A Plate (Japanese: プレート Plate) is a type of item introduced in Generation IV. There is one Plate for each type (except ???, though a corresponding Arceus form exists as an error handler). They boost the power of the holder's moves of the corresponding type, and change Arceus and its signature move Judgment to that type.
There are 16 Plates in Generations IV and V, and 17 from Generation VI to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl with the introduction of the Fairy type and the corresponding Pixie Plate. Pokémon Legends: Arceus introduces a Plate for the Normal type, the Blank Plate, as well as the Legend Plate, which allows Arceus to change its type at will when using Judgment, bringing the number of known Plates to 19.
In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the 16 Plates known at the time are spread far and wide across Sinnoh, and an additional copy of each Plate can also be dug up in the Underground. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the captain of the S.S. Aqua will give one away in index number order during each voyage after the player has all 16 Badges. In Pokémon Black and White, two of the Plates are given to the player by a treasure hunter in a house in Route 13. The treasure hunter will mention that he found the Plates in the Abyssal Ruins, where the player can find the rest of the Plates. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, these two same Plates can be found at Undella Bay, which is where the Abyssal Ruins and the remaining Plates also once again reside. In X and Y, one copy of each of the now 17 Plates, including the new Pixie Plate, is obtainable and they are scattered all across Kalos. In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, most of the 17 Plates are found in various locations Underwater, with the exception of the Iron Plate, which is attached to the special Beldum that Steven Stone leaves for the player after completing the Delta Episode. In Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, many of the Plates are found at the Antique Shop in Hau'oli City after defeating Nanu, while others are hidden around Hau'oli City. In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the Pixie Plate is the only obtainable plate in the game, and the rest are unobtainable.
In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, held items do not exist as in-battle items in the game; instead Plates appear as Key Items and must be selected to change Arceus into the Plate's corresponding type. The Plates are scattered across Hisui, and collecting them serves as a notable quest throughout the game, with most of them being received from notable Pokémon the player encounters.
List of Plates
When each Plate is obtained in Generation IV, a different engraving appears on the back of the Plate which reveals part of the myth of the creation of the Pokémon universe. No engraving is tied to a specific Plate; they will appear each one at a time depending on how many Plates the player has found so far, with the ninth Plate found using the same engraving as the first. In Platinum, after talking to the Hiker on the second floor of the Canalave Library, a book on the second floor with the engravings written in it will be left by the Hiker the player met in Oreburgh Mine during the Arceus-triggered event.
- "When the universe was created, its shards became this Plate."
- "The power of defeated giants infuses this Plate."
- "Two beings of time and space set free from the Original One."
- "Three beings were born to bind time and space."
- "Two make matter and three make spirit, shaping the world."
- "The Original One breathed alone before the universe came."
- "The powers of Plates are shared among Pokémon."
- "The rightful bearer of a Plate draws from the Plate it holds."
In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, each Plate has a unique engraving, which can be read by selecting "Read text" on the Plate in the inventory.
- Blank Plate: "Three beings whose power can hold both time and space fixed."
- Flame Plate: "The power of defeated giants infuses this Plate."
- Splash Plate: "The rightful bearer of a Plate draws from the Plate it holds."
- Zap Plate: "The third being raged, raining down bolts of anger."
- Meadow Plate: "The powers of Plates are shared among Pokémon."
- Icicle Plate: "Two beings of time and space set free from the Original One."
- Fist Plate: "The rift is born of disorder on the other side of this world."
- Toxic Plate: "The rules of time and space change within the opposite world."
- Earth Plate: "When the universe was created, its shards became this Plate."
- Sky Plate: "The being poured the remains of its power into stone and buried it deep."
- Mind Plate: "The Original One breathed alone before the universe came."
- Insect Plate: "Where all creation was born, that is the being's place of origin."
- Stone Plate: "It gathers power from the Plates, listening for the flute's song."
- Spooky Plate: "The other side of this world was given by the Original One to its raging third."
- Draco Plate: "Three beings were born to bind time and space."
- Dread Plate: "Two make matter, and three make spirit, shaping the world."
- Iron Plate: "That which fills the other side of the world can shape the rage and mold it."
