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If you were looking for the item in Pokémon GO, see Incense (GO).
If you were looking for the item in Pokémon Sleep, see Incense (Sleep).

Incenses (Japanese: おこう Incense) are a group of held items that were introduced in Generation III. They allow bred Pokémon to produce baby Pokémon they otherwise would not be able to. They also have unrelated in-battle effects.

In the core series games


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When held by a Pokémon in the Pokémon Day Care or the Pokémon Nursery, they allow Pokémon to produce Eggs containing baby Pokémon that they otherwise could not. Specifically, baby Pokémon introduced in Generation III or later (besides Riolu and Toxel) normally cannot be produced by breeding; however, if a breeding pair that would normally produce Eggs containing the evolved form of one of these baby Pokémon, and one of the parents holds the corresponding Incense, Eggs containing the baby Pokémon will be produced instead.

For example, if a male Jigglypuff and a female Marill are in the Pokémon Day Care together, normally they would produce Marill Eggs; however, if either of them holds a Sea Incense, they will produce Azurill Eggs instead.

Notably, most baby Pokémon which result from Incense breeding have different Egg Move lists than their evolved forms. For example, Azurill can learn Fake Tears through breeding while Marill cannot, and Marill can learn Aqua Jet through breeding while Azurill cannot.

Incenses are not present in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and the associated Pokémon hatch from Eggs by default. This means it is not possible to produce Chansey, Marill, or Sudowoodo Eggs in Scarlet and Violet.


While individual Incenses can often be found in a variety of locations, starting in Generation V, the whole set of Incenses are often obtainable available for purchase in a single location.

List of incenses

Name Debut
Effect Corresponding
Baby Pokémon
Full Incense Full Incense IV Forces the holder to move last in its priority bracket. Munchlax Munchlax
Lax Incense Lax Incense III Reduces the opponent's accuracy when targeting the holder. Wynaut Wynaut
Luck Incense Luck Incense IV Doubles prize money received from battles when held. Happiny Happiny
Odd Incense Odd Incense IV Boosts the power of the holder's Psychic-type moves. Mime Jr. Mime Jr.
Pure Incense Pure Incense IV Lowers wild Pokémon encounter rate when held. Chingling Chingling
Rock Incense Rock Incense IV Boosts the power of the holder's Rock-type moves. Bonsly Bonsly
Rose Incense Rose Incense IV Boosts the power of the holder's Grass-type moves. Budew Budew
Sea Incense Sea Incense III Boosts the power of the holder's Water-type moves. Azurill Azurill
Wave Incense Wave Incense IV Boosts the power of the holder's Water-type moves. Mantyke Mantyke



These are artwork of the items as seen on the Pokémon Global Link.

Dream Full Incense Sprite.png Dream Lax Incense Sprite.png Dream Luck Incense Sprite.png
Full Incense Lax Incense Luck Incense
Dream Odd Incense Sprite.png Dream Pure Incense Sprite.png Dream Rock Incense Sprite.png
Odd Incense Pure Incense Rock Incense
Dream Rose Incense Sprite.png Dream Sea Incense Sprite.png Dream Wave Incense Sprite.png
Rose Incense Sea Incense Wave Incense

In the spin-off games

Pokémon GO

Main article: Incense (GO)

In Pokémon GO, the Incense is an item that causes wild Pokémon to appear more often for 60 minutes.

Pokémon UNITE

Curse Incense in Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, an item called Curse Incense appears. It is a held item that weakens HP recovery effects of opponents hit by Sp. Attack-based damage by 20% for 1.5s. The duration of the effect increases to 3s if the opponent is hit by a Sp. Attack-based basic or boosted attack.

Pokémon Sleep

Main article: Incense (Sleep)

In Pokémon Sleep, the player can equip up to two incenses, which are single-use items that can be used to provide various effects during sleep research.

In the TCG

Regular print of Evolution Incense
Main article: Evolution Incense (Sword & Shield 163)

The Evolution Incense is a variant from the Pokémon Trading Card Game introduced as an Item card. It was first released in the Japanese V Starter Sets. It later appeared in the Japanese Sword expansion before debuting in English in the Sword & Shield expansion, with artwork by Ryo Ueda. It allows the player to search their deck for an Evolution Pokémon, reveal it and put it into their hand, then shuffling their deck after.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 薰香 Incense
Mandarin 薰香 Incense
France Flag.png French Encens
Germany Flag.png German Zuchtitem
Italy Flag.png Italian Incensi
South Korea Flag.png Korean 향로 Hyangno
Spain Flag.png Spanish Incienso

Type-enhancing items
Bag Charcoal SV Sprite.png
Bag Meadow Plate SV Sprite.png
Bag Sea Incense SV Sprite.png
Bag Griseous Orb SV Sprite.png
Bag Normal Gem SV Sprite.png
Dream Soul Dew Sprite.png
Soul Dew

Held items
In-battle effect items
BerriesColored orbsDrivesPower items
Experience-affecting itemsGemsIncenseMega StonesMemoriesPlates
Stat-enhancing itemsType-enhancing itemsZ-Crystals
Out-of-battle effect items
Power itemsIncenseMailScarves

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