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Iron redirects here. For Steven's Beldum with the nickname Iron, see Steven Stone → Iron.

PP Max redirects here. For the item with the same Japanese name, see Ether → Max Elixir.

Rare Candy artwork from Generation I

A vitamin (Japanese: えいようドリンク nutritious drink) is a type of item from the Pokémon games. They are used to boost the stats, Power Points, or level of a Trainer's Pokémon. Most vitamins are named after real minerals and organic compounds important to bodily health.


In all core series games since Generation III, vitamins that affect stats increase a Pokémon's effort values (EVs) for a given stat by 10 EV points, only raising a stat's EVs to a maximum of 100 or the total EVs to a maximum of 510. Prior to Generation III, effort values were based on a system of stat experience and vitamins increased a stat by 2560 EV points, but could only be used until the stat had 25600 EVs.

The two PP-raising vitamins raise the maximum PP of one of the Pokémon's moves in increments of fifths of its base PP, up to 8/5 of its base PP.

Rare Candies will increase a Pokémon's level by one, using the minimum amount of experience required for the Pokémon to reach the next level.

From Generation II onward, all vitamins also increase the friendship of Pokémon they are used on.

In the Mystery Dungeon series, vitamins permanently increase one of the Stats of a Pokémon and are not subject to any limits due to the absence of the EV system in those games.


All vitamins can be found on the ground at various locations.

PP Ups are sold in Cerulean City and at the Pokéathlon Dome. PP Ups are commonly given as prizes in the Pokémon Lottery Corner. PP Max is not sold anywhere.

Rare Candies can be purchased at the Sinnoh and Johto Battle Frontiers, the Battle Subway, the PWT, and the Battle Maison for 48 BP each. They can also be purchased at the Pokéathlon Dome on Mondays and Saturdays.

All other vitamins are available to buy for PokémonDollar.png9800 (PokémonDollar.png4900 at a sale) at Celadon Department Store, Goldenrod Department Store, Lilycove Department Store, Veilstone Department Store, Slateport market, the Safari Zone Gate, Shopping Mall Nine, and the Laverre City Poké Mart. They may also be purchased at Cerulean City in exchange for Berry Powder. Vitamins can also be purchased at both the third and fourth generation Battle Frontiers, the Battle Subway, and the PWT for 1 BP each and from the Battle Maison for 2 BP each.

Types of vitamins


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

Dream HP Up Sprite.png Dream Protein Sprite.png Dream Iron Sprite.png Dream Calcium Sprite.png Dream Zinc Sprite.png
HP Up Protein Iron Calcium Zinc
Dream Carbos Sprite.png Dream PP Up Sprite.png Dream PP Max Sprite.png Dream Rare Candy Sprite.png
Carbos PP Up PP Max Rare Candy

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Main article: Health drink

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, Protein, Calcium, Iron and Zinc appear as types of health drink. Their effects are based on their effects in the main series.

In the anime

Vitamins in the anime

Calcium made its anime debut in The Joy of Pokémon. Nurse Joy gave a whole bottle of these tablets to a giant Magikarp. Some other unidentified vitamins also appeared in the episode.

In Caterpie's Big Dilemma, the Rare Candy made its anime debut. However, unlike in the games, where the Rare Candy levels up a Pokémon, in the episode it actually makes the Pokémon larger (and in some cases uncontrollable) due to the fact that this was a specially modified and experimental version of it. Brock said that the original would merely "enhance a Pokémon's abilities". Also, due to a dubbing error, the Rare Candy was referred by a direct translation of its Japanese name, Mystery Candy.

