An exchangeable item is a category of item which serves no in-game purpose aside from being able to be traded for another item or some sort of service. Though several Key Items fall under this category (such as Generation I and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen's Bike Voucher), their exchange is often important to the story of the games, so they are not included here. These items are often also valuable items.
List of exchangeable items
- Main article: Heart Scale
The Heart Scale is a scale commonly found on Luvdisc. From Generation III to Generation VII (with the exception of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen), Heart Scales are used as currency for the Move Reminder's services, at a rate of one scale per move.
Tiny Mushroom and Big Mushroom
In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Tiny Mushrooms and Big Mushrooms are used as currency for the Move Reminder instead of Heart Scales, at a rate of two Tiny Mushrooms or one Big Mushroom per move.
Shoal Shell and Shoal Salt
- Main article: Star Piece
In Pokémon Platinum the player can exchange give Star Pieces to Mr. Fuego for a shard of each color. In Generation V, the player can exchange a Star Piece with a man in Anville Town on Saturdays and Sundays, who will give the player a PP Up as thanks.
- Main article: Shard
These items, also introduced in Generation III, come in different colors: red, blue, green, and yellow. They can be exchanged for the elemental Evolution stones in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, in groups of ten for the TMs containing weather-modifying moves in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, and in groups of eight for special Move Tutor moves in Pokémon Platinum. They can be found lying around in certain areas, held by certain Pokémon, or in the Underground of Sinnoh. They can also be traded in for certain Berries from Jugglers found in Violet City and Fuchsia City. In Black 2 and White 2, Move Tutors found in Driftveil, Lentimas, Humilau, and Nacrene will use Shards as payment (from two to twelve), although each Tutor requires only one kind of Shard.
- Main article: Apricorn
These items are exclusive to Generation II, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, and Pokémon Sword and Shield. There are several different colors, and they can be made into different Poké Balls by Kurt in Azalea Town.
These items were introduced in Generation VII along with Hyper Training. They can be exchanged to allow the player to raise a Pokémon's IVs through Hyper Training. They come in two colors that allow the player to raise either one or all of a Pokémon's IVs.
- Main article: Galarica Twig
Galarica Twigs, released in patch 1.2.0 of Pokémon Sword and Shield, are found scattered across the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra. If the player gathers eight of them, they can be given to a young woman on a small island in the Workout Sea, who will turn them into a Galarica Cuff, which is required to evolve Galarian Slowpoke into Slowbro. If the player gathers fifteen of them, they can be given to a young woman in the Roaring-Sea Caves, who will turn them into a Galarica Wreath, which is required to evolve Galarian Slowpoke into Slowking.
These are artwork of the items as seen in the Sinnoh Underground.
|Heart Scale||Star Piece|
These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Dream World.
|Heart Scale||Tiny Mushroom||Big Mushroom||Shoal Salt||Shoal Shell||Star Piece|
In the anime
In Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!, during a Stoutland Search treasure hunt set up for Ash and his classmates by Olivia, Mallow found multiple Tiny and Big Mushrooms, while Sophocles found a Star Piece. In the dub, the Star Piece was incorrectly referred to as a Comet Shard.
In A Recipe for Success!, Mallow got some dried-up Big Mushrooms from Oranguru to be used at Aina's Kitchen. In the same episode, she also got a Heart Scale from a group of Fearow that had come to visit Oranguru's place.
In the manga
Magical Pokémon Journey
- Heart Scales are the shed scales of Luvdisc.
- The Move Reminder in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen accepts Mushrooms instead of Heart Scales, most probably due to the lack of Luvdisc in Kanto and the Sevii Islands, as well as the abundance of Paras and Parasect.
- Due to a mistake in the Nintendo Power Pokémon Diamond and Pearl guide, there was a rumor that the Shoal Salt functions like the Leftovers. However, multiple tests in-game have shown that the Shoal Salt does nothing; it is in fact the Shell Bell that functions similarly to Leftovers, itself created in Generation III from four Shoal Salts and four Shoal Shells.
- In Pokémon X and Y, the Heart Scale is incorrectly sorted in the Bag as an Evolution stone when the bag is sorted by type, instead of as an exchangeable item.
|Items||Evolution stones • Fossils • Flutes • Shards • Held items|
Evolution items • Escape items • Exchangeable items • Valuable items
Battle items • Scents • Nectars • Candy • Ingredients
|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 (VI • VII • VIII)
|Others||Mail • Key Items • Event items|
Wonder Launcher items • Rotom Powers
|This item article is part of Project ItemDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on all items.|