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Air Balloon
Air Balloon
Air Balloon
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Introduced in Generation V
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Power 10

The Air Balloon (Japanese: ふうせん Balloon) is a type of held item introduced in Generation V. It makes the holder ungrounded.


In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A PokémonDollar.png100
SMUSUM N/A PokémonDollar.png2,000


The Air Balloon makes the holder ungrounded, which means that the holder is immune to damaging Ground-type moves and several related effects. If the holder or its substitute is hit by a damaging move (even if it has Disguise), the Air Balloon is destroyed. A message is displayed when a Pokémon is sent into battle while holding an Air Balloon (if its effect is not negated).

The Air Balloon does not make the holder ungrounded while Gravity is in effect or if it is under the effect of Ingrain, Smack Down, or Thousand Arrows (but this does not prevent it from bursting).

An Air Balloon will not burst while Magic Room is in effect, or if the holder has the Ability Klutz or is under the effect of Embargo. A burst Air Balloon cannot be recovered with Recycle or Pickup. The Air Balloon bursts before it can be stolen by Thief, Covet, or Magician. Whether a Pokémon is affected by terrain is determined before the Air Balloon bursts, so terrain cannot prevent a Pokémon holding an Air Balloon from being afflicted by a status condition from the move that bursts the Air Balloon.

An Air Balloon bursting will trigger Unburden and Symbiosis.


Games Description
BWB2W2 When held by a Pokémon, the Pokémon will float in the air. When the holder is attacked, the item will burst.
An item to be held by a Pokémon. The holder will float in the air until hit. Once hit, this item will burst.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
BW Battle Subway (48 BP)
B2W2 Driftveil City Battle Subway/PWT (12 BP)
Held by wild Drifblim (1% chance) (dark grass only)
DW* Dream Park
XY Battle Maison (48 BP)
ORAS Battle Maison (48 BP)
SMUSUM Malie GardenDay Battle Tree (32 BP)

In the manga

Air Balloon in Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga

An Air Balloon appeared in Challenge the Battle Subway!, being held by Monta's Snivy.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 氣球 Heikàuh
Mandarin 氣球 / 气球 Qìqiú
France Flag.png French Ballon
Germany Flag.png German Luftballon
Italy Flag.png Italian Palloncino
South Korea Flag.png Korean 풍선 Pungseon
Spain Flag.png Spanish Globo Helio

External links

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