A Pow Card is a collectible card that is renown amongst heroes and villains in the OK K.O.! universe. Each hero and villain gets their own Pow Card which details their respective power level and stats.
A Pow Card takes on the appearance of an ordinary trading card, but instead have a digital screen displaying the information. In the very center is an image of the hero or villain. Below it is their name, a fact about them, and in the bottom right corner their power level is listed.
Pressing the card again displays additional informational of the card. This side informs XP needed to reach the next level, as well as statistics like stamina, agility, intelligence, will, and fear resistance. The information can be updated by sliding the screen as you'd do to a phone.
However, there is another version of the back side , that displays the word "STATS' at the top and a box of six stats. It also shows the xp needed to level up, and power moves and their power.
KO obtains his first Pow Card. Due to a glitch, it displayed his power level as "100", when in reality, it was only 0. After defeating Darrell with the help of the others in the plaza, all of whose combined power levels added up to 100, KO gained .1 of a level, bringing it up to 0.1.
Dendy is revealed to adore Pow Cards, having hundreds of them in her collection. Both she and KO share this interest in Pow Cards and grew closer as friends as a result.
This episode shows the back side of the Pow Cards of K.O., Radicles, and Mr. Gar. On the back, it shows the name, title, picture, level, experience, fear resistance, strength, intelligence, will, and agility. strength, intelligence, will, and agility are measured in stars. Will there be more sides and stats we didn't know about? Well, you will just have to stay tuned to find out!
This episode focuses on Pow Cards and Pow Card Industries when it is revealed by Dendy that she is unable to get her own Pow Card as she is a kappa who Pow Card Industries and most people consider to be monsters due to old myths that kappas drown people. K.O. is horrified by this discrimination and tries to convince Dendy that they should get rid of their Pow Card collections by dropping them in the volcano from "Everybody Likes Rad?", though neither Dendy nor K.O. can bare to destroy with their collections and they instead resolve to make it so kappas can get Pow Cards by infiltrating Pow Card Industries and reprograming the Hero Computer that issues Pow Cards. However they are caught by security, though they are given a chance to explain by Mr. Cardsley the owner of Pow Card Industries which is a family owned business founded by his grandfather. Mr. Cardsley is shown to skeptical that kappas are anything more than monsters though Dendy and K.O. convince him to give them a chance and so he calls up the company engineer Carla to reprogram the Hero computer to recognize kappas, though Dendy reveals she had already hacked into the system and created a program to do just that which Carla reveals would have taken her a long time. Dendy activates her program and eventually the computer starts detecting heroic kappas all over the world including Dendy's dad Pavel who is shown to have a level of 6. Mr. Cardsley is shocked to learn he was wrong and Carla reveals that Kappas are buying Pow Cards and opens a whole new untapped market which causes Pow Card Industries to be flooded by Technos. Mr. Cardsley thanks Dendy for enlightening him and making his company lots of money. K.O. finds that Dendy has received her own Pow Card which shows she is a Level 1 Hero, which Dendy adds to her collection. As a result, heroic kappas are officially recognized which presumably helps to dispel old myths and prejudices about them.
In this episode, the back of the card displays a more scaled-down set of stats. At the top, a table lists "STR", "CON", "DEX", "INT", "WIS" and "CHA", each with three columns of notes. The stats are most likely represent Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma. In the middle, an experience-bar. Below the bar, a table with an pair of icons and bars noting punching and kicking. And at the bottom, some notes in small text.
In this episode, Captain Planet is shown to have a POW Card. Interestingly, his Level is represented by a Earth symbol which K.O. reveals indicates that his Level is "Planet" which fits with his abilities as the embodiment of the Planet Earth and nature. This makes Captain Planet the only known Hero who's Level is not numerical.
Pow Cards are collectible hero cards and can be used as "Powie Zowies." When used during battle, a Powie Zowie will summon the hero tied to the card in order to assist KO in combat. Only two Powie Zowies can be equipped at a time.
- As a hero trains and grows stronger, the power level will automatically increase. Power levels can increase in .1 increments.
- Pow Cards with a negative number as their power level indicates that the person is a villain.
- However not all Heroes have a numerical power levels, as Captain Planet's power level is "Planet", which presumably is due to the nature of his origins and the fact that he is formed from the Planeteers' elemental rings' powers (Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, & Heart) combined.
- In "Face Your Fears," Mr. Gar stated that his outdated Pow Card hadn't been updated since he left P.O.I.N.T. which was 6-11 years ago. This reveals that Pow Cards can only be updated manually, such as with the fear level-checking game "Face of Fear".
- In "A Hero's Fate", the card lists "STR", "CON", "DEX", "INT", "WIS" and "CHA" as stats. This is a reference to the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game, which uses Strength, Constitution, Dexterity, Intelligence, Wisdom and Charisma as core ability stats. Being the vary first commercial RPG, D&D was a major influence on all other tabletop RPG, and many video games that tried to emulate it's game mechanics. Common RPG terms like "Class", "Level", "Alignment", "Hit Points", "Armor Class", "Experience Points", "Gold Pieces", etc., originated with Dungeons & Dragons.
- The order the abilities were placed came from Third Edition Dungeons & Dragons.
- If POW Cards do use D&D Ability scores, then that would mean characters on the show would have scores ranging between 3 to 18 (at 0 and 1st level), with 10 and 11 being "average human" ability. High and low scores provides positive or negative adjustments when resolving specific combat and non-combat tasks, while middle scores offer little or no adjustment.