PlusPower -vs- Strenght Charm

Discussion in 'Cards: Strategy and Rulings Discussion' started by dschorre, Mar 7, 2008.

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  1. dschorre

    dschorre New Member

    PlusPower reads:

    "Attach PlusPower to 1 of your Pokemon. Discard this card at the end of your turn. If the Pokemon PlusPower is attached to attacks, the attack does 10 more damage to the Active Pokemon (before applying Weakness and Resistance)."

    Strenght Charm reads:

    "Whenever an attack from the Pokémon that Strength Charm is attached to does damage to the Active Pokémon, the attack does 10 more damage (before applying Weakness and Resistance). Discard Strength Charm at the end of the turn in which this Pokémon attacks."

    What is the advantage of using strenght charm in your deck rather than PowerPlus?
  2. thegatekeeper

    thegatekeeper New Member

    You can use castaway to get strength charm.
  3. z-man

    z-man New Member

    You would use Strength Charm because you can use Castaway to search your deck to get it, and you can't do that with PlusPower.
  4. duanojo

    duanojo New Member

    Well, and Lapras and Mawile also can get it out.

    Another, albeit minor, advantage to Strength Charm is that it can stay on your Pokemon until you do an attack. You always have to discard PlusPower after the turn in which you use it. This is helpful, for example, if you don't need the extra ten this turn but want to get the maximum effect from Prof. Birch or a similar card.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2008

    TODDakaESTEBAN New Member

    the only advantage pluspower has is being stackable, i ususally only use 1 strength charm for searchabiltity, and if i need more i use pluspowers or jolteon * which is also searchable

    leaving sc out is pointless you might as well just use it when you don't need it if your trying to get cards out of your hand people play windstorms i know they see less play with pachi but i haven't taken them out of my decks sooo...
  6. sharyn

    sharyn New Member


    Not Searchable
    Use it the turn you play it
    Can be discarded by an absol

    Searchable (With Castaway)
    Use it when you attack, not when you play it

    As a Pokémon Tool you have 2 disadvantages:
    1) If you keep it in play until you use it Windstorm, Pachirisu, and other stuff can blow it out
    2) You cant attach 2 Tools
    Not Stackable

    In my opinion the best choice is

    2 PlusPower
    1 Str Chrm
    1 Buffer Piece


    2 Castaway
    2 Str Chrm
  7. Spoinxx

    Spoinxx New Member

    Lol it's not like you have to attach charms, the fact that charms even have a CHANCE to stay on for longer than a turn makes them superior.

    also, plus power augment self-damage as well
  8. Rin

    Rin New Member

    plus power andd strength charm augment damage done to any active pokemon
  9. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    A Strength Charm can also be discarded by an Absol. So, not sure why you list this only for PlusPower.
    It would also trigger the second card discard.
  10. Articjedi

    Articjedi Active Member

    I think people forget you can attach a charm to the bench then burn a copycat or a wager.
  11. Kabutops141

    Kabutops141 New Member

    Charm= Searchable
    Pluspower= Stackable
    I personally like Pluspower better because sometimes you need more than just 10 extra damage. Sometimes you 20 or 30 therefore, since Pluspower is stackable, it is more useful to me.

    Usually I use either 3 Pluspower, 1 or 2 charms, and 1 or 2 Castaway OR, if I don't need the castaways, I'll just go for 3 or 4 Pluspowers and 1or2 charms. imo: Pluspower>Charm
  12. Scipio

    Scipio New Member

    I only add in Strength Charm if I have the means to search for it. Usually, my decks have a steady damage output anyway, so I dont have to rely on multiple pluspowers to kill something early on (while Blissey, for example, appreciates any extra help it can get). Strength Charm can be just enough to turn that 3HKO you have on Gallade into a 2HKO, turn that 2HKO on Lucario into an OHKO, etc etc.
  13. rhodesia123

    rhodesia123 New Member

    i like strength charm mo because it can stay attached forever.

    p.s. spoinxx: you made a post with no ghetto. why??
  14. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    So does Strength Charm.
  15. nekorion

    nekorion New Member

    plus power always seemed to be more of a speed deck tool, where they're tossing out any trainers they can, they're stackability in a deck of that nature is great.

    strength charms are more of a utility one might use if they know they need that extra 10 damage, generally things that do 100 or 120 damage might need that extra 10 damage to hit those bench mark numbers (popular pokemon tend to have 110 or 130 hp) That's why they're searchable.
  16. Flygon999

    Flygon999 New Member

    Strength Charm. If you happen to have a lot of space in your deck, then 2 Strength Charm and about 4 Plus Power.
  17. The Phenom1993

    The Phenom1993 New Member

    Personally pluspower is better than strenghtchamr because it is stackable. Playing 1 strenght charm and 4 PP is the best way if you have space, as flygon said.
  18. pokemaniac93

    pokemaniac93 New Member

    yeah, since Pluspower isn't a tool, you can get SC out with cards like Lapras and Mawile.
  19. NoPoke

    NoPoke New Member

    If I'm running Castaway then I'll generally add a single strength charm before adding a single plus power. The exception being if the strategy intention is to have cessation lock.

    Which fits best depends upon the rest of the deck and how much space you have to fit either card in. Neither one is actually inherently better or worse than the other.
  20. Magic_Umbreon

    Magic_Umbreon Researching Tower Scientist, Retired

    It's all a matter of leading your opponent down a false path.

    If your play castaway at some point and pluspower at some point but zero strength charms, your opponent may likely assume there is a 'charm to be pulled, as it is normal to include strength charm instead of pluspower with castaway. Bt if you just played the strength charm, they might think that there were no more.

    If you use pluspower, your opponent may deduce you have used it instead of strength charm because of an alternative strategy such as cessation crystal or amulet coin etc. You can deter certain tactics when you actually have no threat at all.

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