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A Plate (Japanese: プレート Plate) is any of a certain group of items related to Arceus. The Plates were introduced in Generation IV.

In the core series games

There is one Plate for each type except Stellar (and ???, though a corresponding Arceus form exists as an error handler). They boost the power of the holder's moves of the corresponding type by 20%, and change Arceus and its signature move Judgment to that type.

There are 16 Plates in Generations IV and V, and 17 from Generation VI to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl with the introduction of the Fairy type and the corresponding Pixie Plate. Pokémon Legends: Arceus introduces the Blank Plate, which is a Plate for the Normal type, and the Legend Plate, which allows Arceus to change its type at will when using Judgment—bringing the number of known Plates to 19.

Name Debut
move type
Blank Plate Blank Plate VIII Normal
Draco Plate Draco Plate IV Dragon
Dread Plate Dread Plate IV Dark
Earth Plate Earth Plate IV Ground
Fist Plate Fist Plate IV Fighting
Flame Plate Flame Plate IV Fire
Icicle Plate Icicle Plate IV Ice
Insect Plate Insect Plate IV Bug
Iron Plate Iron Plate IV Steel
Legend Plate Legend Plate VIII N/A
Meadow Plate Meadow Plate IV Grass
Mind Plate Mind Plate IV Psychic
Pixie Plate Pixie Plate VI Fairy
Sky Plate Sky Plate IV Flying
Splash Plate Splash Plate IV Water
Spooky Plate Spooky Plate IV Ghost
Stone Plate Stone Plate IV Rock
Toxic Plate Toxic Plate IV Poison
Zap Plate Zap Plate IV Electric

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the 16 Plates known at the time are spread far and wide across Sinnoh, and an additional copy of each Plate can also be dug up in the Underground.


When each Plate is obtained in Generation IV, a different engraving appears on the back of the Plate which reveals part of the myth of the creation of the Pokémon universe. No engraving is tied to a specific Plate; they will appear each one at a time depending on how many Plates the player has found so far, with the ninth Plate found using the same engraving as the first. In Platinum, after talking to the Hiker on the second floor of the Canalave Library, a book on the second floor with the engravings written in it will be left by the Hiker the player met in Oreburgh Mine during the Arceus-triggered event.

  • "When the universe was created, its shards became this Plate."
  • "The power of defeated giants infuses this Plate."
  • "Two beings of time and space set free from the Original One."
  • "Three beings were born to bind time and space."
  • "Two make matter and three make spirit, shaping the world."
  • "The Original One breathed alone before the universe came."
  • "The powers of Plates are shared among Pokémon."
  • "The rightful bearer of a Plate draws from the Plate it holds."

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the captain of the S.S. Aqua will give one away in index number order during each voyage after the player has all 16 Badges, referring to them as rare treasures that he found in Sinnoh.

Pokémon Black and White

In Pokémon Black and White, two of the Plates are given to the player by a treasure hunter in a house in Route 13. The treasure hunter will mention that he found the Plates in the Abyssal Ruins, where the player can find the rest of the Plates.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, these two same Plates can be found at Undella Bay, which is where the Abyssal Ruins and the remaining Plates also once again reside.

Pokémon X and Y

In Pokémon X and Y, one copy of each of the now 17 Plates, including the new Pixie Plate, is obtainable and they are scattered all across Kalos.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, most of the 17 Plates are found in various locations Underwater, with the exception of the Iron Plate, which is held by the special Beldum that Steven leaves for the player at his house in Mossdeep City after completing the Delta Episode.

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, many of the Plates are found at the Antique Shop in Hau'oli City after defeating Nanu, while others are hidden around Hau'oli City.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the Pixie Plate is the only obtainable plate in Galar. One copy of the Plate can be found on Route 8, while more copies can be obtained from the bargain seller at Stow-on-Side.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the Plates are obtainable in the same locations as in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, with the Pixie Plate also now being available. Unlike in Generation IV, there is no limit to how many of each Plate can be dug up in the Grand Underground.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, held items do not exist: instead, the Plates appear as Key Items and must be selected to change Arceus into the Plate's corresponding type. The Plates are scattered across Hisui, and collecting them serves as part of the game's story, with most of them being received from notable Pokémon the player encounters.


In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, each Plate has a unique engraving, which can be read by selecting "Read text" on the Plate in the inventory.

  • Blank Plate: "Three beings whose power can hold both time and space fixed."
  • Flame Plate: "The power of defeated giants infuses this Plate."
  • Splash Plate: "The rightful bearer of a Plate draws from the Plate it holds."
  • Zap Plate: "The third being raged, raining down bolts of anger."
  • Meadow Plate: "The powers of Plates are shared among Pokémon."
  • Icicle Plate: "Two beings of time and space set free from the Original One."
  • Fist Plate: "The rift is born of disorder on the other side of this world."
  • Toxic Plate: "The rules of time and space change within the opposite world."
  • Earth Plate: "When the universe was created, its shards became this Plate."
  • Sky Plate: "The being poured the remains of its power into stone and buried it deep."
  • Mind Plate: "The Original One breathed alone before the universe came."
  • Insect Plate: "Where all creation was born, that is the being's place of origin."
  • Stone Plate: "It gathers power from the Plates, listening for the flute's song."
  • Spooky Plate: "The other side of this world was given by the Original One to its raging third."
  • Draco Plate: "Three beings were born to bind time and space."
  • Dread Plate: "Two make matter, and three make spirit, shaping the world."
  • Iron Plate: "That which fills the other side of the world can shape the rage and mold it."
  • Pixie Plate: "The Original One is in all things. The Original One is nowhere at all."
  • Legend Plate: "From all creations, over all creations, does the Original One watch over all."

