Pokémon Dollar (Japanese: ポケドル Pokédollar) is the main currency used in most known regions of the Pokémon world. Its symbol is , a P with a double strikethrough, similar to the ¥ symbol used for Japanese yen, the € symbol used for euro or the ₱ symbol used for Philippine peso, with the P symbol referring to Pokémon.
The Pokémon Dollar and its symbol were both created for the English translation of the games. In the original Japanese versions (except for Colosseum and XD), the currency used is yen and the symbol used is 円, the kanji for yen. As such, the Pokémon Dollar is based on yen.
Also, much like the yen, the cost of simple items runs in the hundreds—indeed, most items have prices that are multiples of 100 or 1000. For comparison, in the Generation VI games, a taxi ride starts at 710, which is precisely the same starting tariff as in Japan.
Pokémon Dollars are acquired primarily as prize money from defeating Pokémon Trainers in battle, or by selling items at a Poké Mart. Pokémon Dollars can also be acquired by using the move Pay Day in battle, at the rate of either 2 or 5 times the level of the Pokémon using it, depending on the generation. Additionally, some other moves like Happy Hour, as well as held items like the Amulet Coin or Luck Incense, can also have an effect on the amount of money earned in a battle.
Pokémon Black and White introduced the concept of item maniacs. Item maniacs are NPCs who will pay large sums of money for certain items, most of which have no other use but to be sold to these people. However, Pokémon X and Y removed these characters, and instead, items previously sold to item maniacs can now be sold at any shop.
In the handheld Pokémon games before Pokémon Black and White, a player's wallet can hold only up to 999,999. This may cause frustration when trying to save up for the advertised price of a Bicycle in Generation I (and its Generation III remakes) or a SlowpokeTail on Route 32 in Generation II (and its Generation IV remakes), since both are advertised for 1 more than the player can carry. The GameCube, Generation V, and Generation VI games allow players to carry up to 9,999,999.
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Battle Points (introduced in Pokémon Emerald) are used as currency in numerous battling facilities, such as the Battle Frontiers of Hoenn and Sinnoh/Johto, as well as the Battle Subway, Pokémon World Tournament, and the Battle Maison, the former two both being in Unova, and the latter being in both Kalos and Hoenn.
The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon world used Poké as its sole form of currency up until Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, Gold Bars are also used as a form of currency as well for purchasing items, along with Poké.
In the anime
In the main series
Pokémon Dollars are not used or seen in the Pokémon anime, whether the original or the English dub, although money has been mentioned throughout the anime and the yen symbol (changed to a dollar symbol in the dub) appeared on a restaurant bill in Showdown in Pewter City.
In Pokémon Origins
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
- The symbol for resembles the official symbol for the Russian ruble, ₽, which uses the Cyrillic letter Р with a single horizontal stroke through it. It can also be seen to resemble one way of writing the symbol for Philippine peso, ₱, the official currency of the Philippines.
- The Korean versions of the games use the hangul symbol for the South Korean currency, 원 won, instead of as used in games outside of Japan. In real life, won is worth roughly ten times less than yen.