If you were looking for the evolutionary items from Pokémon XD, see Sun Shard and Moon Shard. For the valuable item, see Comet Shard.

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A Shard is a colored fragment of an ancient tool that was introduced in Generation III. While they have no use on their own, several NPCs apparently have some use for them, and will trade other items or services for these objects.

List of shards

  Red Shard
  Green Shard
  Blue Shard
  Yellow Shard


Generation III

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Main article: Treasure Hunter

In Generation III, shards can be traded to the Treasure Hunter living on Route 124 individually for Evolution stones. In Hoenn, these items are found quite often underwater, many times held by certain species. Aside from trading them over from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and finding the very few there are in the wild, this is the only way to get the Evolution stones in Hoenn.

Generation IV

Generation IV diversified the use of shards by an order of magnitude, and made them far easier to find than they were in Generation III. In addition to being found in several places on the field, shards are a commonly-found item mining underground in Sinnoh, where their appearance causes some speculation that they are related to Plates.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the shards' only use is to be traded ten at a time for the weather-changing TMs on Route 212.

Shards Traded item
  Red Shard ×10   TM11 (Sunny Day)
  Yellow Shard ×10   TM37 (Sandstorm)
  Blue Shard ×10   TM18 (Rain Dance)
  Green Shard ×10   TM07 (Hail)

Pokémon Platinum

Main article: Move Tutor → Platinum

In Pokémon Platinum, the TMs are no longer available by trading them, however, three Move Tutors will accept groups of eight in specific colors to teach moves to a Pokémon. Their availability is also increased, with Mr. Fuego, owner of the Fuego Ironworks, trading one of each color to the player for a Star Piece and what appears to be an Ace Trainer finds one to give each day in Area 6 of the Great Marsh.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Main articles: Violet City → Berries and Fuchsia City → Berries

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, players could trade shards with Jugglers in Violet City and Fuchsia City trading the player three kinds of Berry for a specifically-colored shard. In both Johto and Kanto, shards can only be obtained through breakable rocks.

Generation V

Pokémon Black and White

Main article: Item maniac → Ore maniac

In Pokémon Black and White, Shards have no purpose other than to be sold to the item maniac in Icirrus City for $200. In Unova, they can be bought from the market in Black CityB, or dropped by one of the residents in White ForestW daily.

Pokémon Black and White 2

Main article: Move Tutor → Black 2 and White 2

In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Move Tutors in four different locations offer to teach a move in exchange for shards, like in Platinum. One notable difference is that instead of using multiple different types of shard for a single move, each Move Tutor has a preference for one type of shard only and will request multiple of that type of shard. Like in Platinum, their availability in Unova is increased; Shards can be found in dust clouds in Relic Passage or Reversal Mountain, randomly obtained in Hidden Grottoes, bought from Antique Shops in Join Avenue, and are given to the player after losing a tournament in the Pokémon World Tournament.

Generation VI

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Main article: Treasure Hunter

In the remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, shards are once again exchangeable for Evolution stones. Instead of being held by wild Pokémon in these games, shards are common finds in Mirage spots.

Generation VII

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, shards can be traded to the old man who appears in the Festival Plaza castle post-game for Bottle Caps, with 30 shards of the same color garnering one Bottle Cap. Shards can be gained through mining on Isle Aphun of Poké Pelago.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Shards are found in space-time distortions. They are one of the crafting materials required for crafting Star Pieces.



Red Shard Blue Shard Green Shard Yellow Shard

Grand Underground

Red Shard Blue Shard Green Shard Yellow Shard

Pokémon Global Link

Red Shard Green Shard Blue Shard Yellow Shard

In the anime

Shards in the anime

Green Shards appeared in The Relicanth Really Can, when Adam found them after they fell off the fins of a Relicanth. He mistook them for emeralds, until his wife, Evelyn, identified them as Green Shards. She stated that Green Shards were used in ancient times to make jewelry, but aren't worth as much in the present. After another treasure hunt, Adam found an entire chest filled with Green Shards.

Red Shards made a cameo in Team Rocket's fantasy in The Grass Menagerie!.

Ash found one of each shard in Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!, during a Stoutland Search treasure hunt set up for him and his classmates by Olivia.


Types of items
General Evolution stonesFossilsFlutesShardsHeld items
Evolution itemsEscape itemsExchangeable itemsValuable items
Battle itemsScentsNectarsCandyIngredients
Medicine Status condition healing itemsVitaminsFeathers
MintsMochiDrinksHerbal medicine
Berry and Apricorn Poké BallsApricornsBerriesMulch
Aesthetic DecorationsAccessories (NormalGreatUltraMaster)
Other MailKey ItemsEvent items
Wonder Launcher itemsRotom Powers

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