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This article is about the food that Pokémon consume. For Pokémon food products in the real world, see Pokémon food products. For food in the Mystery Dungeon series, see Food (Mystery Dungeon).

Brock holding a bowl of Pokémon food

Pokémon food is a broad term used for almost any food a Pokémon eats. Despite the variety of both Pokémon and Pokémon food, nearly every Pokémon will eat any kind of Pokémon food. This may mean that the majority of Pokémon are omnivorous. Several species are even capable of consuming things not normally viewed as edible from a human perspective, such as minerals, electrical energy or even abstract concepts such as dreams and emotions. Some species have been said to eat other Pokémon, or be eaten by Pokémon and humans alike, forming a food chain.

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In the games

In the core series

Bait

Introduced in the Generation I games and used in Safari Zones, this food will make a wild Pokémon less likely to run away but more difficult to catch. An unlimited supply of Bait is provided for use in the Safari Zone.

Drinks

Main article: Drink

Introduced in the Generation I games, drinks can be bought from vending machines and can be used to heal Pokémon in much the same way that Potions can at a fraction of the price.

Berries

Main article: Berry

Introduced in the Generation II games, Berries are a type of item which, unlike Potions or Vitamins, are portrayed as food rather than medicine. A Pokémon may hold this item and, if needed, eat it during a battle to heal itself or cause other effects. In Generation III onwards, these can be planted and harvested by the player. These Berries have names and designs based on real fruits and vegetables.

Pokéblock

Main article: Pokéblock

Featured in the Hoenn-based Generation III games and their remakes, Pokéblocks are a type of candy which are blended from Berries and given to a Pokémon to raise its condition in several areas. The flavor, level, and feel of the Pokéblock is determined by the ingredients which compose it and how well it is blended.

A Pokémon can only eat a certain number of Pokéblocks before it is full and cannot eat any more. A Pokéblock with lower feel will fill up the Pokémon less than one with greater feel.

In Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Pokéblocks can also be put on a feeder in the Safari Zone to lure wild Pokémon out. After being there for a while, however, the Pokéblock will eventually be eaten. It can also be used in encounters in the Safari Zone in the same manner as bait.

Poffin

Main article: Poffin
Poffins in the anime

Featured in the Sinnoh-based Generation IV games, Poffins are similar to Pokéblocks. A Poffin will raise the condition of a Pokémon in at least one of five categories: Smart, Cute, Tough, Beauty, and Cool. The flavor and smoothness of a Poffin is still taken into account just as in a Pokéblock. The main difference is that Poffins are pastries and Pokéblocks are candy. In the anime, Dawn often bakes Poffins for her Pokémon.

Honey

Main article: Honey

Featured in Generation IV, Honey can be slathered onto a Honey Tree to attract wild Pokémon. It can be placed in a specific location and will disappear (presumably eaten) after some time, and a Pokémon may be found on that tree if checked soon enough. If used in tall grass, it has the same effect as the move Sweet Scent. In the anime, Barry used this method to catch his Heracross.

Aprijuice

Main article: Apriblender

Apricorns were introduced in Generation II, where their sole use was to create custom Poké Balls. In the remakes of the Generation II games, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Apricorns can be blended into drinks called Aprijuice. These drinks will raise a Pokémon's Pokéathlon stats: Speed, Power, Skill, Stamina, and Jump.

Poké Puffs

Poké Puffs in the anime
Main article: Poké Puff

Featured in Generation VI, Poké Puffs are small cake-like confections that can be fed to Pokémon to increase their Affection. Poké Puffs are obtained by beating minigames or received from visiting Pokémon. They come in the following flavors: Citrus, Mocha, Spice, Mint, and Sweet. In the anime, Serena often bakes Poké Puffs for the group's Pokémon.

Poké Beans

Main article: Poké Bean

Featured in Generation VII, Poké Beans are similar to Poké Puffs in that they are used to increase a Pokémon's Affection. They can be collected on Isle Abeens and they are also obtained along with the first drink the player orders daily at Pokémon Center Cafés. They come in three different types: Plain, Patterned, and Rainbow.

