How To Get TM46 Psywave in Pokémon Yellow

Standing in front of Sabrina in the Saffron Gym
TM46 Psywave
# Location Repeatable?
1 Saffron City Gym. Acquired after defeating Sabrina. No

TM46 will be given to you by Saffron City Gym Leader Sabrina after you defeat her at the Saffron Gym. The Gym is located near the top right corner of Saffron City.

But the Saffron Gym will be blocked by a Rocket until you’ve defeated Giovanni at the Silph Co. building in Saffron City.


This is what you need to do before you can get TM46:

  1. Defeat Giovanni at the Silph Co building in Saffron City

Getting TM46 Psywave

The Saffron City Gym is made up of a bunch of areas that are all connected by teleportation squares.

Starting from the inside of the Saffron Gym, walk onto the lone teleportation square next to the gym guide.

Inside the Saffron City Gym / Pokémon Yellow
Inside the Saffron City Gym.

This will bring you to a room with four teleport tiles. And here’s the exact teleport tile sequence to step on in order to reach Sabrina:

  1. Bottom-left
  2. Bottom-right
  3. Bottom-left
  4. Bottom-left

Fighting Gym Leader Sabrina

Aftering teleporting, you’ll find yourself in the center area of the gym where Sabrina is.

Talk to her to begin your battle.

Talking to Saffron City Gym Leader Sabrina / Pokémon Yellow
Talking to Saffron City Gym Leader Sabrina.
Sabrina’s Team
Sabrina / Pokémon Yellow
Abra (Lv.50) / Pokémon Yellow
Kadabra (Lv.50) / Pokémon Yellow
Alakazam (Lv.50) / Pokémon Yellow
Pokémon Abra (Lv.50) Kadabra (Lv.50) Alakazam (Lv.50)
Type Psychic Psychic Psychic
  • Flash
  • Kinesis
  • Recover
  • Psychic
  • Psywave
  • Recover
  • Reflect
  • Psychic
  • Psywave

Tips for Fighting Sabrina

Watch out for her Alakazam. Sabrina’s Alakazam is her strongest Pokémon and it can be tough to defeat. It’s got high special and speed stats, the 90 power move Psychic which can lower your Pokémon’s special stat, and the ability to heal itself with Recover.

However, Alakazam has a low defense stat.

So, your best bet is to use physical attacks and Pokémon with high attack stats to knock it out. Though Alakzam knows Reflect which can raise its defense, using high powered psychical attacks is still your best option.

Once you defeat Sabrina she’ll give you TM46 Psywave.

Getting TM46 Psywave after defeating Sabrina / Pokémon Yellow
Getting TM46 Psywave after defeating Sabrina.

Psywave Move Details

Psywave Move Details
Type Psychic
Accuracy 80%
PP 15 (max. 24)
Effect Inflicts a random amount of HP damage ranging from equal to the user’s level to 1.5x the user’s level.

Psywave inflicts a fixed amount of damage based on the user’s level. The fixed damage of Psywave can be seen as its strength, but can also be viewed as a weakness.

Psywave can’t take advantage of your Pokémon’s stats or any type advantages to increase its damage.

On the other hand, the damage you deal from Psywave will also be unaffected by stat decreases or type disadvantages.

So overall, this is a half decent move. But if you’re looking for a move with fixed damage output you might be better off using Seismic Toss.

The fixed damage that Seismic Toss inflicts is much more consistent than Psywave, and Seismic Toss can be taught to a wider variety of Pokémon.

Kadabra using Psywave against a wild Pidgeotto / Pokémon Yellow
Kadabra using Psywave against a wild Pidgeotto.

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