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This is a sub-page of Development:Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Overview

The data that follows is pulled from the files listed below:

Contents Filepath
1999/04/28 Item Data & Descriptions Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\DATA\ITEMTBL.NEW
(Data only)
KR
1999/07/17 Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\DATA\BACKUP\ITEMTBL.DAT
(Data only)
KR
Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\DATA\BACKUP\ITEM_GUI.DAT
(Descriptions only)
KR
1999/08/04 Document\ダケモン金銀\資料old\PM2 item ver5.4.xls JP
1999/08/17 Spaceworld 1999 Demo. JP
1999/08/18 Document\ダケモン金銀\資料old\data2\PM2 item ver5.8.xls JP
1999/08/23 Document\ダケモン金銀\資料old\data3\PM2 item ver5.9.xls JP
1999/08/25 Document\ダケモン金銀\資料old\あつしゅくー\PM2 item ver6.0.xls JP
1999/09/30 Document\ダケモン金銀\資料old\pm2data09022\PM2 item ver6.6.xls JP
1999/07/23 Battle Effects Code Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\BACKUP\KOUGEKI.DMG KR
1999/11/25 Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\KOUGEKI.DMG KR
1999/07/28 Main Battle Code Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\FIGHT.CPY KR
1999/08/20 Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\BACKUP\FIGHT.BAK KR
1999/09/06 Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\FIGHT.BAK KR
1999/10/12 Pokemon\wk\setup\mons2_org\SOURCE\FIGHT.DMG KR

Item Groups

The various iterations of the games' item selection. Any items not listed in the table below are identical between sets.

