The articles were part of the Pokemon series from the beginning, with evolutionary stones being necessary for certain Pokémon to evolve from the first generation. In Gen 2, items played an even bigger role, as they could now be held by Pokemon to give them advantages in battle.
Over the years, as the series has continued, a multitude of items have been added, and there are now hundreds of different things to discover and use on your Pokémon. However, not all elements are equal. For example, while Oran berries are commonplace, you can go through entire parts of games without ever encountering some of the rarer ones.. Here are the least common items in Pokemon history.
ten The Generation 8 Gigantamix curry ingredient
One of the new mechanics introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield was curry making, which allowed you to use ingredients purchased or found in the Wild Area to cook curries that would heal your Pokemon and increase their friendship. There’s even a Curry Dex to complete!
Most curry ingredients are pretty easy to find – things like Instant Noodles can just be purchased from the Ingredient Vendor in the Wild Area. Gigantamix, however, is incredibly rare. He very rarely drops from Max Raid battles, and you can do hundreds of raids without ever seeing him. Fortunately, only one curry in the Dex requires it.
9 The Old Cake Of Generation 4
The Old Cake is a healing item that cures a Pokemon of any status condition. Nowadays it is more widely available, but if you want to have it in a generation four game, you have your work cut out.
It can be obtained once at the Old Castle in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, but the only way to get it in a renewable way is from a Pokewalker zone which can only be unlocked through a Japan-only eventso you will probably only ever have one sample of the Old Castle.
8 The Generation 3 Lucky Egg
Another now mundane item that was hard to obtain in older games, the Lucky Egg increases the holder’s XP gain and was only held by five percent of wild Chanseys in the Safari Zone of FireRed and LeafGreen. The best encounter rate you can get on Chansey is four percent, which means you have a 1 in 2000 chance of getting a Lucky Egg Chansey in any given encounter.
If you want a less RNG-dependent method, you can get a single Lucky Egg by beating the entirety of XD: Gale of Darkness and then completing a lengthy post-game quest to restore Bilbo’s voice to Wobbuffet.
7 Generation 2 Holy Ash
This one is quite simple – Sacred Ash is 100% owned by the Wild Ho-Ohs. The problem presented with this is obvious – there aren’t many wild Ho-Ohs. Because of this, you’re essentially limited to one Sacred Ash per game, and you’ll need to track down and catch the Legendary Bird each time you want to get it.
Sacred Ash fully revives and restores the HP of all fainted Pokémon in the party, after which it is consumed. That’s right – even after tracking down a Legendary Pokemon to get your hands on it, you can only use it once.
6 Gen 1 & 2 Brick Piece
This is perhaps the weirdest item on the list. The Brick Piece is generated when you trade a Machop from a gen one game to a gen two game, requiring you to have access to some of the older games in the series. After being swapped, the Machop will suddenly hold the item.
As for what it does, Brick Piece’s goal is to be sold. It is considered a “valuable item” like nuggets or pearls, but unlike these items, the Brick Piece sells for a measly 25 PokeDollars.
5 The Generation 3 Enigma Berry
The term “E-Reader Berries” refers to a set of event-only berries that were obtained through the Gameboy Advance E-Reader during Generation III. Some of these berries were available in the West, while others were reserved for Japan.
To get an Enigma Berry, you’ll not only need to have your hands on an E-Reader berry, but also give it to a Pokemon and transfer that Pokemon to gen four. These days, Enigma Berries are a bit easier to get, but in older generations, there were a lot of hoops to jump through.
4 A generation 4 Manaphy egg
Unlike many items on this list that have returned in later generations, the Manaphy Egg is one that has remained difficult to obtain throughout the series. Back in Gen Four, if you wanted one to hatch a Manaphy, you had to beat the entirety of Pokemon Ranger.
When the Sinnoh Remakes were set in Gen 8, Manaphy Eggs were a bit easier to get at first – they were simply given out as a reward for playing early. That window has now passed, however, and Manaphy Eggs are completely unobtainable.
3 Generation 3 Regi Dolls
Generation III brought secret bases to the Pokemon franchise, giving you space to create your own and decorate. Players could obtain various furniture and decor to spruce up their dens, including dolls of various Pokémon.
Most of the Pokemon dolls were regular Pokemon, but the Regi trio actually had obtainable dolls. This was a Japan-exclusive E-Reader event item, but those in the West could technically get them by mixing discs with a Japanese game.
2 The Generation 3 Starf Berry
Introduced in the third generation, the Starf Berry served as a sort of trophy for various feats in each of the main games. In Emerald, it’s earned for earning all seven gold Frontier symbols, and it plays a similar role as a battle setup reward in most later games – typically for streaks of around 200 wins.
The two main exceptions are Sword and Shield, where it is obtained by defeating the Dynamaxed Greedent on Dyna Tree Hill, and Heartgold and Soulsilver, where it is earned after taking 10 million steps with the Pokewalker.
1 The Liechi Berry in Generation 3
This berry grew natively on the legendary Mirage Island, which was incredibly rarely accessible in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. To try to access Mirage Island, you need to talk to an old man in Pacifidlog Town, who will let you know if it’s there or not.
What the game actually does is check the IDs of each Pokemon in your party against a randomly generated number for that day. There are 65,535 possible Pokemon IDs, so with a party of six you have about a 1 in 10,000 chance of making it to Mirage Island – rarer than a brilliant!
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