Apricorn

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The seven Apricorns

Apricorns (Japanese: ぼんぐりのみ Bonguri Fruit) are fruits native to the Johto region that can be used to make Poké Balls.

Specialists can hollow out Apricorns and fit them with special devices to allow them to function as Poké Balls. Kurt is one such specialist. Before Poké Balls became standardized, everyone used hollowed-out Apricorns to catch Pokémon. The process used to create the Poké Balls was developed sometime between 400 and 700 years before the present day.

Because the outer skin of Apricorns are so tough, they cannot be eaten by Pokémon unprocessed. Instead, Trainers can blend Apricorns in an Apriblender to make Aprijuice for their Pokémon to drink.

List of Apricorns

Name Corresponding
Poké Ball
Corresponding
performance stat(s)
Black Apricorn Black Apricorn Heavy Ball Heavy Ball All
Blue Apricorn Blue Apricorn Lure Ball Lure Ball Skill
Green Apricorn Green Apricorn Friend Ball Friend Ball Jump
Pink Apricorn Pink Apricorn Love Ball Love Ball Speed
Red Apricorn Red Apricorn Level Ball Level Ball Power
White Apricorn White Apricorn Fast Ball Fast Ball None
Yellow Apricorn Yellow Apricorn Moon Ball Moon Ball Stamina

In the core series games

Mechanics

The Apricorn Box

Apricorns can be turned into Apricorn Poké Balls. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, the player can given Apricorns to Kurt in Azalea Town, who will have turned them into Poké Balls by the next day. In Pokémon Gold and Silver he can only craft one Poké Ball at a time, whereas in subsequent games he can craft any number of the same Poké Ball at once.

Additionally, in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, they can be blended using an Apriblender to make drinks which improve a Pokémon's performance for Pokéathlon competitions. The color of the Apricorns corresponds to their flavor and associated performance stat, with the White and Black Apricorns affecting all stats.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Apricorns cannot be held, in order to prevent them being traded to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum (where they do not exist). In these games, Apricorns are placed in the Apricorn Box (a Key Item that functions like a pocket) instead of the Bag's Items pocket. However, a Pokémon caught in an Apricorn Poké Ball can be traded to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl or Platinum, although the Pokémon's Poké Ball will appear as a standard Poké Ball in those games.

Acquisition

The group of Apricorn trees on Route 37 in Generation II
The group of Apricorn trees on Route 37 in Generation IV

Apricorns can be obtained in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver as well as The Isle of Armor expansion of Pokémon Sword and Shield.

The primary method of obtaining Apricorns is from Apricorn trees. These trees yield one Apricorn per day. In the Generation II games, only one of each Apricorn is available per day, from the Apricorn trees on Routes 37 and 42 and in Azalea Town.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Apricorns are much more widely available. Locations that contained Berry trees in Generation II now contain Apricorn trees instead, sometimes with the number of trees also being increased. Green Apricorns are by far the most common, appearing in eight places; while White and Red Apricorns are the least common, each only appearing in three places.

In the anime

Apricorns made their only major anime appearance in Going Apricorn!. After Kurt had given Ash, Misty, and Brock a Fast Ball each, made from White Apricorns growing next to his house, he sent them to collect other Apricorns with Maizie. After several failed attempts at picking Apricorns, the group managed to pick two Blue Apricorns and a Black Apricorn, which Kurt used to make a pair of Lure Balls and a Heavy Ball for them, which they obtained shortly before leaving Azalea Town in the next episode.

In An Egg Scramble!, Yellow Apricorns were one of the things Khoury was selling at the Johto Festival.

Gallery

In the manga

An Apricorn in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Apricorns were first seen in Teddiursa's Picnic, where Kurt's ability to turn them into special Poké Balls was demonstrated. Gold, unaware of Apricorns' true purpose, attempted and failed to eat one from a tree.

In Yikes, It's Yanma!, an Apricorn lottery was used to randomly decide which pairs of Gym Leaders from Kanto and Johto would face each other in an interregional exhibition match at Indigo Plateau. Erika and Pryce, due to their statuses as the leaders of their respective region's Gym Leaders, were automatically selected to battle each other.

In Out-Odding Oddish, Gold was seen running around the Pokéathlon Dome to make Aprijuice out of Apricorns with his Apriblender.

Gallery

Name origin

The word Apricorn may be a combination of "apricot" and "acorn".

Bonguri may come from the Japanese chestnut, known as にほんぐり (nihonguri), or from the acorn, どんぐり (donguri).

Trivia

Grn Apricorn's tree on Route 30 respawning at midnight
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Apricorns have different sprites for the Apricorn Case and the Bag. In these games, the Bag sprites are only used in the point-exchange menu at the Pokéathlon Dome.
  • In the anime, possibly as a coloring error, Black Apricorns were portrayed as being brown-colored.
  • Because of the length of the word "Apricorn", only the Red Apricorn is able to have its full color name in English prior to Generation VI, with the other six having abbreviated versions because item names are limited to 12 characters (including spaces). Starting in Generation VI, item names can be longer, and the Apricorns are all spelled out in full in English (although they were not made available until Generation VIII). In all generations in Japanese, abbreviation is used only for the Green Apricorn, which uses みど mido as an abbreviated form of みどり midori, green.
  • In Generation IV, if an Apricorn tree is left bare and on-screen without turning the game off over midnight, the plant will sparkle (in the same way Berry plants do when advancing a stage) and an Apricorn will appear on it. If the game was in sleep mode (the Nintendo DS was closed) over midnight, this will happen as soon as the game is taken out of sleep mode.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 球果 Kàuhgwó *
Mandarin 球果 Qiúguǒ *
圓柑果實 / 圆柑果实 Yuángān Guǒshí *
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Meruňák
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Abrikhorn
France Flag.png French Noigrume
Germany Flag.png German Aprikoko
Israel Flag.png Hebrew אפריקורן Apricorn
India Flag.png Hindi अॅप्रीकॉर्न Apricorn
Italy Flag.png Italian Ghicocche
South Korea Flag.png Korean 규토리 Gyutoli
Poland Flag.png Polish Apricorn
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Bolota
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Apricorn
Romania Flag.png Romanian Apricorn
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Apricorn
Spain Flag.png Spain Bonguri
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Trái Bonguri



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