Curry

Main article: Curry

While having appearing throughout the anime and manga, curry appears as a main feature in Generation VIII. Curries can be cooked in a player's Pokémon Camp, and the meal is then shared between the player and their Pokémon. Various types of curries are possible depending on the berries and other ingredients used.

Other items

A few items that appear to be made for human consumption are supposed to be given to Pokémon to heal them. These items are normally found or sold in certain locations and are considered specialties of those places. These items include the Rage Candy Bar of the Lake of Rage, the Lava Cookie of Lavaridge Town, the Old Gateau of the Old Chateau, the Casteliacone of Castelia City, the Lumiose Galette of Lumiose City,the Shalour Sable of Shalour City, and the Alola region's Big Malasada.

In the spin-off games

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Main article: Food (Mystery Dungeon)

There are a variety of different kinds of Pokémon food in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, such as Apples, Gummis, Berries, and Seeds. The effect of Gummis vary depending on the type of the Pokémon and have an effect on the consumer's IQ, while Apples only fill up the belly. Berries cause many effects, such as restoring HP and removing status conditions. Seeds often cause special status ailments. All food have an effect on the belly and can be turned into drinks at Spinda's Café.

Meowth eating Pokémon food in the form of an apple

Apple

In Pokémon Snap, one of the few items provided is Pokémon food in the form of an apple. These are unlimited, and the player can throw them to the wild Pokémon. Many Pokémon will happily eat the food, and it can be used to lure them to a new spot since they may walk to where the food was thrown. A well-aimed throw may also hit the Pokémon, causing them to flinch, faint, or become upset.

Professor Oak will provide the player with Pokémon food once the player obtains a total score of 14,000 points in the Pokémon Report.

Poké Snacks

Main article: Poké Snack

Poké Snacks are used in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness to lure wild Pokémon to Poké Spots. They look like slices of a yellow cake, with each slice being one-tenth of the cake. Up to ten can be placed at each Poké Spot.

The P★DA monitors the Poké Snacks at each Poké Spot, and will inform the player how many are at each Poké Spot and when a wild Pokémon is eating them. If the player doesn't return to the Poké Spot quickly, the wild Pokémon may have eaten all the Poké Snacks he had there.

Sometimes a Munchlax will appear at a Poké Spot. When this happens, its Trainer will arrive, apologize, and give ten new Poké Snacks for any the Munchlax may have eaten. Other times, a Bonsly will appear, running away unless the player approaches it slowly. If it runs away, it will be seen at a different Poké Spot.

Sushi

In Pokémon Stadium, a mini-game called "Sushi-Go-Round" features several Lickitung competing in a race against the clock to eat the most pieces of sushi. Some pieces are too spicy for the Lickitung, causing them to momentarily spin around in anguish, stalling them for time.

Other food

In Hey You, Pikachu! there are many more different kinds of food than in other Pokémon games. There are foods such as cupcakes, acorns, mushrooms, corn (which turns into popcorn if shocked by Pikachu), carrots, onions, herbs, radishes, apples, and bananas. Other things are edible even though they are not typically eaten as food, such as flowers and other plants.

In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Berries are often the common food source for Pokémon as well as their form of currency. A number of Pokémon can be befriended by offering them a large Berry. Iron ores are also considered a food source for the Aron in the game.

In the anime

Pikachu and his friends eating Pokémon food
A Slowking drinking milk from a coconut

Pokémon food has appeared in the anime as early as Clefairy and the Moon Stone, where it took on the appearance of some sort of kibble. It is available for purchase in cans, as seen briefly in Tears For Fears!. Several Pokémon Trainers will make their own, especially Pokémon Breeders like Brock. It is shown to be suitable for human consumption, but the flavor is not always agreeable with humans, as shown by the fact that Seymour was able to eat it without any problem, but Ash tried some and reacted badly. Pokémon food tastes great to Pokémon, however.

Brock often offers his homemade Pokémon food to try to gain a Pokémon's trust if it seems to be unfriendly or scared, such as a baby Stantler in Little Big Horn, and a Mudkip in A Mudkip Mission which he caught after befriending. Most Pokémon are extremely fond of the food he makes, with the exception of a Jigglypuff in Rough, Tough Jigglypuff which outright refused it (although it's possible it realized it was a trap and refused to take the bait).

