The player obtains Potions when they level up to any level from 5 to 9. Additionally, the player can receive Potions from certain Field Research tasks.
In the anime
Potions in the anime
Regular Potions have been used on occasion in the anime. Usually, Brock, Cilan, and Clemont carry them in their respective backpacks, and they use them to heal injured Pokémon. Potions seem to sting slightly whenever used, suggesting that they not only heal but sterilize the wound. Tracey has also been seen with some regular Potions that need to be taken orally.
Clemont used a regular Potion on Meowth in A Conspiracy to Conquer!, although this happened off-screen, and the Potion bottle was only briefly seen when Clemont put it back into his backpack.
In the Base Set, Expedition Base Set, and EX Unseen Forces prints, this Trainer card allows the player to remove two damage counters from one of their Pokémon. In the Black & White, XY, and Sun & Moon Series prints, this Trainer card allows the player to heal 30 damage from one of their Pokémon.
In Generation VII, of the Potions that heal a specific amount of HP (Potion, Super Potion, and Hyper Potion), Potion is the most cost-effective at the normal price, as it is 1 HP per 10, while Hyper Potion is the least cost-effective with 1 HP per 12.5, and Super Potion is in the middle with 1 HP per 11.67.
Prior to Generation VII, of the Potions that heal a specific amount of HP (Potion, Super Potion, and Hyper Potion), Potion is the least cost-effective at the normal price, only giving 1 HP per 15, while Hyper Potion is the most cost-effective with 1 HP per 6, and Super Potion is in the middle with 1 HP per 14.