The TM for Power-Up Punch can be bought for 10,000 Pokédollars in Mauville City’s PokéMart. The clerk near the back wall sells TM98 along with other TMs as well.
You can visit this PokéMart as soon as you have access to Mauville City.
TM98 Power-Up Punch Location
Since TM98 Power-Up Punch is sold in Mauville City, you’re going to need access to the city.
So as far as prerequisites, just make sure you’ve done these things 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
Once that’s all set then you can progress forward from Slateport and reach Mauville City through Route 110.
And since the city’s layout is a bit complex, here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to reach the PokéMart.
Step 1: Start by entering Mauville City through its south entrance.
Step 2: Once inside Mauville City, proceed north to exit through some double doors and reach the central plaza.
Step 3: From the central plaza you should see the PokéMart just up ahead, located to the right of the Pokémon Center.
Step 4: Upon entering the PokéMart, speak to the top clerk near the back wall to purchase TM98 Power-Up Punch.
Along with TM98, 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
TM98 Power-Up Punch Details + Uses
|Power-Up Punch Move Details
|20 (max. 32)
TM98 Power-Up Punch is a Physical Fighting-type move that also increases the user’s Attack by one stage.
Each stat your Pokémon has can be raised and lowered up to six times. Here’s how much each use of Power-Up Punch modifies your Pokémon’s Attack stat:
In competitive battles, only a handful of Pokémon can effectively utilize Power-Up Punch. There are issues with the move that prevent it from becoming more widely used.
For example: with a meager base power of 40, it may take too many turns for it to ramp up in terms of damage. Especially given the availability of other powerful physical Fighting-type moves like Close Combat and Superpower.
If you’re looking to efficiently increase your Attack, a boosting move like Swords Dance is typically a more effective choice.
However, Power-Up Punch can still shine in certain situations.
Here’s how you can effectively use Power-Up Punch in your ORAS playthrough:
- Power-Up Punch excels against defensive tanks that don’t do a lot of damage. Use your opponent’s limited offensive capabilities to set up a sweep.
- Abilities like Adaptability and Technician enhance Power-Up Punch’s effectiveness. Moves that boost Power-Up Punch’s low base power can remedy its low initial damage.
- Power-Up Punch works well as a finishing move. By finishing off a worn-out opponent with Power-Up Punch, you gain a free Attack boost, similar to how the Moxie ability works.
- Avoid teaching Power-Up Punch to frail Pokémon. Bulkier Pokémon are better suited for this move, as it may take time to deal significant damage with Power-Up Punch alone.
Tip: Mega Kangaskhan is one of the most popular Pokémon to teach Power-Up Punch. Its Parental Bond ability allows damaging moves to hit twice and benefit from secondary effects twice. This means that, in addition to damaging your opponent, you’ll boost your Attack stat by 2 stages every time you use the move.