Running Shoes

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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 first partner Pokémon.


Games Method
RSE Littleroot Town (from the player's mother after obtaining the Pokédex)
FRLG Pewter City (from Professor Oak's aide near Route 3 after defeating Brock)
DPPt Twinleaf Town (from the player's mother after obtaining a first partner Pokémon)
HGSS Cherrygrove City (from Guide Gent after giving a tour around the town)
BW Route 2 (from the player's mother upon first entering the route)
B2W2 Aspertia City (from the player's mother after Bianca's tour around the Pokémon Center)
XY Vaniville Town (automatically obtained at the start of the game)
ORAS Littleroot Town (automatically obtained at the start of the game)
BDSP Twinleaf Town (from the player's mother after obtaining a first partner Pokémon)

In the manga

Running Shoes in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

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.

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Running Shoes debuted in Making Mirth with Mightyena, where Ruby received a pair as a birthday gift from his father, Norman.

Diamond & Pearl arc

In Getting Past Gastrodon, Diamond was revealed to own a pair of Running Shoes.



In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 跑步鞋 Páaubouh Hàaih
Mandarin 跑步鞋 Pǎobù Xié *
風速鞋 Fēngsù Xié *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Hardloopschoenen
France Flag.png French Chaussures de course
Germany Flag.png German Turbotreter
Italy Flag.png Italian Scarpe da corsa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 러닝슈즈 Running Shoes
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Tênis de correr (Pokémon GO)
Sapatos de corrida (manga)
Spain Flag.png Spanish Deportivas
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Giày thể thao

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