- This article is about the food that Pokémon consume. For Pokémon food products in the real world, see Pokémon food products.
For food in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, see Food (Mystery Dungeon).
Pokémon food is a broad term used for almost any food a Pokémon eats. Despite the variety of both Pokémon and Pokémon food, nearly every Pokémon will eat any kind of Pokémon food. This may mean that the majority of Pokémon are omnivorous. Several species are even capable of consuming things not normally viewed as edible from a human perspective, such as minerals, electrical energy, or even abstract concepts such as dreams and emotions. Some species have been said to eat other Pokémon, or be eaten by Pokémon and humans alike, forming a food chain.
In the games
In the core series
Introduced in the Generation I games and used in Safari Zones, this food will make a wild Pokémon less likely to run away but more difficult to catch. An unlimited supply of Bait is provided for use in the Safari Zone.
- Main article: Drink
- Main article: Berry
Introduced in the Generation II games, Berries are a type of item which, unlike Potions or Vitamins, are portrayed as food rather than medicine. A Pokémon may hold this item and, if needed, eat it during a battle to heal itself or cause other effects. In Generation III onwards, these can be planted and harvested by the player. These Berries have names and designs based on real fruits and vegetables.
- Main article: Pokéblock
Featured in the Hoenn-based Generation III games and their remakes, Pokéblocks are a type of candy which are blended from Berries and given to a Pokémon to raise its condition in several areas. The flavor, level, and feel of the Pokéblock is determined by the ingredients which compose it and how well it is blended.
A Pokémon can only eat a certain number of Pokéblocks before it is full and cannot eat any more. A Pokéblock with lower feel will fill up the Pokémon less than one with greater feel.
In Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Pokéblocks can also be put on a feeder in the Safari Zone to lure wild Pokémon out. After being there for a while, however, the Pokéblock will eventually be eaten. It can also be used in encounters in the Safari Zone in the same manner as bait.
- Main article: Poffin
Featured in the Sinnoh-based games, Poffins are similar to Pokéblocks. A Poffin will raise the condition of a Pokémon in at least one of five categories: Smart, Cute, Tough, Beauty, and Cool. The flavor and smoothness of a Poffin is still taken into account just as in a Pokéblock. The main difference is that Poffins are pastries and Pokéblocks are candy. In the anime, Dawn often bakes Poffins for her Pokémon.
- Main article: Honey
Featured in Generation IV, Honey can be slathered onto a Honey Tree to attract wild Pokémon. It can be placed in a specific location and will disappear (presumably eaten) after some time, and a Pokémon may be found on that tree if checked soon enough. If used in tall grass, it has the same effect as the move Sweet Scent. In the anime, Barry used this method to catch his Heracross.
- Main article: Apriblender
Apricorns were introduced in Generation II, where their sole use was to create custom Poké Balls. In the remakes of the Generation II games, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Apricorns can be blended into drinks called Aprijuice. These drinks will raise a Pokémon's Pokéathlon stats: Speed, Power, Skill, Stamina, and Jump.
- Main article: Poké Puff
Featured in Generation VI, Poké Puffs are small cake-like confections that can be fed to Pokémon to increase their Affection. Poké Puffs are obtained by beating minigames or received from visiting Pokémon. They come in the following flavors: Citrus, Mocha, Spice, Mint, and Sweet. In the anime, Serena often bakes Poké Puffs for the group's Pokémon.
- Main article: Poké Bean
Featured in Generation VII, Poké Beans are similar to Poké Puffs in that they are used to increase a Pokémon's Affection. They can be collected on Isle Abeens and they are also obtained along with the first drink the player orders daily at Pokémon Center Cafés. They come in three different types: Plain, Patterned, and Rainbow.
- Main article: Curry
Curry appears as a feature in Generation VIII. Curries can be cooked in a player's Pokémon Camp, and the meal is then shared between the player(s) and their Pokémon. Various types of curries can be made (with a total of 151 different types), differing depending on the Berries and other ingredients used. Generic curry has also appeared throughout the anime and manga.
