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Held item

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A pile of held items in the anime

A held item (Japanese: もちもの held item) is an item that may be carried by a Pokémon. This capability was first introduced in Generation II; however, when a Pokémon obtained in Generation I is traded to a Generation II game through the Time Capsule, it may be holding an item, such as a TM09 held by an Abra. Likewise, items held by Pokémon traded to Generation I will not be lost.

Held items range from Berries, which can be used in battle for recovery of HP, curing of a status condition, raising of a stat, and other effects; to the Soothe Bell, which boosts friendship gained.

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Mechanics

Though most items can be held by a Pokémon, many have no effect while held. Key items and HMs cannot be held; in Generation IV, only Giratina can hold the Griseous Orb, and Apricorns and Poké Balls made from them cannot be held; from Generation V onwards, TMs cannot be held. Any other type of item may be held, but Potions, Revives, herbal medicine, status condition healing items, Ethers, Vitamins, Rare Candies, TMs, evolutionary stones (except the Everstone), Fossils, Repels, escape items, battle items, valuable items, exchangeable items, Apricorns, Mulch, Flutes, and Wings have no effect apart from use via Fling. Poké Balls have no effect while held and cannot be flung.

List of Abilities and moves affecting held items

Abilities

Name Effect Generation
Pickup May obtain a held item after a battle
From Generation V onward, at the end of a turn will obtain an item used by another Pokémon
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Sticky Hold Protects the Pokémon from item theft III
Klutz Negates the effect of the Pokémon's held item, for most items IV
Harvest May restore an eaten Berry at the end of a turn V
Pickpocket Steals the held item of a Pokémon that uses a contact move on the possessor (as long as the possessor does not have an item) V
Unnerve Prevents the opposing Pokémon from eating Berries V
Magician Steals the held item of a Pokémon that is hit by the Pokémon's move (as long as the possessor does not have an item) VI
Symbiosis Transfers the possessor's held item to an ally when that ally consumes its held item VI

Moves

Name Effect Generation
Thief Steals the target's held item (as long as the user does not have an item) II
Trick Swaps the user's and target Pokémon's held items (even if one of them does not have a held item) III
Knock Off Disables the target's held item for the rest of the battle III
Covet Steals the target's held item (as long as the user does not have an item) III
Recycle Restores an item consumed by the user III
Embargo Disables any item use on or by the target (including held items) IV
Fling Consumes the user's held item and deals damage to the opponent depending on the item flung (some items have added effects) IV
Switcheroo Swaps the user's and target Pokémon's held items (even if one of them does not have a held item) IV
Magic Room Disables all Pokémon's held items for five turns V
Bestow Gives the user's held item to the target V

List of held items

The following is a list of items made solely to be held items, sorted into groups.

Type-enhancing items

Main article: Type-enhancing item

Type-enhancing items increase the power of a used move of the enhanced type by 20% (10% prior to Generation IV). Some are given out by the Week Siblings.

‎Plates

Main article: Plate

Plates are ancient stone tablets engraved with text that increase the power of moves of a specific type. There is one for each type except Normal. Equipping a Plate to a Pokémon with Multitype will cause it to change type to that of the Plate held.

Gems

Main article: Gem

Gems increase the power of a specific type of move by 30% (50% in Generation V) and are consumed after use. They are found in dust clouds.

Stat enhancing items

Main article: Stat-enhancing item

These items, when held, will increase certain stats of Pokémon. Some can only be used by specific Pokémon.

In-battle effect items

Main article: In-battle effect item

These items will take effect during battle to either aid or hinder the Pokémon holding them or an opponent.

Evolution items

Main article: Evolution-inducing held item

These items, when held by a Pokémon, will cause it to undergo evolution when activated by another event, such as gaining a level or being traded.

Mega Stones

Main article: Mega Stone

These items, when held by their respective Pokémon, will allow the holder to undergo Mega Evolution during battle.

Incense

Main article: Incense

These items, when held by a Pokémon in the day-care, will cause it to produce an Egg that will hatch into a baby Pokémon introduced after Generation II. They will also affect the holder in various ways during battle.

Experience-affecting items

Main article: Experience-affecting item

These items, when held by a Pokémon, affect the amount of experience that a Pokémon gains in battle.

EV-enhancing items

Main article: EV-enhancing item

These items, when held by a Pokémon, promote EV gain in several different ways.

Mail

Main article: Mail

Mail allows players to send messages to each other by attaching it to a Pokémon that is to be traded.

Berries

Main article: Berry

Berries have varying effects. Some weaken super effective moves, and others cure status conditions. Berries also affect the power and strength of the move Natural Gift. All can be used to make Pokéblocks or Poffin.

Scarves

Main article: Scarf

Scarves up the Contest condition of the Pokémon that is holding it without the Pokémon being fed Pokéblocks or Poffin.

Out-of-battle effect items

Main article: Out-of-battle effect item

These items will only take effect outside battle, in the overworld.

In the TCG

Held items were eventually introduced in the TCG as well, first as Pokémon Tools, then later on as Pokémon cards with held items to mimic Pokémon that hold an item when found in the wild.

See also

Items
Items RepelsEvolutionary stonesFossilsFlutesShardsHeld items
Escape itemsExchangeable itemsValuable itemsLegendary artifacts
Medicine PotionsStatus condition healing itemsRevives
EthersVitaminsWingsDrinksHerbal medicine
Berries and Apricorns Poké BallsBerriesMulchApricorns
Aesthetic DecorationsAccessoriesBackdropsPropsDécorClothing
Others MailBattle itemsKey itemsEvent items


Held items
In-battle effect items
BerriesDrivesEV-enhancing itemsEvolution-inducing held itemsExperience-affecting items
GemsIncensePlatesMega StonesStat-enhancing itemsType-enhancing items

Out-of-battle effect items
EV-enhancing itemsEvolution-inducing held itemsIncenseMailScarves


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