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A Plate (Japanese: プレート Plate) is a type of held item introduced in Generation IV, primarily for use in changing the type and color of Arceus and the type of its signature move, Judgment, to the corresponding type of Plate. However, it will also increase the attack power of moves of the Plate's type used by any Pokémon holding it by 20%. There is a Plate available for every type except Normal, and while there exists a ???-type Arceus in the Generation IV data, there is no associated ??? Plate, meaning there are 16 Plates in Generations IV and V and 17 from Generation VI onward. In Generation V, the ???-type has been removed from the data altogether, and in Generation VI, the Fairy type has been added.

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the 16 Plates are spread far and wide across Sinnoh, and additional ones can also be dug up in the Underground. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the captain of the S.S. Aqua will give one away in index number order each day; the player, however, must have all 16 Badges first. In Pokémon Black and White, two of the Plates are given to the player by a treasure hunter in a house in Route 13. The treasure hunter will mention that he found the Plates in the Abyssal Ruins, and indeed, the rest of the Plates can be found there. In Kalos, a Pixie Plate was discovered, due to the classification of the Fairy type, which brought the total to 17 Plates. What follows is a list of what effect a Plate has when held, and where they can be found.

List of Plates


When each Plate is obtained in Generation IV, a different engraving appears on the back of the Plate which reveals part of the myth of the creation of the Pokémon universe. No engraving is tied to a specific Plate; they will appear each one at a time depending on how many Plates the player has found so far, with the ninth Plate found using the same engraving as the first. In Platinum, after talking to the Hiker on the second floor of the Canalave Library, a book on the second floor with the engravings written in it will be left by the Hiker the player met in Oreburgh Mine during the Arceus-triggered event.

  • "When the universe was created, its shards became this Plate."
  • "The power of defeated giants infuses this Plate."
  • "Two beings of time and space set free from the Original One."
  • "Three beings were born to bind time and space."
  • "Two make matter and three make spirit, shaping the world."
  • "The Original One breathed alone before the universe came."
  • "The powers of Plates are shared among Pokémon."
  • "The rightful bearer of a Plate draws from the Plate it holds."

In the anime

Plates first appeared in Journey to the Unown!, where Saturn and two Galactic Grunts placed them in a room of the Solaceon Ruins to obtain the Spear Key and awaken the Unown there. These Plates were specifically the Draco Plate, Iron Plate, and Splash Plate, which power up the three types of Palkia and Dialga (Dragon, Steel, and Water) combined.

The Plates appeared again in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where Arceus used them to change its type, and almost died when it lost all of the Plates after having destroyed a meteor. Damos found one of these lost Plates and returned it to Arceus, giving it the strength to recall the other 15 Plates. That act earned its trust and prompted it to detach the Earth Plate, Splash Plate, Meadow Plate, Zap Plate, and Draco Plate in the form of the Jewel of Life so Damos could make Michina Town flourish.

The Splash, Flame and Earth Plates appeared in a flashback in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, in which Ghris was seen using their power to create the Prison Bottle.

In the manga

The Plates in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Plates first appeared in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, in which Petrel was collecting them for Team Rocket's plan. After Silver stole the few Plates he had managed to find, Petrel decided to let him gather all 16 Plates, just to get them back at once later. With his Weavile leaving messages for Sneasel and Weavile across Johto, Silver soon indeed gathered all 16 Plates for himself. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Gold surrendered the Plates to Archer, who used them to seemingly take control of Arceus, ordering it to recreate Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. When the Pokédex holders used their Pokémon's ultimate attacks to stop the creation, all the Plates were absorbed by Arceus.

The Pixie Plate has not appeared in the Pokémon Adventures manga.



This is artwork of the Plates as seen in the Sinnoh Underground.

