Exchangeable item

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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: Shard

These items, also introduced in Generation III, come in different colors: red, blue, green, and yellow. They can be exchanged for the elemental evolutionary 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 and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. There are several different colors, and they can be made into different Poké Balls by Kurt in Azalea Town.

Bottle Caps

Main article: 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.



These are artwork of the items as seen in the Sinnoh Underground

Mine Heart Scale.png Mine Star Piece.png
Heart Scale Star Piece

Dream World

These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Dream World

Dream Heart Scale Sprite.png Dream Star Piece Sprite.png Dream TinyMushroom Sprite.png Dream Big Mushroom Sprite.png Dream Shoal Salt Sprite.png Dream Shoal Shell Sprite.png
Heart Scale Star Piece Tiny Mushroom Big Mushroom Shoal Salt Shoal Shell

In the anime

Big Mushrooms 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 the manga

A Big Mushroom in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A Big Mushroom appeared in Old Wounds, where Shoko gave it to one of her Patrat to hold while demonstrating Black her Marvelous Bridge Partrat Show.


  • Heart Scales are the shed scales of Luvdisc.
  • The Move Reminder in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen accepts Mushrooms instead of Heart Scales, most probably due to the lack of Luvdisc in Kanto and the Sevii Islands, as well as the abundance of Paras and Parasect.
  • Due to a mistake in the Nintendo Power Pokémon Diamond and Pearl guide, there was a rumor that the Shoal Salt functions like the Leftovers. However, multiple tests in-game have shown that the Shoal Salt does nothing; it is in fact the Shell Bell that functions similarly to Leftovers, itself created in Generation III from four Shoal Salts and four Shoal Shells.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, the Heart Scale is incorrectly sorted in the Bag as an evolutionary stone when the bag is sorted by type, instead of as an exchangeable item.

In other languages

Big Mushroom

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese おおきなキノコ Big Mushroom
Chinese Cantonese 大蘑菇 Daaih Mòhgū
Mandarin 大蘑菇 Dà Mógū
Finland Flag.png Finnish Jättisieni
France Flag.png French Gros Champi
Germany Flag.png German Riesenpilz
Italy Flag.png Italian Grande Fungo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 큰버섯 Keun Beoseot
Spain Flag.png Spanish Seta Grande
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Storsvamp

Heart Scale

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ハートのウロコ Heart Scale
Chinese Cantonese 心之鱗片 Sām-jī Lèuhnpín
Mandarin 心之鱗片 / 心之鳞片 Xīn-zhī Línpiàn
France Flag.png French Écaillecœur*
Écaille Cœur*
Germany Flag.png German Herzschuppe
Italy Flag.png Italian Squama Cuore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 하트비늘 Heart Bineul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Esc. Corazón*
Escama Corazón*

Shoal Salt

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese あさせのしお Shoal Salt
France Flag.png French Sel Tréfonds
Germany Flag.png German Küstensalz
Italy Flag.png Italian Sale Ondoso
South Korea Flag.png Korean 여울소금 Yeoul Sogeum
Spain Flag.png Spanish Sal Cardumen

Shoal Shell

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese あさせのかいがら Shoal Seashell
France Flag.png French Co. Tréfonds*
Germany Flag.png German Küstenschale
Italy Flag.png Italian Gusciondoso
South Korea Flag.png Korean 여울조개껍질 Yeoul Jogaekkeopjil
Spain Flag.png Spanish C. Cardumen*
Concha Cardumen*

Star Piece

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ほしのかけら Star Piece
Chinese Cantonese 星星碎片 Sīngsīng Seuipín
Mandarin 星星碎片 Xīngxīng Suìpiàn
France Flag.png French Morc. Étoile*
Morceau d'Étoile*
Germany Flag.png German Sternenstück
Italy Flag.png Italian Pezzo Stella
South Korea Flag.png Korean 별의조각 Byeorui Jogak
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tr. Estrella*
Trozo Estrella*

Tiny Mushroom

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ちいさなキノコ Little Mushroom
Chinese Cantonese 小蘑菇 Síu Mòhgū
Mandarin 小蘑菇 Xiǎo Mógū
France Flag.png French Petit Champi
Germany Flag.png German Minipilz
Italy Flag.png Italian Minifungo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 작은버섯 Jageun Beoseot
Spain Flag.png Spanish Mini Seta

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