Legend

  • Italics: Different name but same purpose.
  • Gray: The item is null.
  • Blue: Name carried over from the Spaceworld 1997 demo. Item has no data.
ID Group 1
1999/04/28
Group 2
1999/07/17
Group 3
1999/08/04
Group 4
1999/08/17
Group 5
1999/08/18
Group 6
1999/08/23
Group 7
1999/09/30
003
0x03
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
いのちのみ
Life Berry
ひかりのこな
Brightpowder
006
0x06
タウンマップ
Town Map
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
025
0x19
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
たべのこし
Leftovers
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
030
0x1E
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
ラッキーパンチ
Lucky Punch
035
0x23
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
メタルパウダー
Metal Powder
045
0x2D
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
にがいきのみ
Bitter Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
050
0x32
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
おうごんのみ
Gold Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
056
0x38
ポケモンのふえ
Poké Flute
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
060
0x3C
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
ぎんのはっぱ
Silver Leaf
069
0x45
ウツギのタマゴ
Elm's Egg
ふしぎなタマゴ
Mystery Egg
070
0x46
おとどけもの
Oak's Parcel
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
072
0x48
ミルク
Milk
モーモーミルク
Moomoo Milk
073
0x49
しんぴのいと
Mystic Thread
せんせいのツメ
Quick Claw
074
0x4A
みえないハリ
Hidden Needle
どくけしのみ
PSNCureBerry
075
0x4B
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きんのはっぱ
Gold Leaf
076
0x4C
しんぴのハリ
Mystic Needle
やわらかいすな
Soft Sand
077
0x4D
しろいハネ
White Feather
するどいくちばし
Sharp Beak
078
0x4E
とがったまえば
Sharp Fang
マヒなおしのみ
PRZCureBerry
まひなおしのみ
PRZCureBerry
079
0x4F
ヘビのぬけがら
Snakeskin
やけたきのみ
Burnt Berry
080
0x50
でんきぶくろ
Electric Pouch
こおったきのみ
Ice Berry
083
0x53
ふしぎなちから
Strange Power
にがいきのみ
Bitter Berry
084
0x54
いのちのおふだ
Life Tag
はっかのみ
Mint Berry
085
0x55
コウモリのハネ
Bat Wing
あかぼんぐり
Red Apricorn
086
0x56
キノコ
Mushroom
ちいさなキノコ
Tinymushroom
087
0x57
まっかなキノコ
Deep Red Mushroom
おおきなキノコ
Big Mushroom
089
0x59
おとしあな
Pitfall
あおぼんぐり
Blu Apricorn
090
0x5A
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
おうごんのみ
Gold Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
092
0x5C
ずつうのたね
Migraine Seed
きぼんぐり
Ylw Apricorn
093
0x5D
はんげきのうでわ
Counter Cuff
みどぼんぐり
Grn Apricorn
096
0x60
スプーン
Spoon
しろぼんぐり
Wht Apricorn
まがったスプーン
Twistedspoon
097
0x61
まがったスプーン
Twistedspoon
しろぼんぐり
Wht Apricorn
099
0x63
いしころ
Pebble
くろぼんぐり
Blk Apricorn
100
0x64
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きのみ
Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
101
0x65
おおきないし
Big Stone
ももぼんぐり
Pnk Apricorn
104
0x68
おおきなじしゃく
Big Magnet
ピンクのリボン
Pink Bow
106
0x6A
にげあしのハネ
Flee Feather
けむりだま
Smoke Ball
108
0x6C
ちぎれたくびわ
Torn Collar
じしゃく
Magnet
109
0x6D
つぶれたタイヤ
Crushed Tire
きせきのみ
MiracleBerry
112
0x70
おふだ
Tag
かわらずのいし
Everstone
114
0x72
5えんだま
5 Yen Coin
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
いかりまんじゅう
RageCandyBar
115
0x73
カニバサミ
Crab Scissors
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
116
0x74
はれつだま
Burst Orb
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
120
0x78
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きのみ
Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
121
0x79
みきりだま
Detect Orb
ちからのこな
Energypowder
122
0x7A
ながいした
Long Tongue
ちからのねっこ
Energy Root
123
0x7B
きたないベル
Dirty Bell
ばんのうごな
Heal Powder
124
0x7C
われたナベ
Broken Pan
ふっかつそう
Revival Herb
125
0x7D
かたいすな
Hard Sand
かたいいし
Hard Stone
127
0x7F
ながいツタ
Long Vine
カードキー
Card Key
128
0x80
ははのあい
Mom's Love
きかいのぶひん
Machine Part
129
0x81
えんまく
Smokescreen
おとなのあかし
Proof of Adulthood
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
130
0x82
アクアホーン
Aqua Horn
おとしもの
Lost Item
131
0x83
あかいいし
Red Stone
ほしのすな
Stardust
132
0x84
あかいほうせき
Red Gem
ほしのかけら
Star Piece
133
0x85
みえないカベ
Invisible Wall
ちかのカギ
Basement Key
134
0x86
するどいカマ
Sharp Scythe
ていきけん
Pass
135
0x87
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きのみ
Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
136
0x88
こおりのビキニ
Ice Bikini
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
137
0x89
いかずちのキバ
Thunder Fang
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
138
0x8A
せいなるほのお
Sacred Fire
もくたん
Charcoal
139
0x8B
するどいツノ
Sharp Horn
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きのみジュース
Berry Juice
140
0x8C
ちっちゃなウロコ
Tiny Scales
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
ピントレンズ
Scope Lens
141
0x8D
はがねのウロコ
Steel Scales
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
142
0x8E
しんぴのこうら
Mystic Shell
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
144
0x90
きれいなシッポ
Pretty Tail
りゅうのキバ
Dragon Fang
145
0x91
みずのシッポ
Water Tail
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
147
0x93
こおりのつばさ
Ice Wing
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
148
0x94
かみなりのつばさ
Thunder Wing
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
149
0x95
ほのおのつばさ
Fire Wing
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
150
0x96
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
ふしぎなきのみ
MysteryBerry
153
0x99
げんしのちから
Ancient Power
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
154
0x9A
ほのおのシッポ
Fire Tail
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
155
0x9B
ほのおのシッポ
Thunder Tail
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
157
0x9D
ハードボール
Hard Ball
ヘビーボール
Heavy Ball
158
0x9E
メール
Mail
はながらメール
Flower Mail
159
0x9F
ダイレクトボール
Direct Ball
レベルボール
Level Ball
160
0xA0
アクアボール
Aqua Ball
ルアーボール
Lure Ball
161
0xA1
ナイトボール
Night Ball
スピードボール
Fast Ball
162
0xA2
どくのいし
Poison Stone
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
167
0xA7
ポケスタ2アイテム
Stadium 2 item
きのはこ
Normal Box
168
0xA8
ポケスタ2アイテム
Stadium 2 item
きりのはこ
Gorgeous Box
169
0xA9
太陽の石
Sun Stone
たいようのいし
Sun Stone
170
0xAA
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
みずたまリボン
Polkadot Bow
171
0xAB
こちょこちょぼう
Tickle Stick
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
174
0xAE
リンゴ
Apple
おうごんのみ
Gold Berry
175
0xAF
シルフスコープ2
Silph Scope 2
ゼニガメじょうろ
Squirt Bottle
176
0xB0
ひきかえけん
Voucher
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
177
0xB1
パークボール
Park Ball
178
0xB2
にじいろのはね
Rainbow Wing
179
0xB3
みつのつぼ
Honey Pot
ミツのつぼ
Honey Pot
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
180
0xB4
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
かわらのかけら
Brick Piece
181
0xB5
メール
Mail
ラプラスメール
Lapras Mail
なみのりメール
Surf Mail
182
0xB6
メール
Mail
みずいろメール
Litebluemail
183
0xB7
メール
Mail
にがおえメール
Portraitmail
184
0xB8
メール
Mail
ラブリーメール
Lovely Mail
185
0xB9
メール
Mail
ブイブイメール
Eon Mail
186
0xBA
メール
Mail
へんしんメール
Morph Mail
187
0xBB
メール
Mail
けいたいメール
Mobile Mail
あおぞらメール
Bluesky Mail
188
0xBC
メール
Mail
おんぷメール
Music Mail
189
0xBD
メール
Mail
まぼろしメール
Mirage Mail
190
0xBE
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きのみ
Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
195
0xC3
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きのみ
Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
220
0xDC
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きのみ
Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
250
0xFA
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
255
0xFF
未定
Pending
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama
きのみ
Berry
カビチュウ
Teru-Sama

