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How to Locate & Use HM Strength (TM96)

Seren Morgan-Roberts

This page explains how to find Strength (TM96) - a Normal-type HM Move (Hidden Move) that allows you to chop down small trees in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (BDSP).

Strength - Move Details

Type Category Power Accuracy PP Effect TM
Normal Physical 80 100 15 The target is slugged with a punch thrown at maximum power. TM96

HM Strength Location

HM Strength allows you to move grey boulders that would otherwise block your path.

You can obtain TM96 from an old lady at the top floor of the Lost Tower on Route 209.
You’ll then be able to access it permanently once you’ve beaten Gym Leader Byron and earned the Mine Badge.

Beat Byron to obtain permanent access to HM Strength.

How to Use Strength

Easy Method

Simply press the A Button towards a grey boulder and you’ll be prompted to use Strength.

(1 of 2) Use Strength to move grey boulders

Use Strength to move grey boulders (left), once activated, you’ll be able to move the boulder around freely. (right)

Longer Method

Alternatively, while facing a grey boulder, open up and zoom into your Pokétch by using the R button.

While zoomed in, move the cursor with the Left Stick and press the A button while on top of the big red button on the right side to cycle to the Hidden Moves app. (You can also cycle by clicking the Right Stick inwards.)

When you’re on the Hidden Moves app (while zoomed in), hover over Strength with the cursor and then press the A button.

Notable Locations Where You Can Use Strength

  • You’ll need to use Strength to move grey boulders on the path from Mt. Coronet to Snowpoint City.


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    29 October 2021
  • Last Updated
    24 January 2022
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In this remake of the classic Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, you’ll journey through the mystical Sinnoh region to become a Pokémon master. Along the way, you’ll confront the scheming Team Galactic and witness the awesome power of the Legendary Dialga or Palkia.

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