Pokémon Dollar

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The Pokémon Dollar (Japanese: ポケドル Pokédollar), often simply referred to as money (Japanese: おこづかい pocket money), is the primary currency used in the Western versions of the core series Pokémon games. Its symbol is PokémonDollar.png, a P with a double strikethrough.

Much like the yen, most items have prices that are multiples of 100 or 1000.

Localization

In the original Japanese versions (except for Pokémon Colosseum and XD), the currency used is yen and the symbol used is 円, the kanji for yen, the national currency of Japan. In localizations, instead of using the symbol for the Japanese currency, an alternate symbol is used.

In all Western language and Chinese localizations of the core series Pokémon games, the symbol PokémonDollar.png is used instead and the currency is not given an official name. In the Korean versions, 원, the hangul symbol for the South Korean currency, won, is used instead.

Uniquely, in Pokémon Colosseum and XD, the symbol PokémonDollar.png is used in both the Japanese and Western versions and is given the official name "Pokémon Dollar". This official name does not appear in the core series games.

Symbol

The Pokémon Dollar symbol is a P with a double horizontal strikethrough over the tail of the P, similar to the ¥ symbol used for Japanese yen, but with a P for Pokémon instead. There is no real-world currency that uses this exact symbol—it is somewhat similar to the ₽ symbol used for Russian ruble (which only has a single strikethrough) and the ₱ symbol used for Philippine peso (which has a double strikethrough over the head of the P rather than the tail).

PokémonDollar I.png PokémonDollar III.png PokémonDollar.png PokémonDollar VI.png PokémonDollar VII.png PokémonDollar VIII.png PokémonDollar ColoXD.png SV Currency PD.png
I-II III IV-V VI VII VIII-IX Colo.XD IX (icon)
PokémonDollar VIII ZH.png PokémonDollar ColoXD JP.png
VIII-IX (ZH) Colo.XD (JP)

Acquisition

When the player starts the game, they begin with PokémonDollar.png3,000 before Generation VII, PokémonDollar.png5,000 in Generation VII, PokémonDollar.png1,000 in Pokémon Sword and Shield, PokémonDollar.png8,000 in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and PokémonDollar.png0 in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Scarlet, and Violet.

In Sword and Shield, the player receives PokémonDollar.png30,000 from Mum shortly before obtaining the Pokédex. In Legends: Arceus, the first money received is PokémonDollar.png3,000 from Captain Cyllene for finishing Mission 2: "The Galaxy Team's Entry Trial". In Scarlet and Violet, the player receives PokémonDollar.png10,000 from Mom shortly after obtaining the Pokédex.

Pokémon Dollars are acquired primarily as prize money from defeating Pokémon Trainers in battle, or by selling items at a Poké Mart. Pokémon Dollars can also be acquired by using the move Pay Day in battle, at the rate of either 2 or 5 times the level of the Pokémon using it, depending on the generation. Additionally, some other moves like Happy Hour, as well as held items like the Amulet Coin or Luck Incense, can also have an effect on the amount of money earned in a battle. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Roto Loto power Roto Prize Money triples the prize money received after a battle.

Pokémon Black and White introduced the concept of item maniacs. Item maniacs are NPCs who will pay large sums of money for certain items, most of which have no other use but to be sold to these people. However, Pokémon X and Y removed these characters, and instead, items previously sold to item maniacs can now be sold at any shop.

Moves

Money earned at the end of battle can be affected by the following moves.

Move Type Category Power Accuracy Notes
G-Max Gold Rush Normal Varies Varies —% Exclusive G-Max Move of Gigantamax Meowth
The amount of money earned each time is equal to 100× the user's level
Confuses the opponent
Happy Hour Normal Status —% Doubles the amount of prize money earned at the end of battle
Make It Rain Steel Special 120 100% Signature move of Gholdengo
The amount of money earned each time is equal to 5× the user's level
Lowers user's Special Attack
Pay Day Normal Physical 40 100% The amount of money earned each time is equal to 5× the user's level*

Storage

In the core series Pokémon games prior to Generation V and in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, a player's wallet can hold up to PokémonDollar.png999,999. The GameCube games and core series games from Generation V onwards allow players to carry up to PokémonDollar.png9,999,999.

