Pokémon Dollar (Japanese: ポケドル Pokédollar) is the currency used in all known regions of the Pokémon world. Its symbol is , a P with a double strikethrough, similar to the ¥ symbol used for Japanese yen or the € symbol used for euro, with the P symbol referring to Pokémon.
The Pokémon Dollar and its symbol were both created for the English translation of the games. In the original Japanese versions (except for Colosseum and XD), the currency used is yen and the symbol used is 円, the kanji for yen. As such, the Pokémon Dollar is based on yen.
Also, much like the yen, the cost of simple items runs in the hundreds—indeed, most items have prices that are multiples of 100 or 1000.
Pokémon Dollars are acquired primarily by defeating Pokémon Trainers in battle, or by selling items at a Poké Mart. Pokémon Dollars can also be acquired by using the move Pay Day in battle, at the rate of either 2 or 5 times the level of the Pokémon using it, depending on the generation. Pokémon Black and White introduce the concept of item maniacs. Item maniacs are NPCs who will pay large sums of money for certain items, most of which have no other use but to be sold to these people.
In the handheld Pokémon games before Pokémon Black and White, a player's wallet can hold only up to 999,999. This may cause frustration when trying to save up for the advertised price of a Bicycle in Generation I (and its Generation III remakes) or a SlowpokeTail on Route 32 in Generation II (and its Generation IV remakes), since both are advertised for 1 more than the player can carry. The GameCube games and Pokémon Black and White allow players to carry seven-digit figures of money.
Other names that fans have come up with for the monetary note over the years have been "Poké Dollars", "Credits", "PokéMoney", "Pocket Money", "Zenny", "PokéYen", "Pen" or "Pyen". Most fans simply refer to them as "dollars". However, according to Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, the official name for them is Pokémon Dollars. The only contradiction to this is in Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. In the Black Tower and White Treehollow, there is a Baker on one of the lower floors who mentions the currency as "Prize Money."
- Main article: Category:Currency
In Pokémon Conquest, gold is used as the currency to pay for items, ponigiri, and various other services.
In the anime
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Reason: image of yen in the anime.
Pokémon Dollars are not used or seen in the Pokémon anime, whether the original or the English dub, although money has been mentioned throughout the anime and the yen symbol (changed to a dollar symbol in the dub) appears on a restaurant bill in Showdown in Pewter City.
- The symbol for resembles an unofficial but often-used symbol for the Russian ruble currency—the Cyrillic letter Р with a horizontal stroke and an extended curved line. It can also be seen to resemble one way of writing the symbol for Philippine peso, the official currency of the Philippines.
In other languages