Pokémon are also known to consume food that is meant for people, such as rice balls. In fact, some Pokémon, such as Madame Muchmoney's Snubbull, loved to eat these more than anything else. As shown by Lucario, Ash's Taillow and Lapras, and Meowth, Pokémon are also able to eat chocolate without any ill effects.

Some Pokémon also eat food which would not be eaten by humans, such as Aron and Lairon, who were shown eating the remains of the Megarig in the credits of Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Newspaper Strip

In Strip 38, Ash asked if Pikachu wants to eat moist or dry "Poké Chow".

Pokémon eating other Pokémon

In the games, Pokédex entries for many Pokémon often describe predator-prey relationships with other Pokémon.

Known predatory relation

Although many Pokémon species are confirmed to be either predator or prey to other species, there are few confirmed relations.

Predator Prey Predator Prey
Pidgey
Pidgey
Seedot
Seedot
Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
Exeggcute
Exeggcute
Pidgeotto
Pidgeotto
Magikarp
Magikarp
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Magikarp
Magikarp
Spearow
Spearow
Sunkern
Sunkern
Ekans
Ekans
Pidgey
Pidgey
Ekans
Ekans
Spearow
Spearow
Grimer
Grimer
Trubbish
Trubbish
Grimer
Grimer
Garbodor
Garbodor
Muk
Muk
Trubbish
Trubbish
Muk
Muk
Garbodor
Garbodor
Shellder
Shellder
Slowpoke
Slowpoke
Cloyster
Cloyster
Slowpoke
Slowpoke
Kingler
Kingler
Shellder
Shellder
Kingler
Kingler
Cloyster
Cloyster
Marowak
Marowak
Mandibuzz
Mandibuzz
Weezing
Weezing
Trubbish
Trubbish
Omastar
Omastar
Shellder
Shellder
Furret
Furret
Rattata
Rattata
Spinarak
Spinarak
Cutiefly
Cutiefly
Aipom
Aipom
Bounsweet
Bounsweet
Pineco
Pineco
Cutiefly
Cutiefly
Sneasel
Sneasel
Pidgey
Pidgey
Sneasel
Sneasel
Sandshrew
Sandshrew
Taillow
Taillow
Wurmple
Wurmple
Swellow
Swellow
Wurmple
Wurmple
Wingull
Wingull
Finneon
Finneon
Wingull
Wingull
Wishiwashi
Wishiwashi
Pelipper
Pelipper
Luvdisc
Luvdisc
Pelipper
Pelipper
Wishiwashi
Wishiwashi
Sableye
Sableye
Carbink
Carbink
Sharpedo
Sharpedo
Wailmer
Wailmer
Wailmer
Wailmer
Wishiwashi
Wishiwashi
Wailord
Wailord
Wishiwashi
Wishiwashi
Glalie
Glalie
Vanillite
Vanillite
Metang
Metang
Nosepass
Nosepass
Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Minior
Minior
Starly
Starly
Wurmple
Wurmple
Starly
Starly
Cherubi
Cherubi
Lumineon
Lumineon
Staryu
Staryu
Lumineon
Lumineon
Starmie
Starmie
Weavile
Weavile
Sandshrew
Sandshrew
Weavile
Weavile
Vulpix
Vulpix
Weavile
Weavile
Mamoswine
Mamoswine
Scolipede
Scolipede
Centiskorch
Centiskorch
Sandile
Sandile
Trapinch
Trapinch
Darumaka
Darumaka
Snover
Snover
Carracosta
Carracosta
Omanyte
Omanyte
Carracosta
Carracosta
Omastar
Omastar
Archeops
Archeops
Omanyte
Omanyte
Karrablast
Karrablast
Shelmet
Shelmet
Beheeyem
Beheeyem
Dubwool
Dubwool
Druddigon
Druddigon
Diglett
Diglett
Druddigon
Druddigon
Dugtrio
Dugtrio
Druddigon
Druddigon
Onix
Onix
Druddigon
Druddigon
Excadrill
Excadrill
Rufflet
Rufflet
Shellder
Shellder
Mandibuzz
Mandibuzz
Cubone
Cubone
Heatmor
Heatmor
Durant
Durant
Talonflame
Talonflame
Wingull
Wingull
Talonflame
Talonflame
Pikipek
Pikipek
Pikipek
Pikipek
Metapod
Metapod
Toucannon
Toucannon
Bounsweet
Bounsweet
Gumshoos
Gumshoos
Rattata
Rattata
Gumshoos
Gumshoos
Raticate
Raticate
Crabrawler
Crabrawler
Exeggcute
Exeggcute
Mareanie
Mareanie
Corsola
Corsola
Toxapex
Toxapex
Corsola
Corsola
Golisopod
Golisopod
Grapploct
Grapploct
Bruxish
Bruxish
Shellder
Shellder
Bruxish
Bruxish
Mareanie
Mareanie
Dhelmise
Dhelmise
Wailmer
Wailmer
Dhelmise
Dhelmise
Wailord
Wailord
Corviknight
Corviknight
Bunnelby
Bunnelby
Sanaconda
Sandaconda
Durant
Durant
Cramorant
Cramorant
Arrokuda
Arrokuda
Centiskorch
Centiskorch
Scolipede
Scolipede
Grapploct
Grapploct
Golisopod
Golisopod

