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Battle item

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A battle item is, as its name implies, an item given to a Pokémon during battle to enhance its stats. Like the stat-raising effects of moves like Howl and Agility, the stat rise is only temporary. These items cannot be used on a Pokémon if the specific stat is already raised by six levels.

Effect

There are two distinct types of battle items. The basic battle items introduced in Generation I each raise a particular stat by a single stage, with the exception of Guard Spec. which protects the party from stat reductions for five turns.

A second type of battle item was introduced in Generation V, and can only be used in multiplayer battles via the Wonder Launcher. Many of these items are more powerful versions of the basic battle items, raising a particular stat by 2, 3, or 6 levels, while others have an effect on the ally of the Pokémon during whose turn the items are used.

Types of battle items

Wonder Launcher items

Main article: Wonder Launcher

Artwork

These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Dream World.

Dream X Attack Sprite.png Dream X Defend Sprite.png Dream X Special Sprite.png Dream X Sp. Def Sprite.png
X Attack X Defense X Sp. Atk X Sp. Def
Dream X Speed Sprite.png Dream X Accuracy Sprite.png Dream Dire Hit Sprite.png Dream Guard Spec. Sprite.png
X Speed X Accuracy Dire Hit Guard Spec.

In the anime

A Wonder Launcher X Attack in the anime
A Wonder Launcher X Speed in the anime

In Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"! two Wonder Launcher battle items appeared as part of a movie named Wonder Fighters the Movie Part 24: The Mystery of the Wonder Launcher. In the clip in the advertisement Ash, Iris, and Cilan saw, two Trainers battled using a Golurk and an Escavalier and used the Wonder Launchers to power up their Pokémon. The Wonder Fighter used an X Attack on her Golurk, while her opponent used an X Speed on his Escavalier.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards featuring battle items. The English language release of the X Attack and X Defend use direct translations of their Japanese names, PlusPower and Defender, respectively.

Related cards
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
PlusPower I Base Set Uncommon 84/102 Expansion Pack Uncommon  
Base Set 2 Uncommon 113/130      
Diamond & Pearl Uncommon 109/130 Space-Time Creation Uncommon  
Secret Wonders Uncommon 121/132 Dialga LV.X Constructed Standard Deck    
      Palkia LV.X Constructed Standard Deck    
      Magmortar Half Deck    
      Electivire Half Deck    
      Infernape Half Deck    
Platinum Uncommon 112/127 Giratina Half Deck    
Unleashed Uncommon 85/90 Raichu Starter Deck   007/010
      Reviving Legends Uncommon 072/080
Black & White Uncommon 96/114 White Collection   051/053
      BW-P Promotional cards   082/BW-P
      Master Deck Build Box EX   032/046
Defender T Base Set Uncommon 80/102 Expansion Pack Uncommon  
Base Set 2 Uncommon 109/130      
      Totodile Half Deck   4
Undaunted Uncommon 72/90 Reviving Legends Uncommon 070/080
 

In the TFG

The following is a list of cards named X Attack, X Special, or X Accuracy.

Name Type Rarity Set Set no.
X Accuracy T Common Next Quest 7/8
 ? Groundbreakers 6/8
X Attack T Common Next Quest 8/8
Common Groundbreakers 7/8
X Special T Common Groundbreakers 8/8

Trivia

  • There is no battle item that boosts the evasion stat.
  • The Japanese name of X Accuracy, which would normally be written in hiragana as よくあたる yoku ataru, is instead written in katakana with a long "a" (ヨクアタール yoku atāru).
  • Some Gym Leaders in Generation I, as well as Trainers at the Petalburg Gym, use these items. Various Trainers in Pokémon Platinum onwards (usually School Kids and Scientists) use them occasionally.
  • In Black and White, the Japanese name of Dire Hit was changed to be one character shorter so as to fit the numbers used for its upgrade items in the Wonder Launcher.
  • Except for Dire Hit 3, the Bag descriptions for the different variations of each stat-boosting battle item are identical and do not specify to what degree they raise the corresponding stat (most likely because this is evident from their names).
  • The Bag descriptions for Dire Hit 2 and Dire Hit 3 include the additional text "each use increases the effect", which is not present in the descriptions of the other stat-boosting Wonder Launcher items.
  • There is no battle item that boosts the critical hit ratio by six levels; this is because critical hit ratio levels only go up to five.


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