Dread Plate

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Dread Plate
Frightening Plate
Dread Plate
Dread Plate
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Introduced in Generation IV
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Power 90

The Dread Plate (Japanese: こわもてプレート Frightening Plate) is a type of held item introduced in Generation IV. It is one of the Plates, which are associated with Arceus.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A PokémonDollar.png500
SMUSUM PokémonDollar.png10,000 PokémonDollar.png500


In battle

Boosts the power of the holder's Dark-type moves by 20%. If the holder uses Judgment, it becomes a Dark-type move.

Multitype changes an Arceus holding this item to its Dark-type form. From Generation V onward, item-manipulating effects (such as Trick and Fling) cannot give Arceus a Plate or remove a Plate from Arceus. (In Generation IV, item-manipulating effects cannot affect Pokémon with Multitype.)

Outside of battle

Multitype changes an Arceus holding this item to its Dark-type form.


Games Description
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It is a stone tablet that boosts the power of Dark-type moves.
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It's a stone tablet that boosts the power of Dark-type moves.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
DPPt Old Chateau, The Underground
HGSS S.S. Aqua (from the captain after obtaining all 16 Gym Badges)
BW Abyssal Ruins
B2W2 Abyssal Ruins
XY Lost Hotel
ORAS Route 127 (underwater)
SMUSUM Hau'oli City Mall (Antiquities of the Ages)


This is the appearance of the Dread Plate in the Sinnoh Underground.

Mine Dread Plate.png
Dread Plate

In the anime

Plates in the anime

The Dread Plate, alongside the other 15 Plates at the time, appeared in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where Arceus used them to change its type, and almost died when it lost all of the Plates after destroying a meteor that endangered the land that would become Michina Town. Damos found one of these lost Plates and returned it to Arceus. This gave it the strength to recall the other 15 Plates.

In the manga

The Plates in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Plates first appeared in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, in which Petrel was collecting them for Team Rocket's plan. After Silver stole the few Plates he had managed to find, Petrel decided to let him gather all 16 Plates, just to get them back at once later. With his Weavile leaving messages for Sneasel and Weavile across Johto, Silver soon indeed gathered all 16 Plates for himself. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Gold surrendered the Plates to Archer, who used them to seemingly take control of Arceus, ordering it to recreate Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. When the Pokédex holders used their Pokémon's ultimate attacks to stop the creation, all the Plates were absorbed by Arceus.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 惡顏石板 Okngàahn Sehkbáan *
凶狠板塊 Hūnghán Báanfaai *
Mandarin 惡顏石板 / 恶颜石板 È'yán Shíbǎn *
凶狠板塊 Xiōnghěn Bǎnkuài *
France Flag.png French Plaque Ombre
Germany Flag.png German Furchttafel
Italy Flag.png Italian Lastratimore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 공포플레이트 Dread Plate
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tabla Oscura
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Phiến thạch Dữ dằn

External links

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