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An escape item is an item that can be used to distract a wild Pokémon, allowing the player to escape instantly regardless of any factors that would otherwise prevent escape. The items all resemble Pokémon native to the region the items are available in: a Clefairy, a Skitty's tail, and a Minccino's tail.
In the spin-off games
The Poké Doll in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
The Poké Doll, simply known as "Plush" in-game, makes an appearance in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond as a gift item found inside crates. It can be given to Pokémon to make them happier, or can be used to distract certain Pokémon from running away. Instead of Clefairy, these Dolls represent Cleffa, but were also translated to English as Poké Doll (Japanese: ピィにんぎょう Py Doll).
This is artwork of the items as seen on the Pokémon Global Link.
In the anime
A Poké Doll belonging to Lillie first appeared in Lulled to La-La Land! and made brief reappearances in each episode from Now You See Them, Now You Don't! to Family Determination!. Lillie used the Poké Doll in Rescuing the Unwilling! to remind Lusamine's Clefable of the good times they had had together, allowing it to break free of Nihilego's control.
In Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, a Poké Doll was seen in Ash's room, amongst his collection of Badges, trophies, and other awards.
In the manga
A Poké Doll in Pokémon Adventures
A Poké Doll in Pokémon Pocket Monsters
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In A Hollow Victreebel, Red used a Poké Doll to escape from a group of Victreebel that were trying to eat him in the Safari Zone.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
Clefairy used a Poké Doll as a substitute for himself in Part-Time Job At The Swimming Pool!!. Since then, it became Clefairy's signature item, mostly relying on it to decoy himself or flee from any battle.
In the TCG
The Poké Doll is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as a Trainer card. The English language release of the card uses the English equivalent of the Japanese name, Clefairy Doll. The following is a list of cards named Clefairy Doll.