Herbal medicine

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Herbal medicine is a type of item in the Pokémon games. They can be used during or outside of a battle to restore a Pokémon's HP, remove status ailments, or revive a Pokémon, all with a side effect of lowering a Pokémon's friendship due to their bitter taste. They can be found on the ground, whether readily visible or hidden from sight and requiring an Itemfinder to locate; however, herbal medicine is usually bought from special Herb Shops. It should be noted that other than the Revival Herb, the items are cheaper than their more-common counterparts (such as Super Potion). Even the Revival Herb has a benefit, as Max Revives cannot be bought in Poké Marts.

Types of herbal medicine


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

Dream Heal Powder Sprite.png File:Dream EnergyPowder Sprite.png Dream Energy Root Sprite.png Dream Revival Herb Sprite.png
Heal Powder EnergyPowder Energy Root Revival Herb

In the anime

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A Revival Herb in the anime
A bottle of Heal Powder in the anime

Many herbs not found in the games, such as Salveyo weed and Remeyo weed, have been featured in the anime. Characters like Brock and Iris specialize in using herbs to help sick Pokémon.

A bottle of Heal Powder appeared in The Brockster Is In! as one of the items gathered from the passengers to help cure the poisoned Pokémon Normajean was taking care of.

Revival Herbs were shown in White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram and Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1, Part 2, and at the beginning of Battling the King of the Mines!. They grow on Milos Island.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards featuring herbal medicine in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The English language release of the Revival Herb uses an alternate translation of its Japanese name, Life Herb.

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 #
Heal Powder T Neo Destiny Common 104/105 Darkness, and to Light... Common  
Life Herb T EX Hidden Legends Uncommon 90/101 Undone Seal Uncommon 073/083
      Metagross Constructed Starter Deck   014/019
EX FireRed & LeafGreen Uncommon 93/112 Venusaur/Charizard/Blastoise Random Constructed Starter Decks   047/052
      Deoxys Half Deck   012/019
      Rayquaza Half Deck   011/019
Platinum Uncommon 108/127 Giratina Half Deck   009/013
Unleashed Uncommon 79/95 Torterra Starter Deck   008/010
Energy Root T [Tool] EX Unseen Forces Uncommon 83/115 Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean Uncommon 101/106


  • The effect of lowering a Pokémon's friendship due to its bitter taste applies even to those with a Calm, Gentle, Sassy, or Careful nature, which are supposed to prefer bitter taste.
  • A man in Lavaridge Town states that Charcoal is used for making herbal medicine. In game, however, it serves no medicinal purposes.
  • The Energy Root and Fresh Water are the two most cost-effective HP recovery items, both recovering 1 HP per PokémonDollar.png4 spent. However, the Max Potion (as well as Full Restore and Revives in some cases) can potentially be more cost-effective if used under certain circumstances; the ideal situation for a Max Potion is a Blissey with maximum EVs and IVs in HP with 1 HP remaining, which would recover around 1 HP per PokémonDollar.png3.5 spent.
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