How To Get TM38 Fire Blast in Pokémon Yellow

Speaking with Blaine in the gym
TM38 Fire Blast
# Location Repeatable?
1 Cinnabar Island Gym. Acquired as a reward after defeating Blaine. No

You’ll receive TM38 Fire Blast from Cinnabar Island Gym Leader Blaine after you defeat him in the Cinnabar Gym.

You can get TM38 at any point after getting HM03 Surf, the Soulbadge, and after getting the gym key from the Cinnabar Mansion.

Getting TM38 Fire Blast

The Cinnabar Gym is fairly straightforward, but each room in the gym contains a question machine.

  • If you answer a question right, a door will open and you can go to the next room.
  • If you answer a question wrong, you’ll have to fight the trainer in that room.
Standing in front of a question machine inside the Cinnabar Gym / Pokémon Yellow
Standing in front of a question machine inside the Cinnabar Gym.

The Gym’s questions and correct answers are as follows:

Cinnabar Gym Questions & Answers
Question Answer
1. Caterpie evolves into Butterfree? Yes
2. There are 9 certified Pokémon league badges? No
3. Poliwag evolves 3 times? No
4. Are thunder moves effective against ground element-type Pokémon? No
5. Pokémon of the same kind and level are not identical? Yes
6. TM28 contains Tombstoner? No

Fighting Gym Leader Blaine

At the back of the Gym, you’ll find Blaine. Talk to him to begin your battle.

Talking to Cinnabar Gym Leader Blaine / Pokémon Yellow
Talking to Cinnabar Gym Leader Blaine.
Gym Leader Blaine’s Team
Gym Leader Blaine / Pokémon Yellow
Ninetales (Lv.48) / Pokémon Yellow
Rapidash (Lv.50) / Pokémon Yellow
Arcanine (Lv.54) / Pokémon Yellow
Pokémon Ninetales (Lv.48) Rapidash (Lv.50) Arcanine (Lv.54)
Type Fire Fire Fire
  • Quick Attack
  • Tail Whip
  • Confuse Ray
  • Flamethrower
  • Stomp
  • Growl
  • Take Down
  • Fire Spin
  • Take Down
  • Reflect
  • Flamethrower
  • Fire Blast

Tip: Make use of Water and Ground Type Pokémon and attacks. Since all of Blaine’s Pokémon are Fire types, they’ll be weak to Water and Ground type attacks. Ground type attacks will be especially effective since all of Blaine’s Pokémon have lower defense stats than special stats.

Once you defeat Blaine, he’ll give you TM38 Fire Blast.

Getting TM38 Fire Blast after defeating Blaine / Pokémon Yellow
Getting TM38 Fire Blast after defeating Blaine.

Fire Blast Details + Uses

Fire Blast Move Details
Type Fire
Power 120
Accuracy 85%
PP 5 (max. 8)
Effect 10% chance of burning the opposing Pokémon.

Fire Blast is the strongest Fire type move in the game. It’s got a massive 120 power, and the potential to burn the opposing Pokémon is a nice bonus as well.

A Pokémon afflicted with Burn will have its attack stat cut in half, and it will take damage every turn. (Specifically, 1/16th of their max HP will be lost each turn)

Fire Blast is a great move to teach any Fire type Pokémon, and it also works well with any Pokémon with a high special stat.

Magmar using Fire Blast against a wild Oddish / Pokémon Yellow
Magmar using Fire Blast against a wild Oddish.

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