Rivals

These Pokémon either prey for the same unspecified species or often come into contact fighting over territory where their find their food.

Rivals Rivals
Butterfree
Butterfree
Cutiefly
Cutiefly
Beedrill
Beedrill
Teddiursa
Teddiursa
Parasect
Parasect
Shiinotic
Shiinotic
Meowth
Meowth
Murkrow
Murkrow
Growlithe
Growlithe
Rockruff
Rockruff
Pinsir
Pinsir
Vikavolt
Vikavolt
Lanturn
Lanturn
Lumineon
Lumineon
Heracross
Heracross
Vikavolt
Vikavolt
Surskit
Surskit
Dewpider
Dewpider
Sableye
Sableye
Gabite
Gabite
Carvanha
Carvanha
Basculin
Basculin
Flygon
Flygon
Krookodile
Krookodile
Salamence
Salamence
Garchomp
Garchomp
Ambipom
Ambipom
Passimian
Passimian

In Pokémon Snap, several Meowth can also be seen chasing Pidgey at various points on the Beach. Near the end of the course, one can be witnessed lurking around a Pidgey nest before it is attacked by the Pidgey which roost there.

Events in the anime also reference predator-prey relationships.

Pokémon parasitically feeding off other Pokémon

Heracross eating Bulbasaur's sap

Other cases of Pokémon preying on each other involve more parasitic means. This includes sucking blood, sap, energy or life force from another Pokémon. This is seen with Haunter and Gengar, who in Pokémon Ranger, together with Gastly, lick the partner Pokémon until they vanish.

The Official Pokémon Handbook mentions Golbat drinking the blood of its enemies, which is noted in most of its in-game Pokédex entries as well.

Slowbro's Pokédex entry in Pokémon Crystal mentions that Shellder enjoys the taste of the ooze that comes out of the Slowbro's tail. This is likely why Shellder are attracted to biting Slowpoke; thus initiating the evolution into Slowbro and starting Shellder's parasitic, but symbiotic relationship with the Hermit Crab Pokémon. In Pokémon Snap this can also be witnessed while exploring the River. Todd Snap can use Pokémon food to lure Slowpoke to spots where they will begin fishing for Shellder. The Bivalve Pokémon quickly takes advantage of this, and bites the Slowpoke's delicious tail and forming Slowbro.

On numerous occasions, Ash's Heracross has targeted his Bulbasaur's bulb for sap. Even in the heat of battle, it will quickly pin down Bulbasaur and help itself to the sap inside. While not malicious or particularly harmful in nature, this still annoys and causes Bulbasaur discomfort to no end; Heracross seems to be indifferent to this fact however.