- Main article: Sandwich
Sandwiches were featured in Generation IX. Sandwiches are made at Picnics and are eaten by the player and their current party. Sandwiches can be made using recipes given by NPCs or created freestyle by using whatever ingredients are on hand.
A few items that appear to be made for human consumption are supposed to be given to Pokémon to heal them. These items are normally found or sold in specific locations and are considered specialties of those places. These items include the Rage Candy Bar of the Lake of Rage, the Lava Cookie of Lavaridge Town, the Old Gateau of the Old Chateau, the Casteliacone of Castelia City, the Lumiose Galette of Lumiose City, the Shalour Sable of Shalour City, the Pewter Crunchies of Pewter City, the Alola region's Big Malasada, and the Jubilife Muffin of Jubilife Village.
|Rage Candy Bar||Lava Cookie||Old Gateau|
|Casteliacone||Lumiose Galette||Shalour Sable|
|Pewter Crunchies||Big Malasada||Jubilife Muffin|
In the spin-off games
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
- Main article: Food (Mystery Dungeon)
There are a variety of different kinds of Pokémon food in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, such as Apples, Gummis, Berries, and Seeds. The effect of Gummis vary depending on the type of the Pokémon and have an effect on the consumer's IQ, while Apples only fill up the belly. Berries cause many effects, such as restoring HP and removing status conditions. Seeds often cause special status ailments. All food have an effect on the belly and can be turned into drinks at Spinda's Café.
Apple-shaped Pokémon food
In Pokémon Snap, one of the few items provided is Pokémon food in the form of an apple. These are unlimited, and the player can throw them to the wild Pokémon. Many Pokémon will happily eat the food, and it can be used to lure them to a new spot since they may walk to where the food was thrown. A well-aimed throw may also hit the Pokémon, causing them to flinch, faint, or become upset.
- Main article: Fluffruit
In New Pokémon Snap, fluffruit replace the apple-like Pokémon food from the previous game. They are a type of fruit that can be found growing in the Lental region. While they resemble apples, they are softer and lighter, and will not hurt Pokémon hit by them, though it may surprise them.
- Main article: Poké Snack
Poké Snacks are used in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness to lure wild Pokémon to Poké Spots. They look like slices of a yellow cake, with each slice being one-tenth of the cake. Up to ten can be placed at each Poké Spot.
The P★DA monitors the Poké Snacks at each Poké Spot, and will inform the player how many are at each Poké Spot and when a wild Pokémon is eating them. If the player doesn't return to the Poké Spot quickly, the wild Pokémon may have eaten all the Poké Snacks he had there.
Sometimes a Munchlax will appear at a Poké Spot. When this happens, its Trainer will arrive, apologize, and give ten new Poké Snacks for any the Munchlax may have eaten. Other times, a Bonsly will appear, running away unless the player approaches it slowly. If it runs away, it will be seen at a different Poké Spot.
In Pokémon Stadium, a mini-game called "Sushi-Go-Round" features several Lickitung competing in a race against the clock to eat the most pieces of sushi. Some pieces are too spicy for the Lickitung, causing them to momentarily spin around in anguish, stalling them for time.
In Hey You, Pikachu! there are many more different kinds of food than in other Pokémon games. There are foods such as cupcakes, acorns, mushrooms, corn (which turns into popcorn if shocked by Pikachu), carrots, onions, herbs, radishes, apples, and bananas. Other things are edible even though they are not typically eaten as food, such as flowers and other plants.
In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Berries are often the common food source for Pokémon as well as their form of currency. A number of Pokémon can be befriended by offering them a large Berry. Iron ores are also considered a food source for the Aron in the game.
