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Life Orb
Life Orb
Life Orb
Life Orb
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Introduced in Generation IV
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The Life Orb (Japanese: いのちのたま Life Orb) is a type of held item introduced in Generation IV. It is an in-battle effect item that strengthens the power of the holder's moves, but causes it to take damage when using damaging moves.


In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A PokémonDollar.png100
SMUSUM N/A PokémonDollar.png2,000


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Reason: In which games does the Life Orb boost the damage dealt by Future Sight/Doom Desire (other than Generation VI)? Does it deal damage to the user for these moves, and when?.

Generation IV

Boosts the power of the holder's damaging moves by ~30% (5324/4096), but the holder takes damage equal to 10% of its maximum HP after it uses a damaging move (rounded down, but not less than 1). It does not boost the damage for self-inflicted confusion damage or moves that deal direct damage, but the holder still takes damage when using direct damage moves.

If the holder uses a multi-strike move, it takes damage after the last strike. Future Sight and Doom Desire do not cause the user to take damage.

The Life Orb inflicts its damage without displaying any message.

It does not cause damage to the holder when hitting a substitute. Magic Guard prevents a Pokémon from taking damage from the Life Orb.

If a Pokémon steals a Life Orb with Thief or Covet, it will take damage for the use of that move that stole the Life Orb. The Life Orb activates after the holder recovers HP with a draining move or takes damage from recoil and Rough Skin.

Generation V

The Life Orb now displays a message when it inflicts damage. If a Pokémon with Sheer Force uses a move boosted by the Ability, it does not take damage from Life Orb for that move.

If a Pokémon is holding a Life Orb when Future Sight or Doom Desire that it used inflicts damage (even if it was not holding the Life Orb when it used the move), it takes damage for the Life Orb.

The Life Orb activates before Pickpocket, so even if a Pokémon's held Life Orb is stolen by Pickpocket it still damages the attacking Pokémon for that move. The Life Orb activates after the holder takes damage from Iron Barbs and the Rocky Helmet.

Generation VI onward

The Life Orb does increase the damage dealt from Future Sight and Doom Desire.

If a Pokémon steals a Life Orb with Magician, it will take damage for the use of that move that stole the Life Orb.


Games Description
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts the power of moves, but at the cost of some HP on each hit.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
DPPt Stark Mountain
HGSS Ruins of Alph
BW Battle Subway (48 BP)
B2W2 Battle Subway/PWT (24 BP)
Pokémon Dream Radar (Simulator α, Simulator γ)
XY Battle Maison (48 BP)
ORAS Battle Maison (48 BP)
Held by wild Absol (5% chance)
SM Resolution Cave Battle Tree (48 BP)
USUM Mount Lanakila Battle Tree (48 BP)

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 生命寶珠 Sāngmihng Bóujyū
Mandarin 生命寶珠 / 生命宝珠 Shēngmìng Bǎozhū
France Flag.png French Orbe Vie
Germany Flag.png German Leben-Orb
Italy Flag.png Italian Assorbisfera
South Korea Flag.png Korean 생명의구슬 Saengmyeong-ui Guseul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Vidasfera

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