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If you were looking for the hold-items in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, see Scarf (Mystery Dungeon).

Scarves (Japanese: バンダナ bandanna) are a special class of held items that add to the Contest condition of a Pokémon. They will boost the Pokémon's performance in the preliminary round of both Hoenn's Pokémon Contests and Sinnoh's Super Contests.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the Pokémon Fan Club President at Slateport City will give away one of these when first shown a Pokémon with a condition high enough in the scarf's respective concentration. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, they are given away by the Scarf Guy in Pastoria City for the same reason.

List of scarves


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

Dream Blue Scarf Sprite.png Dream Green Scarf Sprite.png Dream Pink Scarf Sprite.png Dream Red Scarf Sprite.png Dream Yellow Scarf Sprite.png
Blue Scarf Green Scarf Pink Scarf Red Scarf Yellow Scarf

In the manga

Ruby's Pokémon with the scarves that represent their Contest categories

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Before competing in the Master Rank, Ruby was given five scarves that he used to enhance Nana's Coolness, Kiki's Cuteness, Mumu's Toughness, Mimi's Beauty and Popo's Smartness, leading all of them to win the Contest and fulfilling Ruby's part of the 80-day challenge.

Note that only Kiki actually uses it as a scarf; Nana and Popo uses them as bandannas, Mumu uses it on his arm, and Mimi uses it in her horn.

See also

  • While not related to these scarves, the item that enhances the power of Normal-type moves is the Silk Scarf.
  • Another unrelated item that takes effect in battle is known as the Choice Scarf; it enhances the holder's Speed but only allows it to use one move.


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