In Pokémon Sleep, the player raises Snorlax by feeding it Berries and cooking it dishes made with various ingredients gathered by helper Pokémon, including Large Leeks, Fancy Apples, Moomoo Milk, Honey, Slowpoke Tails, Tasty Mushrooms, Fancy Eggs, Soft Potatoes, Fiery Herbs, Bean Sausages, Pure Oil, Warming Ginger, Snoozy Tomatoes, Soothing Cacao, and Greengrass Soybeans. Dishes that can be made include various curries, stews, salads, desserts, and drinks.
|Food (Mystery Dungeon)||Fluffruit||Poké Snack||Ingredients (Sleep)||Dishes (Sleep)|
In the anime
Pokémon food has appeared in the anime as early as Clefairy and the Moon Stone, where it took on the appearance of some sort of kibble. It is available for purchase in cans, as seen briefly in Tears For Fears!. Several Pokémon Trainers will make their own, especially Pokémon Breeders like Brock. It is shown to be suitable for human consumption, but the flavor is not always agreeable with humans, as shown by the fact that Seymour was able to eat it without any problem, but Ash tried some and reacted badly. Pokémon food tastes great to Pokémon, however.
Brock often offers his homemade Pokémon food to try to gain a Pokémon's trust if it seems to be unfriendly or scared, such as a baby Stantler in Little Big Horn, and a Mudkip in A Mudkip Mission which he caught after befriending. Most Pokémon are extremely fond of the food he makes, with the exception of a Jigglypuff in Rough, Tough Jigglypuff which outright refused it (although it's possible it realized it was a trap and refused to take the bait).
Pokémon are also known to consume food that is meant for people, such as rice balls. In fact, some Pokémon, such as Madame Muchmoney's Snubbull, loved to eat these more than anything else. As shown by Lucario, Ash's Taillow and Lapras, and Meowth, Pokémon are also able to eat chocolate without any ill effects.
In the manga
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Pokémon eating other Pokémon
Known predatory relation
Many Pokémon species are confirmed to be either predator or prey to other species, with some confirmed relations.
These Pokémon either prey for the same unspecified species or often come into contact fighting over territory where they find their food.
In the anime episode A Sappy Ending, Heracross and Pinsir are depicted as rivals over territorial disputes for food sources, being the tree sap from forests. However, this rivalry was because the Pinsir were forced out of their natural habitat by Team Rocket rather than this being a regular occurrence. On the other hand, in the same episode, Butterfree and Heracross are depicted as having a commensalistic relationship with each other, where Heracross uses its sharp teeth to break the bark to obtain its fill of tree sap, while Butterfree eat the tree sap from the broken areas made by the Heracross, which it would otherwise be unable to obtain.
In Pokémon Snap, several Meowth can also be seen chasing Pidgey at various points on the Beach. Near the end of the course, one can be witnessed lurking around a Pidgey nest before it is attacked by the Pidgey which roost there.
In New Pokémon Snap, there are several instances of Pokémon acting as predators of Pokémon species they have not yet been observed preying upon in the main series.
- A Meowth chases a Rattata.
- Qwilfish is seen attacking a Luvdisc.
- In Shiver Snowfields, Mightyena preys on Furret.
- Sharpedo can be seen hunting Squirtle, Lanturn, Finneon and Lumineon.
- Drifloon can be seen carrying Joltik.
- A Drifblim is seen carrying a Clamperl, presumably to absorb its life energy.
- Lumineon can be seen digging up Clamperl from the seafloor.
- Frillish are seen grabbing Magikarp, Lanturn and Alomomola in the Undersea Cave.
- Beartic goes after a Magikarp.
- Inkay is seen hypnotising a Chinchou.
- Pikipek is seen carrying away a Bounsweet.
- A Mareanie is seen attempting to attack a Clamperl.
- A Silicobra jumps up to bite a Vivillon.
Events in the anime also reference predator-prey relationships.
- In Ash Catches a Pokémon, Misty warns Ash that Pidgeotto might try to eat the Caterpie he is battling it with.
- In Pokémon Shipwreck, a starving Meowth attempts to eat James's Magikarp.
- In Snack Attack, Snorlax attempts to eat Misty's Goldeen.
- In Pokémon Food Fight!, Ash's Snorlax attempts to eat Gulzar's Gloom.
- In Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit!, a wild Exploud tries to swallow Iris's Axew.