In Generation I and its Generation III remakes, the Bicycle is advertised at PokémonDollar.png1,000,000 making it impossible to obtain without the Bike Voucher. In Generation II and its Generation IV remakes, a Rocket Grunt on Route 32 similarly tries to sell the player a SlowpokeTail for PokémonDollar.png1,000,000.

Other currencies

Main article: Category:Currency

Coins are utilized to play the various games of the Game Corners throughout the Pokémon world, as well as to obtain and collect the various Game Corner prizes available.

Battle Points (introduced in Pokémon Emerald) are used as currency in numerous battle facilities, such as the Battle Frontiers of Hoenn and Sinnoh/Johto, as well as the Battle Subway, Pokémon World Tournament, the Battle Maison, the former two both being in Unova, and the latter being in both Kalos and Hoenn, the Battle Tree and the Mantine Surf in Alola, and the Battle Tower in Galar.

Mt. Battle and Pokétopia use Poké Coupons as their currency; due to both of these locations being battle facilities, they are analogous to Battle Points.

The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon world uses Poké as its main form of currency. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Gold Bars were introduced as a form of currency solely used at Glorious Gold in exchange for Poké or valuable items.

In the Dream World, PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, and PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, Berries are used as a form of currency instead.

In Pokémon Conquest, gold is used as the currency to pay for items, ponigiri, and various other services.

In the Entralink, Pass Orbs are used to pay for Pass Powers.

Watts are used in the pedometers (Pokémon Pikachu, Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS, and the Pokéwalker) in order to collect and unlock a plethora of rewards. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, they are used to pay for certain things in the Wild Area and the Isle of Armor.

At the Battle Castle in the Sinnoh and Johto Battle Frontiers, Castle Points are used to get power-ups and items.

At the Pokéathlon Dome in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, Athlete Points can be used to get various items.

In Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Poké Miles can be exchanged for various items from a specific NPC at Lumiose City and Mauville City respectively. They can also be used at the PokéMileage Club on the Global Link to buy various items or to play attractions.

Pokécoins are used in Pokémon GO to purchase various items from the shop.

Festival Coins were introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon, which can only be used at the Festival Plaza. They can be used at the facilities to access various services, or to buy fashion items or facilities from visitors in Festival Plaza.

PM Tickets are used in Pokémon Quest to purchase decorations, box expansions, and downloadable content.

Armorite Ore is used in The Isle of Armor to pay for Move Tutors and a couple other things.

Dynite Ore is used in the Crown Tundra to pay for items in the Max Lair.

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, League Points are a secondary currency required to craft TMs using the TM Machine. At most vendors, they can also be used in place of Pokémon Dollars at a 1:1 exchange rate.

In the anime

A yen symbol in the anime

Main series

Pokémon Dollars are not used or seen in the Pokémon anime, whether in the original version or the English dub, although money has been mentioned throughout the anime and the yen symbol (changed to a dollar symbol in the dub) appeared on a restaurant bill in Showdown in Pewter City.

Pokémon Origins

Money was mentioned in File 2: Cubone, where Red was seen buying a Magikarp from the Magikarp salesman on Route 4 with the prize money he had earned.

In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

A 5-yen coin appeared in Attack of the Demon Stomach, where Ash attempted to use it as a pendulum to put a Snorlax asleep, but instead ended up putting himself to sleep.

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue arc

In Wake Up—You're Snorlax!, Red participated in a bike race, where the main prize included one million yen. Although he ended up winning, he was forced to spend all of his prize money to feeding a hungry Snorlax.

In Wartortle Wars, Green sold Red a set of items for PokémonDollar.png6000, although they all soon turned out to be ineffective and useless.

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

Sun's goal for the chapter was to collect 100 million yen in order to reclaim his great-grandfather's island back from the Aether Foundation so that he could realize his dream of building the Poké Pelago on it. When he ultimately failed at this, he decided to instead use the money to build the Poké Pelago elsewhere.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 零用錢 Lìhngyuhngchín
Mandarin 零用錢 Língyòngqián *
零花钱 Línghuāqián *
France Flag.png French Argent
Germany Flag.png German Geld
Italy Flag.png Italian Soldi
South Korea Flag.png Korean 용돈 Yongdon
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Dinheiro*
Russia Flag.png Russian Покедоллар Pokédollar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Dinero
Pokécuarto

References