Battle item

A battle item (Japanese: 戦闘用 Battle use item) is, as its name implies, an item given to a Pokémon during battle to enhance its stats. Like the stat-raising effects of moves like Howl and Agility, the stat rise is only temporary. These items cannot be used on a Pokémon if the specific stat is already raised by six levels.

In the English manuals of the Generation I, II, and III games, these items are collectively called Pokémon Power-Ups alongside the vitamins and Rare Candy.


There are two distinct types of battle items. The basic battle items introduced in Generation I each raise a particular stat by two stages (one stage prior to Generation VII), with the exception of Guard Spec. which protects the party from stat reductions for five turns.

A second type of battle item was unique to Generation V, and can only be used in multiplayer battles via the Wonder Launcher. Many of these items are more powerful versions of the basic battle items, raising a particular stat by 2, 3, or 6 levels, while others have an effect on the ally of the Pokémon during whose turn the items are used.

Types of battle items

Name Debut
  X Attack I Raises the Attack of a Pokémon currently in battle by 2 levels.
  X Defense I Raises the Defense of a Pokémon currently in battle by 2 levels.
  X Sp. Atk I Raises the Special Attack of a Pokémon currently in battle by 2 levels.
  X Sp. Def IV Raises the Special Defense of a Pokémon currently in battle by 2 levels.
  X Speed I Raises the Speed of a Pokémon currently in battle by 2 levels.
  X Accuracy I Raises the Accuracy of a Pokémon currently in battle by 2 levels.
  Dire Hit I Raises the critical hit ratio of a Pokémon currently in battle by 2 levels. Does not stack with itself or Focus Energy.
  Guard Spec. I Prevents stat reduction by opponents' moves for the user's party for five turns.
All details are accurate to Generation IX games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual items's page.

Wonder Launcher items

Main article: Wonder Launcher


Pokémon Global Link

X Attack X Defense X Sp. Atk X Sp. Def
X Speed X Accuracy Dire Hit Guard Spec.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

X Attack X Defense X Sp. Atk X Sp. Def
X Speed X Accuracy Dire Hit Guard Spec.

In the spin-off games

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

X Attack, X Defense, and X Speed appear in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U as equipment that any of the five playable Pokémon can use. Each raises its respective stat while lowering another. While they will occasionally come with a special effect, the ones without effects come in three rarities: normal, Threefold, and Sixfold.

Pokémon Rumble World

After rescuing a distressed Mii in an area, they will occasionally use X Attacks, X Defenses, X Speeds, or Potions. What they give out is chosen randomly upon being rescued. The X items boost the specified stat for some time.

In the anime

A Wonder Launcher X Attack in the anime
A Wonder Launcher X Speed in the anime

In Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!, two Wonder Launcher battle items appeared as part of a movie named Wonder Fighters the Movie Part 24: The Mystery of the Wonder Launcher. In the clip in the advertisement Ash, Iris, and Cilan saw, two Trainers battled using a Golurk and an Escavalier and used the Wonder Launchers to power up their Pokémon. The Wonder Fighter used an X Attack on her Golurk, while her opponent used an X Speed on his Escavalier.

In the manga

A battle item in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue arc

An X Attack was mentioned to be present among the fake items Green offered to sell Red in Wartortle Wars.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

An unspecified battle item was briefly seen in Omega Alpha Adventure 21 amongst the many items that Hoopa pulled out of its ring while searching for a Diancite for Ruby.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards featuring battle items. The English language release of the X Attack and X Defend use direct translations of their Japanese names, PlusPower and Defender, respectively.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
PlusPower I Base Set   84/102 Expansion Pack    
Base Set 2   113/130      
Diamond & Pearl   109/130 Space-Time Creation    
Secret Wonders   121/132 Dialga LV.X Constructed Standard Deck    
      Palkia LV.X Constructed Standard Deck    
      Magmortar Half Deck    
      Electivire Half Deck    
      Infernape Half Deck    
Platinum   112/127 Giratina Half Deck    
Unleashed   85/90 Raichu Starter Deck   007/010
      Reviving Legends   072/080
Black & White   96/114 White Collection   051/053
      BW-P Promotional cards   082/BW-P
      Master Deck Build Box EX   032/046
Defender T Base Set   80/102 Expansion Pack    
Base Set 2   109/130      
      Totodile Half Deck   4
Undaunted   72/90 Reviving Legends   070/080

In the TFG

The following is a list of cards named X Attack, X Special, or X Accuracy.

Name Type Rarity Set Set no.
X Accuracy T   Next Quest 7/8
? Groundbreakers 6/8
X Attack T   Next Quest 8/8
  Groundbreakers 7/8
X Special T   Groundbreakers 8/8


  • There is no battle item that boosts the evasion stat.
  • The Japanese name of X Accuracy, which would normally be written in hiragana as よくあたる yoku ataru, is instead written in katakana with a long "a" (ヨクアタール yoku atāru).
  • Some Gym Leaders in Generation I, as well as Trainers at the Petalburg Gym, use these items. Various Trainers in Pokémon Platinum onwards (usually School Kids and Scientists) use them occasionally.
  • In Black and White, the Japanese name of Dire Hit was changed to be one character shorter so as to fit the numbers used for its upgrade items in the Wonder Launcher.
  • Except for Dire Hit 3, the Bag descriptions for the different variations of each stat-boosting battle item are identical and do not specify to what degree they raise the corresponding stat (most likely because this is evident from their names).
  • The Bag descriptions for Dire Hit 2 and Dire Hit 3 include the additional text "each use increases the effect", which is not present in the descriptions of the other stat-boosting Wonder Launcher items.
  • There is no battle item that boosts the critical hit ratio by six levels; this is because critical hit ratio levels only go up to five.
  • In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, there is a Trainer Tips sign in Celadon City that states Guard Specs. decrease damage taken by Special attacks. This is incorrect, as Guard Specs. protect a Pokémon from having its stats lowered.

In other languages

Language Title
  Dutch Gevechtsvoorwerp*
  French Objet de combat
  German Kampfitem
  Italian Strumenti lotta
  Portuguese Objeto de Batalha*

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