In The Clubsplosion Begins!, a full set of vitamins (PP Up, PP Max, and Rare Candy are excluded) were announced to be the prize for the Clubsplosion tournament, like how the set of wings was the prize for the Club Battle tournament. They were eventually won by Stephan.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards named Rare Candy.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Rare Candy I EX Sandstorm Uncommon 88/100 Miracle of the Desert Uncommon 050/053
EX Emerald Uncommon 83/106      
EX Holon Phantoms Uncommon 90/110 Holon Phantom Uncommon 048/052
POP Series 5 Uncommon 7/17      
Great Encounters Uncommon 102/106 Moonlit Pursuit/Dawn Dash Uncommon  
POP Series 8 Uncommon 10/17      
Unleashed Uncommon 82/95 Leafeon vs Metagross Expert Deck   009/014
      Reviving Legends Uncommon 071/080
Dark Explorers Uncommon 100/108 Dark Rush U 065/069
      Hydreigon Half Deck   011/015
      Garchomp Half Deck   011/015
      BW-P Promotional cards   138/BW-P
      Master Deck Build Box EX   031/046
      Black Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   011/018
      White Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   011/018
Plasma Blast Uncommon 85/101 Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck   010/018
Plasma Blast Ultra-Rare Rare 105/101 Megalo Cannon UR 086/076


  • The item duplication glitch is sometimes called the Rare Candy glitch due to the desirability of Rare Candies.
  • The PP Max's English name is the same as the Japanese name of the Max Elixir.
  • Despite the name "Vitamin" referring to them, the Calcium, Iron and Zinc are based on minerals important for the human body, while the Protein and Carbos are based on two of the main constituents found on the nutrition labels of food products.
  • The Japanese names of the vitamins reveal them to be other compounds, specifically taurine, bromhexine, lysozyme, chitosan, and indometacin, used for treatment of the body.

In other languages


Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese マックスアップ Max Up
Finland Flag.png Finnish Palautus
France Flag.png French PV Plus
Germany Flag.png German KP-Plus
Italy Flag.png Italian PS-Su
South Korea Flag.png Korean 맥스업 Max Up
Spain Flag.png Spanish Más PS


Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese タウリン Taurine
Finland Flag.png Finnish Proteiini
France Flag.png French Proteine
Germany Flag.png German Protein
Italy Flag.png Italian Proteina
South Korea Flag.png Korean 타우린 Taurine
Poland Flag.png Polish Proteiny
Spain Flag.png Spanish Proteínas*


Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ブロムヘキシン Bromhexine
Finland Flag.png Finnish Rauta
France Flag.png French Fer
Germany Flag.png German Eisen
Italy Flag.png Italian Ferro
South Korea Flag.png Korean 사포닌 Saponin
Poland Flag.png Polish Żelazo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Hierro


Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese リゾチウム Lysozyme
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kalsium
France Flag.png French Calcium
Germany Flag.png German Kalzium
Italy Flag.png Italian Calcio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 리보플라빈 Riboflavin
Poland Flag.png Polish Wapno*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Calcio


Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese キトサン Chitosan
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sinkki
France Flag.png French Zinc
Germany Flag.png German Zink
Italy Flag.png Italian Zinco
South Korea Flag.png Korean 키토산 Chitosan
Poland Flag.png Polish Cynk
Spain Flag.png Spanish Zinc


Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese インドメタシン Indometacin
Finland Flag.png Finnish Tankkaus
France Flag.png French Carbone
Germany Flag.png German Carbon
Italy Flag.png Italian Carburante
South Korea Flag.png Korean 알칼로이드 Alkaloid
Poland Flag.png Polish Węglowodany
Spain Flag.png Spanish Carburante


Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポイントアップ Point Up
France Flag.png French PP Plus
Germany Flag.png German AP-Plus
Italy Flag.png Italian PP-Su
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포인트 업 Point Up
Spain Flag.png Spanish Más PP

PP Max

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポイントマックス Point Max
France Flag.png French PP Max
Germany Flag.png German AP-Top
Italy Flag.png Italian PP-Max
South Korea Flag.png Korean 회복약 Hoebok Yak
Spain Flag.png Spanish Máx. PP*
PP Máximos*

Rare Candy

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ふしぎなアメ Mysterious Candy
France Flag.png French Super Bonbon
Germany Flag.png German Sonderbonbon
Italy Flag.png Italian Caramella Rara
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이상한사탕 Isanghan Satang
Spain Flag.png Spanish Carameloraro

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