Mine Draco Plate.png Mine Dread Plate.png Mine Earth Plate.png Mine Fist Plate.png
Draco Plate Dread Plate Earth Plate Fist Plate
Mine Flame Plate.png Mine Icicle Plate.png Mine Insect Plate.png Mine Iron Plate.png
Flame Plate Icicle Plate Insect Plate Iron Plate
Mine Meadow Plate.png Mine Mind Plate.png Mine Sky Plate.png Mine Splash Plate.png
Meadow Plate Mind Plate Sky Plate Splash Plate
Mine Spooky Plate.png Mine Stone Plate.png Mine Toxic Plate.png Mine Zap Plate.png
Spooky Plate Stone Plate Toxic Plate Zap Plate

Global Link

This is artwork of the Plates as seen on the Pokémon Global Link.

Dream Draco Plate Sprite.png Dream Dread Plate Sprite.png Dream Earth Plate Sprite.png Dream Fist Plate Sprite.png Dream Flame Plate Sprite.png Dream Icicle Plate Sprite.png
Draco Plate Dread Plate Earth Plate Fist Plate Flame Plate Icicle Plate
Dream Insect Plate Sprite.png Dream Iron Plate Sprite.png Dream Meadow Plate Sprite.png Dream Mind Plate Sprite.png Dream Pixie Plate Sprite.png Dream Sky Plate Sprite.png
Insect Plate Iron Plate Meadow Plate Mind Plate Pixie Plate Sky Plate
Dream Splash Plate Sprite.png Dream Spooky Plate Sprite.png Dream Stone Plate Sprite.png Dream Toxic Plate Sprite.png Dream Zap Plate Sprite.png
Splash Plate Spooky Plate Stone Plate Toxic Plate Zap Plate


  • Plates may have some relation to shards, which are described as pieces of ancient tools. Their underground sprites likewise imply that they are broken parts of Plates.
  • While all Plates will rearrange Arceus's Pokéathlon stats, the Draco Plate will boost Arceus's total Pokéathlon stats by 1.
  • Pixie Plate is currently the only held item that can boost the power of the holder's Fairy type moves.
    • While data for Fairy Gem exists within the coding of Generation VI games, it cannot be obtained through legitimate means.
  • In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Flame Plate is the only Plate that cannot be obtained outside of the Underground before obtaining the National Pokédex. This may have been the reasoning for the event Hiker to give specifically this Plate to the player in Pokémon Platinum.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 石板 Sehkbáan
Mandarin 石板 Shíbǎn *
令牌 Lìngpái *
板塊 Bǎnkuài *
Finland Flag.png Finnish Laatta
France Flag.png French Plaque
Germany Flag.png German Tafeln
Italy Flag.png Italian Lastre
South Korea Flag.png Korean 플레이트 Plate
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tablas
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Livsplatta
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Phiến thạch

