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A held item (Japanese: 持ち物 held item) is an item that may be carried by a Pokémon.
In the core series
The capability to hold items was first introduced in Generation II; however, when a Pokémon obtained in Generation I is traded to a Generation II game through the Time Capsule, it may be holding an item, such as a TM09 held by an Abra. Likewise, items held by Pokémon traded to Generation I will not be lost.
The mechanic is absent in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Held items range from Berries, which can be used in battle for recovery of HP, curing of a status condition, raising of a stat, and other effects; to the Soothe Bell, which boosts friendship gained.
Though most items can be held by a Pokémon, many have no effect while held. Key Items and HMs cannot be held; in Generation IV, only Giratina can hold the Griseous Orb, and Apricorns and Poké Balls made from them cannot be held; from Generation V onward, TMs cannot be held. Any other type of item may be held, but medicine (except Berry Juice), TMs, Evolution stones, Fossils, Repels, escape items, battle items, valuable items, exchangeable items, Mulch, Flutes, and Feathers have no effect apart from changing the effects of the moves and abilities listed below. Poké Balls cannot be flung. Prior to Generation IX, single-use held items used outside of battle facilities and Link Battles were consumed permanently. In Generation IX, this only applies to Berries.
Wild Pokémon can be encountered holding an item, which the player can obtain by catching the Pokémon or by using certain moves or Abilities. Wild Pokémon can steal the player's Pokémon's items in every generation except Generations III and IV.
List of Abilities and moves affecting held items
List of held items
- Main article: Berry
Berries have varying effects. Some weaken supereffective moves, and others cure status conditions. Berries also affect the power and strength of the move Natural Gift. All can be used to make Pokéblocks or Poffin.
- Main article: Colored orbs
Starting in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, these items allow Groudon and Kyogre to undergo Primal Reversion when held.
- Main article: Drive
Drives change the type of the holder's Techno Blast.
- Main article: Power item
These items, when held by a Pokémon, promote EV gain in several different ways.
Evolution-inducing held items
- Main article: Evolution item
These items, when held by a Pokémon, can cause it to undergo evolution when it meets its other requirements to evolve, such as gaining a level or being traded.
- Main article: Experience-affecting item
These items, when held by a Pokémon, affect the amount of experience that a Pokémon gains in battle.
- Main article: Gem
Gems increase the power of a specific type of move by 30% (50% in Generation V) and are consumed after use. They are found in dust clouds.
- Main article: Incense
These items, when held by a Pokémon in the day-care, will cause it to produce an Egg that will hatch into a baby Pokémon introduced after Generation II. They will also affect the holder in various ways during battle.
- Main article: Mega Stone
These items, when held by their respective Pokémon, will allow the holder to undergo Mega Evolution during battle.
- Main article: Memory
Equipping a memory to Silvally with RKS System will cause both it and its Multi-Attack to change type to that of the memory held.
- Main article: Plate
Plates are ancient stone tablets engraved with text that increase the power of moves of a specific type. There is one for each type except Normal. Equipping a Plate to Arceus with Multitype will cause it to change type to that of the Plate held. The type of Judgment changes to match the type of the Pokémon's held Plate.
- Main article: Stat-enhancing item
These items, when held, will increase certain stats of Pokémon. Some can only be used by specific Pokémon.
- Main article: Type-enhancing item
Type-enhancing items increase the power of a used move of the enhanced type by 20% (10% prior to Generation IV). Some are given out by the Week Siblings.
- Main article: Z-Crystal
Z-Crystals are required to be held for performing Z-Moves. There is one for each type. Additionally, there are also specific Z-Crystals that, when held by specific Pokémon, will enable them to use their exclusive Z-Moves.
In-battle effect items
- Main article: Category:In-battle effect items
These items will take effect during battle to either aid or hinder the Pokémon holding them or an opponent.
Out-of-battle effect items
- Main article: Category:Out-of-battle effect items
These items will only take effect outside battle, in the overworld.
- Main article: Mail
Mail allows players to send messages to each other by attaching it to a Pokémon that is to be traded.
- Main article: Scarf
Scarves up the Contest condition of the Pokémon that is holding it without the Pokémon being fed Pokéblocks or Poffins.
Held item icons
In the side series games
Pokémon Stadium 2
Pokémon Stadium 2 may connect to Generation I or Generation II core series games via the Transfer Pak, and is compatible with held items. While Generation I games don't use held items, Pokémon Stadium 2 is equally able to use held items from the connected games of both generations.
For instance, the starter Pikachu from Pokémon Yellow initially holds a Light Ball, which is usable if that game is connected to Pokémon Stadium 2. Additionally, the PC in the Pokémon Lab from Pokémon Stadium 2 may be used to add or remove held items from the Pokémon in the connected Generation I and II games.
In the spin-off games
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
- Main article: Glasses
These items increase the user's stats, prevent status conditions, or reveal hidden items when held.
- Main article: Scarf (Mystery Dungeon)
These items increase the user's stats or prevent status conditions when held. Some are also needed for evolution.
- Main article: Recruitment → Recruitment-affecting items
These items increase the recruit rate when held.
Miracle and Wonder Chest
- Main article: Experience-affecting item → In side games
These items increase the holder's experience gain.
- Main article: Seven Treasures
These items raise the recruit rates of certain types when held.
- Main article: Space Globe
The Space Globe doubles the power of all of the holder's moves.
- Main article: IQ Booster
The IQ Booster increases the IQ gained by the holder as it travels between floors.
- Main article: Flag
These items are exclusive to Gates to Infinity; when held, they have various effects on the user and teammates around it.
- Main article: Looplet
Introduced in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, these items may raise the holder's stats or give the holder other benefits and can be enhanced by attaching emeras to them.
In the TCG
Held items were eventually introduced in the TCG as well, first as Pokémon Tools, then later on as Pokémon cards with held items to mimic Pokémon that hold an item when found in the wild.
In other languages
|Items||Evolution stones • Fossils • Flutes • Shards • Held items|
Evolution items • Escape items • Exchangeable items • Valuable items
Battle items • Scents • Nectars • Candy • Ingredients
|Medicine||Status condition healing items • Vitamins • Feathers|
Mints • Drinks • Herbal medicine
|Berries and Apricorns||Poké Balls • Berries • Mulch • Apricorns|
|Aesthetic||Decorations • Accessories (Normal • Great • Ultra • Master)|
Backdrops • Props • Décor • Clothing (VI • VII • SwSh • LA • SV)
|Others||Mail • Key Items • Event items|
Wonder Launcher items • Rotom Powers
|In-battle effect items|
Berries • Colored orbs • Drives • Power items
Experience-affecting items • Gems • Incense • Mega Stones • Memories • Plates
Stat-enhancing items • Type-enhancing items • Z-Crystals
|Out-of-battle effect items|
Power items • Incense • Mail • Scarves
|This item article is part of Project ItemDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on all items.|