Focus Band

The Focus Band (Japanese: きあいのハチマキ Fighting Spirit Headband) is a type of held item introduced in Generation II that sometimes prevents fainting.

Focus Band
Fighting Spirit Headband
Bag Focus Band Sprite.png
Focus Band
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation II
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Power 10

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A $100
SMUSUM N/A $2,000
SwSh $3,000 $2,000
SV $10,000 $2,500


Generation II

If the Pokémon holding a Focus Band is hit by a damaging move that would cause it to faint, there is a ~12% (30/256) chance the Focus Band will activate and cause its holder to survive with 1 HP. Focus Band can allow the holder to survive Future Sight. It cannot activate as a result of self-inflicted confusion damage.

Generations III onward

The Focus Band now has a 10% chance to activate. Focus Band now allows its holder to endure self-inflicted confusion damage.

Focus Band can allow the holder to survive Doom Desire.


Games Description
GSC May prevent fainting. (HOLD)
RSEColoXD A hold item that occasionally prevents fainting.
FRLG An item to be held by a Pokémon. The holding Pokémon may endure an attack, leaving just 1 HP.
An item to be held by a Pokémon. The holder may endure a potential KO attack, leaving it with just 1 HP.
SV An item to be held by a Pokémon. When the holder is hit with a move that should knock it out, it may be able to endure with 1 HP.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Fighting Dojo Route 26 (held by Cooltrainer Beth's Rapidash from the second rematch onward)C
RSE Shoal Cave Battle Tower (35+ win streak)RS, Battle Frontier (64 BP)E
FRLG Held by wild Machoke (5% chance)
Colo Mt. Battle (10,000 Poké Coupons)
XD Pyrite Town (Pyrite Super Grand Hotel) Mt. Battle (8,000 Poké Coupons)
DPPt Transfer from My Pokémon Ranch (held by Hayley's Octillery) Battle ParkDP/FrontierPt (48 BP)
Ranch Hayley's trades (held by event Octillery)
HGSS Battle Frontier (48 BP)
PW Beyond the Sea (held by wild Octillery)
BW Battle Subway (48 BP)
B2W2 Battle Subway/PWT (12 BP)
XY Battle Maison (48 BP)
ORAS Shoal Cave Battle Maison (48 BP)
Held by wild Machop (5% chance)
SMUSUM Route 9 Held by wild Machop and wild Machoke (5% chance each)
SwSh Stow-on-Side (bargain shop)
Held by wild Machop, wild Machoke, and wild Machamp (5% chance each)
BDSP Battle Park (48 BP)
Held by wild Machop and wild Machoke (5% chance each)
SV Delibird Presents (Mesagoza Branch)
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As a held item
Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
DP Golgo Octillery Japanese October 14 to 31, 2007
XY Pacifico Pikachu Japan August 16 to 17, 2014
USUM Dusk Rockruff Japanese, American, PAL, Korean November 17, 2017 to January 10, 2018



Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet

In the spin-off games

Focus Band in Pokémon UNITE

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, the Focus Band is a held item that recovers user's HP for 3s when below 25%; specifically by 8/11/14% of missing HP with 100/90/80s cooldown at Grade 1, 10, and 20 respectively. It also increases the user's Defense and Sp. Defense: by 2 and 0 respectively at Grade 1 and by 30 each at Grade 30.

In the anime

A Focus Band in the anime

In The Journalist from Another Region!, a Pokémon Sumo Tournament was held during the Grand Harvest Festival on Harvest Island, with the prize for winning being a Focus Band. Eventually, it was won by Ash, who gave it to his Pignite to wear as a trophy.

In the manga

A Focus Band in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

In The Last Battle VI, Gold gave each of his team members a Focus Band to hold during the final battle against the Masked Man.

In the TCG

Focus Band
Main article: Focus Band (Neo Genesis 86)

The Focus Band was introduced as a Pokémon Tool Trainer card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Neo Series (the Japanese Neo Era) in the Neo Genesis expansion. It has never been reprinted.

If a Pokémon with a Focus Band would be Knocked Out, its owner may flip a coin. If heads, the Pokémon survives with 10 HP and Focus Band is discarded.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 氣勢頭帶 Heisai Tàuhdaai *
振奮精神頭布 Janfáhn Jīngsàhn Tàuhbou *
Mandarin 氣勢頭帶 / 气势头带 Qìshì Tóudài *
振奮精神的頭布 Zhènfèn Jīngshén de Tóubù *
有气势的东西 Yǒu Qìshì de Dōngxi *
毅力頭帶 Yìlì Tóudài *
小东西 Xiǎo Dōngxi *
  Finnish Focus-nauha
  French Bandeau*
Bandeau +*
  German Fokusband*
  Italian Bandana
  Korean 기합의머리띠 Gihabui Meoritti
  Polish Opaska Skupienia
  Brazilian Portuguese Faixa Focalizadora (games, manga)
Bandana (anime)
  Russian Защитная Бандана Zashchitnaya Bandana
  Spanish Cinta Focus
  Swedish Fokusband
  Vietnamese Băng đô cổ vũ

External links

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