False Swipe is the ultimate move for shiny-hunting and catching new Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet. Here’s how to get your hands on it:
By now, a lot of players are beginning to reach the end of their Pokemon Scarlet & Violet adventures. And when you’re in the endgame of a new Pokemon title, there are only a few things left to do.
Whether you’re hunting for rare Pokemon to complete your Pokedex, or you’re using these incredible methods to find Shiny Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet, there’s one move that’s a must-have.
What Does False Swipe Do in Pokemon?
False Swipe is a Pokemon move that deals damage to an enemy Pokemon but always guarantees that they’ll be left with at least 1 HP. That way, players can lower an enemy Pokemon’s health right to its last point, and secure the best possible odds of catching it.
Using False Swipe against a Pokemon with 1 HP will cause the move to fail, ensuring that there’s no way that a wild creature can faint.
How to Get False Swipe TM in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
To get TM057, False Swipe, players need to have registered 30 Pokemon in their Scarlet or Violet Pokedex. Then, talk to Professor Jacq in Naranja/Uva Academy’s Biology Lab to receive the reward.
Once you already have the TM, you’ll be able to craft as many as you want from your nearest Pokemon Center.
- First, catch 30 different Pokemon to register in your Pokedex. By pressing the ‘-‘ button, you’ll see how many Pokemon you’ve currently caught.
- Then, head to Naranja or Uva Academy (depending on whether you’re playing Scarlet or Violet).
- Travel to the Biology Lab
- Talk to Professor Jacq to receive a TM057: False Swipe!
After receiving the TM, you’ll then be able to manually craft more False Swipe TMs so you’ve got enough for all your shiny-hunting team!
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How to Craft More False Swipe TMs
To craft a False Swipe TM, simply head to any Pokemon Center and interact with the green TM machine. You’ll need the following ingredients to create a new False Swipe:
- 3 x Chewtle Claws
- 2 x Kricketot Shells
- 400 League Points
This will only be possible AFTER you’ve received the first False Swipe TM from Professor Jacq.
Best Pokemon to Learn False Swipe in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
The best Pokemon to teach False Swipe in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet is Breloom. Not only can the Grass/Fighting-Type use False Swipe, it’ll also learn Spore which can put enemies to sleep, making them an easier catch.
On top of that, its move Substitute can ensure that your Pokemon is safe from harm for the entire battle.
Breloom can be found as a rare spawn in West Province (Area Three) so learn how to reset wild Pokemon spawns in Scarlet & Violet to find it fast.
Another great option is Scizor, a Pokemon whose Technician ability will boost the damage of moves that have 60 power or less by 50%. This includes False Swipe, making it an excellent Pokemon to help you weaken those wild creatures.
However, since your False Swipe Pokemon will likely be a much higher level than the creatures you’re battling, some extra damage probably isn’t necessary!