonus every now and then, but it probably won’t sway many battles.
Miscellaneous Info about Shadow Ball:
- A copy of TM30 Shadow Ball can be sold for 1,500 PokéDollars.
- If Shadow Ball is used in a Pokémon Contest, it will earn the user 2 Appeal Points, plus 2 bonus Appeal Points if the user acted first in the turn.