Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Nasty Plot - How to get this powerful set up move

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Picture of Tatsugiri using Nasty Plot in Pokemon Violet

If you're looking for the move Nasty Plot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, then you're not alone. This move is one of the top set up moves in the game for both end game raids and competitive PvP battles. If you are planning to use this move, but can't find it, the read on, as we'll tell you how to get Nasty Plot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

One of the many battle strategies in Pokemon is to use set up moves, like Nasty Plot, to power up your Pokemon over the course of a couple turns. Then you unleash a powerful attacking move to wipe out any opposition in the way. Nasty Plot is finding quite a bit of use across Scarlet and Violet and for good reason.

While you're here if you're looking for more Pokemon Scarlet and Violet content, be sure to check out some of our other guides, such as our guide to how to beat the brand new Cinderace black crystal tera raid, as well as our guides to tera raid event battles, and our guide to series one of the Pokemon VGC for Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - How to get Nasty Plot

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, there are a few ways that you can find Nasty Plot.

  • Finding the TM on the ground
  • The Academy
  • Crafting the TM

Now let's dive deeper into each of these methods.

Nasty Plot TM Location

The easiest way to get Nasty Plot is to find the TM on the ground. This is only found in Area Zero though and will require you to be able to mount up, so it's going to be more of an end game find. To find the TM in Area Zero, follow these steps:

  • Head to Area Zero, and select Research Station 2
  • Leave the Research Station building and turn left.
  • Climb up the wall behind Research Station 2
  • Continue up the mountain and you'll see a small rock by a wall
  • The TM is located behind that rock.

The Academy

The next place to get Nasty Plot is through the Academy. You'll have to complete all of the History Classes first, but after that's done, you can talk to Ms. Raifort in the Staff Lounge to get a copy of the TM.


The last way to get Nasty Plot is to craft it. You'll need a few materials so here's what you need to craft the TM.

  • 5000 League Points (LP)
  • 3x Meowth Fur
  • 3x Spiritomb Fragment
  • 3x Tatsugiri Scales

What is Nasty Plot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

As we mentioned earlier, Nasty Plot is a powerful set up move in the game. It's a Dark type move, with 20 PP. It's effect is that it raises the Special Attack stat of the user by two stages. This is very powerful as the power gains granted by its effect can allow for the user to OHKO (One Hit KO) most opposing Pokemon.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet - who can learn Nasty Plot?

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, there's quite a large number of Pokemon that can learn Nasty Plot, whether it be through leveling up, or through the TM. Here's the full list of Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet that can learn Nasty Plot.

  • Pikachu
  • Raichu
  • Meowth
  • Persian
  • Drowzee
  • Hypno
  • Pichu
  • Slowking
  • Girafarig
  • Hourdour
  • Houndoom
  • Honchkrow
  • Spiritomb
  • Croagunk
  • Toxicroak
  • Weavile
  • Zorua
  • Zoroark
  • Deino
  • Sweilous
  • Hydreigon
  • Hoopa
  • Salandit
  • Salazzle
  • Oranguru
  • Sinistea
  • Polteageist
  • Impidimp
  • Morgren
  • Grimmsnarl
  • Tatsugiri
  • Gholdengo
  • Chi-Yu
  • Jigglypuff
  • Wigglytuff
  • Psyduck
  • Golduck
  • Slowbrow
  • Ghastly
  • Haunter
  • Gengar
  • Murkrow
  • Misdreavus
  • Sneasel
  • Sableye
  • Cacnea
  • Cacturne
  • Shuppet
  • Banette
  • Mismagius
  • Stunky
  • Skuntank
  • Riolu
  • Lucario
  • Rotom (all forms)
  • Gothita
  • Gothorita
  • Gothitelle
  • Rookidee
  • Corvisquire
  • Corviknight
  • Perrserker
  • Sprigatitio
  • Floragato
  • Meowscarada
  • Shroodle
  • Grafaiai
  • Bombirdier
  • Gimmighoul

And that's all you need to know about getting Nasty Plot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet! While you're here, if you're looking for more RPG content, then be sure to check out some of our guides for World of Warcraft Dragonflight, such as our guide to the best leveling specs, and maybe our tank tier list.

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