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- If you were looking for the evolutionary items from Pokémon XD, see Sun Shard and Moon Shard. For the valuable item, see Comet Shard.
A Shard is a colored fragment of an ancient tool that was introduced in Generation III. While they have no use on their own, several NPCs apparently have some use for them, and will trade other items or services for these objects.
List of shards
- Main article: Treasure Hunter
In Generation III, shards can be traded to the Treasure Hunter living on Route 124 individually for Evolution stones. In Hoenn, these items are found quite often underwater, many times held by certain species. Aside from trading them over from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and finding the very few there are in the wild, this is the only way to get the Evolution stones in Hoenn.
Generation IV diversified the use of shards by an order of magnitude, and made them far easier to find than they were in Generation III. In addition to being found in several places on the field, shards are a commonly-found item mining underground in Sinnoh, where their appearance causes some speculation that they are related to Plates.
In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the shards' only use is to be traded ten at a time for the weather-changing TMs on Route 212.
- Main article: Move Tutor → Platinum
In Pokémon Platinum, the TMs are no longer available by trading them, however, three Move Tutors will accept groups of eight in specific colors to teach moves to a Pokémon. Their availability is also increased, with Mr. Fuego, owner of the Fuego Ironworks, trading one of each color to the player for a Star Piece and what appears to be an Ace Trainer finds one to give each day in Area 6 of the Great Marsh.
- Main articles: Violet City → Berries and Fuchsia City → Berries
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, players could trade shards with Jugglers in Violet City and Fuchsia City trading the player three kinds of Berry for a specifically-colored shard.
- Main article: Item maniac → Ore maniac
In Pokémon Black and White, Shards have no purpose other than to be sold to the item maniac in Icirrus City for 200.
- Main article: Move Tutor → Black 2 and White 2
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Move Tutors in four different locations offer to teach a move in exchange for shards, like in Platinum. One notable difference is that instead of using multiple different types of shard for a single move, each Move Tutor has a preference for one type of shard only and will request multiple of that type of shard.
- Main article: Treasure Hunter
In the remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, shards are once again exchangable for Evolution stones. Instead of being held by wild Pokémon in these games, shards are common finds in Mirage spots.
In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, shards can be traded to the old man who appears in the Festival Plaza castle post-game for Bottle Caps, with 30 shards of the same color garnering one Bottle Cap. Shards can be gained through mining on Isle Aphun of Poké Pelago.
This is the artwork of the shards in The Underground:
This is the artwork of the shards in the Pokémon Dream World:
In the anime
Green Shards appeared in The Relicanth Really Can, when Adam found them after they fell off the fins of a Relicanth. He mistook them for emeralds, until his wife, Evelyn, identified them as Green Shards. She stated that Green Shards were used in ancient times to make jewelry, but aren't worth as much in the present. After another treasure hunt, Adam found an entire chest filled with Green Shards.
Red Shards made a cameo in Team Rocket's fantasy in The Grass Menagerie!.
Ash found one of each shard in Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!, during a Stoutland Search treasure hunt set up for him and his classmates by Olivia.