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Incenses (Japanese: おこう incense) are a special class of held items that help Pokémon to breed differently. This allows Pokémon to produce Eggs containing baby Pokémon that were introduced beyond Generation II if the baby Pokémon was introduced after its evolutionary relatives.

Notably, most baby Pokémon which result from Incense breeding have different Egg Move lists than their evolved forms. For example, Azurill can learn Fake Tears through breeding while Marill cannot, and Marill can learn Aqua Jet through breeding while Azurill cannot.

List of incenses

In the spin-off games

Incense in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO

Incense is an item in Pokémon GO that, upon activation, draws wild Pokémon towards the player at an accelerated rate for thirty minutes in real time. The player starts the game with two of them in their inventory, and can obtain more upon leveling up or by purchasing them with PokéCoins at the in-app store. The item spawns approximately one Pokémon every five minutes if standing still, or one Pokémon every minute if walking.


These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Dream World.

Dream Full Incense Sprite.png Dream Lax Incense Sprite.png Dream Luck Incense Sprite.png
Full Incense Lax Incense Luck Incense
Dream Odd Incense Sprite.png Dream Pure Incense Sprite.png Dream Rock Incense Sprite.png
Odd Incense Pure Incense Rock Incense
Dream Rose Incense Sprite.png Dream Sea Incense Sprite.png Dream Wave Incense Sprite.png
Rose Incense Sea Incense Wave Incense

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Encens
Germany Flag.png German Zuchtitem
Italy Flag.png Italian Incensi
South Korea Flag.png Korean 향로 Hyangno
Russia Flag.png Russian Ладан Ladan
Spain Flag.png Spanish Incienso

Type-enhancing items
Bag Silk Scarf Sprite.png
Bag Fist Plate Sprite.png
Bag Rock Incense Sprite.png
Bag Griseous Orb Sprite.png
Bag Normal Gem Sprite.png

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