Apricorns (Japanese: ぼんぐりのみ Bonguri Fruit) are fruits native to the Johto region that can be used to make Poké Balls. They can also be found in the Kanto region in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and on Galar's Isle of Armor in Pokémon Sword and Shield's The Isle of Armor expansion.
Specialists can hollow out Apricorns and fit them with special devices to allow them to function as Poké Balls. Kurt is one such specialist. Before Poké Balls became standardized, everyone used hollowed-out Apricorns to catch Pokémon. The process used to create the Poké Balls was developed sometime between 400 and 700 years before the present day.
Because the outer skin of Apricorns are so tough, they cannot be eaten by Pokémon unprocessed. Instead, Trainers can blend Apricorns in an Apriblender to make Aprijuice for their Pokémon to drink.
List of Apricorns
|Black Apricorn||Heavy Ball||All|
|Blue Apricorn||Lure Ball||Skill|
|Green Apricorn||Friend Ball||Jump|
|Pink Apricorn||Love Ball||Speed|
|Red Apricorn||Level Ball||Power|
|White Apricorn||Fast Ball||None|
|Yellow Apricorn||Moon Ball||Stamina|
In the core series games
Apricorns can be turned into Apricorn Poké Balls. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, the player can given Apricorns to Kurt in Azalea Town, who will have turned them into Poké Balls by the next day. In Pokémon Gold and Silver he can only craft one Poké Ball at a time, whereas in subsequent games he can craft any number of the same Poké Ball at once.
Additionally, in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, they can be blended using an Apriblender to make drinks which improve a Pokémon's performance for Pokéathlon competitions. The color of the Apricorns corresponds to their flavor and associated performance stat, with the White and Black Apricorns affecting all stats.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver only, Apricorns cannot be held, in order to prevent them being traded to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum (where they do not exist). In these games, Apricorns are placed in the Apricorn Box (a Key Item that functions like a pocket) instead of the Bag's Items pocket. However, a Pokémon caught in an Apricorn Poké Ball can be traded to Pokémon Diamond, Pearl or Platinum, although the Pokémon's Poké Ball will appear as a standard Poké Ball in those games.
The primary method of obtaining Apricorns is from Apricorn trees. These trees yield one Apricorn per day. In the Generation II games, only one of each Apricorn is available per day, from the Apricorn trees on Routes 37 and 42 and in Azalea Town.
In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Apricorns are much more widely available. Locations that contained Berry trees in Generation II now contain Apricorn trees instead, sometimes with the number of trees also being increased. Green Apricorns are by far the most common, appearing in eight places; while White and Red Apricorns are the least common, each only appearing in three places.
Apricorns will be making a return in The Isle of Armor.
In spin-off games
In the anime
Apricorns made their only major anime appearance in Going Apricorn!. After Kurt had given Ash, Misty, and Brock a Fast Ball each, made from White Apricorns growing next to his house, he sent them to collect other Apricorns with Maizie. After several failed attempts at picking Apricorns, the group managed to pick two Blue Apricorns and a Black Apricorn, which Kurt used to make a pair of Lure Balls and a Heavy Ball for them, which they obtained shortly before leaving Azalea Town in the next episode.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Apricorns were first seen in Teddiursa's Picnic, where Kurt's ability to turn them into special Poké Balls was demonstrated. Gold, unaware of Apricorns' true purpose, attempted and failed to eat one from a tree.
In Yikes, It's Yanma!, an Apricorn lottery was used to randomly decide which pairs of Gym Leaders from Kanto and Johto would face each other in an interregional exhibition match at Indigo Plateau. Erika and Pryce, due to their statuses as the leaders of their respective region's Gym Leaders, were automatically selected to battle each other.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Apricorns have different sprites for the Apricorn Case and the Bag. In these games, the Bag sprites are only used in the point-exchange menu at the Pokéathlon Dome.
- In the anime, possibly as a coloring error, Black Apricorns were portrayed as being brown-colored.
- Because of the length of the word "Apricorn", only the Red Apricorn is able to have its full color name in English prior to Generation VI, with the other six having abbreviated versions because item names are limited to 12 characters (including spaces). Starting in Generation VI, item names can be longer, and the Apricorns are all spelled out in full in English (although they were not made available until Generation VIII). In all generations in Japanese, abbreviation is used only for the Green Apricorn, which uses みど mido as an abbreviated form of みどり midori, green.
- In Generation IV, if an Apricorn tree is left bare and on-screen without turning the game off over midnight, the plant will sparkle (in the same way Berry plants do when advancing a stage) and an Apricorn will appear on it. If the game was in sleep mode (the Nintendo DS was closed) over midnight, this will happen as soon as the game is taken out of sleep mode.
In other languages
|Items|| Evolution stones • Fossils • Flutes • Shards • Held items|
Evolution items • Escape items • Exchangeable items • Valuable items
Battle items • Scents • Nectars • Candy
|Medicine|| Status condition healing items • Vitamins • Feathers|
Mints • Drinks • Herbal medicine
|Berries and Apricorns||Poké Balls • Berries • Mulch • Apricorns|
|Aesthetic|| Decorations • Accessories • Backdrops • Props • Décor|
Clothing • Fashion items
|Others|| Mail • Key Items • Event items|
Wonder Launcher items • Rotom Powers
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