A Plate (Japanese: プレート Plate) is a type of held item introduced in Generation IV, primarily for use in changing the type and color of Arceus and the type of its signature move, Judgment, to the corresponding type of Plate. However, it will also increase the attack power of moves of the Plate's type used by any Pokémon holding it by 20%. There is a Plate available for every type except Normal, and while there exists a ???-type Arceus in the Generation IV data, there is no associated ??? Plate, meaning there are 17 Plates in total. In Generation V, the ???-type has been removed from the data altogether, and in Generation VI, the Fairy type has been added.
The 16 Plates are spread far and wide across Sinnoh, and additional ones can also be dug up in the Underground. The captain of the S.S. Aqua will also give one away in index number order each day; the player, however, must have all 16 Badges first. In Pokémon Black and White, two of the Plates are given to the player by a treasure hunter in a house in Route 13. The treasure hunter will mention that he found the Plates in the Abyssal Ruins, and indeed, the rest of the Plates can be found there. In Kalos, a Pixie Plate was discovered, due to the classification of the Fairy type, which brought the total to 17 Plates. What follows is a list of what effect a Plate has when held, and where they can be found.
List of Plates
When each Plate is obtained in Generation IV, a different engraving appears on the back of the Plate which reveals part of the myth of the creation of the Pokémon universe. No engraving is tied to a specific Plate; they will appear each one at a time depending on how many Plates the player has found so far, with the ninth Plate found using the same engraving as the first. In Platinum, after talking to the Hiker on the second floor of the Canalave Library, a book on the second floor with the engravings written in it will be left by the Hiker the player met in Oreburgh Mine during the Arceus-triggered event.
- "When the universe was created, its shards became this Plate."
- "The power of defeated giants infuses this Plate."
- "Two beings of time and space set free from the Original One."
- "Three beings were born to bind time and space."
- "Two make matter and three make spirit, shaping the world."
- "The Original One breathed alone before the universe came."
- "The powers of Plates are shared among Pokémon."
- "The rightful bearer of a Plate draws from the Plate it holds."
In the anime
Plates first appeared in Journey to the Unown!, where Saturn and two Galactic Grunts placed them in a room of the Solaceon Ruins to obtain the Spear Key and awaken the Unown there. These Plates were specifically the Draco Plate, Iron Plate, and Splash Plate, which power up the three types of Palkia and Dialga (Dragon, Steel, and Water) combined.
The Plates appeared again in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where Arceus used them to change its type, and almost died when it lost all of the Plates after having destroyed a meteor. Damos found one of these lost Plates and returned it to Arceus, giving it the strength to recall the other 15 Plates. That act earned its trust and prompted it to detach the Earth Plate, Splash Plate, Meadow Plate, Zap Plate, and Draco Plate in the form of the Jewel of Life so Damos could make Michina Town flourish.
The Splash, Flame and Earth Plates appeared in a flashback in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, in which Ghris was seen using their power to create the Prison Bottle.
Three Plates placed in the Solaceon Ruins
In the manga
The Plates in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
The Plates first appeared in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, in which Petrel was collecting them for Team Rocket's plan. After Silver stole the few Plates he had managed to find, Petrel decided to let him gather all 16 Plates, just to get them back at once later. With his Weavile leaving messages for Sneasel and Weavile across Johto, Silver soon indeed gathered all 16 Plates for himself. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Gold surrendered the Plates to Archer, who used them to seemingly take control of Arceus, ordering it to recreate Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. When the Pokédex holders used their Pokémon's ultimate attacks to stop the creation, all the Plates were absorbed by Arceus.
The Pixie Plate has not appeared in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
- Plates may have some relation to shards, which are described as pieces of ancient tools. Their underground sprites likewise imply that they are broken parts of Plates.
- While all Plates will rearrange Arceus's Pokéathlon stats, the Draco Plate will boost Arceus's total Pokéathlon stats by 1.
- Pixie Plate is currently the only held item that can boost the power of the holder's Fairy type moves.
- While data for Fairy Gem exists within the coding of Generation VI games, it cannot be obtained through legitimate means.
- In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Flame Plate is the only Plate that cannot be obtained outside of the Underground before obtaining the National Pokédex. This may have been the reasoning for the event Hiker to give specifically this Plate to the player in Pokémon Platinum.
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