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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.

In Generation III, shards can be traded to the Treasure Hunter living on Route 124 individually for evolutionary 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 evolutionary 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. In Pokémon Platinum, however, their use is augmented. While the TMs are no longer available by trading ten, 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.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver reveal a newer use for the shards, with Jugglers in Violet City and Fuchsia City trading the player three kinds of Berry for a specifically-colored shard.

In Pokémon Black and White, they no longer have a purpose other than to be sold to the item maniac in Icirrus City for PokémonDollar.png200. 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.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, shards can be traded to the Old Man in the Festival Plaza castle for Bottle Caps, with 30 shards of the same color garnering one Bottle Cap. In addition to being found in the overworld, shards can now be gained through mining on Isle Aphun of Poké Pelago.

List of shards



This is the artwork of the shards in The Underground:

Mine Red Shard.png Mine Green Shard.png Mine Blue Shard.png Mine Yellow Shard.png
Red Shard Green Shard Blue Shard Yellow Shard

Dream World

This is the artwork of the shards in the Pokémon Dream World:

Dream Red Shard Sprite.png Dream Green Shard Sprite.png Dream Blue Shard Sprite.png Dream Yellow Shard Sprite.png
Red Shard Green Shard Blue Shard Yellow Shard

In the anime

Shards in the anime

Green Shards appeared in The Relicanth Really Can when Adam found them after they fall 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 SM032 during a Stoutland Search treasure hunt set up for him and his classmates by Olivia.


  • The color of each shard corresponds to a Generation I game.
  • The Underground shards have the same palette as several Plates, with the Red Shard matching the Flame Plate, the Blue Shard matching the Splash Plate, the Green Shard matching the Meadow Plate, and the Yellow Shard matching the Zap Plate. This has caused some to believe that the "ancient item" mentioned in the Bag description is in fact one of the Plates.

In other languages

Red Shard

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese あかいかけら Red Shard
Chinese Cantonese 紅色碎片 Hùhngsīk Seuipin
Mandarin 紅色碎片 / 红色碎片 Hóngsè Suìpiàn
France Flag.png French Tesson Rouge
Germany Flag.png German Purpurstück
Italy Flag.png Italian Coccio Rosso
South Korea Flag.png Korean 빨강조각 Ppalgang Jogak
Spain Flag.png Spanish Parte Roja

Green Shard

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese みどりのかけら Green Shard
Chinese Cantonese 綠色碎片 Luhksīk Seuipin
Mandarin 綠色碎片 / 绿色碎片 Lǜsè Suìpiàn
Finland Flag.png Finnish Vihreä kide
France Flag.png French Tesson Vert
Germany Flag.png German Grünstück
Italy Flag.png Italian Coccio Verde
South Korea Flag.png Korean 초록조각 Chorok Jogak
Spain Flag.png Spanish Parte Verde

Blue Shard

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese あおいかけら Blue Shard
Chinese Cantonese 藍色碎片 Làahmsīk Seuipin
Mandarin 藍色碎片 / 蓝色碎片 Lánsè Suìpiàn
France Flag.png French Tesson Blue
Germany Flag.png German Indigostück
Italy Flag.png Italian Coccio Blu
South Korea Flag.png Korean 파랑조각 Parang Jogak
Spain Flag.png Spanish Parte Azul

Yellow Shard

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese きいろいかけら Yellow Shard
Chinese Cantonese 黃色碎片 Wòhngsīk Seuipin
Mandarin 黃色碎片 / 黄色碎片 Huángsè Suìpiàn
France Flag.png French Tesson Jaun
Germany Flag.png German Gelbstück
Italy Flag.png Italian Coccio Gial.*
Coccio Giallo*
South Korea Flag.png Korean 노랑조각 Norang Jogak
Spain Flag.png Spanish P. Amarilla*
Parte Amarilla*

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