How To Get TM78 Captivate in Pokémon Platinum

The NPC who gives you TM78 Captivate (Pokémon Platinum)

The only copy of TM78 Captivate can be found on Route 204, just south of Floaroma Town. You’ll need to speak with a woman deep within a cluster of trees to get the TM.

You will also have to use Cut to access this NPC’s location, which means you will first need to have defeated Gym Leader Gardenia in Eterna City.

Captivate is a non-damaging, Normal-type status move. When the user performs it on a Pokémon of the opposite gender, it will lower that Pokémon’s Special Attack stat by two stages.

TM78 Captivate Location (Step-by-Step)

Location of TM78 Captivate on the Town Map. / Pokémon Platinum
Location of TM78 Captivate on the Town Map.

After receiving the Forest Badge from Leader Gardenia, make sure to teach a Pokémon the move Cut using HM01.

Now make your way to Floaroma Town to get started.

And with the Pokémon that knows Cut in your party, exit through the southern entrance of Floaroma, leading onto Route 204.

Floaroma Town’s southern entrance. / Pokémon Platinum
Floaroma Town’s southern entrance.

Follow the dirt path to the east, and use Cut on the thin tree in the northeast corner.

Hidden path on Route 204. / Pokémon Platinum
Hidden path on Route 204.

Keep walking east past the tree you just cut.

At the end of this hidden path, you will find the female NPC that gives you TM78 Captivate.

Acquiring the Captivate TM. / Pokémon Platinum
Acquiring the Captivate TM.

Captivate Details + Uses

In-game description for TM78 Captivate. / Pokémon Platinum
In-game description for TM78 Captivate.

Captivate is a Normal-type move that does not inflict any damage; rather, it lowers the target Pokémon’s Special Attack stat by two stages—but only if the target Pokémon is the opposite gender of the user.

Captivate Move Details
Type Normal
Category Status
Accuracy 100%
PP 20 (max. 32)

Captivate works on all adjacent, opposite-gender opponents, making it potentially more useful in double battles.

Pokémon with unknown genders (such as Magnemite) and Pokémon with the Oblivious Ability are unaffected by this move.

Tip: When competing in a Pokémon Contest in the Cute category, Captivate has an appeal of four.

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