Rare Candy

Rare Candy (Japanese: ふしぎなアメ Mystery Candy) is a type of Candy introduced in Generation I.

Rare Candy
Mystery Candy
Bag Rare Candy Sprite.png
Rare Candy
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation I
Generation I Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation II Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation III Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation IV Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation V Bag Medicine pocket icon.png Medicine
Generation VI Bag Medicine pocket icon.png Medicine
Generation VII Bag Medicine pocket icon.png Medicine (Candy JarPE)
Generation VIII Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items
Generation IX Bag Other Items pocket icon.png Other Items
Power 30

In the English manuals of the Generation I, II, and III games, Rare Candy is grouped alongside vitamins and battle items under the "Pokémon Power-Ups" category.

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A $2,400
N/A $5,000
N/A $2,500

In the Generation V games, the Rare Candy can be sold to the gourmet maniac on Route 5 for $10000.


When used from the Bag on a Pokémon, it increases that Pokémon's level by 1, up to level 100. After leveling up, it will have the minimum required experience for its current level. It can only be used outside of battle.

When leveled up via Rare Candy, the Pokémon will learn any level-up moves for its new level, and evolve if it evolves by leveling up and meets the requirements. In Pokémon Stadium only, Pokémon do not learn moves or evolve when leveled-up via Rare Candy (but they do in Pokémon Stadium 2).

If used on a fainted Pokémon, it will be revived. When Rare Candy is used to revive and level up a Pokémon, it will have either 2 HP remaining or its remaining HP will equal to the amount its maximum HP increased (except Shedinja, which will always be revived with its maximum 1 HP).

The Rare Candy is consumed upon use.

Generation III onwards

The Rare Candy also increases the Pokémon's friendship a little.

Generation VIII onwards

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Reason: If a Rare Candy is used on a fainted level 100 Pokémon that is able to evolve by leveling up, will the Rare Candy still revive this fainted Pokémon? Or will it evolve while fainted?

If a Rare Candy is used on a level 100 Pokémon that is able to evolve when leveling up (including those that evolve at a certain level, or with high friendship, or knowing a certain move, among other evolution methods) and currently meets its evolution requirements, this Pokémon will evolve without gaining a level. The player can cancel this evolution by pressing B, but this will waste the Rare Candy.

If the player attempts to use a Rare Candy on a level 100 Pokémon that is currently holding an Everstone, the evolution is not allowed and the Rare Candy is not consumed.

Generation IX

In this generation, the Rare Candy is not consumed if it is used to trigger the evolution of a level 100 Pokémon.


