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.
Step 2: Head outside to Square Tower.
Step 3: Enter the PokéMart up ahead, located east of the Pokémon Center.
Step 4: Talk to the top clerk near the back wall to buy TM57 Charge Beam.
Along with TM57 Charge Beam, the top clerk will also sell the following TMs:
|TM40 Aerial Ace
|TM47 Low Sweep
|TM57 Charge Beam
|TM82 Dragon Tail
|TM98 Power-Up Punch
Charge Beam Details + Uses
|Charge Beam Move Details
|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:
In competitive battles, nobody uses Charge Beam at all.
There are a few problems with the move which prevent it from becoming usable:
- It has an abysmal base power of 50, so it’s simply too weak for Charge Beam to deal any significant amount of damage.
- The stat boost it gives isn’t even guaranteed; you’re better off using a boosting move like Nasty Plot instead.
- 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.