How To Get TM42 Facade in Pokémon Platinum

The Facade House in the Survival Area (Pokémon Platinum)

You can get TM42 Facade in the Survival Area, which is in the northwestern area of the Battle Zone. A Black Belt NPC will give you the TM if you speak to him inside his home.

This is the only location where you can get TM42 in the game.

TM42 Facade Location (Step-by-Step)

TM42 Facade’s location on the Town Map / Pokémon Platinum
TM42 Facade’s location on the Town Map.


TM42 Facade is found at a house in the Survival Area, which is a small town in the northwestern region of the Battle Zone.

But the Battle Zone island will be inaccessible until you have beaten the Pokémon League and entered the Hall of Fame.

Afterward, a ship in Snowpoint City will take you to the Battle Zone’s Fight Area, where you can then make your way north to the Survival Area.

But the Survival Area itself is only accessible if you have completed the Sinnoh Pokédex and received the National Pokédex from Professor Rowan. So this TM is really only accessible in the late-game.

Where To Find the TM

Once you’re in the Survival Area, head southeast from the Survival Area Pokémon Center and slip through the gap in the nearby trees.

Moving through the trees by the Survival Area Pokémon Center / Pokémon Platinum
Moving through the trees by the Survival Area Pokémon Center.

Move southwest through the tree-flanked path until you reach a white house, then enter it.

Heading inside the white house in the woods / Pokémon Platinum
Heading inside the white house in the woods.

The only person in the home is a Black Belt NPC.

The Black Belt NPC / Pokémon Platinum
The Black Belt NPC.

Speak to this NPC and after a short monologue he will offer you TM42 Facade, free of charge.

Acquiring TM42 Facade / Pokémon Platinum
Acquiring TM42 Facade.

This is the only copy of TM42 Facade, so be careful not to waste it on the wrong Pokémon.

Facade Details and Uses

In-game description of TM42 Facade / Pokémon Platinum
In-game description of TM42 Facade.

Facade is a damage-dealing Normal-type move. It has a base power of 70, but that stat doubles if the user is afflicted with poison, paralysis, or burning.

Facade Move Details
Type Normal
Category Physical
Power 70
Accuracy 100%
PP 20 (max. 32)

Facade can be an extremely powerful move, but it can also be a challenge to master.

If the user is poisoned, paralyzed, or burned, Facade’s base power doubles to 140—nearly as high as Hyper Beam, with no recharging turn to slow the Pokémon down.

But Facade isn’t very useful if you’re simply waiting for an opponent to inflict a status condition on your Pokémon. To really make Facade worth the move slot, your Pokémon will have to inflict a status condition on itself.

This is where items like the Toxic Orb and the Flame Orb come in handy.

Both items poison or burn the holder, doubling Facade’s base power as soon as the user enters the battle.

That said:

Burning or poisoning your own Pokémon is a big tradeoff for a power boost. But if the holder of one of these Orbs also has the Guts Ability, the Pokémon will gain a further 50% increase to its Attack stat and become immune to the Attack-lowering effect of a burn (although they will still take damage from it).

Swellow is a particularly good Facade user. It gets bonus STAB damage, is extremely quick, and has the Guts Ability.

Miscellaneous information about Facade:

  • TM42 Facade can be sold for 1500 PokéDollars.
  • If Facade is used in a Pokémon Contest, it earns the user 2 Appeal Points and doubles the score on the final performance.

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