Card Key

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Card Key
Card Key
Card Key
Card Key
Artwork from Pokémon Red and Green
Introduced in Generation I
Generation I Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation II Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation III Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation IV Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items

The Card Key (Japanese: カードキー Card Key) is a Key Item introduced in Generation I. There are three different Card Keys in the games, one used in Generation I and its remakes, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, another in Generation II and its remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and a third in Pokémon Colosseum.

In the core series games


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Generation I, FireRed, and LeafGreen

The Card Key opens various doors in the Silph Co. building, allowing the player to reach Giovanni on the top floor.

Generation II, HeartGold, and SoulSilver

The Card Key opens a door on the third floor of the Goldenrod Radio Tower, allowing the player to climb to the top of the tower and battle Team Rocket's Executives.

Pokémon Colosseum

The Card Key is needed to get into the east wing of the Shadow PKMN Lab.


Games Description
Stad The security card key for opening doors in a certain building.
GSC Opens shutters in the Radio Tower.
FRLG A card-type key that unlocks doors in Silph Co.'s Head Office in Saffron City.
E* A card-type door key used in Silph Co's office.
Colo. The key for getting into the Lab.
A card key that opens a shutter in the Radio Tower.


Games Method
RBY/RGBY Silph Co. 5F
GSC Goldenrod Underground Warehouse (from the Radio Director)
FRLG Silph Co. 5F
Colo. Shadow PKMN Lab B1F
HGSS Goldenrod Tunnel Warehouse (from the Radio Director)


Bag Card Key III Sprite.png Bag Card Key Sprite.png
Bag sprite from
Generation III
Bag sprite from
Generation IV

See also

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 鑰匙卡 Yeuhksìhká *
電子鎖 Dihnjí Só *
Mandarin 鑰匙卡 Yàoshíkǎ
France Flag.png European French Carte Magn.
Germany Flag.png German Türöffner
Italy Flag.png Italian Apriporta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 카드키 Card Key
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Llave Magnética

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