The Scanner (Japanese: たんちき Detector) is a Key Item introduced in Generation III.

Bag Scanner Sprite.png
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation III
Generation III Bag Key Items HGSS pocket icon.png Key items
Generation VI Bag Key Items HGSS pocket icon.png Key items (ORAS)
Generation VII Bag Key Items HGSS pocket icon.png Key items

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price


Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

The Scanner can be given to Captain Stern in Slateport City in exchange for one of the items associated with Clamperl and its evolutions; DeepSeaScale or DeepSeaTooth.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

The Scanner can be given to Captain Stern in Slateport City in exchange for a Clear BellOR or Tidal BellAS, which can be used to encounter Ho-OhOR or LugiaAS somewhere on Sea Mauville.


Games Description
RSE A device found inside the Abandoned Ship.
FRLG A device used to search for life-forms in water. It looks too difficult to use.
A device found inside Sea Mauville.


Games Method
RSE Abandoned Ship (requires Dive)
ORAS Sea Mauville (submerged control room; hidden; requires Dive)

In the manga

The Scanner in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

The Scanner first appeared in Adding It Up with Plusle & Minun II, where Courtney and Tabitha managed to steal it from the Abandoned Ship, despite the intervention of Ruby and Sapphire. Blaise later modified the Scanner, fixing the broken equipment, and enabling it to track the Red and Blue Orbs on Mt. Pyre.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter

The Scanner reappeared under Blaise's ownership, using it to track the orbs as they returned to Hoenn alongside Archie and Maxie.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 探測器 Taamchākhei
Mandarin 探測器 / 探测器 Tàncèqì
  French Scanner
  German Scanner
  Italian Scanner
  Korean 탐지기 Tamjigi
  Brazilian Portuguese Scanner
  Spanish Escáner
  Vietnamese Máy dò tìm

See also

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