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Type-enhancing item

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A type-enhancing item, when held, enhances the power of attacks with the corresponding type. From Generation IV onward, these items boost the power of moves of the corresponding type by 20%; prior to Generation IV, they give boosts of 10%, except the Generation II-exclusive Polkadot Bow which gives a boost of 12.5%.

These items may be sold to Poké Marts for PokémonDollar.png50, with the exception of Charcoal, which fetches PokémonDollar.png4,900 in Poké Marts.

In Johto, several of these items can be obtained from the Week Siblings.

List of type-enhancing items

Pokémon-specific type-enhancing items

Main article: Timespace orbs

Incenses

Main article: Incense

Plates

Main article: Plate

Gems

Main article: Gem

Artwork

Underground

This is artwork of the items as seen in the Sinnoh Underground

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Hard Stone

Global Link

These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Global Link.

Dream Black Belt Sprite.png Dream BlackGlasses Sprite.png Dream Charcoal Sprite.png Dream Dragon Fang Sprite.png
Black Belt Black Glasses Charcoal Dragon Fang
Dream Hard Stone Sprite.png Dream Magnet Sprite.png Dream Metal Coat Sprite.png Dream Miracle Seed Sprite.png
Hard Stone Magnet Metal Coat Miracle Seed
Dream Mystic Water Sprite.png Dream NeverMeltIce Sprite.png Dream Poison Barb Sprite.png Dream Sharp Beak Sprite.png
Mystic Water Never-Melt Ice Poison Barb Sharp Beak
Dream Silk Scarf Sprite.png Dream SilverPowder Sprite.png Dream Soft Sand Sprite.png Dream Spell Tag Sprite.png
Silk Scarf Silver Powder Soft Sand Spell Tag
Dream TwistedSpoon Sprite.png
Twisted Spoon

In the anime

The first type-enhancing item to be introduced was Charcoal in A Farfetch'd Tale. Though the significance of Charcoal is explained in detail, and Ash and his friends are given Charcoal as a gift, its Fire-enhancing properties are not revealed.

A Mystic Water was the prize for winning at the Whirl Cup.

A Dragon Fang appeared in Beauty is Skin Deep as the treasure of Clair's family, kept in Blackthorn Gym. It is the fang of an ancient dragon Pokémon that terrorised Blackthorn City. The Dragon Fang is part of a ritual with the purpose of bringing peace to all Dragon-type Pokémon. The ritual involves the Blackthorn Gym Leader placing it on a special ceremonial table, then pouring water over it, causing a light dragon to burst out of it and rise into the sky. Legend says that this light dragon becomes a star and watches over all Dragon-type Pokémon. Another Dragon Fang appeared in Showdown At Linoone as one of the items Tokin picked up.

Flannery gave her Torkoal a Charcoal in Going, Going, Yawn.

A Black Belt and a Twisted Spoon appeared in Climbing the Tower of Success! as items looked for during a scavenger hunt. A Never-Melt Ice was also looked for, but the boy looking for it only found regular ice.

In the manga

Magnet, Mystic Water, and Charcoal in the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In The Last Battle IV, during the final battle against the Masked Man, Misty, Blaine, and Lt. Surge used Mystic Water, Charcoal, and Magnet to power up the moves of Suicune, Entei, and Raikou, respectively.

Trivia

  • In Generation II, there was one item that would power up each type, with the exception of the Normal type, which had both the Pink Bow and Polkadot Bow. In Generation IV, this is reversed, where each type powered up by one of the items as well as by a Plate, except the Normal type.
    • However, some types have even more than this, due to incenses.
    • In Generation V, Gems were added as well, this time including a Normal variety with the other types. Gems, unlike other type-enhancing items, increase damage by 30% (50% in Generation V), but are consumed after use.
  • Charcoal is the only item available for purchase in a regular store. Some other type-enhancing items can be purchased, but only from Game Corners.


Type-enhancing items
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Items
Bag Fist Plate Sprite.png
Plates
Bag Rock Incense Sprite.png
Incenses
Bag Griseous Orb Sprite.png
Orbs
Bag Normal Gem Sprite.png
Gems


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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