A held item (Japanese: もちもの held item) is an item that may be carried by a Pokémon. This capability was first introduced in Generation II; however, when a Pokémon obtained in Generation I is traded to a Generation II game through the Time Capsule, it may be holding an item, such as a TM09 held by an Abra. Likewise, items held by Pokémon traded to Generation I will not be lost.
Though most items can be held by a Pokémon, many have no effect while held. Key Items and HMs cannot be held; in Generation IV, only Giratina can hold the Griseous Orb, and Apricorns and Poké Balls made from them cannot be held; from Generation V onwards, TMs cannot be held. Any other type of item may be held, but Potions, Revives, herbal medicine, status condition healing items, Ethers, Vitamins, Rare Candies, TMs, evolutionary stones, Fossils, Repels, escape items, battle items, valuable items, exchangeable items, Apricorns, Mulch, Flutes, and Wings have no effect apart from use via Fling. Poké Balls have no effect while held and cannot be flung.
List of Abilities and moves affecting held items
List of held items
The following is a list of items made solely to be held items, sorted into groups.
- Main article: Type-enhancing item
- Main article: Plate
Plates are ancient stone tablets engraved with text that increase the power of moves of a specific type. There is one for each type except Normal. Equipping a Plate to a Pokémon with Multitype will cause it to change type to that of the Plate held.
- Main article: Gem
Stat enhancing items
- Main article: Stat-enhancing item
These items, when held, will increase certain stats of Pokémon. Some can only be used by specific Pokémon.
In-battle effect items
- Main article: In-battle effect item
These items will take effect during battle to either aid or hinder the Pokémon holding them or an opponent.
- Main article: Evolution-inducing held item
- Main article: Mega Stone
These items, when held by their respective Pokémon, will allow the holder to undergo Mega Evolution during battle.
- Main article: Colored orbs
- Main article: Incense
These items, when held by a Pokémon in the day-care, will cause it to produce an Egg that will hatch into a baby Pokémon introduced after Generation II. They will also affect the holder in various ways during battle.
- Main article: Experience-affecting item
- Main article: EV-enhancing item
These items, when held by a Pokémon, promote EV gain in several different ways.
- Main article: Mail
Mail allows players to send messages to each other by attaching it to a Pokémon that is to be traded.
- Main article: Berry
Berries have varying effects. Some weaken supereffective moves, and others cure status conditions. Berries also affect the power and strength of the move Natural Gift. All can be used to make Pokéblocks or Poffin.
- Main article: Scarf
Out-of-battle effect items
- Main article: Out-of-battle effect item
These items will only take effect outside battle, in the overworld.
In the TCG
|Items|| Repels • Evolutionary stones • Fossils • Flutes • Shards • Held items|
Escape items • Exchangeable items • Valuable items • Legendary artifacts
|Medicine|| Potions • Status condition healing items • Revives |
Ethers • Vitamins • Wings • Drinks • Herbal medicine
|Berries and Apricorns||Poké Balls • Berries • Mulch • Apricorns|
|Aesthetic||Decorations • Accessories • Backdrops • Props • Décor • Clothing|
|Others||Mail • Battle items • Key Items • Event items|
|This item article is part of Project ItemDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on all items.|