The Roller Skates are obtained from a Roller Skater outside the Santalune Gym after the player has defeated her in a battle. Unlike walking, running, and riding a bicycle, the Roller Skates require the use of the Circle Pad; pressing the directional buttons while using the Roller Skates will cause the player to take off the Roller Skates.
In some areas such as Route 5, Shalour Gym, Route 13, and Dendemille Town, there are rails which the player may traverse by using the Roller Skates. These frequently feature dips which will cause the player to fall off unless they are moving fast enough.
When going 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.
The Roller Skates were introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English XY Series (Japanese XY Era). First released in the Japanese Collection X expansion, it later debuted in English in the XY expansion, with both prints featuring an illustration by 5ban Graphics. This Trainer card allows the player to flip a coin and draw three cards if the result is heads.