- Pixie Plate: "The Original One is in all things. The Original One is nowhere at all."
- Legend Plate: "From all creations, over all creations, does the Original One watch over all."
In the anime
Plates debuted in Journey to the Unown!, where Saturn and two Team Galactic Grunts placed three of them in a room located in the Solaceon Ruins, in order to obtain the Spear Key and awaken the Unown there. These Plates were specifically the Draco Plate, Iron Plate, and Splash Plate, which power up the three types of Palkia and Dialga (Dragon, Steel, and Water) combined.
All of the Plates present at the time reappeared in Arceus and the Jewel of Life, where they played a larger role. Referred to as Life Plates, these are a set of Plates that give life to Arceus, and also allow it to change its type. Arceus almost died when it lost all of the Plates after destroying a meteor that endangered the land that would become Michina Town. Damos found one of these lost Plates and returned it to Arceus, giving it the strength to recall the other 15 Plates. This heroic, selfless act earned its trust and prompted it to detach the Earth Plate, Splash Plate, Meadow Plate, Zap Plate, and Draco Plate, and merge them to form the Jewel of Life so Damos could make the land flourish.
In JNS01, Team Galactic was revealed to have acquired a Flame Plate, which they used, along with the Heatran Saturn had caught, to power a device a that would bring back Cyrus. However, in JNS02, the machine overloaded and backfired, causing Heatran to go on a rampage and swallow the Flame Plate. The other Plates appeared in Arceus's possession in JNS04, with the Flame Plate also returning to it by the end of the episode.
In the manga
The Plates were initially being collected by Petrel for Team Rocket's plan. After Silver stole the few Plates he had managed to find, Petrel decided to let him gather all 16 Plates, just to get them back at once later. With his Weavile leaving messages for Sneasel and Weavile across Johto, Silver soon indeed gathered all 16 Plates for himself. At the Sinjoh Ruins, Gold surrendered the Plates to Archer, who used them to seemingly take control of Arceus, ordering it to recreate Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina. When the Pokédex holders used their Pokémon's ultimate attacks to stop the creation, all the Plates were absorbed by Arceus.
|Draco Plate||Dread Plate||Earth Plate||Fist Plate|
|Flame Plate||Icicle Plate||Insect Plate||Iron Plate|
|Meadow Plate||Mind Plate||Sky Plate||Splash Plate|
|Spooky Plate||Stone Plate||Toxic Plate||Zap Plate|
This is artwork of the Plates as seen on the Pokémon Global Link.
|Draco Plate||Dread Plate||Earth Plate||Fist Plate||Flame Plate||Icicle Plate|
|Insect Plate||Iron Plate||Meadow Plate||Mind Plate||Pixie Plate||Sky Plate|
|Splash Plate||Spooky Plate||Stone Plate||Toxic Plate||Zap Plate|
- Plates may have some relation to Shards, which are described as pieces of ancient tools. Their underground sprites likewise imply that they are broken parts of Plates.
- Arceus has the same total Pokéathlon stats (but distributed differently) for all Plates, except the Draco Plate which has a total 1 higher than other Plates.
- The Pixie Plate is the only Plate that can be obtained an unlimited number of times in a single game after Generation IV. It can be obtained repeatedly from Stow-on-Side's bargain shop in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
- Similarly, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are the only games where the player can obtain more than one of each plate in a single game, because in Generation IV they can be dug up from the underground indefinitely although they are somewhat rare.
- In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the Flame Plate is the only Plate that cannot be obtained outside of the Underground before obtaining the National Pokédex.
- There is a sprite for ???-type Arceus in the game data of the Generation IV games, but there is no associated ???-type Plate.
- When Plates were first seen in the anime in Journey to the Unown!, they were depicted with the same kind of square shape that they have in the games. However, in their later anime appearances, the Plates are depicted with a different, six-angle shape.
In other languages
|In-battle effect items|
Berries • Colored orbs • Drives • Power items
Experience-affecting items • Gems • Incense • Mega Stones • Memories • Plates
Stat-enhancing items • Type-enhancing items • Z-Crystals
|Out-of-battle effect items|
Power items • Incense • Mail • Scarves
|This item article is part of Project ItemDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on all items.|