Pokémon parasitically feeding off other Pokémon
Other cases of Pokémon preying on each other involve more parasitic means. This includes sucking blood, sap, energy, or life force from another Pokémon. This is seen with Haunter and Gengar, who in Pokémon Ranger, together with Gastly, lick the partner Pokémon until they vanish.
The Official Pokémon Handbook mentions Golbat drinking the blood of its enemies, which is noted in most of its in-game Pokédex entries as well.
Slowbro's Pokédex entry in Pokémon Crystal mentions that Shellder enjoys the taste of the ooze that comes out of the Slowbro's tail. This is likely why Shellder are attracted to biting Slowpoke; thus initiating the evolution into Slowbro and starting Shellder's parasitic, but symbiotic relationship with the Hermit Crab Pokémon. In Pokémon Snap this can also be witnessed while exploring the River. Todd Snap can use Pokémon food to lure Slowpoke to spots where they will begin fishing for Shellder. The Bivalve Pokémon quickly takes advantage of this, and bites the Slowpoke's delicious tail and forming Slowbro.
On numerous occasions, Ash's Heracross has targeted his Bulbasaur's bulb for sap. Even in the heat of battle, he will quickly pin down Bulbasaur and help himself to the sap inside. While not malicious or particularly harmful in nature, this still annoys and causes Bulbasaur discomfort to no end; Heracross seems to be indifferent to this fact, however.
In Crisis at Chargestone Cave!, a Joltik latched onto Ash's Pikachu and drained his electricity. Trying to aid Pikachu, Cilan and Iris decide to send out Stunfisk and Emolga, only to find out that more Joltik have already latched themselves onto their Poké Balls and drained the Pokémon from outside.
Eating non-Pokémon animals
There are some examples and suggestions that non-Pokémon animals are preyed on by some Pokémon. The Pokédex entries for Venonat and Venomoth mention them preying on small insects. Horsea is also mentioned to eat bugs and flying insects it shoots down with its ink. Both Weepinbell and Victreebel are known as flycatcher Pokémon, and the latter is mentioned to use the sweet aroma of its honey to lure prey such as bugs, as well as large animals. It is even hinted that Victreebel eat humans who venture into the jungle in search of a large Victreebel colony. Wailord has multiple Pokédex entries suggesting it eats plankton, zooplankton and krill, which are small and microscopic plants and animals. Swimming on the sea floor in prehistoric times, Omanyte would eat plankton.
Examples of this also appeared from time to time in the original series of the anime. Before being caught, Pidgeotto is seen eating a worm. In Fossil Fools, a statue based on fossil remains shows Kabutops preying on a large fish. Meowth of Team Rocket has also been seen fantasizing about fish, and eating animal based foods such as clams and fried chicken.
Humans eating Pokémon
Meat is often shown in the anime, and it has also been shown in Pokémon Sword and Shield. While it has never been directly shown to come from Pokémon, no other food source has yet been explained. It is known that some Pokémon produce edible foods and by-products such as milk, nuts and fruit. These can be safely harvested with little or no harm or discomfort to the Pokémon. However, it has been mentioned that some Pokémon are hunted and used for their meat: Farfetch'd in particular are noted for making a good meal, especially when cooked with leek, and were nearly hunted to extinction because of this, ultimately leading to their rareness.
In the games
During a story arc within the Generation II games and their remakes, the newly reformed Team Rocket begin stealing Slowpoke, cutting off their tails, and selling them as a rare delicacy. It is indicated that the tail is not eaten, but is sucked or lightly chewed on, similarly to the manner in which one would enjoy honeysuckle. This is also mentioned in the Slowpoke Song, wherein it is implied that this is most common among children. In the Alola region, Slowpoke tails simply fall off and are used in many Alolan dishes. However, the tails need to be dried and then simmered in a salty stew in order to be properly edible. Many products are made from Slowpoke tails, which can be observed when examining the shelves at the Thrifty Megamart. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Smoke-Poke Tails—smoked Slowpoke tails—are a curry ingredient.
In the Canalave Library, it is revealed in Sinnoh Folk Tales that Pokémon caught from the sea are eaten, and then the bones thrown back into the water. It is also mentioned that the Pokémon that were eaten will return fully fleshed.
