Dowsing Machine

The Dowsing Machine (Japanese: ダウジングマシン Dowsing Machine), referred to as the Itemfinder prior to Generation IV and as the Dowsing MCHN in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver and the Generation V games, is a Key Item used to detect hidden items in the vicinity of the user. The way in which it detects items and provides feedback greatly varies between games.

Dowsing Machine
Dowsing Machine
Bag Dowsing Machine ORAS Sprite.png
Dowsing Machine
Artwork from Generation I
Introduced in Generation I
Generation I Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation II Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation III Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation IV Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items (HGSS)
Generation V Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation VI Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation VII Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, the role of locating hidden items is given to the Poké Ride Stoutland Search; in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the partner Pokémon and walking Pokémon take the role; and in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the rideable Ursaluna takes the role. In Pokémon Sword, Shield, Scarlet, and Violet, hidden items appear as sparkles in the overworld and do not require a specific locating method.

In the core series games


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A form of the Itemfinder has been present in all core series games since Generation I.

Generation I

The Itemfinder is used to find items. When used when the player is not near a tile with a hidden item, text will appear stating that there are no items nearby: "Nope! ITEMFINDER isn't responding." If the Itemfinder is used while a tile with a hidden item is "on-screen", the item will give out four musical chimes, with text stating: "Yes! ITEMFINDER indicates there's an item nearby."

Generation II

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Itemfinder works exactly as it did in Generation I. However, the Itemfinder is now classified as a Key Item and can be registered to the Select Button, allowing for easy access.

Generation III

Generation III marks the first time that the Itemfinder shows the direction and closeness of an item.

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the Itemfinder retains its previous mechanics from Generation I and II, requiring the hidden item to be "on-screen". However, the player will turn towards the direction of the hidden item after the chimes. The text when an item is near reads: "Huh? The ITEMFINDER's responding! There's an item buried around here!"

When operating the Itemfinder under normal circumstances, text will appear stating that there is no item around which reads: "... ... ... ...Nope! There's no response."

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the Itemfinder receives an upgrade in the form of arrows that point towards the hidden item. The amount of arrows is based on how close the player is to the hidden item: Two arrows when the player is five to eight tiles away from the hidden item and four arrows when the player is within four tiles of the item. A musical chime will sound for each arrow that appears. The text used when operating the Itemfinder remains untouched from Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.

There are also some items which require the Itemfinder to be used to obtain them, rather than simply being easier to find using it. These items can only be detected by the Itemfinder if the player is standing on top of them, at which point the item will be automatically obtained. When the Itemfinder is used on these tiles, three stars will appear above the player. In total, there are six items that can be found using this method:

The text that appears when operating the Itemfinder over these spots is, as follows:"Oh! The ITEMFINDER's shaking wildly! There's an item buried underfoot!"

Generation IV

The Dowsing Machines in Generation IV are slightly different to those of previous generations; they make use of the Nintendo DS's touch screen.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the Pokétch's Dowsing Machine app replaces the functions of the Itemfinder. The layout of the Dowsing Machine app is that of a Cartesian plane with the player at the center. The app functions similar to a radar. When the touch screen is pressed, a circle will radiate from the point where the stylus hits and give out a "ping". When an item is nearby, a dilating radar circle will repeatedly appear. If the hidden item is within the radius of the circle, a dot will continuously blink while the radar circle repeatedly appears from the touched area. The app will reset its display upon the player performing any action.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
The Dowsing Machine as it appears in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Dowsing MCHN is a Key Item. It uses the touch screen to locate items, with each grid tile representing a tile on the overworld. Unlike Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the Dowsing Machine is a circular grid and can be operated while moving. There are four lines around the central grid that will move around when the touched area moves in relation to the hidden item and will light up when an item is near. When touching the grid under normal circumstances, the radius of dots and lines will be dark red and will let out a slow series of lower-frequency beeping. If the player moves near a hidden item while touching the grid, the dots and lines will gradually light up from red to white until the player touches the grid tile representing the tile containing the item, in which a blinking dot will appear; the beeping will also speed up and become higher in frequency in relation to the closeness of the area the player is touching.

Main article: Pokéwalker → Dowsing Machine

On the Pokéwalker, the Dowsing Machine is a mini game that can be used to find items. It costs 3 Watts to play. In this mini game, the player gets two guesses. If the player gets the first guess wrong, the game gives a message regarding whether the item is adjacent to the selected spot or not.

Generation V

The Dowsing Machine, as it appears in Generation V, when the player is standing over an item.

In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, it is once again known as the Dowsing MCHN. While it still appears on the touch screen when in use, it no longer takes any input from stylus touches and uses the screen for display purposes only. The bars and an arrow will face in the direction of a hidden item when the player is close. If the player is standing on a tile containing an item, the bars will cross and a square with four small arrows will appear.

Generation VI

In Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Dowsing Machine works entirely differently from previous titles. In both pairs of games, the Dowsing Machine cannot be used underwater nor in most buildings, and the player cannot ride a Bicycle or Surf and use the Dowsing Machine simultaneously.

