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?

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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.

  • What does "Cannot be given to others" mean? What can be given to others? Oct 22, 2013 at 16:49
  • @MadaraUchiha "Giving" an O-Power to someone else is like buffing him/her. Basically, 2 players buffing each other can profit more, than if they used their O-Power on themselves.
    – Nolonar
    Oct 22, 2013 at 16:52
  • 2 players? I can play with two players? :O How? (Or are you talking about my Friends list?) Oct 22, 2013 at 16:53
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    @MadaraUchiha When you encounter another player over Streetpass, or when you're online, you can see a list of "Passersby". There is also a list of "Acquaintances" and "Friends". You can buff anyone that appears in those lists.
    – Nolonar
    Oct 22, 2013 at 16:58
  • O-Power energy regenerates faster if you have taken steps during the day and it increases up to 4x regeneration rate.
    – Yuuki
    Oct 25, 2013 at 2:22

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.

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