Several Pokédex entries allude to people eating Pokémon, such as by describing the flavor or tastiness of their flesh or other parts of their bodies.
- Seadra's fins and bones are used in herbal medicine.
- In the past, Sharpedo's dorsal fin was a treasured foodstuff, so this Pokémon became a victim of overfishing.
- The meat in Crawdaunt's claws is utterly nasty and stinking.
- Cherubi's ball-like appendage is said to be very sweet and tasty.
- Basculin are said to be remarkably tasty.
- The meat of Clauncher's claws is edible; it is delicious and popular as a delicacy in Galar but has a distinct flavor that doesn't appeal to all tastes.
- Crabrawler's pincers aren't meaty, but are rich in nutrients and considered delicious.
- Barraskewda's flesh is surprisingly tasty.
- In some parts of the Paldea region, Klawf's claws are used as a cooking ingredient; it is also noted that Klawf can regrow its claws if it loses them.
- Veluza is able to jettison its own flesh, which has a mild flavor.
In the anime
In Mystery at the Lighthouse, Ash caught a Krabby that was quickly sent to Professor Oak's laboratory. Ash called the Professor to check that Krabby was safe, fearing Oak would eat it. Although Oak was not going to eat it, he noted that Ash's Krabby would be too small to enjoy in a meal, and that Gary's much larger Krabby would be a much better meal.
In Pokémon Shipwreck, Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket were stranded in the middle of the ocean without food. Eventually, due to their hunger and the dire nature of their situation, Ash and Brock began to discuss and fantasize about eating James's Magikarp. Unfortunately for them and Meowth in particular, Magikarp's body composition rendered it nearly inedible. Misty elaborated on this, stating that Magikarp are nothing more than scale and bone, thus there would be little sustenance obtained.
Food produced by Pokémon
Some species of Pokémon are known to produce various kinds of food which can be safely consumed by humans and other Pokémon, presumably without the Pokémon in question being killed and consumed in the process.
- The fungus of Paras and Parasect can be used to make potions and medicine.
- Chansey and Blissey are capable of laying eggs that are delicious and nutritious for humans and Pokémon.
- Shuckle are well known for storing certain kinds of Berries in their shells, which slowly ferment into juice. The juice has special properties if consumed by humans and Pokémon, and, as demonstrated in the anime episode A Better Pill to Swallow, can be used to make love potion.
- The black ink spat by Octillery is used for cooking.
- Miltank produce Moomoo Milk which can be bought in the games and used as a healing item. It is stated in both the games and the anime to be both nutritious and delicious. It is also stated in the games that it is said kids who drink it will become hearty, healthy adults. In the anime, groups of Miltank are often kept to produce the milk not only for drinking, but also for the milk used to make dairy products as part of a business.
- Surskit produces a sweet fluid from the tip of its head to ward off bird Pokémon, which can be made into a syrup that is tasty on bread.
- Tropius grows fruits that are very healthy and nutritious for humans and Pokémon.
- Grotle is able to grow edible fruit on the trees on its back.
- Combee and Vespiquen gather nectar from flowers to produce Honey which is savored by various species of Pokémon, such as Mothim who steal it.
- Gabite's scales are used as an ingredient in medicines that invigorate weary bodies.
- Snover grows berries with the texture of frozen treats around its belly in the spring.
- In A Race for Home!, it has been shown that milk made by Skiddo are also used to make dairy products such as cheese and soft-serve ice cream.
- Ribombee's pollen puffs are highly nutritious and are sold as supplements.
- Alcremie produces delicious cream. If Alcremie is happy, the cream will be more sweet. Cakes made with this cream are super good, and many chefs have an Alcremie as their partner.
- The yeast in Fidough's breath is useful for cooking.
- The oil produced by Dolliv and Arboliva are said to be tasty, fresh and aromatic. This does not apply to Smoliv as its oil is too bitter for consumption.
- The salt that naturally scrapes off of Nacli and Naclstack is used as seasoning.
- The flaps that fall from Toedscool's body are said to be chewy and very delicious.
