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Rare Candy artwork from Generation I

A vitamin (Japanese: えいようドリンク nutritious drink) 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.

Rare Candies will add experience to a Pokémon until it levels up, and then stop, even if it just added a single experience point.

From Generation II onward, vitamins also increase the friendship of the affected Pokémon.

In the Mystery Dungeon series, Vitamins permanently increase one of the Stats of a Pokémon and are not subject to any limits due to the absence of the EV system in those games.


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 Pokémon Lottery Corner. PP Max is not sold anywhere.

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

All other vitamins are available to buy for PokémonDollar.png9800 (PokémonDollar.png4900 at a sale) at Celadon Department Store, Goldenrod Department Store, Lilycove Department Store, Veilstone Department Store, Slateport market, the Safari Zone Gate, and Shopping Mall Nine. They may also be purchased at Cerulean City in exchange for Berry Powder. Vitamins can also be purchased at both Battle Frontiers and the Battle Subway 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 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

Main article: Health drink

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, Protein, Calcium, Iron and Zinc appear as types of health drink. Their effects are based on their effects in the main series.

In the anime

Vitamins in the anime

Calcium made its anime debut in The Joy of Pokémon. Nurse Joy gave a whole bottle of these tablets to a giant Magikarp. Some other unidentified vitamins also appeared in the episode.

In 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) due to the fact that this was a specially modified and experimental version of it. Brock said that the original would merely "enhance a Pokémon's abilities". Also, due to a dubbing error, the Rare Candy was referred by a direct translation of its Japanese name, Mystery Candy.

In The Clubsplosion Begins!, a full set of Vitamins (PP Up, PP Max and Rare Candy are excluded) were announced to be the prize for the Clubsplosion tournament, like how the set of Wings was the prize for the Club Battle tournament. They were eventually won by Stephan.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards named Rare Candy.

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 #
Rare Candy I EX Sandstorm Uncommon 88/100 Miracle of the Desert Uncommon 050/053
EX Emerald Uncommon 83/106 Holon Phantom Uncommon 048/052
EX Holon Phantoms Uncommon 90/110 Moonlit Pursuit/Dawn Dash Uncommon  
POP Series 5 Uncommon 7/17 Leafeon vs Metagross Expert Deck   009/014
Great Encounters Uncommon 102/106 Reviving Legends Uncommon 071/080
POP Series 8 Uncommon 10/17 Dark Rush Uncommon 065/069
Unleashed Uncommon 82/95 Hydreigon Half Deck   011/015
Dark Explorers Uncommon 100/108 Garchomp Half Deck   011/015
      BW-P Promotional cards   138/BW-P
      Master Deck Build Box EX   031/046
      Black Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   011/018
      White Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   011/018


  • 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.
  • Despite the name "Vitamin" referring to them, the Calcium, Iron and Zinc are based on minerals important for the human body, while the Protein and Carbos are based on two of the main constituents found on the nutrition labels of food products.
  • 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.
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