What are O-Powers? How many of them are there? And what do they do? There's a small explanation on the screen, but there's also a meter at the bottom. What does that do?
O-Powers can be thought of as skills used by the trainer instead of his/her Pokémon.
Unlike a Pokémon's PP, the trainer's energy restores over time. The amount of energy available to use an O-Power is represented by the number of orbs in the bottom bar.
O-Powers can level up when used often. Higher levels mean greater effect, but also greater costs to use.
It is currently unknown how many O-Powers there are in total, but here are the ones I've found so far:
- 3 minute powers1
- Bargain Power: Poké Marts begin a bargain sale in which everything is x% off.a
- Prize Money Power: Increases the prize money from battles.
- Exp. Point Power: Increases the Exp. Points from battles.
- Capture Power: Increases the chance to catch Pokémon.
- Encounter Power: Increases the chance of encountering wild Pokémon.b
- Stealth Power: Decreases he chance of encountering wild Pokémon.b
- Befriending Power: Helps Pokémon grow friendly faster.
- Instant powers
- HP Restoring Power: Restores the HP of the lead Pokémon.
- PP Restoring Power: Restores the PP of the lead Pokémon.
- Battle powers2
- Attack Power
- Defense Power
- Sp. Atk Power
- Sp. Def Power
- Speed Power
- Critical Power: Raises the critical hit ratio of the lead Pokémon during battle.
New powers are given to you by a man calling himself
[...] Mr. Bonding, the expert on O-Powers. He is usually found in hotels or Poké Centers.
1: Including time spent in combat
2: Only active for the next battle. If more than one are used at once, the effects will be added progressively each turn, e.g: the Pokémon receives an Attack boost during round 1, then a Defense boost during round 2 and so on.
a: x% is 10% for level 1.
b: Cannot be given to others.
O-Powers are temporary buffs that you can give to yourself or other players. They have different effects ranging from increased chance for capture to HP restoration. Each O-Power use costs a certain amount of energy, which regenerates over time. Using O-Powers on other people costs less energy than using it on yourself, meaning it's much more efficient to buff other people.