How To Get TM57 Charge Beam in Pokémon ORAS

Using Charge Beam in battle in Pokémon Omega Ruby

The TM for Charge Beam can be bought for 10,000 Pokédollars in Mauville City’s PokéMart. The clerk sells it along with some other TMs, as well. You can visit their PokéMart once you have access to Mauville City, so make sure you’ve explored Slateport City and Route 110 first.

Charge Beam is an Electric-type damaging move that has a great chance of raising the user’s Special Attack stat.

Despite having a decent secondary effect, Charge Beam is hardly ever used. Its base power is too low to be useful in battle. It’s not a consistent move, either. The Special Attack boost and the move itself can miss, possibly wasting your turn.

Better Electric-type moves like Thunderbolt completely outclass it. Since you can obtain TM57 Charge Beam early on in the game, it might be a useful substitute until you can learn better moves.

TM57 Charge Beam Location (Step-by-Step)

Since TM57 Charge Beam is sold in Mauville City, you’re going to need access to the city. So make sure you’ve first:

  • Obtained the second Gym Badge from Brawly, Dewford Town’s Gym Leader
  • Dealt with Team Aqua/Magma in Slateport City
  • Fought your Rival on Route 110

When you’ve done all that, enter Mauville City through its south entrance on Route 110. The layout for Mauville City can be quite confusing, so here’s exactly where Mauville City’s PokéMart is located:

Step 1: Enter Mauville City’s south entrance.

The entrance to Mauville City / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
The entrance to Mauville City

Step 2: Head outside to Square Tower.

Inside Mauville City / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Inside Mauville City

Step 3: Enter the PokéMart up ahead, located east of the Pokémon Center.

In front of Square Tower / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In front of Square Tower

Step 4: Talk to the top clerk near the back wall to buy TM57 Charge Beam.

Inside Mauville City’s PokéMart / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Inside Mauville City’s PokéMart

Along with TM57 Charge Beam, the top clerk will also sell the following TMs:

TM Price
TM09 Venoshock 10,000
TM40 Aerial Ace 10,000
TM42 Facade 10,000
TM47 Low Sweep 10,000
TM57 Charge Beam 10,000
TM78 Bulldoze 10,000
TM82 Dragon Tail 10,000
TM98 Power-Up Punch 10,000

Charge Beam Details + Uses

In-game details for TM57 Charge Beam / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In-game details for TM57 Charge Beam
Charge Beam Move Details
Type Electric
Category Special
Power 50
Accuracy 90
PP 10 (max. 16)

TM57 Charge Beam is a Special Electric-type move that has a 70% chance to boost the user’s Special Attack by one stage.

Main stats can be raised up to six times; here’s how much each stage modifies a stat value:

Stage Main Stat
0 x1
1 x1.5
2 x2.0
3 x2.5
4 x3.0
5 x3.5
6 x4.0

In competitive battles, nobody uses Charge Beam at all.

There are a few problems with the move which prevent it from becoming usable:

  1. It has an abysmal base power of 50, so it’s simply too weak for Charge Beam to deal any significant amount of damage.
  2. The stat boost it gives isn’t even guaranteed; you’re better off using a boosting move like Nasty Plot instead.
  3. And for an already weak move, it still has a 10% chance of missing.

Thunderbolt completely outclasses Charge Beam in every way, and it even has a chance to paralyze the opponent.


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