Choice Band

The Choice Band (Japanese: こだわりハチマキ Fixation Headband) is a type of held item introduced in Generation III. It boosts the holder's Attack, but locks it into only using one move. It has two counterparts that boost different stats: Choice Scarf and Choice Specs.

Choice Band
Fixation Headband
Bag Choice Band Sprite.png
Choice Band
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation III
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Power 10

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A $50
N/A $2,000
SV $100,000 $25,000


When held by a Pokémon, it boosts the Pokémon's Attack by 50%, but only allows the use of the first move selected. This effect resets when the holder is withdrawn.

Generation III

The Choice Band's Attack boost also applies to confusion damage.

Generation IV

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, due to a glitch, if a Pokémon uses U-turn and switches into a Pokémon holding a Choice Band that also knows U-turn, that Pokémon will be locked into U-turn. This was fixed in subsequent games.

Generation V to VI

From Generation V onward, if a Pokémon is already locked into a move due to a held Choice Band, if the held Choice Band is removed while its effect is negated, the Pokémon will be affected by the Choice item lock glitch.

The Choice Band no longer boosts confusion damage.

Generation VII

If a Pokémon holding a Choice Band uses a move other than the one it's locked into (such as through Instruct or Dancer), the move will fail and no PP will be deducted.

Generation VIII

If a Pokémon holding a Choice Band Dynamaxes, the item will temporarily have no effect; the stat boost will be disabled, and the Pokémon will no longer be subject to move locks. After the Dynamax ends, the stat boost is restored, and any previous move lock will be re-enabled.


Games Description
Raises a move's power, but permits only that move.
FRLG An item to be held by a Pokémon. It powers up one move, which becomes the only usable one.
DPPtHGSS An item to be held by a Pokémon. This headband ups Attack, but allows the use of only one kind of move.
BWB2W2 An item to be held by a Pokémon. This headband ups Attack, but allows the use of only one of its moves.
An item to be held by a Pokémon. This curious headband boosts Attack but only allows the use of one move.
SV An item to be held by a Pokémon. This curious headband boosts the holder's Attack stat but only allows the use of a single move.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RSE Battle Tower (35+ win streak)RS/Battle Frontier (64 BP)E
FRLG Trade
Colo Mt. Battle (10,000 Poké Coupons)
XD Mt. Battle (8,000 Poké Coupons)
DPPt Battle ParkDP/FrontierPt (48 BP)
HGSS Battle Frontier (48 BP)
PW Winner's Path
BW Battle Subway (48 BP)
B2W2 Battle Subway/PWT (24 BP)
XYORAS Battle Maison (48 BP)
SMUSUM Battle Tree (48 BP)
SwSh Route 2 Battle Tower (25 BP)
BDSP Battle Park (25 BP)
SV Delibird Presents (Mesagoza Branch, after completing the main storyline)


Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
S CoroCoro Rockruff Enhancement items Japanese December 15, 2016 to February 14, 2017
As a held item
Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
RS Campaign 6 Machamp United States August 21 to 27, 2004
B2W2 Strongest Class Single Battle Metagross Japanese September 15 to October 28, 2012
Strongest Class Metagross Korean February 24 to May 5, 2013
BWB2W2 Pokémon Center 15th Anniversary Torterra Japanese June 5 to 11, 2013
July 3 to 7, 2013
AS Shigeki Morimoto's Bouffalant PAL August 5, 2015 to January 22, 2016
XYORAS Dahara City Groudon Japan June 20 to August 31, 2015
June 27 to 28, 2015
Dahara City Groudon Korean November 20, 2015 to January 31, 2016
SV Alex Gómez Berna's Dragapult All November 17 to 20, 2023



Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet

In the manga

A Choice Band in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Emerald arc

Emerald rented a Linoone holding a Choice Band from the Battle Factory in Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming. It was used to strengthen its Frustration in some of its matches. This item later proved to be instrumental in taking down Noland's Mawile, when Linoone used Trick to switch items with Mawile.

Black 2 & White 2 arc

In Deduction Time, Hugh had his Pidove use Bestow to pass a Choice Band on to a Team Plasma Grunt's Klang, locking it into using Protect and thus preventing it from attacking.

In the TCG

Choice Band
Main article: Choice Band (Guardians Rising 121)

The Choice Band was introduced as a Pokémon Tool Trainer card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese Sun & Moon Era) in the Guardians Rising expansion. It was later reprinted as a Full Art Secret card in the English Burning Shadows expansion (the Japanese Facing a New Trial subset).

The Choice Band strengthens attacks of the Pokémon the card is attached to by 30 if the opponent's Active Pokémon is a Pokémon-GX or Pokémon-EX (before applying Weakness and Resistance).


Pikachu alternate costume with a Choice Band

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 講究頭帶 Gónggau Tàuhdaai
Mandarin 講究頭帶 / 讲究头带 Jiǎngjiù Tóudài *
限定招式的頭布 Xiàndìng Zhāoshì-de Tóubù *
限定招式的头巾 Xiàndìng Zhāoshì-de Tóujīn *
  French Bandeau Choix*
Band. Choix*
  German Wahlband
  Italian Bendascelta
  Korean 구애머리띠 Guae Meoritti
  Brazilian Portuguese Faixa da Escolha
  Spanish Cinta Elección*
Cinta Elegida*
Cin. Elegida*
  Vietnamese Băng đầu cố chấp

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