In between "Pokémon" journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.
Buying Items in Pokémon
Poké dollars, represented with ₽, let trainers purchase various goods at Poké Marts throughout their journeys. Often spent on Poké Balls or recovery items, Poké dollars keep you well-stocked throughout your travels.
You'll usually obtain money by defeating trainers, but some moves and held items (like Pay Day and the Amulet Coin) can further increase your earnings—what luxury goods can you splurge on? These are the ten most expensive items in the Pokémon video games!
10. Ultra Ball
Use: Catches Pokémon.
In the traditional capture hierarchy, Poké Balls have the lowest success rate, followed by Great Balls, then Ultra Balls (Master Balls have the best, but can't be bought). This makes Ultra Balls your best option when you're not willing to expend the Master, although specialty devices (like Timer and Net Balls) work better in certain situations.
Hyper Potions also tie the Ultra's ₽1200 price, healing up to 200 HP on a single Pokémon.
Use: Revives a defeated Pokémon with 50% health.
No matter how potent your potion is, you can only use them on Pokémon who haven't fainted yet. That's where Revives come in, resurrecting fallen troops with 50% health. Like other healing items, you can use them in or out of battle, but doing so in the midst of combat expends your turn (although it guarantees you go first).
Revives are strictly inferior to Max Revives, which fully rejuvenates a defeated ally, but they have the advantage of actually being purchasable, meaning you don't have to be as stingy when using them.
8. Evolution Stones
Use: Evolves certain Pokémon.
Several Pokémon only evolve via special stones, and they run a pretty penny. But hey, that's a versatile evolution that you can activate as soon (or late) as you like, and you'll need stones for most of the Eeveelutions.
That said, some evolutionary stones (Moon, Dawn, etc.) can't be purchased at traditional markets, so be especially frugal when using such items.
7. Max Potion
Use: Fully heals a Pokémon's HP.
Max Potions aren't cheap, but you're paying for quality, instantly healing a Pokémon to full health. Now, in many cases, you'll find the Hyper Potion's 200-HP heal more than sufficient, and they cost less than half a Max (₽1200), so stocking up on them can save your wallet. But in cases when you need that extra boost (like with HP-tanks such as Blissey), the Max has you covered.
6. Revival Herb
Use: Fully revives a defeated Pokémon, but lowers their affection.
Revival Herbs are basically Max Revives with the small disadvantage of lowering a Pokémon's friendship (because they taste bitter). You kinda think they'd be grateful; I'm sorry I saved you from the brink of death, Charmander. Next time, I'll be sure to keep you comatose until I find a sweeter-tasting elixir.
Luckily, friendship is irrelevant in most battles (Pokémon is a cold, cold world) and can always be regained. So don't hesitate to expend these roots when needed, especially since (unlike Max Revives) you can actually buy them.
5. Full Restore
Use: Fully heals a Pokémon's HP and removes status conditions.
Essentially combining a Full Heal and Max Potion into one, Full Restores are notorious day-ruiners, often used by the Elite Four when HP gets low. Not only does a unit's health recover, but they also shed any status effect they had.
Now, that's a potent heal, but even it's not perfect—any negative stat changes remain, and only non-volatile conditions (poison, burn, sleep, etc.) can be removed, meaning non-traditional effects like Leech Seed will remain. Many foes only use these when their Pokémon's health dips into the "red" zone, so one countermeasure is to K.O. them straight from orange (or green, if possible).
Move last in battle
Decreases opposing accuracy
Doubles prize money
Boosts Psychic move power
Decreases wild Pokémon encounter rate
Boosts Rock move power
Boosts Grass move power
Boosts Water move power
Boosts Water move power
Use: Held items with various abilities.
These items duplicate other held items, offering various effects noted above. Not only are they useful since you can actually buy them (although they're pretty expensive), they also play various roles in breeding, making various baby Pokémon available.
For instance, giving Snorlax a Full Incense can yield a Munchlax, while handing Wobbuffet the Lax Incense lets it breed Wynaut.
Use: Permanently raise a stat.
Our parents were right, taking our vitamins really is good for us. Each permanently increases a particular stat, offering small but everlasting bonuses. To get real technical, they actually improve a particular EV (effort value). There's a limit to how high each can increase, but these are essential for competitive battlers.
There's also the similar PP Up and PP Max, which increases the "power points" of a move, letting you use it more before running out. However, these can't be purchased with traditional money.
2. Slowpoke Tail
Use: Uh . . . apparently they taste good.
Slowpoke Tails are gourmet delicacies, but cutting them off permanently damages the Pokémon. In one of the series' most disturbing moments, a shady man (possibly a Team Rocket agent) tries to sell you one in Gold and Silver for ₽1,000,000.
This is horrifying for three reasons. One, it means some poor Slowpoke is now deformed. Two, that price is laughably inflated—you can later buy the tails for ₽9800 (though they have no purpose other than to be sold). Three, you can't ever actually afford that amount, as it's one Poké dollar over what your wallet could hold, similar to the...
Use: Travel faster.
This one's kind of a cheat since you can never actually afford its ridiculous price, exactly one Poké dollar over Kanto's wallet capacity. Thankfully, you can obtain a bike through various means depending on which region you're in, like exchanging a Bike Voucher for it in the original games.
In Ruby and Sapphire, you'll switch between the Mach and Acro bikes, which sounds cool but limits your field traversal (each is required to access certain areas, and you can only have one at once).
Special Currency in Pokémon
Today we examined the most expensive items available via conventional Poké Marts, but remember that several areas utilize different monetary forms. For instance, the Battle Frontier lets you exchange BP (battle points) for rare items, Game Corners use coins, and step-measuring pedometers trade items for watts.
Usually, the best items have to be found or gained through quests, and many are limited in quantity, so think carefully before selling one, although some, like Nuggets, serve no purpose other than to be sold. But for now, as we await more overpriced items, vote for your favorite and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
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