Type-enhancing item

Miracle Seed and Charcoal artwork from Generation II

A type-enhancing item, when held, enhances the power of attacks with the corresponding type. From Generation IV onward, these items boost the power of moves of the corresponding type by 20%; prior to Generation IV, they give boosts of 10%.

In Johto, several of these items can be obtained from the Week Siblings.

List of type-enhancing items

Name Debut
Gen.
Corresponding
move type
  Black Belt II Fighting
  Black Glasses II Dark
  Charcoal II Fire
  Dragon Fang II Dragon
  Hard Stone II Rock
  Magnet II Electric
  Metal Coat II Steel
  Miracle Seed II Grass
  Mystic Water II Water
  Never-Melt Ice II Ice
  Pink Bow II Normal
  Poison Barb II Poison
  Polkadot Bow II Normal
  Sharp Beak II Flying
  Silk Scarf III Normal
  Silver Powder II Bug
  Soft Sand II Ground
  Spell Tag II Ghost
  Twisted Spoon II Psychic

Pokémon-specific type-enhancing items

Name Debut
Gen.
Corresponding
Pokémon
Corresponding
move types
  Soul Dew
(Gen. VII onwards)
III  
 
Latias
Latios
Psychic Dragon
  Adamant Orb IV   Dialga Dragon Steel
  Lustrous Orb IV   Palkia Dragon Water
  Griseous Orb IV   Giratina
Origin Forme
Dragon Ghost

Incenses

Main article: Incense

Plates

Main article: Plate

Gems

Main article: Gem

Artwork

Underground

This is artwork of the items as seen in the Sinnoh Underground.

 
Hard Stone


Global Link

These are artwork of the items as seen in the Pokémon Global Link.

           
Black Belt Black Glasses Charcoal Dragon Fang Hard Stone Magnet
           
Metal Coat Miracle Seed Mystic Water Never-Melt Ice Poison Barb Sharp Beak
         
Silk Scarf Silver Powder Soft Sand Spell Tag Twisted Spoon


In the anime

Charcoal appeared in A Farfetch'd Tale. While traveling through Ilex Forest, Ash and his friends met a boy named Sylvester, who was trying to follow in his father's footsteps in order to learn how to make "purifying charcoal". Brock explained that purifying charcoal is actually burnt wood, which can be used as fuel or to purify water and air. At the end of the episode, Ash and his friends received some charcoal as a gift.

A Mystic Water was the prize given to the winner of the Whirl Cup in The Perfect Match!. Another one appeared in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!, where Kanoa found it from a sunken ship, giving it to Ida as a gift.

A Dragon Fang appeared in Beauty is Skin Deep as the treasure of Clair's family, kept in the Blackthorn Gym. It is the fang of an ancient Dragon Pokémon that terrorized Blackthorn City. The Dragon Fang is part of a ritual with the purpose of bringing peace to all Dragon-type Pokémon. The ritual involves the Blackthorn Gym Leader placing it on a special ceremonial table, then pouring water over it, causing a light dragon to burst out of it and rise into the sky. Legend says that this light dragon becomes a star and watches over all Dragon-type Pokémon. Another Dragon Fang appeared in Showdown At Linoone as one of the items Tokin had picked up.

A Black Belt and a Twisted Spoon appeared in Climbing the Tower of Success! as search items for the Wishing Bell Festival scavenger hunt. A Never-Melt Ice was also a search item, but the boy looking for it only found regular ice.

In Currying Favor and Flavor!, Ash and Mallow found a Miracle Seed in a hollowed-out stump full of Berries in Lush Jungle while collecting ingredients for the "Akala Curry".

In Searching for Chivalry!, Wikstrom gave Goh's Scyther a Metal Coat, which was used to evolve it into Scizor by transferring it through a trade machine while holding it.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

History

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

In The Last Battle IV, during the final battle against the Masked Man, Misty, Blaine, and Lt. Surge used Mystic Water, Charcoal, and Magnet to power up the moves of Suicune, Entei, and Raikou, respectively. Notably, the Magnet that appeared was a lodestone rather than a horseshoe magnet as seen in the games, due to the fact that this round was released before the Magnet was given a sprite in the games.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Vexing Vespiquen & Unmanageable Mothim II, Diamond found a Metal Coat in Byron's vacation home on Iron Island and subsequently gave it to his Shieldon, Don, to hold.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Charcoal is the only item available for purchase in a regular store. Some other type-enhancing items can also be purchased, but only from Game Corners.
  • Pixie Plate is currently the only type-enhancing item that enhances the power of Fairy-type attacks.
  • Outside of wild Pokémon held items and the Stow-on-Side bargain shop, Hard Stone and Metal Coat have the most unique ways of repeated acquisition than any other type-enhancing item:
    • From Generation II to Generation VIII (excluding Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!), only Poison Barb has been held by at least one wild Pokémon available in every core series game. Hard Stone, Metal Coat, and Soft Sand are nearly as obtainable via wild Pokémon, missing only in one set of games each: Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal for Hard Stone, and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen for Metal Coat and Soft Sand.
    • Between Generations II and VIII, Black Glasses have the lowest number of games in which wild Pokémon hold the respective item, appearing only in Alola in Generation VII.
    • Between Generations II and VIII, Black Glasses has the lowest number in both evolutionary family lines and particular species that hold their respective item in the wild, with just one species: Krokorok. It is only encountered in one Generation and region, and in one location: Haina Desert.
    • Between Generations II and VIII, Poison Barb has the highest number in both evolutionary family lines and particular species that hold their respective item in the wild, with 10 family lines with 16 species. The next closest are Hard Stone (7 lines, 11 species), Spell Tag (6 lines, 10 species), and Metal Coat (5 lines, 10 species).
  • In Generation II, if the selected move is boosted by the proper type-enhancing item, but fails due to confusion, then that item boosts confusion damage as well.


Type-enhancing items
 
Items
 
Plates
 
Incenses
 
Orbs
 
Gems
 
Soul Dew


Held items
In-battle effect items
BerriesColored orbsDrivesPower items
Experience-affecting itemsGemsIncenseMega StonesMemoriesPlates
Stat-enhancing itemsType-enhancing itemsZ-Crystals
Out-of-battle effect items
Power itemsIncenseMailScarves


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