You can pick up TM68 Giga Impact at the Prize Exchange building in Veilstone City. Each copy costs 20,000 Coins, making this TM the most expensive one you can get at the game corner.
The Game Corner Prize Exchange is also the only way to acquire TM68, and there are no other locations in Platinum to get this TM.
Giga Impact is a damage-dealing Normal-type physical move. It has an extremely high base power, but forces the user to waste a turn recharging after it hits.
TM68 Giga Impact Location
TM68 Giga Impact is found in the Veilstone City Prize Exchange building, next door to the Game Corner. You’ll find these buildings on a raised strip to the south of the Veilstone Pokémon Center.
From the Pokémon Center, head south on the main paved street.
Take the first staircase you see, and the blue-roofed Prize Exchange building will be right in front of you.
Speak to the clerk in the booth and find the listing for TM68 Giga Impact.
TM68 Giga Impact is the most expensive TM in the game, with each copy costing 20,000 Coins each.
You can win coins by playing the slots or by purchasing them directly.
The PokéDollar-to-Coin exchange rate is 1000 dollars for 50 coins (or 10000 for 500). So to buy enough coins for TM68, it would cost you 400,000 PokéDollars.
Giga Impact Details and Uses
Giga Impact is a damage-dealing Normal-type physical move. It has an extremely high base power, but requires that the user spend the next turn recharging, unable to act.
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Giga Impact is almost never worth the cost, so it’s generally not a move worth using.
It is basically the physical version of Hyper Beam: an extremely high 150 base power attack, followed by a “recharge” turn of inaction, during which the opponent has free rein over the battlefield.
A case can be made for Normal-type Pokémon with very high HP and Attack stats, like Slaking or Snorlax, who can afford taking some hits on the recharge turn and also profit from the accompanying STAB damage.
Slaking’s Truant Ability requires it to rest during every other turn anyway, so it isn’t any more inconvenienced by Giga Impact than it would be by any other move.
Or if used as a self-sacrificial move, Giga Impact can be thought of as a weaker (but slightly safer) version of Explosion; if the user is likely to faint on the next turn anyway, it can be more tactful to go out doing as much damage as possible than switch the Pokémon out in an effort to save it.
Still, for 20,000 Coins, you might as well stick with a move like Return – which has a base power of 102 if the Pokémon and its trainer have a maxed-out friendship.
With Giga Impact taking two turns to complete, it has, in a sense, a base power of 75 rather than 150. As well as a drawback that can easily spell ruin for an entire team.
Miscellaneous information about Giga Impact:
- Although it isn’t recommended due to its initial costliness, a copy of TM68 Giga Impact can be resold for 3750 PokéDollars.
- If Giga Impact is used in a Pokémon Contest, it will earn the user 2 Appeal Points, plus 3 bonus Appeal Points if the user hits max Voltage in that turn.