False Swipe is one of the most desirable moves in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, but you’ll need to know where to find the False Swipe TM before you can teach it to your favorite Pokemon.
If you’re struggling to catch Pokemon out in the wild because you’re constantly knocking them out or your team is over-leveled, then the handy False Swipe TM might just be your new best friend.
This move lets you attack a wild Pokemon with the guarantee that they’ll always be left with at least 1 HP, making it much easier to catch rare Pokemon in the game without the fear of defeating them by accident.
If you’re wondering how to get the False Swipe TM in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, you’ll find all the information you need below.
Also, be sure to check out our list of the version differences, all the Pokemon not in Gen 9, our Pokemon Scarlet & Violet type chart, or our Gym order guide for Scarlet & Violet so that you can start catching ’em all in the most efficient way
How to get False Swipe in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
In order to get the False Swipe TM, you’ll need to head to Naranja Academy or Uva Academy and speak to Professor Jacq in the Biology Lab. He will ask you to register 30 Pokemon in your Pokedex.
Return to Professor Jacq once you’ve completed this task and speak to him once again. He will check your Pokedex and hand over TM057, which can be used to teach your Pokemon the move False Swipe!
Once you’ve unlocked the False Swipe TM, you’ll be able to craft more by combining three Chewtle Claws, three Kricketot Shells, and 400 LP at any Pokemon Center.
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Best Pokemon to teach False Swipe to in Scarlet & Violet
One of the best Pokemon to teach False Swipe to is Gallade, as it can also learn the move Hypnosis. A combination of low health and the sleep status effect makes a wild Pokemon much easier to catch.
If you’re unsure how to get a Gallade, you’ll need to catch a male Ralts (these can be found near the start of the game), evolve it into Kirlia, then expose that Kirlia to a Dawn Stone before it reaches Level 30.
Another top Pokemon that actually learns False Swipe naturally by leveling up is Scyther (or Scizor). Find one with the Technician ability and it will boost the damage dealt by False Swipe by 50%.
Our final recommendation is Breloom as it has the move Spore that puts opponents to sleep. Unlike Gallade’s Hypnosis, this move has a 100% accuracy rate which makes it a little more reliable.
Ultimately, the best Pokemon to teach False Swipe to are ones that can also put opponents to sleep or paralyze them. It’s a good idea to train them to a high level so they can reduce an opponent’s HP quickly.
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