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Bag Zinc Sprite.png
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation III
Generation III Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation IV Bag Medicine pocket icon.png Medicine
Generation V Bag Medicine pocket icon.png Medicine
Generation VI Bag Medicine pocket icon.png Medicine
Generation VII Bag Medicine pocket icon.png Medicine
Generation VIII Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items
Generation IX Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items
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The Zinc (Japanese: キトサン Chitosan) is a type of vitamin introduced in Generation III. It increases the Special Defense of a Pokémon.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
PokémonDollar.png9,800 PokémonDollar.png4,900
PokémonDollar.png10,000 PokémonDollar.png5,000
SV PokémonDollar.png10,000 PokémonDollar.png2,500

In Hoenn, Zinc costs PokémonDollar.png4900 during the Energy Guru sale.

At Join Avenue's Market, Zinc can be bought in dozens at PokémonDollar.png99960 each, which equates to PokémonDollar.png8330 per bottle.


Generation III to VII

When used from the Bag on a Pokémon, adds 10 Special Defense EVs to the target Pokémon per use, until it has 100 Special Defense EVs. It also increases the Pokémon's friendship a little.

Zinc is consumed upon use and cannot be used in battle.

Generation VIII onward

Zinc can now be used even on a Pokémon that has 100 Special Defense EVs or more, allowing the Special Defense EVs to be raised to the single-stat cap of 252 or the total cap of 510 this way.


Games Description
RS Raises the stat Sp.Def of one Pokémon.
E Raises the base Sp.Def stat of one Pokémon.
FRLG A nutritious drink for Pokémon. It raises the base Sp. Def stat of one Pokémon.
Colo. Raises the stat Sp. Def of one Pokémon.
XD Raises the base Sp. Def stat of one Pokémon.
A nutritious drink for Pokémon. It raises the base Sp. Def (Special Defense) stat of a single Pokémon.
A nutritious drink for Pokémon. When consumed, it raises the base Sp. Def stat of a single Pokémon.
SwShBDSP A nutritious drink for Pokémon. When consumed, it raises the Sp. Def base points of a single Pokémon.
SV A nutritious drink for Pokémon. This drink increases base points for a Pokémon's Sp. Def stat.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RSE Routes 119, 120, 121E, and 127, Safari ZoneE, Mt. Pyre, Artisan CaveE
Favor LadyE
Battle Frontier Poké MartE, Lilycove Department Store, Slateport City (Energy Guru)
Slateport City (1000 Berry Powder)E, Battle Tower (7-35 win streak)RS, Battle Frontier (1 BP)E
FRLG Route 14, Silph Co., Pokémon Mansion, Three Island Celadon Department Store
Cerulean City (1000 Berry Powder)
Colo. Pyrite Cave Agate Poké Mart
XD Phenac Poké Mart
DPPt Routes 210Pt, 211DP, 212, 215DP, 219Pt, 224Pt, and 227, Pastoria CityPt, Team Galactic HQ, Victory Road, Stark MountainDP Veilstone Department Store
Battle ParkDP/Battle FrontierPt (1 BP)
HGSS Seafoam Islands, Victory Road, Cerulean Cave Celadon Department Store, Goldenrod Department Store, Safari Zone Gate shop
Battle Frontier (1 BP)
BW Route 5, Striaton City
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete "About a holiday" survey)
Shopping Mall Nine
Battle Subway (1 BP)
Anville Town (lost-and-found)
B2W2 Routes 3, 7, 11, 13, and 18, Pokémon World Tournament, Plasma Frigate, Nuvema Town
Passerby Analytics HQ (complete "About a holiday" survey)
Shopping Mall Nine, Join Avenue (Market)
Battle Subway/PWT (1 BP), Black Tower/White Treehollow (Area 1-5 reward)
Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat a Smasher), Anville Town (lost-and-found)
DW* Spooky Manor
XY Frost Cavern, Victory Road Laverre City Poké Mart
Battle Maison (2 BP)
Lost Hotel (shaking trash cans)Tu
ORAS Routes 115, 119, 120, 121, and 127, Mt. Chimney, Mt. Pyre, Battle Resort, Mirage Mountain (north of Route 125) Lilycove Department Store, Slateport City (Energy Guru)
Battle Maison (2 BP)
Route 128 (15% chance after a rematch with Triathlete Isaiah)
PMC* Graffiti Eraser (Lv. 2)
SMUSUM Blush Mountain, Team Rocket's CastleUSUM Mount Hokulani Poké Mart
Big Wave BeachUSUM, Battle Royal Dome (2 BP)
Festival Plaza (Haunted houses, PharmacySUS)
SwSh Wyndon Poké Mart (south)
Hammerlocke (2 BP)
SwShIA Challenge Beach Master Dojo vending machine (after donating 300,000 W)
SwShCT Max Lair (Dynite Ore trader)
BDSP Routes 211, 212, 215, and 227, Team Galactic HQ, Victory Road, Stark Mountain Veilstone Department Store
Battle Park (1 BP)
SV Mesagoza, Area Zero, Caph Squad's Base, East Paldean Sea, Tagtree Thicket, West Paldean Sea, East Province (Area One), East Province (Area Three), North Province (Area One), North Province (Area Two), South Province (Area One), South Province (Area Three), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five), South Province (Area Six), West Province (Area One), West Province (Area Three) Chansey Supply (after earning 3 Gym Badges), Porto Marinada auction
Academy Ace Tournament
SVTM Wistful Fields
SVID Canyon Biome, Chargestone Cavern, Coastal Biome, Polar Biome, Savanna Biome Blueberry Academy Store (50 BP)
Item Printer
League Club Room (×2; possible reward after defeating a special coach in a rematch)


Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
SV Summer training support sets Japan July 22 to September 30, 2023



Bag Zinc SV Sprite.png
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

The Zinc appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon.


Games Cost Sell price
MDRB 8000Poké currency.png 5Poké currency.png
MDTDS 4500Poké currency.png 450Poké currency.png
MDGtI 1500Poké currency.png 150Poké currency.png
SMD ???Poké currency.png 150Poké currency.png


A consumable item that raises the Special Defense of Pokémon that ingests it by 3 and restores 5 Belly for it.

If thrown, it will grant the same effect as if it was consumed by the Pokémon it hits (it cannot be caught); if it is sticky, it will also deal 2 damage. Zinc can be blended into a drink at Spinda's Juice Bar, although it has no special effects.


Games Description
MDRB A drink that boosts the Pokémon's Special Defense.
It also slightly fills the Pokémon's Belly.
MDTDS A drink that permanently raises the Pokémon's Special Defense. It also slightly fills the Pokémon's Belly.
MDGtI Drink it to raise your Special Defense.
SMD Drinking it raises your Sp. Def. The effect lasts even after this adventure.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
MDRB Fiery Field, Lightning Field, Northwind Field, Western Cave, Joyous Tower
Kecleon Shop (Mt. Faraway, Western Cave, Joyous Tower)
Buried items (Mt. Blaze Peak, Frosty Grotto, Mt. Freeze Peak, Magma Cavern Pit, Lightning Field, Northwind Field, Buried Relic
Job reward (★)
MDTD Achieve Silver Rank Sentry Duty, Treasure Box, Job reward (★5-★9)

Zero Isle North, Zero Isle East, Zero Isle West, Zero Isle South

MDS Achieve Silver Rank Treasure Box, Recycle Shop (Oran Berry×3 and Totter Seed), Sky Gift, Job reward (★5-★9)
Silver Ticket Big Win prize, Gold Ticket Win and Big Win prize, Prism Ticket Big Win prize

Zero Isle North, Zero Isle East, Zero Isle West, Zero Isle South, Oblivion Forest, Treacherous Waters, Southeastern Islands, Inferno Cave, Zero Isle Center, Destiny Tower

MDGtI Password
SMD Achieve Gold Rank Treasure Box, Glorious Gold, Sparkling Floor, Various dungeons, mission reward


Health drink artwork RTRB.png Zinc artwork RTDX.png
Artwork from
Red and Blue Rescue Team
Artwork from
Rescue Team DX
MDBag Drink RTRB Sprite.png MDBag Drink TDS Sprite.png MDBag Zinc V Sprite.png MDBag Zinc VI Sprite.png MDBag Zinc RTDX Sprite.png
Sprite from
Red and Blue Rescue Team
Sprite from
Explorers series
Sprite from
Gates to Infinity
Sprite from
Super Mystery Dungeon
Sprite from
Rescue Team DX
Zinc PMD GTI.png Zinc PSMD.png
Model from
Gates to Infinity
Model from Super Mystery Dungeon

In the anime

Vitamins in the anime

In The Clubsplosion Begins!, a full set of vitamins (excluding PP Up and PP Max) was announced to be the prize for winning the Clubsplosion, like how the set of wings was the prize for the Club Battle. They were eventually won by Stephan.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

In Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down, several kinds of vitamins were seen being sold at the Safari Zone Gate.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 特防增強劑 Dahkfòhng Jāngkèuhngjaih
Mandarin 特防增強劑 / 特防增强剂 Tèfáng Zēngqiángjì
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sinkki
France Flag.png French Zinc
Germany Flag.png German Zink
Italy Flag.png Italian Zinco
South Korea Flag.png Korean 키토산 Chitosan
Poland Flag.png Polish Cynk
Spain Flag.png Spanish Zinc
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Çinko

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