In Crisis at Chargestone Cave!, a Joltik latched onto Ash's Pikachu and drained his electricity. Trying to aid Pikachu, Cilan and Iris decide to send out Stunfisk and Emolga, only to find out that more Joltik have already latched themselves onto their Poké Balls and drained the Pokémon from outside.

Parasite Prey Parasite Prey
Hypno
Hypno
Komala
Komala
Elekid
Elekid
Togedemaru
Togedemaru
Dwebble
Dwebble
Roggenrola
Roggenrola
Dwebble
Dwebble
Rolycoly
Rolycoly
Joltik
Joltik
Yamper
Yamper
Cutiefly
Cutiefly
Gossifleur
Gossifleur
Togedemaru
Togedemaru
Elekid
Elekid

Eating non-Pokémon animals

There are some examples and suggestions that non-Pokémon animals are preyed on by some Pokémon. The Pokédex entries for Venonat and Venomoth mention them preying on small insects. Horsea is also mentioned to eat bugs and flying insects it shoots down with its ink. Both Weepinbell and Victreebel are known as flycatcher Pokémon, and the latter is mentioned to use the sweet aroma of its honey to lure prey such as bugs, as well as large animals. It is even hinted that Victreebel eat humans who venture into the jungle in search of a large Victreebel colony. Wailord has multiple Pokédex entries suggesting it eats plankton, zooplankton and krill, which are small and microscopic plants and animals. Swimming on the sea floor in prehistoric times, Omanyte would eat plankton.

Examples of this also appeared from time to time in the original series of the anime. Before being caught, Pidgeotto is seen eating a worm. In Fossil Fools, a statue based on fossil remains shows Kabutops preying on a large fish. Meowth of Team Rocket has also been seen fantasizing about fish, and eating animal based foods such as clams and fried chicken.

Humans eating Pokémon

Ash and Brock imagining a cooked Magikarp

Meat is often shown in the anime, and it has also been shown in Pokémon Sword and Shield. While it has never been directly shown to come from Pokémon, no other food source has yet been explained. It is known that some Pokémon produce edible foods and by-products such as milk, nuts and fruit. These can be safely harvested with little or no harm or discomfort to the Pokémon. However, it has been mentioned that some Pokémon are hunted and used for their meat: Farfetch'd in particular are noted for making a good meal, especially when cooked with leek, and were nearly hunted to extinction because of this, ultimately leading to their rareness.

During a story arc within the Gen II games and their remakes, the newly reformed Team Rocket begin stealing Slowpoke, cutting off their tails and then selling them as a rare delicacy. It is indicated that the tail is not eaten, but is sucked or lightly chewed on; similar to the manner in which a person would enjoy honeysuckle. This is also mentioned in the Slowpoke Song, wherein it is implied that this is most common among children. In the Alola region, Slowpoke tails simply fall off and are used in many Alolan dishes. However, the tails need to be dried and then simmered in a salty stew in order to be properly edible. Many products are made from Slowpoke tails, which show up when examining the shelves at the Thrifty Megamart.

Sharpedo's dorsal fin was a historically prized delicacy, over-fishing nearly brought it to the brink of extinction.

While visiting the Canalave Library, it is revealed in the Sinnoh Folk Tales that Pokémon caught from the sea are eaten, and then the bones thrown back into the water. It is also mentioned that the Pokémon that were eaten will return fully fleshed.

In Pokémon Shipwreck, Ash and friends, along with Team Rocket are stranded in the middle of the ocean without food. Eventually, due to their hunger and the dire nature of their situation, Ash and Brock began to discuss and fantasize about eating James's Magikarp. Unfortunately for them and Meowth in particular, Magikarp's body composition renders it nearly inedible. Misty elaborates on this, stating that Magikarp are nothing more than scale and bone, thus there would be little sustenance obtained.

It is possible, based on wording used in Cherubi's Pokédex entry, that humans, not just Pokémon have eaten Cherubi's ball-like appendage before. Also, according to its Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Pokédex entry, Basculin are remarkably tasty, indicating humans have eaten them as well. Pokémon Silver's entry states that Seadra's fins and bones are used in herbal medicine. According to Pokémon Moon's Crabrawler's entry, its pincers aren't meaty, but rich in nutrients and considered delicious. Crawdaunt's entry in Ultra Moon says that its claws aren't delicious at all in contrary to Crabrawler and Clauncher's. Likewise, in Pokemon Sword's entry for Barraskewda, it is heavily implied that they have been eaten before, noting their "surprisingly tasty" flesh.

