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This article relates only to the five colored glass flutes introduced in Generation III. For other flutes mentioned in-game, see Poké Flute, Azure Flute, or Time Flute.

A flute (Japanese: ビードロ vidro) is a hand-blown glass instrument that produces sound when it is blown into. Originating in Portugal, these flutes are a common decoration in Japan, and in the Pokémon world, have various effects depending on their color.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, volcanic ash can be collected in the Soot Sack by walking through the ash-covered grass on Route 113 and in the Jagged Pass. This ash can be used by a man on Route 113 to create these flutes as well as exclusive furniture for a player's Secret Base, with different items requiring different amounts of ash.

The flutes can be reused indefinitely, meaning that a player will only ever need to obtain one of each, though multiple copies can be obtained for trading to other games when held by a Pokémon.

If the Black Flute or White Flute is traded into Pokémon Colosseum or XD, although wild Pokémon do not appear except in Poké Spots, they still have the "use" option. If the player attempts to use one, the message "This item's use is forbidden in the Orre Region." will be displayed instead.

In Pokémon Black and White, these items lost their function and became ordinary valuable items. They can be sold to the item maniac in Undella Town for a higher-than-usual sell price.

List of Flutes


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

Dream Black Flute Sprite.png Dream Blue Flute Sprite.png Dream Red Flute Sprite.png Dream White Flute Sprite.png Dream Yellow Flute Sprite.png
Black Flute Blue Flute Red Flute White Flute Yellow Flute


  • These items are the only normal items that can be used multiple times without having multiple copies in the Bag.
  • Due to the Bag having more pockets in Generation IV than in Generation III, the five flutes are the only set of similar items that cannot all be placed in the same pocket: the Black and White Flutes are in the items pocket, while the Red, Blue, and Yellow Flutes are in the battle items pocket.
    • Therefore, whereas in Generation III the Blue Flute could be used both inside and outside of battle to awaken a sleeping Pokémon, due to its Generation IV placement, it cannot be used outside battle at all. While the Red and Yellow Flutes could be selected for use outside of battle in Generation III, they remove effects on a Pokémon which it automatically recovers from as soon as it leaves the battlefield anyway, giving them no out-of-battle purpose whatsoever.
    • In Generation V, the battle items pocket and items pocket were merged, thus reuniting the items. However, their individual uses have been removed, turning them into ordinary valuable items.
  • The Yellow Flute is the only flute obtainable in a console game, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

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