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Mail

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Mail, in terms of the Pokémon world, is a held item given to a Pokémon that contains a message written by the Trainer. This message can then be given to other Trainers by trading Pokémon. The mail system has been tweaked slightly since its introduction in Generation II, using the more restrictive easy chat system in Generation III, then refining the system in Generation IV. Mail was removed from Generation VI.

Pokémon holding mail cannot be placed in the PC or released. The message written on mail is lost if returned to the Bag. Storing it on the PC prevents the mail's message from being lost.

In battle, having a Pokémon hold a Mail item prevents both the foe and the user from successfully using Trick or Switcheroo. Mail cannot be thrown with Fling, given with Bestow, or stolen with Thief or Covet.

Generation II

Mail in Generation II contains 32 spaces, 16 spaces across two rows, in which a message can be entered. Unlike in future versions, the message is not restricted to certain words, allowing Trainers to place any message that they desire in the mail.

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Generation III

Mail in Generation III contains nine spaces, four rows of two spaces with a fifth row containing one space, in which a message can be entered. Unlike Generation II, the message is restricted to certain words pre-programmed into the game. The only words that can be added to the list of words are ones obtained from the Hipster in Mauville City. This function may have been introduced to prevent players from sending profane messages.

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Generation IV

Mail in Generation IV contains three spaces in which a message can be entered. Like Generation III, the message is restricted to certain words pre-programmed into the game, but is now also restricted to certain phrases. This ensures that the letter remains readable in any language. The only words that can be added to the list of words are ones obtained from the old man in Snowpoint City or on Route 16.

In the fourth generation games, the player's Bag has a separate pocket for Mail.

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Generation V

Once again, all previous types of mail have disappeared. Mail has now been moved back into the general items pocket of the Bag rather than having its own pocket. Generation IV mail are the only holdable items to no longer exist in the Generation V code. Also, all mail types without "BridgeMail" in their names have limited the easy chat system further—they still contain spaces to insert words but the entire phrase to be filled out cannot be changed. "BridgeMail" works the same way as all Generation IV mail.

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