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the 17 regular Plates are purchasable from auctions in the Porto Marinada Market if the player has an Arceus in their possession. The Blank Plate and Legend Plate do not exist.

In the anime

Plates debuted in Journey to the Unown!, where Saturn and two Team Galactic Grunts placed three of them in a room located in the Solaceon Ruins, in order to obtain the Spear Key and awaken the Unown there. These Plates were specifically the Draco Plate, Iron Plate, and Splash Plate, which power up the three types of Palkia and Dialga (Dragon, Steel, and Water) combined.

All of the Plates present at the time reappeared in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where they played a larger role. Referred to as Life Plates, these are a set of Plates that give life to Arceus, and also allow it to change its type. Arceus almost died when it lost all of the Plates after destroying a meteor that endangered the land that would become Michina Town. Damos found one of these lost Plates and returned it to Arceus, giving it the strength to recall the other 15 Plates. This heroic, selfless act earned its trust and prompted it to detach the Earth Plate, Splash Plate, Meadow Plate, Zap Plate, and Draco Plate, and merge them to form the Jewel of Life so Damos could make the land flourish.

The Splash, Flame, and Earth Plates appeared in a flashback in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, where Ghris was seen using their combined powers to create the Prison Bottle.

In The Arceus Chronicles (Part 1), Team Galactic was revealed to have acquired a Flame Plate, which they used, along with the Heatran Saturn had caught, to power a device a that would bring back Cyrus. However, in The Arceus Chronicles (Part 2), the machine overloaded and backfired, causing Heatran to go on a rampage and swallow the Flame Plate. The other Plates appeared in Arceus's possession in The Arceus Chronicles (Part 4), with the Flame Plate also returning to it by the end of the episode. Arceus also used the powers of its Splash Plate to contain the rampaging Heatran in a giant dome of water.

In the manga

The Plates in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

The Plates were initially being collected by Petrel for Team Rocket's plan. After Silver stole the few Plates he had managed to find, Petrel decided to let him gather all 16 Plates, just to get them back at once later. With his Weavile leaving messages for Sneasel and Weavile across Johto, Silver soon indeed gathered all 16 Plates for himself. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Gold surrendered the Plates to Archer, who used them to seemingly take control of Arceus, ordering it to recreate Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. When the Pokédex holders used their Pokémon's ultimate attacks to stop the creation, all the Plates were absorbed by Arceus.

The Pixie Plate, Blank Plate, and Legend Plate have not appeared in the Pokémon Adventures manga.



This is artwork of the Plates as seen in the Sinnoh Underground.

Mine Draco Plate.png Mine Dread Plate.png Mine Earth Plate.png Mine Fist Plate.png
Draco Plate Dread Plate Earth Plate Fist Plate
Mine Flame Plate.png Mine Icicle Plate.png Mine Insect Plate.png Mine Iron Plate.png
Flame Plate Icicle Plate Insect Plate Iron Plate
Mine Meadow Plate.png Mine Mind Plate.png Mine Sky Plate.png Mine Splash Plate.png
Meadow Plate Mind Plate Sky Plate Splash Plate
Mine Spooky Plate.png Mine Stone Plate.png Mine Toxic Plate.png Mine Zap Plate.png
Spooky Plate Stone Plate Toxic Plate Zap Plate

Grand Underground

This is artwork of the Plates as seen in the Sinnoh Grand Underground.

Mine Draco Plate BDSP.png Mine Dread Plate BDSP.png Mine Earth Plate BDSP.png Mine Fist Plate BDSP.png Mine Flame Plate BDSP.png Mine Icicle Plate BDSP.png
Draco Plate Dread Plate Earth Plate Fist Plate Flame Plate Icicle Plate
Mine Insect Plate BDSP.png Mine Iron Plate BDSP.png Mine Meadow Plate BDSP.png Mine Mind Plate BDSP.png Mine Sky Plate BDSP.png Mine Splash Plate BDSP.png
Insect Plate Iron Plate Meadow Plate Mind Plate Sky Plate Splash Plate
Mine Spooky Plate BDSP.png Mine Stone Plate BDSP.png Mine Toxic Plate BDSP.png Mine Zap Plate BDSP.png Mine Pixie Plate BDSP.png
Spooky Plate Stone Plate Toxic Plate Zap Plate Pixie Plate

Global Link

This is artwork of the Plates as seen on the Pokémon Global Link.

Dream Draco Plate Sprite.png Dream Dread Plate Sprite.png Dream Earth Plate Sprite.png Dream Fist Plate Sprite.png Dream Flame Plate Sprite.png Dream Icicle Plate Sprite.png
Draco Plate Dread Plate Earth Plate Fist Plate Flame Plate Icicle Plate
Dream Insect Plate Sprite.png Dream Iron Plate Sprite.png Dream Meadow Plate Sprite.png Dream Mind Plate Sprite.png Dream Pixie Plate Sprite.png Dream Sky Plate Sprite.png
Insect Plate Iron Plate Meadow Plate Mind Plate Pixie Plate Sky Plate
Dream Splash Plate Sprite.png Dream Spooky Plate Sprite.png Dream Stone Plate Sprite.png Dream Toxic Plate Sprite.png Dream Zap Plate Sprite.png
Splash Plate Spooky Plate Stone Plate Toxic Plate Zap Plate


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 石板 Sehkbáan *
令牌 Lihngpàaih *
板塊 Báanfaai *
Mandarin 石板 Shíbǎn *
令牌 Lìngpái *
板塊 Bǎnkuài *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Laatta
France Flag.png French Plaque
Germany Flag.png German Tafeln
Italy Flag.png Italian Lastre*
South Korea Flag.png Korean 플레이트 Plate
Poland Flag.png Polish Płyta*
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Placa
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tablas
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Livsplatta
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Phiến thạch

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
Bag Soul Dew SV 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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