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A Z-Ring (Japanese: Ｚリング Z-Ring) is a Key Item introduced in Generation VII. It is a bracelet that allows a Trainer and their Pokémon to gather the Z-Power required to perform Z-Moves.
In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, it is replaced by the Z-Power Ring (Japanese: Ｚパワーリング Z-Power Ring), which can use more Z-Moves than the original Z-Ring.
In the core series games
A Z-Rings is made by refining a Sparkling Stone. Z-Rings have a slot in the center where the wearer can insert a Z-Crystal as well as multiple other slots to store Z-Crystals not in use.
The player receives a Sparkling Stone from Tapu Koko in recognition of their bravery in protecting Nebby from a swarm of wild Spearow. After receiving their Starter Pokémon, Hala recognizes the stone, and upon realizing that the player has been recognized by the guardian deity of Melemele Island, offers to refine it. The player receives the finished product, a Z-Ring, after completing the ceremony battle with Hau. As the player proceeds through the island challenge, they will receive Z-Crystals for their Ring from the Captains and Island Kahunas.
Being a part of the rites of passage in Alola, Z-Rings are much more widely distributed in comparison to Key Stones in Kalos and Hoenn. All Kahunas, members of the Alola Elite Four, and most captains use Z-Rings in battle against the player. Other key characters, such as Professor Kukui, Hau, and Gladion, have or obtain Z-Rings over the course of the story. The player will even battle the occasional minor character Trainer who will use a Z-Ring, usually after defeating all other Trainers in their given area.
Contrary to the lore, the player is never required to equip a specific Z-Crystal on their Z-Ring. The player can use any Z-Move so long as their Pokémon is holding an appropriate Z-Crystal and has an appropriate move.
In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Professor Kukui revealed the Z-Power Rings are lost pieces of Necrozma that rain down onto Alola from Ultra Wormholes in the form of Sparkling Stones.
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Allows the player to use Z-Crystals and Z-Moves with their Pokémon. Each Trainer can only use one Z-Move per battle.
After receiving a Key Stone from Dexio, the player can also Mega Evolve their Pokémon if they hold the appropriate Mega Stone. Each Trainer can only Mega Evolve one Pokémon per battle.
|| A mysterious ring that enables Pokémon to use Z-Power. It requires both the willpower and the physical power of the Trainer wearing it.
Concept art for the Z-Power Ring
In the anime
A Z-Power Ring in the anime
The first Z-Ring seen in the anime was Kiawe's Z-Ring, which debuted in Alola to New Adventure!. He uses it and his Firium Z to perform Inferno Overdrive with his Turtonator. In Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, Kiawe revealed that his Z-Ring used to belong to his grandfather, and was passed down to him once he cleared Olivia's grand trial.
Also in Alola to New Adventure!, Ash received a Z-Ring from Tapu Koko, fitted with an Electrium Z. Although the Electrium Z shattered during Ash's battle with Tapu Koko in the next episode, he has since then started collecting new Z-Crystals by clearing trials. In To Top a Totem!, it was revealed that Hala makes his own Z-Rings and that Ash's Z-Ring was in fact Hala's Z-Ring that had been taken by Tapu Koko.
As in the games, the Island Kahunas each carry a Z-Ring in the anime, fitted with a Z-Crystal of their speciality type. The first of these appeared in To Top a Totem!, belonging to Hala. He was first seen using it in the next episode during his grand trial battle with Ash. Another Kahuna Z-Ring first appeared in The Island Whisperer!, this one belonging to Olivia. It was first used in Trials and Determinations! during Ash's grand trial battle against her.
A Z-Ring belonging to Gladion first appeared in A Glaring Rivalry!. He can use it and his Rockium Z to have his Midnight Form Lycanroc use Continental Crush.
Oluolu, a Pokémon Base player, was shown to own a Z-Ring in Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper! He uses it with his Snorlium Z to have his Snorlax perform its signature Z-Move: Pulverizing Pancake.
In Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!, Lana found a Sparkling Stone during a Stoutland Search treasure hunt set up for Ash and his classmates by Olivia. The Akala Island Kahuna took the Sparkling Stone to be converted into a Z-Ring. In the following episode, she handed the completed Z-Ring back to Lana, who immediately placed her newly obtained Waterium Z into it.
Ida, a woman who likes to perform with her Brionne, was shown to own a Z-Ring in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!. She uses it with her Waterium Z to perform Hydro Vortex.
In Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, Ash received a Solganium Z from the newly evolved Nebby. Upon receiving it, Ash tried to fit the Z-Crystal in his Z-Ring, only to find it didn't fit. Upon seeing this, Tapu Koko took his Z-Ring and passed it among its fellow deities, each one blessing it. After being blessed with the Tapu's power, it became a Z-Power Ring, and could hold the Solganium Z.
In SM063, Professor Kukui was revealed to own a Z-Ring, using it under his Battle Royal master alias of the Masked Royal. He uses it in conjunction with his Incinium Z, allowing his Incineroar to perform Malicious Moonsault.
In SM065, Ilima was shown to own a Z-Ring. He can use it in conjunction with his Eevium Z, allowing his Eevee to perform Extreme Evoboost.
In the manga
In the Get Fired Up, Marshadow! manga
Ken possesses a Z-Ring kept inside his late grandfather's dojo. He refers to the Z-Ring as the (Japanese: 勇者のリング Hero's Ring). When Marshadow fought against Borosue's Gyarados, it gave Ken a Marshadium Z to put in the Z-Ring. With the Z-Crystal, Ken has Marshadow activate Soul-Stealing 7-Star Strike, easily defeating Borosue's Gyarados.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Z-Rings first appeared in the Sun & Moon chapter.
In PASM02, Sun received a Sparkling Stone from Tapu Koko. In PASM06, Sun used the Sparkling Stone as a splint for his broken arm. When angered by Gladion in PASM07, Sun accidentally used the Z-Move Inferno Overdrive with his En, defeating Gladion's Type: Null. Due to the strain of using the attack, Sun immediately passed out from exhaustion. Hala took the Sparkling Stone in order to convert it into a Z-Ring for Sun to use. Once completed, Hala had Kahili deliver it to Sun at the Ruins of Life.
In PASM03, Olivia and her Midnight Form Lycanroc attempted to use Continental Crush against Nanu and his Alolan Persian, who retaliated with Black Hole Eclipse. The attacks were stopped by Hala, who didn't want them to destroy the battle field they were fighting on.
Kiawe owns a Z-Ring, which he received as a Sparkling Stone from Tapu Lele five years prior to the Sun & Moon chapter.
Z-Ring with an Electrium Z
- Main article: Pokémon Z-Ring
The Pokémon Z-Ring is a toy based on the Z-Ring that interacts with the Pokémon games. It lights up, makes sounds, and vibrates when a Z-Move is used in Pokémon Sun and Moon. It can also interact in the same way with several other official products, such as Pokémon Ga-Olé and the Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon: Super Music Collection.
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