Poké Flute

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A Poké Flute (Japanese: ポケモンのふえ Pokémon Flute) is a key item from the Pokémon games. It looks like a yellow recorder with a Poké Ball near the bottom.

In the Generation I Pokémon games and their Generation III remakes, this item is given to the player as thanks by Mr. Fuji after they rescue him from Team Rocket in the Pokémon Tower. In Pokémon Snap, Professor Oak will reward the player with a Poké Flute after obtaining a total score of 125,000 points or higher for all the photos in the Pokémon Report.


In the field

A Poké Flute's single purpose in the field is to wake up sleeping Pokémon, specifically two Snorlax sleeping on Route 12 and Route 16. Doing this is the only way to progress southward in the game, since these Pokémon are blocking the routes, as well as the only way to battle a wild Snorlax. In Pokémon Yellow, it can also wake up the player's Pikachu.

In the Generation II Pokémon games as well as their remakes Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, this purpose is fulfilled by the radio function of the Pokégear. An EXPN Card is required for this, and the Poké Flute is on channel 20 in Kanto.

In battle

A Poké Flute is a reusable item that cures all Pokémon in the battle of Sleep, including the opponent's Pokémon.

This purpose is fulfilled by the Blue Flute in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, and all Generation IV main series games.


In Pokémon Snap, playing the Poké Flute will wake up sleeping Pokémon and may make them dance or pose for the player. There are three songs which the Poké Flute can play in this game, and Pokémon respond differently to each.

In the anime

The Poké Flute in the anime

A Poké Flute was used by the hippie in Wake Up Snorlax!. He performed concerts with it in exchange for food. Later, he used it to help restart the flow of a river by waking up a Snorlax that was blocking the river.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP041 Poké Flute Ash's Pokédex The Poké Flute is used to wake sleeping Pokémon. Snorlax will only awaken to this flute.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards named Pokémon Flute.

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 #
Pokémon Flute T Base Set Uncommon 86/102 Expansion Pack Uncommon  

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