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While there are many different types of items out there that Pokemon can hold in battle, some of the most fundamental are those that are designed to specifically enhance the specialty attacks of a particular type.  These type-enhancing items are all generally alike in that they raise the power of certain elemental attacks when held, but their physical structure and even how they work can vary quite widely and they may almost be impossible to find out in the wild.  Even so, the significant boost in power these items provide makes them the perfect items for trainers that are struggling to form a complex strategy, as they can add enough brute force to make battle much easier for just about any trainer looking to simply plow through the opposition at full-force.


LIST OF TYPE-ENHANCING ITEMS

Pink Bow: This item is almost nonexistent today as a result of changing fashion trends but is still used by some kids because of its accessibility.  In battle, a Pokemon that holds this pretty ribbon will have the power of its Normal-type attacks boosted by 10%; this is fairly low in comparison to other items, so it really has little use in most battles.

Polkadot Bow: This item falls along the same lines as the Pink Bow and has the same effect when held; the only significant difference is that the item is usually only found among Jigglypuff, and even then its true rarity is still unknown.

Black Belt: This item might seem like any ordinary black belt, but it is actually designed specifically for Pokemon and not human use.  This fabric is made from organic fibers that are laced with powerful chemicals designed to soothe the wearer when it comes in contact with perspiration and allow it to concentrate more deeply in battle, in turn enhancing its natural physical attributes.  In particular, this item boosts the power of Fighting-type attacks by 20% when held.  This item is generally hard to come across, but Sawk and Throh are known to carry the item with them about 5% of the time.

Charcoal: Charcoal is used for many purposes outside of combat, but in battle, it has only one real purpose: to assist Fire-types in battle.  Charcoal naturally gives off a smoky aroma that can help Fire-types feel better about their natural powers and thus helps them intensify their attacks, increasing the power of all Fire-type attacks by 20%.  This item is usually very difficult to get a hold of in most places, but herbal medicine shops and woodcutters often times have some around either as a souvenir or because they make Charcoal for a living, plus it's found among Torkoal about 50% of the time.

Dragon Fang: The origins of this item has been hotly contested for years in regards to what species it came form; some claim that it likely came from a Salamence, while others suggest Garchomp and still others suggest completely unrelated species.  Regardless, this item is infused with draconic energy and thus works to bolster the natural powers of Dragon-types, increasing the power of Dragon-type attacks by 20% when held.  This item is almost impossible to find in the wild, but Dragonair (which is strange seeing as they have no fangs to speak of), Bagon, Shelgon and Druddigon are known to carry the item about 5% of the time, though the validity of its occurrence among Dragonair has been brought into question in recent years, as they are almost never seen with the items despite estimates.

Hard Stone: This dense, seemingly useless rock is actually a powerful item when placed in the hands of a Rock-type Pokemon.  Although it might seem like any other normal rock, the extreme density of this item calls out to Rock-types and all Pokemon in general, living as a testament to the sheer power of Rock-type abilities…or at least that's what some say; in truth, the item is nothing more than an extremely dense, polished piece of granite.  Even so, it has the effect of psychologically affecting Pokemon in battle so as to increase the power of Rock-type attacks by 20% when held.  This item can easily be dug up from underground areas, but it is also notably found among Aron, Lairon, Nosepass, Corsola, Larvitar, Onix and Dwebble about 5% of the time and Graveler (though Graveler seem to be connected much more to Everstones in practice) about 50% of the time.  Additionally, in the Kalos region, this item can sometimes be found in caves and mountainous Routes by using a Rock Slide attack to crush boulders.

Magnet: Magnets are a classic item found among people of all walks of life as a result of their simple construction and natural electromagnetic powers.  In the case of Pokemon, these items are highly sought-after by Electric-types, as their natural magnetic powers help Electric-types to concentrate their natural powers, in turn increasing the overall damage their Electric-type attacks deal by 20%.  It is said that the best Magnets are found amongst Magneton (about 5% of the time), but considering they are much more attracted to Metal Coat items, this raises a concern of validity on the part of Electric-type specialists.