Food produced by Pokémon

Some species of Pokémon are known to produce various kinds of food which can be safely consumed by humans and other Pokémon, presumably without the Pokémon in question being killed and consumed in the process.

  • Chansey and Blissey are capable of laying eggs that are delicious and nutritious for humans and Pokémon.
  • Certain Grass-type Pokémon such as Grotle, Snover and Tropius are able to grow edible nuts, berries and other fruit on their bodies. While Pokémon always enjoy these, the same cannot always be said for humans. The food that Grotle produces, for example, tastes bad to humans.
  • Shuckle are well known for storing certain kinds of Berries in their shells, which slowly ferment into juice. The juice has special properties if consumed by humans and Pokémon, and, as demonstrated in the anime episode A Better Pill to Swallow, can be used to make love potion.
  • The fungus of Paras and Parasect can be used to make potions and medicine.
  • Miltank produce Moomoo Milk which can be bought in the games and used as a healing item. It is stated in both the games and the anime to be both nutritious and delicious. It is also stated in the games that it is said kids who drink it will become hearty, healthy adults. In the anime, groups of Miltank are often kept to produce the milk not only for drinking, but also for the milk used to make dairy products as part of a business. In A Race for Home!, it has been shown that milk made by Skiddo are also used to make dairy products such as cheese and soft-serve ice cream.
  • Combee and Vespiquen gather nectar from flowers to produce Honey which is savored by various species of Pokémon, such as Mothim who steal it.
  • The black ink spat by Octillery is used for cooking.
  • Gabite's scales are used as an ingredient in medicines that invigorate weary bodies.
  • Ribombee's pollen puffs are highly nutritious and are sold as supplements.

Pokémon dropping

According to a few sources, Pokémon, like regular animals, do leave their own droppings.

Unovan Darumaka's Pokédex entry mentions that its hot droppings were put by people in clothes to keep themselves warm. Turtonator's dung is said to be explosive, presumably due to its habit of eating sulfur, and is put in various use by people. Even though Guzzlord is known to constantly eat everything it sees, it never leaves any droppings according to its Pokédex entry.

In I Dare Ya, Altaria... Knock Chic off My Shoulder of Pokémon Adventures, Sapphire examines a Zigzagoon by putting her nose to its rear, which left little droppings on her face.

Dietary change

Fossilized seed remains of Aerodactyl's favorite food in ancient times

Overtime, most mention of Pokémon being eaten by either humans or Pokémon in any manner has become increasingly rare. This may be due to moral issues; as the anime and games progressed, Pokémon became seemingly more human-like. This included displaying individual personalities, human mannerisms, and complex emotions. In most cultures and societies, the idea of human beings eating each other is strictly taboo, so much so that even the idea of fictional creatures eating one another would seem equally cannibalistic if they possessed any human qualities. However, in Pokémon Sword and Shield, Barraskewda and Appletun are both stated to be popular foods for humans.

Some Pokémon have even been given new dietary habits, possibly in an attempt to downplay any predatory behaviors. An example of this would be Aerodactyl, which was originally suggested to be carnivorous, but is later shown to eat fruit. In the original series, Ash's Pokédex states "Its hard fangs suggest it might have been a carnivore. Its sharp claws were probably used to capture prey." Even in the games, Aerodactyl's Pokédex entries mention it tearing the throats out of its enemies. In Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Aerodactyl was even shown going for Ash's throat. However, in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl!, the fossilized Aerodactyl egg Gary used to resurrect the Pokémon was found near fossilized seed remains. After Aerodactyl escaped, it was only calmed down when fed a pear-like fruit that was a similar DNA match to the seeds. This would imply that Aerodactyl regularly fed on the fruit, implying that it was an herbivore or an omnivore.

Trivia

See also

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