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Rare Candy redirects here. For the Trainer Card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game, see Rare Candy (TCG).

Rare Candy artwork from the TCG

A vitamin is a type of item from the Pokémon games. They are used to boost the stats of a Trainer's Pokémon. Most vitamins are named after real minerals and organic compounds important to bodily health.


In Generations I and II, vitamins gave 2560 Stat Exp to a stat, but could only be given until that stat had 25600 Stat Exp. However, in Generation III and beyond, stats were calculated with the system of effort values, and so instead vitamins give a Pokémon 10 EV points to a stat, only working if the EVs of the stat raised are less than 100, and if the total EVs are less than 510.

The two PP-raising vitamins do not work in the same way, since instead of raising a stat they raise the PP value of one of the Pokémon's moves. Rare Candy is also an exception to this, since it instead raises the Pokémon's level by one.


All vitamins can be found on the ground at various locations.

PP Ups are sold in Cerulean City and at the Pokéathlon Dome. PP Ups are commonly given as prizes in the lottery. PP Max is not sold anywhere.

Rare Candies can be purchased at the Sinnoh and Johto Battle Frontiers for 48 BP each. They can also be purchased at the Pokéathlon Dome on Mondays and Saturdays.

All other vitamins are available to buy at Celadon Department Store, Goldenrod Department Store, Lilycove Department Store, Veilstone Department Store, Slateport market, and the Safari Zone Gate. They may also be purchased at Cerulean City in exchange for Berry Powder. Vitamins can also be purchased at both Battle Frontiers for 1 BP each.

Types of vitamins


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

Dream HP Up Sprite.png Dream Protein Sprite.png Dream Iron Sprite.png Dream Calcium Sprite.png Dream Zinc Sprite.png
HP Up Protein Iron Calcium Zinc
Dream Carbos Sprite.png Dream PP Up Sprite.png Dream PP Max Sprite.png Dream Rare Candy Sprite.png
Carbos PP Up PP Max Rare Candy


  • In the real world, protein is important for the strength and development of muscles. The stronger muscles are probably what increases the Pokémon's Attack.
  • In the real world, iron is mostly used to create several important proteins. It was probably chosen because iron is a hard metal, and thus easy to associate with Defense, much like Template:Type2 Pokémon.
  • In the real world, calcium is important for the strength and development of bones and teeth, which is why it raises Special Attack.
  • In the real world, zinc is used to create a large number of important proteins, helping the body survive and function, which is why it raises Special Defense.
  • In the real world, carbohydrates are used as energy in the body. The increased amount of energy is probably what boosts the Pokémon's Speed.
  • In the real world, candy is almost entirely composed of sugar, a very quickly burning energy source. Therefore, when a Pokémon eats a Rare Candy, it is possible that the fast energy rush allows the Pokémon to have a brief growth spurt without gaining as much strength as it could.
  • The Japanese names of the vitamins reveal them to be other compounds, specifically taurine, bromhexine, lysozyme, chitosan, and indometacin, used for treatment of the body. It is possible that their names were changed to avoid problems that could arise if a child were to find and overdose on these compounds.

In the anime

In the episode Caterpie's Big Dilemma, the Rare Candy made its anime debut. However, unlike in the games, where the Rare Candy levels up a Pokémon, in the episode, it actually makes the Pokémon larger (and in some cases uncontrollable). However, as this was a specially modified and experimental version of it, it is unknown what the original would do.


  • The item duplication glitch is sometimes called the Rare Candy glitch due to the desirability of Rare Candies.
  • The PP Max's English name is the same as the Japanese name of the Max Elixir.
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