Air Balloon

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

Air Balloon
Bag Air Balloon Sprite.png
Air Balloon
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation V
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Power 10

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A  100
N/A  2,000
SV  15,000  3,750


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, 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.


Type Points
Flying 20


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.
SwSh An item to be held by a Pokémon. The holder will float in the air until hit. Once the holder is hit, this item will burst.
SV An item to be held by a Pokémon. This balloon makes the holder float in the air. If the holder is hit with an attack, the balloon 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)
SwSh Wyndon Battle Tower (15 BP)
SwShIoA Cram-o-matic (Flying: 52-60 points)
Cram-o-matic (Flying: 82-90 points)
SV Delibird Presents (Cascarrafa Branch, after earning 4 Gym Badges)



Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet

In the manga

Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

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

In the TCG

Full Art print of Air Balloon
Main article: Air Balloon (Sword & Shield 156)

The Air Balloon was introduced as a Pokémon Tool card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese Sword expansion before debuting in English in the Sword & Shield expansion, with artwork by Yoshinobu Saito. It was also released as a Secret Full Art card in the same Japanese and English expansion, with artwork by the same artist. It reduces the Retreat Cost of the holder by   .

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 氣球 Heikàuh
Mandarin 氣球 / 气球 Qìqiú
  French Ballon
  German Luftballon
  Italian Palloncino
  Korean 풍선 Pungseon
  Brazilian Portuguese Balão de Ar
  Spanish Globo Helio

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