Games Description
Stad Raises the level of the selected Pokémon by one.
GSC Raises level of a Pokémon by one.
RSEColoXD Raises the level of a Pokémon by one.
FRLG A candy that is packed with energy. It raises the level of a Pokémon by one.
A candy that is packed with energy. It raises the level of a single Pokémon by one.
A candy that is packed with energy. When consumed, it will instantly raise the level of a single Pokémon by one.
SV A candy that is packed with energy. If consumed, it raises a Pokémon's level by one.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
Route 17, Mt. Moon, Cerulean City, S.S. Anne, Power Plant, Rocket Hideout, Silph Co., Pokémon Tower, Fuchsia City, Pokémon Mansion (×2), Victory Road, Cerulean Cave
GSC Routes 27, 28, and 34, Violet City, Tin Tower, Olivine Lighthouse, Whirl Islands, Mt. Mortar, Lake of Rage, Vermilion City, Cinnabar Island Goldenrod Radio Tower (3 Blue Card points)C
Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS (999 W)
RSE Routes 108, 110, 111, 114, 119, 120, 123, 127E, and 132, Petalburg City, Granite Cave, Trick House (First Puzzle), Safari ZoneE, Mt. Pyre, Shoal Cave, Magma HideoutE
Quiz LadyE
Pickup (Lv. 21-100E)
FRLG Routes 6, 9, 12, and 17, Mt. Moon, Cerulean City, Rocket Hideout, Silph Co., Pokémon Tower, Fuchsia City, Pokémon Mansion, Victory Road, Cape Brink, Lost Cave Resort Gorgeous (reward from Selphy)
Pickup (any level)
Colo The Under, Snagem Hideout Pickup (any level)
XD Kaminko's House, Snagem Hideout, Cipher Key Lair, Citadark Isle (×3), Realgam Tower (Battle CD 22, 40, and 41 completion prizes) Pickup (Lv. 21-100)
DPPt Routes 207, 210Pt, 212, 214, 217Pt, 218, 223Pt, 224, 225, 226Pt, 228, and 230, Old ChateauPt, Wayward Cave, Floaroma MeadowPt, Mt. Coronet, Solaceon Ruins, Veilstone CityPt, Team Galactic HQ, Valor LakefrontDP, Great Marsh, Snowpoint CityPt, Victory Road, Survival AreaPt, Stark Mountain Battle ParkDP/Battle FrontierPt (48 BP)
Pokémon Mansion (held by Rich Boy Liam and Lady Celeste's Blissey)Pt
Pickup (Lv. 21-100)
HGSS Routes 27, 28, and 34, Violet City, Ruins of Alph, Pokéathlon Dome (×3), Ecruteak City, Bell Tower, Olivine City, Olivine Lighthouse, Whirl Islands, Mt. Mortar, Lake of Rage, Victory Road, Indigo Plateau, Frontier Access, Vermilion City, Seafoam Islands, Cinnabar Island, Cerulean Cave, Mt. Silver Goldenrod Radio Tower (25 Blue Card points), Battle Frontier (48 BP), Pokéathlon Dome (2000 Pts.)MoSa
Pickup (Lv. 21-100)
PW Sinnoh Field, Sightseeing
BW Routes 2, 3, 13, and 16, Pinwheel Forest, Passerby Analytics HQ, Desert Resort, Anville Town, Lostlorn Forest, Mistralton Cave, Chargestone Cave, Twist Mountain, Icirrus City, Victory Road, N's Castle, Challenger's Cave, Village Bridge, Abundant Shrine Battle Subway (48 BP), Anville Town (lost-and-found)
Royal UnovaSu, Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat Nursery Aide Leah)
Pickup (Lv. 21-100)
B2W2 Routes 3, 8, 12, 18, 20Autumn, 22, and 23, Virbank City, Castelia City, Passerby Analytics HQ, Anville Town, Lostlorn Forest, Relic Passage, Abundant Shrine, Strange House, Village Bridge, Seaside Cave, Victory Road, Moor of IcirrusSpringSummerAutumn, Dreamyard, Pinwheel Forest, Twist Mountain
Join Avenue (Avenue rank reward)
Join Avenue (Raffle Shop)
Nimbasa City (held by certain Pokémon traded from Curtis/Yancy)
Battle Subway/PWT (24 BP), Anville Town (lost-and-found)
Black Tower/White Treehollow (Area 6-10 reward)
Big Stadium and Small Court (defeat Nursery Aide Leah or Pokémon Breeder Owen or Brooke)
Hidden Grottoes
Pickup (Lv. 21-100)
Transfer from Dream Radar
DW* Spooky Manor, Rugged Mountain, Icy Cave, Dream Park, Pokémon Café Forest
PDR Dream Clouds (after catching Landorus, Simulator α, Simulator β, Simulator γ)
XY Routes 13, 14, 16, 17, and 21, Parfum Palace, Ambrette Town, Lysandre Labs, Couriway Town, Victory Road
Any hotel (held by in-game trade Eevee)
Sycamore Pokémon Lab (for a Poké Radar chain of 31 or more)
Loto-ID Center (4 digits)
Lumiose City South Boulevard Pokémon Center (500 PM), Battle Maison (48 BP)
Route 18 (from Psychic Inver)
Pickup (Lv. 21-100)
ORAS Routes 108, 110, 111, 114, 119, 120, 123, 127, and 132, Petalburg City, Granite Cave, Safari Zone, Mt. Pyre, Shoal Cave, Mirage Cave (southeast of Route 129), Mirage Island (south of Route 132), Mirage Mountain (east of Route 125) Lilycove Department Store Pokémon Lottery Corner (4 digits)
Mauville City PokéMileage Center (500 PM), Battle Maison (48 BP)
Mauville City (Inverse Battle Stop)
Route 117 (1% chance after rematch with Pokémon Breeder Lydia or Isaac)
Pickup (Lv. 21-100)
Secret Base ("Pick something up" with Secret Pal)
PMC* PokéMileage Shop (250 PM - 20 Medals or more), Graffiti Eraser (all levels)
SMUSUM Routes 6, 8USUM, and 13USUM, Heahea City, Brooklet Hill, Royal Avenue, Lush Jungle, Aether Paradise, Mount Hokulani, Aether House, Po Town, Poni Wilds, Vast Poni Canyon, Mount LanakilaUSUM, Team Rocket's CastleUSUM
Pokémon Center Café
Loto-ID Center (4 digits)
Big Wave BeachUSUM, Ula'ula BeachUSUM, Heahea BeachUSUM, Battle Royal Dome (48 BP)
Battle Tree (win streak of 20)
Battle AgencyUSUM
Festival Plaza (Lottery shop: Big Dreams second prize)
Hidden recurring item (Melemele Sea)
Pickup (Lv. 21-100)
PE Route 17, Cerulean City, Celadon City, Mt. Moon, Pokémon Tower, Team Rocket Hideout, Silph Co., Power Plant, Seafoam Islands, Pokémon Mansion, Cerulean Cave Hidden recurring item (Route 6, Cerulean Cave)
Capture reward
Poké Ball Plus
SwSh Routes 2, 4, 6, and 9, Wedgehurst, Hammerlocke, Wyndon
Battle Tower (reach a rank for the first time)
Hammerlocke (20 BP)
Hidden recurring item (Axew's Eye)
Battle Café
Max Raid Battles (all levels)
Wild Area (100-Watt gifts from Hikers)
Loto-ID (4 digits)
Pickup (Lv. 11-100)
Poké Job reward (Tier IX)
Poké Ball Plus
SwShIA Workout Sea Hidden recurring item (Soothing Wetlands, Brawlers' Cave, Courageous Cavern, Loop Lagoon, Potbottom Desert, Stepping-Stone Sea, Insular Sea)
Cram-o-matic (All types except Normal and Psychic: 132-140 points)
SwShCT Tunnel to the Top, Roaring-Sea Caves, Ballimere Lake Snowslide Slope Watt Trader (Highlight Item, 4,980 W)
Hidden recurring item (Slippery Slope, Giant's Bed, Old Cemetery, Snowslide Slope, Tunnel to the Top, Giant's Foot, Roaring-Sea Caves, Ballimere Lake)
BDSP Routes 207, 212, 214, 218, 224, 225, 228, and 230, Wayward Cave, Mt. Coronet, Solaceon Ruins, Team Galactic HQ, Valor Lakefront, Great Marsh, Victory Road, Stark Mountain Battle Park (20 BP)
Pickup (Lv. 11-100)
LA Jubilife Village (reward for completing Request 8: "Bothersome Bidoof", Request 15: "Balloon Race in the Fieldlands", Request 28: "Measuring Your Compatibility", Request 52: "Eevee's Evolutions", Request 85: "At Home under the Eaves")
Jubilife Village (from Vessa for collecting 10 wisps)
Sacred Plaza (reward for completing Request 87: "Rolling with Spheal")
Galaxy Hall (×10; from Cyllene upon achieving Ninth Star rank)
Galaxy Hall (×20; from Cyllene upon achieving Full Star rank)
Trading post (1,000 MP)
Any Balloon Race (perfect clear reward)
SV Levincia, Mesagoza, Alfornada Cavern, Area Zero, Asado Desert, Casseroya Lake, Dalizapa Passage, East Paldean Sea, Glaseado Mountain, North Paldean Sea, Socarrat Trail, South Paldean Sea, East Province (Area One), East Province (Area Two), East Province (Area Three), North Province (Area One), North Province (Area Two), North Province (Area Three), South Province (Area One), South Province (Area Two), South Province (Area Three), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five), South Province (Area Six), West Province (Area One), West Province (Area Two), West Province (Area Three)
Cascarrafa (held by in-game trade Wooper)
Academy Ace Tournament
Tera Raid Battles (5★, 6★, 7★)
Pickup (Lv. 11-100)
SVTM Paradise Barrens
SVID Canyon Biome, Central Plaza, Coastal Biome, Polar Biome, Savanna Biome
Central Plaza (×3; from Synclaire after using the Synchro Machine for the first time)
Blueberry Academy Store (100 BP)
League Club Room (×2; possible reward after defeating a special coach in a rematch)


Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
XY Dragon King Cup Prizes Japanese January 19 to March 9, 2014
ORAS Pokémon Scrap items Japanese December 1, 2014 to May 15, 2015
Spooky Cup Rare Candies All November 2 to December 16, 2015
XYORAS Pokémon Scrap 2016 items Japanese March 1 to August 31, 2016
SM Pulverizing Pancake Battle Rare Candy Japanese January 14, 2017 to January 31, 2018
Global mission items All Various
LA Grit Pebbles, Rare Candies and Star Pieces All March 4 to 31, 2022
SV Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Downloadable Version Adventure Set All November 18, 2022 to March 7, 2023
In the Land of Myths item set Korea January 28 to February 28, 2023
Miscellaneous items: Rare Candies, Max Revives and variety ball set Japanese April 13 to October 2, 2023
Nintendo Direct Helpful Items All June 21 to July 31, 2023
Summer training support sets Japan July 22 to September 30, 2023
As a held item
Games Event Language/Region Distribution period
BW 2010 Birthday Audino Japanese November 4, 2010 to November 3, 2011
2011 Birthday Audino Japanese November 4, 2011 to November 3, 2012
BWB2W2 2012 Birthday Audino Japanese November 4, 2012 to October 11, 2013
Pokémon Center Nagoya Magikarp Japanese March 20 to May 6, 2013
XYORAS Tohoku Pikachu Japan December 20, 2015
January 2 to 11, 2016
SM Lunar Magikarp Japanese, American, PAL English, Taiwanese January 26 to February 6, 2017
Pokémon Center Mimikyu Japan September 22 to November 16, 2017
Autumn Korean League Mimikyu South Korea October 7 and 8, 2017
USUM Ultra Spooky Cup Shiny Mimikyu All November 13 to December 30, 2018



Artwork from
Generation I
Artwork from
Scarlet and Violet


Bag sprite from
Legends: Arceus

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, Joy Seeds are the equivalent of Rare Candy.

