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This article is about the glass flutes. For other uses, see Flute (disambiguation).
The Flutes in the anime

A Flute (Japanese: ビードロ vidro) is a hand-blown glass instrument and a type of item introduced in Generation III. There are five types of Flute, each a different color. Starting in Generation VII, they do not appear in the games.

List of Flutes

Flute Cost (ash) Sell price Effect
Name Poké Marts ManiacBWB2W2
Blue Flute Blue Flute 250 $50 $7000 Awakens a sleeping Pokémon.
Yellow Flute Yellow Flute 500 $100 $7500 Snaps a Pokémon out of confusion.
Red Flute Red Flute $150 Snaps a Pokémon out of infatuation.
Black Flute Black Flute 1000 $200 $8000 Reduces the wild Pokémon encounter rate.
Increases the level of wild Pokémon by 1–4.ORAS
White Flute White Flute $250 Increases the wild Pokémon encounter rate.
Decreases the level of wild Pokémon by 1–4.ORAS

In the games


In Generations III to IV and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Flutes, when used by the player, produce a sound that has an effect on Pokémon. They are not consumed upon use. The Blue, Yellow, and Red Flutes can be used to cure one of the player's Pokémon of sleep, confusion, or infatuation, respectively. In Generation III, they can be used both in and out of battle. In other games, they can only be used in battle. Outside of Orre, the Black and White Flutes can be used in the overworld to affect wild Pokémon encounters. They decrease or increase the wild Pokémon encounter rate, respectively, or, in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, increase or decrease the levels of wild Pokémon by 1–4, respectively. If the player attempts to use a Black or White Flute in Orre, the message "This item's use is forbidden in the Orre Region." will be displayed.

In Generation V and X and Y, the Flutes cannot be used and are valuable items. In Generation V, they can be sold to the billionaire maniac in Undella Town for a higher-than-usual price.


In Hoenn, the player can collect volcanic ash in the Soot Sack and have it turned into Flutes at the Glass Workshop on Route 113. Each Flute costs a different amount of ash to make.

In FireRed and LeafGreen and in Orre, the Flutes are mostly only obtainable via trade; only the Yellow Flute is obtainable otherwise, and not in Colosseum. In FireRed and LeafGreen, it can be purchased from the Rocket Game Corner for 1,600C. In XD, it can be found on the S.S. Libra.

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the Flutes are mostly only obtainable via trade or Pal Park; only the Black and White Flutes are obtainable otherwise, and only in Platinum. The Black Flute is received from Looker at Mount Coronet, and the White Flute can be received from a woman at Hotel Grand Lake after returning the Suite Key to her. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, all five Flutes can be found in different locations across Johto and Kanto.

In Unova, the player can randomly receive any of the Flutes from the treasure hunter on Route 13, who gives away one item per day. In Black 2 and White 2, the Flutes are the only items that he gives away.

In Kalos, the Flutes are only obtainable via trade.


These are the artwork of the Flutes as seen in the Pokémon Global Link.

Dream Black Flute Sprite.png Dream Blue Flute Sprite.png Dream Red Flute Sprite.png Dream White Flute Sprite.png Dream Yellow Flute Sprite.png
Black Flute Blue Flute Red Flute White Flute Yellow Flute

In the anime

Ash holding the full set of Flutes

A full set of Flutes appeared in Serving Up the Flute Cup!, where Ash received it as a prize for winning the Battle Frontier Flute Cup.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire arc

In Tanks, but No Tanks, Anorith and Lileep, Wallace was seen having exchanged the volcanic ash collected by Ruby for an unspecified Flute.


  • The Flutes' Japanese name, vidro, refers to a specific type of flute that originated in Germany. Vidro are a common decoration in Japan.
  • These are the only items in the Bag's items pocket that can be used by the player directly from the Bag multiple times without being consumed.
  • While the Yellow and Red Flutes can be used outside of battle in Generation III, this serves no purpose, as confusion and infatuation do not persist after battle.
  • In Generation IV, the Flutes are stored in different item pockets due to their different effects: the Black and White Flutes are in the Items pocket, while the Blue, Yellow, and Red Flutes are in the Battle Items pocket.
    • The Blue, Yellow, and Red Flutes are placed in the Medicine pocket in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, giving them three different pocket placements over three generations.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 玻璃哨 Bōlēi Saau
Mandarin 玻璃哨 Bōlí Shào *
哨子 Shàozi *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Huilu
France Flag.png French Flûte
Germany Flag.png German Flöte
Italy Flag.png Italian Flauto
South Korea Flag.png Korean 비드로 Vidro
Poland Flag.png Polish Flet
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Flauta
Spain Flag.png Spanish Flauta

See also

Types of items
General Evolution stonesFossilsFlutesShardsHeld items
Evolution itemsEscape itemsExchangeable itemsValuable items
Battle itemsScentsNectarsCandyIngredients
Medicine Status condition healing itemsVitaminsFeathers
MintsMochiDrinksHerbal medicine
Berry and Apricorn Poké BallsApricornsBerriesMulch
Aesthetic DecorationsAccessories (NormalGreatUltraMaster)
Other MailKey ItemsEvent items
Wonder Launcher itemsRotom Powers

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