Metal Coat: The item that most people think of as a Metal Coat is not true the item itself; the outer appearance of the item is merely a titanium-alloy container that is designed to contain the real Metal Coat, which is a fine powder that increases the overall durability of Steel-types when held.  Instead of providing power in terms of defense, however, this item tempers the bodies of Steel-types and increases the damage their Steel-type attacks do by about 20%.  This item is found about 5% of the time among Magnemite, Magneton, Steelix, Beldum, Metang, Bronzor and Bronzong and is useful enough to make a decent appearance in many battles against Steel-types, but the item's true benefits more or less lie in the fact that it can be used to evolve Scyther and Onix into Scizor and Steelix, respectively.  Both of these creatures lose much in the way of mobility after evolving, but this is more than supplemented by the massive increase in Attack and Defense they receive as a result of evolution.

Miracle Seed: This item is little more than a seed to most, but in truth, it is the seed of an ancient plant-form that has managed to thrive throughout most of the human race's history; as a result of its rarity, however, no one is quite sure of the actual species of plant it comes form.  Regardless, this seed is packed with enormous amounts of energy and is loved by Grass-types for its capacity to energize their bodies in battle, in turn increasing the damage done by Grass-type attacks by 20%.  This item is only found naturally in the wild amongst Cherubi, Carnivine and Pumpkaboo about 5% of the time (and rare Super Size Pumpkaboo 100% of the time), but it is still demanded enough that it can be found amongst Grass-type specialists and bought online, though not at a low price.

Mystic Water: This rare item is a gemstone adored by many because of its beautiful appearance and, oddly enough, because it actually looks like it is liquid inside.  This comes as a result of the gem's unique physical structure, which reflects and refracts light to the point where the insides appear to move if turned slowly.  This item has more use among Water-types than humans, though, as it serves as a source of inspiration in battle and an item of great honor; as a result of the psychological effect this has on both humans and Pokemon, this strange gem has the effect of increasing the damage done by Water-type attacks by 20% when held.  This item is very hard to come by without a great deal of money, but all Castform seem to have one on them at all times, possibly because their bodies mechanically work similar to water in all types of temperature-based weather phenomenon; the same occurrence rate applies to wild Lapras as well.

NeverMeltIce: This strange item is a rare type of ice that is usually associated with man-made experiments and is almost never seen in the wild.  What makes this ice unique, as its name would suggest, is that it is so dense that it is effectively impossible to melt without serious effort and time.  It is believed by some that these items may in fact be scraps of Regice, which makes at least some sense considering Regice are built out of ice so dense that it won't melt even when in lava.  This item serves as a powerful source of energy for Ice-types and helps them to reach colder temperatures faster with their basic attacks, in turn increasing the damage done by an Ice-type attack by 20%.  It is unlikely that most trainers will ever find these rare items without some serious help, but it is known that they are carried by Snover and Cryogonal about 5% of the time.  Additionally, in the Kalos region, this item can sometimes be found by using a Rock Slide attack to crush large ice crystals on Route 17.

Poison Barb: This item is effectively what it sounds like and little more, a sharp stinger or barb that leaks poison after it hits something.  Although it is classified as only a single item, the Poison Barb actually has a variety of different forms as a result of the wild Pokemon that use them; this is because, as one might expect, each species of wild Poison-type that can possess this item has made it from parts of their own body.  In effect, these items help to boost the morale of the possessor and effectively increase the damage done by Poison-type attacks by 20%, but their best use in battle is as a form of intimidation, as few species of non-Steel-type Pokemon will get close to it without knowing anything about the poison in the item.  This item is usually found among Budew, Roselia, Arbok, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Skorupi, Drapion, Qwilfish, Venipede and Cacnea (though this last one if questionable, as Cacnea are more generally associated with Sticky Barbs) about 5% of the time.

Sharp Beak: As with the Dragon Fang item, the actually species of bird that this item originates from is unknown, but it is often said that it may be the case of the Poison Barb in that the item can have a different form or structure depending upon the species carrying it.  Regardless, this item has the general effect of boosting the power with which Flying-types can deliver attacks and thus the actual power of Flying-type attacks by 20%.  This item is certainly not as common as most would like, but it is still somewhat dispersed among different species, as Doduo, Dodrio and Fearow are known to carry the item about 5% of the time.

Silk Scarf: This luxurious scarf does not seem to have any special properties by itself, but as it turns out, it has a positive psychological effect on most types of Pokemon.  Although the process is still a bit of a mystery, the soft fabric of this scarf seems to have the effect of increasing the overall power of basic attack moves and, in practice, the power of all Normal-type attacks by 20%.  This item is fairly rare and is not found in the wild in most occasions, but it can still be located with the right connections and makes a great addition to just about any kinds of team.

