False Swipe has been a powerful Pokemon move ever since the Second Generation, and generally hasn't been changed much since its first inception. Pokemon Sword and Shield are hot off the presses and loaded to the brim with new Pokemon, items and moves. But here's everything you need to know about TM94, False Swipe.
False Swipe Pokemon Sword: What it Does
The AttackDex entry on Serebii describes False Swipe as "A restrained attack that prevents the target from fainting. The target is left with at least 1 HP." This unique caveat makes False Swipe incredibly useful for catching Pokemon in the wild.
Everyone's had it happen at least once: you finally get in a fight with that Pokemon you've been doing circles in the grass for hours over. It's all going so well, you've got them on the ropes... then your high-level starter decided mercy was never an option and it's next attack drops your prize like a fly. With False Swipe, that worry is pretty much alleviated. Regardless of type or circumstance, False Swipe will never KO a Pokemon, and thus is perfect for softening up that prize catch just enough to snag them.
False Swipe Pokemon Sword: Where to Find the TM
False Swipe's TM is actually surprisingly easy to get your hands on, and can be acquired far earlier than in previous entries in the series. This may be due to Game Freak's desire to let the player have freedom to build their team as they wish, exploring the Galar region on their own time and making memories the whole way.
Regardless of reasoning, whenever you find yourself in Motostoke, head over to the Western Pokemon Center (not far from the exit to Route 3). Once you're there, look to your right. Around the PokeMart, a kindly fellow will happily part with TM94 for about 10,000 PokeDollars.
False Swipe Pokemon Sword: Who Can Use It
Plenty of Pokemon in Sword and Shield can Learn False Swipe, from Bulbasaur all the way to Zacian. We recommend taking a look at this list to get a good look at all the different pocket monsters that can take advantage of this useful TM.
False Swipe Pokemon Sword: Who Can Learn It
Feeling the strain of inflation in the Galarian economy and having trouble coming up on the 10k to buy False Swipe's TM? Fear not, there's a healthy number of Pokemon who learn it naturally. Axew and Nincada both learn it at Level 6 and 10 respectively and can maintain it through all their evolutions. Karrablast and Escavalier both learn it at Level 12. Farfetchd learns the move at Level 35 and Gallade at Level 23.
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