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Exchangeable item

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An exchangeable item is a category of item which serves no in-game purpose aside from being able to be traded for another item or some sort of service. Though several key items fall under this category (such as Generation I and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen's Bike Voucher), their exchange is often important to the story of the games, so they are not included here. These items are often also valuable items.

List of exchangeable items

Shards

Main article: Shard

These items, also introduced in Generation III, come in different colors: red, blue, green, and yellow. They can be exchanged for the elemental evolutionary stones in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, in groups of ten for the TMs containing weather-modifying moves in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and in groups of eight for special Move Tutor moves in Pokémon Platinum. They can be found lying around in certain areas, held by certain Pokémon, or in the Underground of Sinnoh. They can also be traded in for certain Berries from Jugglers found in Violet City and Fuchsia City. In Black 2 and White 2, Move Tutors found in Driftveil, Lentimas, Humilau and Nacrene will use Shards as payment (from 2 to 12), although each Tutor requires only one kind of Shard.

Apricorns

Main article: Apricorn

These items are exclusive to Generation II and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. There are several different colors, and they can be made into different Poké Balls by Kurt in Azalea Town.

Appearance

Underground

These are artwork of the items as seen in the Sinnoh Underground

Mine Heart Scale.png Mine Star Piece.png Mine Red Shard.png Mine Green Shard.png Mine Blue Shard.png Mine Yellow Shard.png
Heart Scale Star Piece Red Shard Green Shard Blue Shard Yellow Shard

Dream World

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

Dream Heart Scale Sprite.png Dream Star Piece Sprite.png Dream Red Shard Sprite.png Dream Green Shard Sprite.png Dream Blue Shard Sprite.png Dream Yellow Shard Sprite.png
Heart Scale Star Piece Red Shard Green Shard Blue Shard Yellow Shard
Dream TinyMushroom Sprite.png Dream Big Mushroom Sprite.png Dream Shoal Salt Sprite.png Dream Shoal Shell Sprite.png
Tiny Mushroom Big Mushroom Shoal Salt Shoal Shell

Trivia

  • Heart Scales are the shed scales of Luvdisc.
  • The Move Reminder in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen accepts Mushrooms instead of Heart Scales, most probably due to the lack of Luvdisc in Kanto and the Sevii Islands, as well as the abundance of Paras and Parasect.
  • Due to a mistake in the Nintendo Power Pokémon Diamond and Pearl guide, there was a rumor that the Shoal Salt functions like the Leftovers. However, multiple tests in-game have shown that the Shoal Salt does nothing; it is in fact the Shell Bell that functions similarly to Leftovers, itself created in Generation III from four Shoal Salts and four Shoal Shells.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, the Heart Scale was incorrectly sorted in the Bag as an evolutionary stone when the bag is sorted by type, instead of as an exchangeable item.
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