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Rare Candy artwork from Generation I

A vitamin is a type of item from the Pokémon games. They are used to boost the stats, Power Points, or level of a Trainer's Pokémon. Most vitamins are named after real minerals and organic compounds important to bodily health.

From Generation III onward, they are known as nutritious drinks (Japanese: 栄養ドリンク nutritious drinks), also being referred to as Pokémon drinks in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. They are described as ability enhancers (Japanese: のうりょくをあげるアイテム attribute-raising items) in Generation I and as stat enhancers (Japanese: のうりょくをあげるどうぐ attribute-raising tools) in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. In the anime, they are referred to as Pokémon vitamin drinks.



In all core series games since Generation III, vitamins that affect stats increase a Pokémon's EVs for a given stat by 10 EV points, but can't increase the total EVs beyond a maximum of 510. Between Generations III and VII, vitamins will also have no effect on an individual stat that already has 100 or more EVs. Prior to Generation III, effort values were based on a system of stat experience and vitamins increased a stat by 2560 EV points, but could only be used until the stat had 25600 EVs.

The two PP-raising vitamins raise the maximum PP of one of the Pokémon's moves in increments of fifths of its base PP, up to 8/5 of its base PP.

Rare Candies will increase a Pokémon's level by one, using the minimum amount of experience required for the Pokémon to reach the next level.

From Generation II onward, all vitamins also increase the friendship of Pokémon they are used on.

In the Mystery Dungeon series, vitamins permanently increase one of the Stats of a Pokémon and are not subject to any limits due to the absence of the EV system in those games.


All vitamins can be found on the ground at various locations.

PP Ups are sold in Cerulean City and at the Pokéathlon Dome. PP Ups are commonly given as prizes in the Pokémon Lottery Corner. PP Maxes are not sold anywhere.

Rare Candies can be purchased at the Sinnoh and Johto Battle Frontiers, the Battle Subway, the PWT, and the Battle Maison for 48 BP each. They can also be purchased at the Pokéathlon Dome on Mondays and Saturdays.

All other vitamins are available to buy for PokémonDollar.png9800 (PokémonDollar.png4900 at a sale) at Celadon Department Store and the Safari Zone Gate in Kanto, Goldenrod Department Store in Johto, Lilycove Department Store and Slateport market in Hoenn, Veilstone Department Store in Sinnoh, Shopping Mall Nine in Unova, and the Laverre City Poké Mart in Kalos; they are available to buy for PokémonDollar.png10,000 at the Mount Hokulani Pokémon Center. They may also be purchased at Cerulean City in exchange for Berry Powder. Vitamins can also be purchased at both the third and fourth generation Battle Frontiers, the Battle Subway, and the PWT for 1 BP each and from the Battle Maison for 2 BP each.

Types of vitamins

Name Debut
HP Up HP Up I Adds 10 HP EVs to the target Pokémon per use, until it has 252.
Protein Protein I Adds 10 Attack EVs to the target Pokémon per use, until it has 252.
Iron Iron I Adds 10 Defense EVs to the target Pokémon per use, until it has 252.
Calcium Calcium I Adds 10 Special Attack EVs to the target Pokémon per use, until it has 252.
Zinc Zinc III Adds 10 Special Defense EVs to the target Pokémon per use, until it has 252.
Carbos Carbos I Adds 10 Speed EVs to the target Pokémon per use, until it has 252.
PP Up PP Up I Raises the PP of a selected move by 1/5 of the move's base PP, until 3 PP Ups or one PP Max have been used on the Pokémon's move.
PP Up PP Up I Raises the PP of a selected move by 1/5 of the move's base PP, until 3 PP Ups or one PP Max have been used on the Pokémon's move.
Zinc Zinc III Raises the PP of a selected move to 8/5 of the move's base PP, but can only be used once per move on a given Pokémon.
Rare Candy Rare Candy I Raises a Pokémon by one level, up to level 100.
Can be used to revive a fainted Pokémon.
Can trigger evolution in level 100 Pokémon that evolve by leveling up.
All details are accurate to Generation VIII games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual items's page.


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

Dream HP Up Sprite.png Dream Protein Sprite.png Dream Iron Sprite.png Dream Calcium Sprite.png Dream Zinc Sprite.png
HP Up Protein Iron Calcium Zinc
Dream Carbos Sprite.png Dream PP Up Sprite.png Dream PP Max Sprite.png Dream Rare Candy Sprite.png
Carbos PP Up PP Max Rare Candy

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Main article: Health drink

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, Protein, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc appear as types of health drink. Carbos appears in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon. Their effects are based on those of their core series counterparts.

In the anime

Vitamins in the anime

Calcium debuted in The Joy of Pokémon. Nurse Joy gave a whole bottle of these tablets to a giant Magikarp. Some other unidentified vitamins also appeared in the episode.

The Rare Candy debuted in Caterpie's Big Dilemma. However, unlike in the games, where the Rare Candy levels up a Pokémon, in the episode it actually makes the Pokémon larger (and in some cases uncontrollable) due to the fact that this was a specially modified and experimental version of it. Brock said that the original would merely "enhance a Pokémon's abilities". Also, due to a dubbing error, the Rare Candy was referred by a direct translation of its Japanese name, Mystery Candy.

In The Clubsplosion Begins!, a full set of vitamins (PP Up, PP Max, and Rare Candy are excluded) were 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

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Vitamins in Pokémon Adventures

In Wartortle Wars, Red tried to use an "HP Up" sold to him by Green on Pika, but, like with all the other items she had sold him, it proved to be fake and ineffective.

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

In Innocent Scientist, Blake revealed that he had given his Dewott a Rare Candy and Resist Wing before heading to battle Genesect, boosting his defenses just enough for him to be able to survive an Electric-type Techno Blast.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards named Rare Candy.

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 #
Rare Candy I EX Sandstorm Uncommon 88/100 Miracle of the Desert Uncommon 050/053
EX Emerald Uncommon 83/106      
EX Holon Phantoms Uncommon 90/110 Holon Phantom Uncommon 048/052
POP Series 5 Uncommon 7/17      
Great Encounters Uncommon 102/106 Moonlit Pursuit/Dawn Dash Uncommon  
POP Series 8 Uncommon 10/17      
Unleashed Uncommon 82/95 Leafeon vs Metagross Expert Deck   009/014
      Reviving Legends Uncommon 071/080
Dark Explorers Uncommon 100/108 Dark Rush U 065/069
      Hydreigon Half Deck   011/015
      Garchomp Half Deck   011/015
      BW-P Promotional cards   138/BW-P
      Master Deck Build Box EX   031/046
      Black Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   011/018
      White Kyurem-EX Battle Strength Deck   011/018
Plasma Blast Uncommon 85/101 Blastoise + Kyurem-EX Combo Deck   010/018
Plasma Blast Rare Secret 105/101 Megalo Cannon UR 086/076
Rare Candy I Primal Clash Uncommon 135/160 Gaia Volcano U 061/070
      XY-P Promotional cards   136/XY-P
      M Master Deck Build Box Power Style   031/049
      M Master Deck Build Box Speed Style   033/049
      BREAK Starter Pack   057/072
      Premium Champion Pack   107/131


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