This article relates only to the glass flutes. For other flutes, see Poké Flute, Azure Flute, Time Flute, Eon Flute, Sun Flute, or Moon Flute.

A flute (Japanese: ビードロ vidro) is a hand-blown glass instrument that produces sound when it is blown into.

List of Flutes

Name Effect
Gen III and IV Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  Black Flute Reduces wild Pokémon encounter rate Increases the level of wild Pokémon
  Blue Flute Wakes a sleeping Pokémon
  Red Flute Snaps a Pokémon out of infatuation
  White Flute Increases wild Pokémon encounter rate Decreases the level of wild Pokémon
  Yellow Flute Snaps a Pokémon out of confusion

In the core series games


In the Generation III and IV games, as well as Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, these flutes have one of two types of effects:

  • The player can play the Blue Flute, Red Flute, or Yellow Flute in battle to cure a Pokémon of sleep, infatuation, or confusion, respectively. Unlike most status-curing items, this does not consume the item.
  • The player can play the Black Flute or White Flute outside of battle to affect wild Pokémon encounters.
    • In the Generation III and IV games, they reduce or increase the wild encounter rate, respectively.
    • In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they increase or reduce the levels of wild Pokémon, respectively.

In Pokémon Colosseum and XD, while the other flutes work as normal, the Black Flute and White Flute cannot be used. If the player attempts to use one, the message "This item's use is forbidden in the Orre Region." will be displayed.

In the Generation V games and Pokémon X and Y, these items do not have their function and are simply ordinary valuable items. They can be sold to the item maniac in Undella Town for a higher-than-usual sell price.


In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, the player can collect volcanic ash in the Soot Sack and have it turned into flutes at the Glass Workshop on Route 113.

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the Yellow Flute can be purchased from the Rocket Game Corner, but the other flutes can only be obtained by trading them. In Pokémon Colosseum and XD, the flutes can only be obtained by trade, except the Yellow Flute, which can be found in Pokémon XD.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the flutes cannot be found in the game, but they can be acquired by trading them or by migrating a Pokémon holding one via Pal Park. In Pokémon Platinum, the Black Flute and White Flute are available. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, all five flutes can be found in the game.

In Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, the player can receive any of the Flutes from the treasure hunter on Route 13. In Black 2 and White 2, these are the only items that can be received from the treasure hunter.

From Generation VII onward, the flutes are unobtainable.


These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Global Link

Black Flute Blue Flute Red Flute White Flute Yellow Flute

In the anime

Flutes in the anime

A full set of flutes appeared in Serving Up the Flute Cup!, where Ash received it as a prize for winning the Battle Frontier Flute Cup.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

In Tanks, but No Tanks, Anorith & Lileep, Wallace was seen having exchanged the volcanic ash collected by Ruby for an unspecified flute.


  • Their Japanese name, vidro, refers to a specific type of flute which originated in Germany. Vidro are a common decoration in Japan.
  • These items are the only normal items that can be used multiple times without having multiple copies in the Bag.
  • Due to the Bag having more pockets in Generation IV than in Generations III and VI, the five flutes are the only set of similar items that cannot all be placed in the same pocket: the Black and White Flutes are in the items pocket, while the Red, Blue, and Yellow Flutes are in the battle items pocket.
    • Therefore, whereas in Generation III and VI the Blue Flute can be used both inside and outside of battle to awaken a sleeping Pokémon, due to its Generation IV placement, it cannot be used outside battle at all. While the Red and Yellow Flutes could be selected for use outside of battle in Generation III, they remove effects on a Pokémon which it automatically recovers from as soon as it leaves the battlefield anyway, giving them no out-of-battle purpose whatsoever. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, both the Red and Yellow Flutes can only be used in battle.
    • In Generation V and X and Y, the battle items pocket and items pocket were merged, thus reuniting the items. However, their individual uses have been removed, turning them into ordinary valuable items.
    • The Blue, Red and Yellow Flutes were moved to the medicine pocket in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, meaning that they have been in three different bag pockets over three generations.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 玻璃哨 Bōlēi Saau
Mandarin 玻璃哨 Bōlí Shào *
哨子 Shàozi *
  Finnish Huilu
  French Flûte
  German Flöte
  Italian Flauto
  Korean 비드로 Vidro
  Polish Flet
  Brazilian Portuguese Flauta
  Spanish Flauta

See also

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Medicine Status condition healing itemsVitaminsFeathers
MintsDrinksHerbal medicine
Berries and Apricorns Poké BallsBerriesMulchApricorns
Aesthetic DecorationsAccessoriesBackdropsPropsDécor
Clothing (VIVIIVIII)
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Wonder Launcher itemsRotom Powers

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