You’ll get HM03 Surf from a man standing in the secret house inside the Safari Zone.
The secret house is located in the west area of the Safari Zone, and you’ll need to travel through all the other areas to reach this house.
But you can get HM03 at any point after you reach Fuchsia City.
This is what you need to do before you can get HM03:
- Have at least 500 Pokédollars to enter the Safari Zone
- Have access to Fuchsia City
Getting HM03 Surf (Step-by-Step)
Starting from the Fuchsia City Pokémon Center, head northeast.
Then head east past the old man.
At the end of the path, head north.
Head west above the Chansey.
And finally go into the nearby Safari Zone Building.
Once you’re inside, try to head up and you’ll be stopped by the man at the right counter. He says you’ll need to pay 500 Pokédollars before you can enter.
Pay your fee and then enter the Safari Zone.
Note: Once you enter the Safari Zone, you’re allowed 500 steps before you’re automatically kicked out. You can check how many steps you have left by pressing the Start button and looking in the top left corner of the screen.
At the start of the Safari Zone, head east until you reach the bushes.
Once you reach the bushes, head north until you reach the big tree next to some blue right-facing arrows.
Head east following the blue arrows to enter the east area of the Safari Zone.
In this new area, head east past the sign.
Walk up the stairs on the first rock you see, then go down the stairs on the left.
Then, head north until you see another rock with stairs.
Walk up the stairs on this 2nd rock, and head east on this elevated rock platform.
Go down the stairs and move up & around the rock.
Then head west through the grass.
Go past the sign and towards the blue arrows on the left.
Head west following the blue arrows to enter the north area of the Safari Zone.
In this new area, head west into the grass.
Head north and go up the stairs on the nearby large rock.
Walk over to the left & go down the stairs at the bottom of this rock platform.
From the bottom of the stairs, head northwest through the grass until you’re standing between two big trees.
At the trees, head east until you reach some more grass.
Then walk north through the grass, and turn to go west above the bushes.
Follow the path west until you reach the end with a line of bushes.
Then go south until you reach some more blue arrows pointing south.
Head south following the blue arrows to enter the west area of the Safari Zone – this will lead us to the Surf house.
In this final area, head west towards the sign.
You’ll soon find a house surrounded by statues.
Enter the secret house and look for an NPC inside.
Talk to the man inside to get a prize for finding him: HM03 Surf.
Note: To use Surf outside of battle, you first need to obtain the Soulbadge by defeating Koga in Fuchsia City.
Surf Details + Uses
|Surf Move Details|
|PP||15 (max. 24)|
|Effect||No additional effect in battle. Outside of battle, lets you travel across water.|
With 95 power, Surf is one of the strongest Water type moves in the game.
Surf gives any Water Pokémon access to a strong Water type attack that will also gain a same type attack bonus (STAB) when used by a Water type.
This is especially useful for Water Pokémon that don’t learn strong Water type moves, or learn them at very high levels.
Being an HM also means that Surf can be taught an unlimited amount of times to multiple different Pokémon.
Note: Once an HM move is taught to a Pokémon, it can’t be forgotten. Make sure you choose wisely when teaching HMs to your Pokémon.
Outside of battle, Surf lets you ride your Pokémon across any body of water.
There are certain areas you can’t reach without crossing water, so getting HM03 is required to beat the game.