Pokémon GO

Rare Candy in Pokémon GO
Rare Candy XL in Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, the Rare Candy was introduced on June 22, 2017. The player can use Rare Candy on any Pokémon from their collection and choose a number of Rare Candies to be turned into Candy for that Pokémon's evolutionary family.

In December 2020, Candy XL was introduced to allow Pokémon to power up past Lv. 40. Rare Candy XL was simultaneously introduced, serving the same function as Rare Candy, but for Candy XL.


Games Description
GO Rare Candy: A mysterious candy. When used on a Pokémon, it turns into the Pokémon's Candy.

Rare Candy XL: A mysterious candy. When used on a Pokémon, it turns into the Pokémon's Candy.


The repeatable methods listed are random and not guaranteed, unless noted otherwise.

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
Rare Candy

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
Rare Candy XL

In the anime

Rare Candy in the anime

Main series

Rare Candy appeared in Caterpie's Big Dilemma. However, unlike in the games, where Rare Candy levels up a Pokémon, in the episode, it actually makes the Pokémon larger (and in some cases uncontrollable) due to the fact that this was a specially modified and experimental version of it, dubbed by Dr. Gordon as "Mystery Candy Complete". Brock said that the original would merely "enhance a Pokémon's abilities". Also, due to a dubbing error, the Rare Candy was referred to by a direct translation of its Japanese name, Mystery Candy.

Pokémon Evolutions

Several Rare Candies were briefly seen in N's room in a flashback in The Plan.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Black 2 & White 2 arc

In Innocent Scientist, Blake revealed that he had given his Dewott a Rare Candy and Resist Wing before heading to battle Genesect, boosting his defenses just enough for him to be able to survive an Electric-type Techno Blast.

In the TCG

Hyper rare Rare Candy
Main article: Rare Candy (EX Sandstorm 88)

The Rare Candy was introduced as a Trainer card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English EX Series (the Japanese ADV Era) in the EX Sandstorm expansion. Rare Candy was later reclassified in Japanese as an Item card during the LEGEND Era, and was reclassified in English in the Black & White Series (due to the classification not existing until then). It has been reprinted in the English HeartGold & SoulSilver Series (the Japanese LEGEND Era), the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era), the English XY Series (the Japanese XY Era), the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese Sun & Moon Era), the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era), and the English Scarlet & Violet Series (the Japanese Scarlet & Violet Era).

Prior to Undaunted, this card allowed the player to evolve a Basic Pokémon directly into a Stage 1 or Stage 2 Pokémon from their hand. From Undaunted onward, this card has the same effect as Pokémon Breeder from the Base Set, allowing the player to evolve a Basic Pokémon into a Stage 2 Pokémon from their hand.

In the magazines

Rare Candy ad
(Pokémon Power #1)

Pokémon Power

In Pokémon Power #1 (page 3), there is a Rare Candy ad with the text "Look for it at your local supermarket!" However, this item was not sold anywhere in the Generation I games back when this magazine was published.


  • In Generations I and II, if a Pokémon is level 101 or higher (which is only possible by exploiting glitches), it can be leveled up using Rare Candies until level 255; using a Rare Candy on a level 255 Pokémon causes it to wrap around to level 0. (Rare Candies cannot be used on level 0 Pokémon.)
  • In an interview, Junichi Masuda said that humans may be able to consume Rare Candies, but they probably would not like them as this is the equivalent of eating dog food in the real world.[1]
  • In Generation VIII, Exp. Candy was introduced as well, which gives fixed amounts of experience to Pokémon. Rare Candies are often less efficient than Exp. Candy because they only give enough experience to reach the next level, though Rare Candies can be the most efficient candy if a Pokémon requires more than 30,000 experience points at its current level to level up (this can only occur for Pokémon in the Medium Slow, Slow, or Fluctuating experience groups).

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 神奇糖果 Sàhnkèih Tòhnggwó
Mandarin 神奇糖果 Shénqí Tángguǒ
  Danish Sjælden slik*
  French Super Bonbon
  German Sonderbonbon
  Indonesian Permen Langka
  Italian Caramella rara
  Korean 이상한사탕 Isanghan Satang
  Polish Supercukierek
  Portuguese Doce Raro
  Russian Редкая Конфета Redkaya Konfeta
  Spanish Caramelo Raro*
  Swedish Sällsynt godis*
  Thai ลูกอมประหลาด Lukom Pralat
  Vietnamese Kẹo Thần Kì


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