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The Portraitmail (Japanese: にがおえメール Portrait Mail) is a type of Mail exclusive to the Generation II games.

Portrait Mail
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Portraitmail (Bulbasaur version)
Introduced in Generation II
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It features the sprite of the Pokémon holding this item. However, when given to an Unown, it displays Unown A regardless of the actual Unown form.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
GSC $50 $25


Held item

It contains a freely written message with up to 32 characters written across two 16-character rows of text. The player writes the message when giving this item to be held by a Pokémon. Mail uses a unique text entry interface that has a wider selection of characters than other text entry interfaces in these games. The message can be sent to other games of the same generation by trading the Pokémon holding this item.

The message remains available as long as this item is held by a Pokémon or stored in the Mailbox. This item is unable to have any message when stored in the Bag or in the Item Storage System, but there is the option to delete any existing message when storing this item in these places. Once the message is deleted from this item, the player is able to reuse it with a new message. A Pokémon holding this item cannot be placed in the PC or in the Pokémon Day Care.

This item cannot be stolen by Thief.

On the Game Boy Color, the message can be printed in grayscale using the Game Boy Printer accessory. The printing feature is accessed by pressing Start when the message is displayed.

On the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, when the player attempts to enter the Trade Center while one of the Pokémon in their party is holding Mail, they are given a warning on the touch screen not to include offensive material in Mail. The printing feature is disabled on the Virtual Console.


Games Description
GSC Mail featuring the holder's likeness.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
GSC Mt. Moon Square

In the side series games


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 肖像郵件 Xiàoxiàng Yóujiàn
  French Letrportrait
  German Portraitbrief
  Italian Mess. Ritratto
  Korean 초상화 메일 Chosanghwa Mail
  Spanish Cart-Retrato

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