In the core series games
Using the Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad causes the player to use the Roller Skates, if possible. Pressing the D-pad while using the Roller Skates will cause the player to take them off.
In some areas—such as Route 5, Shalour Gym, Route 13, and Dendemille Town—there are rails which the player can grind across using the Roller Skates. These rails frequently feature dips which will cause the player to fall off unless they are moving fast enough.
When skating through tall grass, the player is reduced to walking speed and the Poké Radar may not be used.
The player can perform certain tricks while using the Roller Skates. Any trick requiring a ledge cannot be performed until the player has learned it from an NPC; otherwise, the player may perform grounded 360s, parallel swizzles, and drift-and-dashes as soon as they have the Roller Skates. These tricks are aesthetic and have no significant gameplay effect. Any trick being correctly performed will be indicated by a high-pitched whooshing noise.
- Parallel swizzle (Japanese: パラレル Parallel) — Mentioned by a Roller Skater inside an office building on the western end of South Boulevard.
- When the Circle Pad is tilted slightly in one direction, the player will begin to move their feet from side to side. While easiest to initiate at slow speeds, it may also be performed at high speeds.
- Drift-and-dash (Japanese: ターンダッシュ Turn dash) — Mentioned by a Roller Skater at the monument in Vert Plaza.
- When the player is traveling in one direction and quickly moves the Circle Pad in the opposite direction, they will perform a special dash.
- 360 (Japanese: 360° 360) — Taught by a Roller Skater inside Café Rouleau on Estival Avenue.
- When the Circle Pad is rotated, the player will spin in a circle. The player must remain in motion for the full animation to be observed. After speaking to the NPC who teaches the trick, doing a 360 while jumping over a ledge will execute a midair pirouette.
- Backflip (Japanese: バックフリップ Backflip) — Taught by a Roller Skater on North Boulevard, outside Hotel Richissime, below a tree.
- When the player jumps over a ledge while dashing or doing a parallel swizzle, they will perform a backflip.
- Cosmic flip (Japanese: コスモフリップ Cosmo flip) — Can only be learned if the player can already perform all other tricks. Taught by Twirling Whirlwind in the Lost Hotel.
- When the player jumps over a ledge while still dashing from a drift-and-dash, they will perform a twirling backflip.
| Attaches roller skates to the bottom of your shoes, allowing you to glide quickly around and perform tricks.
In the anime
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Roller Skates were first seen in Lucky Lucario Was Here, where they were used by Korrina. She used them to perform several tricks to better her Mega Lucario's movements. Later, she gave Tierno a pair of Roller Skates as a gift. Tierno's Roller Skates eventually ended up getting destroyed in Xerneas Gives during the final battle against Team Flare, when they were melted by Mable's Houndoom's Inferno.
In the TCG
In other languages