The Running Shoes (Japanese: ランニングシューズ Running Shoes) are a piece of equipment developed by the Devon Corporation. They were introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and were a standard feature of most core series games until Generation VII.
In the core series games
The Running Shoes allow the player to run instead of walk when they hold the B button and press the D-pad in any direction. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, this method is overhauled and replaced with the Sprint Button, a panel on the lower screen that, when touched with the stylus, automatically puts on the Running Shoes, allowing the player to run without having to hold the B button. However, there are a few places that cannot be run through, such as very tall, thick grass or deep snow. Most caves and routes, though, as well as some buildings, will allow for running inside of them. In Generation IV, instead of being limited to certain buildings as in Generation III, all buildings allow running, but deep snow is added in which one can sometimes run but never bike.
The speed at which players can run is about twice as that of walking, yet slower than any of the bicycles (8 steps per second in Generation VI). Attempting to dodge some Trainers, usually ones that randomly turn, with the Running Shoes will attract the attention of the Trainer and cause them to face towards the player.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, running increases one of the variables used for spawning wild encounter by 20 - effectively doubling it in regular tall grass or while in a cave, and increasing it by one third in long grass, with the latter ending up higher than the rate while riding a Bicycle (70). This increase is not present in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum; however, the encounter rates are higher in these games (40 and 70, respectively, instead of 20 and 60).
From Generation VII onwards, except in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the player is able to run automatically from the start of the game without needing the Running Shoes as a separate item. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the ability to run is unlocked about halfway from the player's house to Nemona's house while walking with the three starter Pokémon.
In the manga
Running Shoes were created by the Devon Corporation. They use compressed air to propel the wearer, allowing them to run at high speeds. They can be deactivated with the press of a button located inside of the shoe.
- It was originally possible to press B to run in Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR! prior to the introduction of the Running Shoes in the core series games.
- In the Hoenn games (both Generation III and VI), Rydel says that the player's Running Shoes are "awfully filthy" since the player traveled far from Littleroot Town, before Rydel offers the choice of an Acro Bike or Mach Bike.
In other languages
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