- Veluza sheds its own flesh with its signature move, Fillet Away, which can then be eaten. Its regenerative capabilities means it can do this without causing itself lasting harm.
Overtime, most mention of Pokémon being eaten by either humans or Pokémon in any manner has become increasingly rare. This may be due to moral issues; as the anime and games progressed, Pokémon became seemingly more human-like. This included displaying individual personalities, human mannerisms, and complex emotions. In most cultures and societies, the idea of human beings eating each other is strictly taboo, so much so that even the idea of fictional creatures eating one another would seem equally cannibalistic if they possessed any human qualities. However, in Pokémon Sword and Shield, Barraskewda and Appletun are both stated to be popular foods for humans.
Some Pokémon have even been given new dietary habits, possibly in an attempt to downplay any predatory behaviors. An example of this would be Aerodactyl, which was originally suggested to be carnivorous, but is later shown to eat fruit. In the original series, Ash's Pokédex states "Its hard fangs suggest it might have been a carnivore. Its sharp claws were probably used to capture prey." Even in the games, Aerodactyl's Pokédex entries mention it tearing the throats out of its enemies. In Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Aerodactyl was even shown going for Ash's throat. However, in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, the fossilized Aerodactyl egg Gary used to resurrect the Pokémon was found near fossilized seed remains. After Aerodactyl escaped, it was only calmed down when fed a pear-like fruit that was a similar DNA match to the seeds. This would imply that Aerodactyl regularly fed on the fruit, implying that it was an herbivore or an omnivore.
According to a few sources, Pokémon, like real-world animals, do leave their own droppings.
In the games
- Berry Master's wife from Sinnoh's Route 208 explains to the player that mulches are made out of high-grade soil mixed with "Pokémon... um... you know...".
- In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, the player is requested to clean Tauros's "Pokémon... er... trash" and feed it to Alolan Grimer in Hau'oli City Shopping Mall. At the beach near Hau'oli City, a man warns the player about Wingull's droppings.
- In Pokémon X and Y, at Hotel Richissime there's a girl with a Furfrou that marked its territory leaving a foul smell.
- In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the man at Motostoke station similarly warns the player about dodging Pidove's droppings.
- Many farmers cherish and nurture Diglett because its droppings enrich the soil it lives in.
- The belly patterns of Poliwag's evolutionary line are their insides seen through the skin that get clearer after they eat, alluding to visible feces going through intestines, like what can be seen in real-life tadpoles.
- Because Galarian Weezing consumes particles that contaminate the air, instead of leaving droppings, it expels clean air.
- Darumaka's droppings are hot, so people used to put them in their clothes to keep themselves warm.
- Turtonator's dung is known to be dangerously explosive, presumably due to its habit of eating sulfur, and is put to various use.
- Even though Guzzlord is constantly devouring everything in its way, its lack of droppings is a mystery.
In the anime
- In Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Gary Oak digs out what was thought to be a Pokémon Fossil; it turned out to be fossilized Pokémon manure instead.
- In the English dub of the movie The Power of One, Meowth says he doesn't want to get hit by Zapdos or Moltres's poop.
In the manga
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
- In Bulbasaur, Come Home!, Pidgey defecates on Professor Oak's face.
- In I Dare Ya, Altaria... Knock Chic off My Shoulder!, Sapphire examines a Zigzagoon by putting her nose to its rear, which leaves droppings on her face.
- In Pokémon Move Specialist Professor Kukui, Sun mentions his Pokédex falling into his ride Mudsdale's dung, causing it to smell badly.
Pocket Monsters Encyclopedia
- Charizard's capability to fly up 1,400 meters in altitude was theorized after finding droppings, thought to be theirs, mid-level on Mt. Fuji.
- A very recent discovery of Aerodactyl's fossilized droppings lead scientists to theorize that this Pokémon was carnivorous and preyed on small creatures with its large claws.
- For The Champ Twins!, Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia is about Pokémon food. He writes this senryū about it: 「かくしあじ あいじょうたっぷり ポケモンフーズ」 "Filled with the secret ingredient of love; that's Pokémon food."
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