Silver Powder: This strange powder is in fact the powdered scales form butterfly and moth-like species of Pokemon that have been concentrated into a form that takes away the toxicity of the scales while still granting them a vibrant and pleasurable aroma.  When held in battle, this powder has the effect of enticing and energizing insect-like Pokemon and thus the overall power of Bug-type attacks by 20%; even though most Bug-types will find little use for this item, it can still be great to have around when facing Dark and Psychic-type Pokemon in battle.  This item is hard for most people to come by, but it is found amongst Butterfree, Venomoth, Masquerain and Volcarona about 5% of the time.

Black Glasses: These strange items are a man-made creation and are usually just seen as an ordinary pair of sunglasses…except for the fact that they are completely black in appearance and are impossible for humans to readily see through.  In truth, these items act as a channel for negative energy and clear up the moment that they receive a charge of negative energy, allowing the wearer to see.  Aside from making Dark-types look cool, this attributes allows them to channel negative energy more readily, in turn increasing the damage they do with Dark-type attacks by 20%.  This item is certainly among the hardest for trainers to find, but the sheer force it is capable of adding on and the universal nature of attacks like Bite and Crunch make it a great asset to have on a team regardless.

Soft Sand: This seemingly pointless item is literally nothing more than a small bag filled with fine sand.  However, this sand is chemically infused with natural nutrients that many Ground-types need to sustain their bodies and their capacity to resist electricity.  As such, Ground-types thrive off of this substance and will enjoy it so much when held that they will attack with extra vigor in battle, increasing the damage done by their Ground-type attacks by 20%.  This sand might be impossible for most to tell apart from other grades of sand, but it is somewhat easy to distinguish among wild Pokemon, as Diglett, Dugtrio, Sandslash, Trapinch and Stunfisk are known to carry the item with them about 5% of the time.  Additionally, in the Kalos region, this item can sometimes be found by using Rock Slide and Hyper Voice attacks to destroy large sandpiles on Route 8 and in Cyllage City.

Twisted Spoon: This strange item is in fact the spoon of a Kadabra that has been lost or otherwise separated from its original owner.  These items are a bit more sorrowful than most items because, without them, Kadabra are reduced to half their combat efficiency in battle.  However, the item still has important effects in battle, as it can allow any species of Pokemon to automatically use it as a focusing beacon of psychic energy, in turn increasing the damage done by their Psychic-type attacks by 20%.  These items are generally only found among wild Kadabra, but in some cases the item might be so powerful that any Psychic-type can use them, though this only happens about 5% of the time with wild Abra and Kadabra.

Spell Tag: This mystical item is said to contain a powerful spell that allows the possessor to channel extra spiritual energy from the surrounding airspace and use it to increase the power of their attacks; in truth, however, scientific analyses of the item have left little more than perplexed minds in their wake.  Regardless, the item does seem to have the exact function it was designed for, as it will allow Pokemon to deal 20% more damage with Ghost-type attacks when held.  This item is found amongst Duskull, Banette, Haunter and Misdreavus about 5% of the time, though the chances of easily stealing the item are fairly low considering how much these species thrive off of fear in battle.

Professor Wormwood
A report on basic type-enhancing items. Enjoy.
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Cre-lus Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm..
I'm currently playing through Pokemon Crystal and a Magnet for my Jolteon would be nice..
Does the Magnet even exist in gen 2?
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Mutitus Jan 28, 2013  Professional Writer
Yes it does.
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Cre-lus Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good.
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:iconshnarfbird:
I have collected every item on this list, excepting the Pink Bow and the Polkadot bow.
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Mutitus May 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Yeah, those items tend to be pretty rare these days...
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:iconshnarfbird:
But personally, what does it matter?
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Mutitus May 16, 2012  Professional Writer
It really doesn't, I suppose...
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:iconshnarfbird:
The Silk Scarf does better than either of the items, so the bows are just for aesthetics.
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Mutitus May 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Agreed.
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:iconfireemblem4812:
Compundeyes is so helpful in finding these items among wild Pokemon.

Now I feel bad about having my Linoone Covet those Twistedspoons, although some were from Abras, not Kadabras.
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