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Dowsing Machine

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Dowsing Machine
Dowsing Machine
Dowsing Machine ORAS
Dowsing Machine
Obtain sprite from the Generation V games
Introduced in Generation I
Generation I Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation II Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation III Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation IV Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation V Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation VI Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation VII Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items

The Dowsing Machine (Japanese: ダウジングマシン Dowsing Machine), referred to as the Itemfinder prior to Generation IV and as the Dowsing MCHN in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and the Generation V games, is a Key Item used to detect hidden items in the vicinity of the user. The way in which it detects items and provides feedback greatly varies between games.

In Generation VII, the Ride Pokémon Stoutland takes over the role of locating hidden items with Stoutland Search.


In the games


Games Cost Sell price


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Generation I

Manual activation

A form of the Itemfinder has been present in all core series games since Generation I.

Generation II

Manual activation

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Itemfinder is similar to that of Generation I. As with other Key Items starting in Generation II, the Itemfinder can be set to the Select Button and easily accessed.

Generation III

Manual activation

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the Itemfinder can be used to find hidden items.

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, there are some items which require the Itemfinder to be used to obtain them, rather than simply being easier to find using it. These items cannot be detected by the Itemfinder, except when standing on top of them, at which point the item will be automatically obtained. In total, there are six items that can be found using this method:

Generation IV

Manual activation

The Dowsing Machines in Generation IV are slightly different to those of previous generations; they make use of the Nintendo DS's touch screen.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the Pokétch's Dowsing Machine app replaces the functions of the Dowsing Machine.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, it is known as the Dowsing MCHN and again uses the touch screen to locate items.

Main article: Pokéwalker

On the Pokéwalker there is an option to use the Dowsing Machine, which allows the player to obtain items. It costs 3 watts to play. In this mini game, the player gets two guesses. After getting the first guess wrong, the game gives a message regarding whether the item is adjacent to the selected spot or not.

Generation V

Toggleable passive effect

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, it is once again known as the Dowsing MCHN. While it still appears on the touch screen when in use, it no longer takes any input from stylus touches and uses the screen for display purposes only. Arrows show the direction of the place of the hidden item.

Generation VI

Toggleable passive effect

In Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Dowsing Machine works entirely differently from previous titles.

In X and Y, the Dowsing Machine takes the form of two rods that the player character holds in each hand that project the current forward. Once used, the rods project two streams of electric current in the air ahead as the character walks around. This current changes color depending on if the player is facing the direction of a hidden item and how close they are to it. The color cycles through blue, to green, to orange, with a musical chime playing when the color changes to let the player know they are getting close. When the player is directly in front of a hidden item, the electric currents cross each other and turn red, and a different musical chime plays.

In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Dowsing Machine is worn on the head with two electrodes protruding from the top. The electrodes change color as in X and Y as the player approaches a hidden item, and the electrodes turn red and vibrate when the player is directly in front of a hidden item. While wearing the Dowsing Machine, the player cannot sneak. The Dowsing Machine cannot be used underwater nor in most buildings. The player cannot ride a Bicycle or Surf and use the Dowsing Machine simultaneously.


Games Description
Stad A machine for searching items on the ground.
GSC Checks for unseen items in the area.
RSE A device that signals an invisible item by sound.
FRLG A device used for finding items. If there is a hidden item nearby when it is used, it emits a signal.
It checks for unseen items in the area and makes noise and lights when it finds something.
XY It searches for hidden items in the area and emits different lights and sounds when it detects something.
This high-tech machine shows the location of invisible items. It's attached to the head when in use.


Games Method
Route 11 gate 2F (from Oak's aide after obtaining 30 Pokémon)
GSC Ecruteak City (from a person in a house next to the Gym)
RSE Route 110 (from Brendan/May after defeating him/her)
FRLG Route 11 gate 2F (from Oak's aide after obtaining 30 Pokémon)
HGSS Ecruteak City (from a person in a house next to the Gym)
BW Nacrene City (from Bianca after obtaining the Basic Badge)
B2W2 Castelia Gate (between Castelia City and Route 4; from Bianca)
XY Route 8 (from a woman after clearing Glittering Cave)
ORAS Route 110 (from Brendan/May after defeating him/her)


RG Itemfinder.png Itemfinder Dowsing MCHN IV Pokéwalker Dowsing Machine.png Dowsing MCHN Dowsing Machine XY Dowsing Machine ORAS
Artwork from
Generation I
Bag sprite from
Generation III
Bag sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from the
Bag sprite from
Generation V
Bag sprite from
X and Y
Bag sprite from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Dowsing Machine XY.png Dowsing Machine 2 XY.png Dowsing Machine 3 XY.png Dowsing Machine 4 XY.png Dowsing Machine 5 XY.png
Overworld models from
X and Y
Dowsing Machine ORAS.png Dowsing Machine 2 ORAS.png Dowsing Machine 3 ORAS.png Dowsing Machine 4 ORAS.png Dowsing Machine 5 ORAS.png
Overworld models from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In the anime

A Dowsing Machine in the anime

In A Ghost of a Chance, a Firebreather named Infernando tried to sell Ash and his friends an Itemfinder, referred to in the English dub as a "Treasure Detector". Although the group refused the offer, the machine was soon after bought by James. He used it in an attempt to find treasures around Ecruteak City, although he ended up just finding bottle caps.

In From Ghost to Ghost, the Treasure Detector led Team Rocket to a storage full of valuable antiques. However, while looting the place, the group was ambushed and hypnotized by a group of Gastly, scaring them away.

In Sky High Gym Battle!, Team Rocket used a pair of golden dowsing rods, referred to as Itemfinders, in an attempt to lead them to a tresure supposedly buried underneath the Fortree Gym.

In Try for the Family Stone!, James used a pair of dowsing rods in an attempt to find a Dusk Stone.

In A Team-on-Team Tussle!, James used a modified Dowsing Machine to locate a Z-Crystal for Team Rocket. However, soon after leading the Rocket trio to a Darkinium Z, the machine was destroyed by the Totem Raticate guarding the Z-Crystal.

In the manga

An Itemfinder in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In A Hollow Victreebel, an Itemfinder was one of the many items seen in Red's Bag. In What a Dragonite, he used the Itemfinder to locate the hidden HM for Surf on Route 19, coming across and being attacked by a wild Dragonite in the process.

In Luring in a Lickilicky, Diamond used the Dowsing Machine app on his Pokétch to track down an item-stealing wild Lickilicky's hiding place.

In the TCG

The Itemfinder card

The following is a list of cards named either Item Finder or Dowsing Machine.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Item Finder T Base Set Rare 74/102 Expansion Pack Rare  
Base Set 2 Rare 103/130      
Dowsing Machine I Plasma Storm Rare Holo 128/135 Plasma Gale Rare Holo 069/070

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 探寶器 Taambóuhei
Mandarin 探寶器 / 探宝器 Tànbǎoqì
Finland Flag.png Finnish Taikavarpukone
France Flag.png French Cherch'Objet
Germany Flag.png German Itemradar*
Italy Flag.png Italian Ricerca Strum.*
Ricerca Str.*
Ricerca Strumenti*
South Korea Flag.png Korean 다우징머신 Dowsing Machine
Poland Flag.png Polish Urządzenie do radiestezji
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Máquina de Prospecção
Spain Flag.png Spanish Zahorí*
Thailand Flag.png Thai เครื่องดาวซิ่ง Machine Dowsing
เครื่องค้นหา Machine Search (Sun & Moon series)
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Máy cảm xạ

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