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An exchangeable item is a category of item which serves no in-game purpose aside from being able to be traded for another item or some sort of service. Though several Key Items fall under this category (such as Generation I and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen's Bike Voucher), their exchange is often important to the story of the games, so they are not included here. These items are often also valuable items.
List of exchangeable items
- Main article: Heart Scale
The Heart Scale is a scale commonly found on Luvdisc. From Generation III to Generation VII (with the exception of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen), Heart Scales are used as currency for the Move Reminder's services, at a rate of one scale per move.
Tiny Mushroom and Big Mushroom
- Main articles: Tiny Mushroom and Big Mushroom
In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Tiny Mushrooms and Big Mushrooms are used as currency for the Move Reminder instead of Heart Scales, at a rate of two Tiny Mushrooms or one Big Mushroom per move.
Shoal Shell and Shoal Salt
- Main articles: Shoal Shell and Shoal Salt
In Hoenn, the player can trade in four Shoal Shells and Shoal Salts to an old man in Shoal Cave to make a Shell Bell, a restorative held item.
- Main article: Star Piece
In Pokémon Platinum the player can exchange give Star Pieces to Mr. Fuego for a shard of each color. In Generation V, the player can exchange a Star Piece with a man in Anville Town on Saturdays and Sundays, who will give the player a PP Up as thanks.
- Main article: Shard
These items, also introduced in Generation III, come in different colors: red, blue, green, and yellow. They can be exchanged for the elemental Evolution stones in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, in groups of ten for the TMs containing weather-modifying moves in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and in groups of eight for special Move Tutor moves in Pokémon Platinum. They can be found lying around in certain areas, held by certain Pokémon, or in the Underground of Sinnoh. They can also be traded in for certain Berries from Jugglers found in Violet City and Fuchsia City. In Black 2 and White 2, Move Tutors found in Driftveil, Lentimas, Humilau, and Nacrene will use Shards as payment (from two to twelve), although each Tutor requires only one kind of Shard.
- Main article: Apricorn
These items are exclusive to Generation II, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and Pokémon Sword and Shield. There are several different colors, and they can be made into different Poké Balls by Kurt in Azalea Town.
- Main articles: Bottle Cap and Gold Bottle Cap
These items were introduced in Generation VII along with Hyper Training. They can be exchanged to allow the player to raise a Pokémon's IVs through Hyper Training. They come in two colors that allow the player to raise either one or all of a Pokémon's IVs.
- Main article: Galarica Twig
Galarica Twigs, released in patch 1.2.0 of Pokémon Sword and Shield, are found scattered across the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. If the player gathers eight of them, they can be given to a young woman on a small island in the Workout Sea, who will turn them into a Galarica Cuff, which is required to evolve Galarian Slowpoke to Slowbro. If the player gathers fifteen of them, they can be given to a young woman in the Roaring-Sea Caves, who will turn them into a Galarica Wreath, which is required to evolve Galarian Slowpoke to Slowking.
These are artwork of the items as seen in the Sinnoh Underground.
These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Dream World.
In the anime
In Defending the Homeland!, Clemont mentioned having used Big Mushrooms as a part of the new food he had just made for the group.
In Partner Promises, Mallow mentioned that the jewelry shop "Alola Sunrise" makes its jewelry from Heart Scales and Corsola branches.
In Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!, during a Stoutland Search treasure hunt set up for Ash and his classmates by Olivia, Mallow found multiple Tiny and Big Mushrooms, while Sophocles found a Star Piece. In the dub, the Star Piece was incorrectly referred to as a Comet Shard.
In the Poké Problem extra scene of SM120, Lana showed her classmates a Heart Scale, joking that it was a Kyogre scale.
In A Recipe for Success!, Mallow got some dried-up Big Mushrooms from Oranguru to be used at Aina's Kitchen. In the same episode, she also got a Heart Scale from a group of Fearow that had come to visit Oranguru's place.
In the manga
In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga
In Hazel VS Almond!, Almond won a Star Piece in a contest held by Grandpa, giving it to Hazel.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
A Big Mushroom appeared in A Week to Go and Old Wounds, where Shoko gave it to one of her Patrat to hold while demonstrating Black her Marvelous Bridge Partrat Show.