Specific Plates

English English Japanese Japanese Japanese Romaji French French German German Italian Italian Spanish Spanish Korean Korean Chinese Chinese
Draco Plate りゅうのプレート Ryuu no Purēto Plaque Draco Dracotafel Lastradrakon Tabla Draco 용의플레이트 Yong-ui Plate 龍之石板 / 龙之石板
Lóng-zhī Shíbǎn / Lùhng-jī Sehkbáan
Dread Plate こわもてプレート Kowamote Purēto Plaque Ombre Furchttafel Lastratimore Tabla Oscura 공포플레이트 Gongpo Plate 惡顏石板 / 恶颜石板
È'yán Shíbǎn / Okngàahn Sehkbáan
Earth Plate だいちのプレート Daichi no Purēto Plaque Terre Erdtafel Lastrageo Tabla Terrax 대지플레이트 Daeji Plate 大地石板
Dàdì Shíbǎn / Daaihdeih Sehkbáan
Fist Plate こぶしのプレート Kobushi no Purēto Plaque Poing Fausttafel Lastrapugno Tabla Fuerte 주먹플레이트 Jumeok Plate 拳頭石板 / 拳头石板
Quántóu Shíbǎn / Kyùhntàuh Sehkbáan
Flame Plate ひのたまプレート Hi no Tama Purēto Plaque Flam Feuertafel Lastrarogo Tabla Llama 불구슬플레이트 Bulguseul Plate 火球石板
Huǒqiú Shíbǎn / Fókàuh Sehkbáan
Icicle Plate つららのプレート Tsurara no Purēto Plaque Glace Frosttafel Lastragelo Tabla Helada 고드름플레이트 Godeureum Plate 冰柱石板
Bīngzhù Shíbǎn / Bīngchyúh Sehkbáan
Insect Plate たまむしプレート Tamamushi Purēto Plaquinsect Käfertafel Lastrabaco Tabla Bicho 비단벌레플레이트 Bidanbeolle Plate 玉蟲石板 / 玉虫石板
Yùchóng Shíbǎn / Yuhkchùhng Sehkbáan
Iron Plate こうてつプレート Koutetsu Purēto Plaque Fer Eisentafel Lastraferro Tabla Acero 강철플레이트 Gangcheol Plate 鋼鐵石板 / 钢铁石板
Gāngtiě Shíbǎn / Gongtit Sehkbáan
Meadow Plate みどりのプレート Midori no Purēto Plaque Herbe Wiesentafel Lastraprato Tabla Pradal 초록플레이트 Chorok Plate 碧綠石板 / 碧绿石板
Bìlǜ Shíbǎn / Bīkluhk Sehkbáan
Mind Plate ふしぎのプレート Fushigi no Purēto Plaque Esprit Hirntafel Lastramente Tabla Mental 이상한플레이트 Isanghan Plate 神奇石板
Shénqí Shíbǎn / Sàhnkèih Sehkbáan
Pixie Plate せいれいプレート Seirei Purēto Plaque Pixie Feentafel Lastraspiritello Tabla Duende 정령플레이트 Jeonglyeong Plate 妖精石板
Yāojīng Shíbǎn / Yīujīng Sehkbáan
Sky Plate あおぞらプレート Aozora Purēto Plaque Ciel Wolkentafel Lastracielo Tabla Cielo 푸른하늘플레이트 Pureun Haneul Plate 藍天石板 / 蓝天石板
Lántiān Shíbǎn / Làahmtīn Sehkbáan
Splash Plate しずくプレート Shizuku Purēto Plaque Hydro Wassertafel Lastraidro Tabla Linfa 물방울플레이트 Mulbang-ul Plate 水滴石板
Shuǐdī Shíbǎn / Séuidihk Sehkbáan
Spooky Plate もののけプレート Mononoke Purēto Plaque Fantô Spuktafel Lastratetra Tabla Terror 원령플레이트 Wollyeong Plate 妖怪石板
Yāoguài Shíbǎn / Yīugwaai Sehkbáan
Stone Plate がんせきプレート Ganseki Purēto Plaque Roc Steintafel Lastrapietra Tabla Pétrea 암석플레이트 Amseok Plate 岩石石板
Yánshí Shíbǎn / Ngàahmsehk Sehkbáan
Toxic Plate もうどくプレート Moudoku Purēto Plaque Toxic Gifttafel Lastrafiele Tabla Tóxica 맹독플레이트 Maengdok Plate 劇毒石板 / 剧毒石板
Jùdú Shíbǎn / Kehkduhk Sehkbáan
Zap Plate いかずちプレート Ikazuchi Purēto Plaque Volt Blitztafel Lastrasaetta Tabla Trueno 우뢰플레이트 Uroe Plate 雷電石板 / 雷电石板
Léidiàn Shíbǎn / Lèuihdihn Sehkbáan

Type-enhancing items
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Bag Meadow Plate Sprite.png
Bag Sea Incense Sprite.png
Bag Griseous Orb Sprite.png
Bag Fire Gem Sprite.png
Bag Soul Dew Sprite.png
Soul Dew

Held items
In-battle effect items
BerriesColored orbsDrivesEV-enhancing itemsEvolution-inducing held items
Experience-affecting itemsGemsIncenseMega StonesMemoriesPlates
Stat-enhancing itemsType-enhancing itemsZ-Crystals
Out-of-battle effect items
EV-enhancing itemsEvolution-inducing held itemsIncenseMailScarves

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