Pokémon X and Y

In Pokémon X and Y, the Dowsing Machine takes the form of two rods that the player character holds in each hand that project the current forward. Once used, the rods project two streams of electric current in the air ahead as the character walks around. This current changes color depending on if the player is facing the direction of a hidden item and how close they are to it. The color cycles through blue, to green, to orange, with a musical chime playing when the color changes to let the player know they are getting close. When the player is directly in front of a hidden item, the electric currents cross each other and turn red, and a different musical chime plays.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Dowsing Machine is worn on the head with two electrodes protruding from the top. The electrodes change color as in X and Y as the player approaches a hidden item, and the electrodes turn red and vibrate when the player is directly in front of a hidden item. While wearing the Dowsing Machine, the player cannot sneak.

Generation VIII

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the Dowsing Machine Pokétch app operates the same way as it did in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.


Games Description
Stad A machine for searching items on the ground.
GSC Checks for unseen items in the area.
RSE A device that signals an invisible item by sound.
FRLG A device used for finding items. If there is a hidden item nearby when it is used, it emits a signal.
It checks for unseen items in the area and makes noise and lights when it finds something.
XY It searches for hidden items in the area and emits different lights and sounds when it detects something.
This high-tech machine shows the location of invisible items. It's attached to the head when in use.


Games Method
Route 11 gate 2F (from Oak's aide after obtaining 30 Pokémon)
GSC Ecruteak City (from a man in a house next to the Gym)
RSE Route 110 (from Brendan/May after defeating them)
FRLG Route 11 gate 2F (from Oak's aide after obtaining 30 Pokémon)
HGSS Ecruteak City (from a man in a house next to the Gym)
BW Nacrene City (from Bianca after obtaining the Basic Badge)
B2W2 Castelia City (from Bianca in the gate leading to Route 4)
XY Route 8 (from a Swimmer after clearing Glittering Cave)
ORAS Route 110 (from Brendan/May after defeating them)


Sprites and models

Bag sprite from
Generation III
Bag sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Sprite from the
Bag sprite from
Generation V
Obtain sprite from
Generation V
Bag sprite from
X and Y
Overworld models from
X and Y
Overworld models from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Trading Card Game series

The Item Finder card is available in Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!.

Item Finder (GB1) Item Finder (GB2)

In the anime

A Dowsing Machine in the anime

In A Ghost of a Chance, a Firebreather named Infernando tried to sell Ash and his friends an Itemfinder, referred to in the English dub as a "Treasure Detector". While the group refused the offer, the machine was soon after bought by James. He used it in an attempt to find treasures around Ecruteak City, although he ended up just finding bottle caps.

In From Ghost to Ghost, the Treasure Detector led Team Rocket to a storage full of valuable antiques. However, while looting the place, the group was ambushed and hypnotized by a group of Gastly, scaring them away.

In Sky High Gym Battle!, Team Rocket used a pair of golden dowsing rods, referred to as Itemfinders, in an attempt to lead them to a treasure supposedly buried underneath the Fortree Gym.

In Try for the Family Stone!, James used a pair of dowsing rods in an attempt to find a Dusk Stone.

In A Team-on-Team Tussle!, James used a modified Dowsing Machine to locate a Z-Crystal for Team Rocket. However, soon after leading the Rocket trio to a Darkinium Z, the machine was destroyed by the Totem Raticate guarding the Z-Crystal.

In the manga

An Itemfinder in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue arc

In A Hollow Victreebel, an Itemfinder was one of the many items seen in Red's Bag. In What a Dragonite, he used the Itemfinder to locate the hidden HM for Surf on Route 19, coming across and being attacked by a wild Dragonite in the process.

Diamond & Pearl arc

In Luring in a Lickilicky, Diamond used the Dowsing Machine app on his Pokétch to track down an item-stealing wild Lickilicky's hiding place.

In the TCG

The Item Finder card

The following is a list of cards named either Item Finder or Dowsing Machine.

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 #
Item Finder T Base Set   74/102 Expansion Pack    
Base Set 2   103/130      
Dowsing Machine I Plasma Storm   128/135 Plasma Gale   069/070

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 探寶器 Taambóuhei
Mandarin 探寶器 / 探宝器 Tànbǎoqì
  Dutch Detector*
  Finnish Taikavarpukone
  French Cherch'Objet
  German Itemradar*
  Italian Ricerca Strum.*
Ricerca Str.*
Ricerca Strumenti*
  Korean 다우징머신 Dowsing Machine
  Polish Urządzenie do Radiestezji
  Brazilian Portuguese Máquina de Prospecção
  Spanish Zahorí*
  Thai เครื่องดาวซิ่ง Machine Dowsing
เครื่องค้นหา Machine Search (SM)
  Vietnamese Máy cảm xạ

See also

  This item article is part of Project ItemDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on all items.