Removed Items

Cut After Group 1

Spaceworld 1997 Items
These are in the same slots and have the same names as items from the Spaceworld 1997 demo. These items exist in name only, with placeholder attributes and null effects. A few did, however, receive slightly different names:

ID 1997 Name 1999 Name
074
0x4A
せんせいのハり
Quick Needle
みえないハリ
Hidden Needle
116
0x74
しげきだま
Stimulus Orb
はれつだま
Burst Orb
130
0x82
しめったツノ
Wet Horn
アクアホーン
Aqua Horn
139
0x82
2ほんのツノ
Twin Horns
するどいツノ
Sharp Horn

Detect Orb & Poison Stone
These two items from Spaceworld 1997 initially made the cut before getting removed by the next group. The Detect Orb raises the player's evasion as expected with item effect 25, which otherwise goes completely unused. The Poison Stone has the same usage flag as the other evolutionary stones, but no Pokémon have it listed as an evolution method.

Valuable Item Groups
There are at least twelve items which appear to form valuable item pairs, much like the Tinymushroom/Big Mushroom and Stardust/Star Piece pairs in the final games. They're listed below along with the Pokémon families that might have been meant to carry them:

  • The Mystic Thread and Mystic Needle for the Norowara line.
  • The Spoon and Twistedspoon for the Abra line.
  • The Pebble and Big Stone for the Geodude line.
  • The Torn Collar and Crushed Tire for the Houndour line.
  • The Dirty Bell and Broken Pan for an unknown line.
  • The Tiny Scales and Steel Scales for the Onix line.

Cut After Group 3

Pokémon brought over from a Generation I game via the Time Capsule will have a held item attached, and that ID of that item is equal to the Pokémon's catch rate. This feature had been planned since at least Spaceworld 1997. The slots for catch rate items are marked しようきんし, or Don't Use. Group 3 is the first to put something in those slots, with items like Leftovers, Lucky Punch, and Metal Powder. What's strange here is the seven duplicates of Berry, along with two duplicates of Gold Berry and one of Bitter Berry.

These are very likely oversights, as it's not hard to imagine the problems that would arise if this were actually implemented, like the Berries being unable to stack with each other, clogging up inventory space. Thankfully, someone on the development team realized how bad of an idea this was, deleted the Berry duplicates, and implemented a simple lookup table instead.

Cut After Group 5

Tickle Stick & Voucher

Item Description Translation
Tickle Stick せなかを こちょこちょ すると
とっても きもちが いい
It feels great to have
your back tickled.
Voucher ラジオカードの ひきかえけん Radio Card voucher.

Two new key items that were both cut sometime between August 18th and August 23rd; it doesn't seem like either of them was ever placed or implemented in the game.

  • The description of the Tickle Stick mentions that it feels good when you use it on a person's back. The player had to rub the S.S. Anne's captain's back in Generation I, so this might have been meant for a similiar event on the S.S. Aqua.
  • The Voucher would have been an extra step to get the Radio Card in Goldenrod City. In the final games, the player gets the Radio Card straight away after completing a quiz in the Goldenrod Radio Tower.
(Translation: Rangi)

Honey Pot

Date Description Translation
1999/07/17 あまーい みつを ためる つぼ
みつの においが しみついている
A pot for storing SWEET HONEY.
It has an ingrained honey scent.
1999/08/04 あまーい ミツを ためる つぼ
ミツの においが しみついている
A pot for storing SWEET HONEY.
It has an ingrained honey scent.

According to p20430.txt, the Honey Pot and Sweet Honey were first implemented on or before April 30th. Commented-out code in SOURCE\ITEMBOX.DMG gives a complete rundown on how this item would work:

Context Description Translation
Use (Success) <PLAYER>は ミツを
きのみきに ぬった!
<PLAYER> spread
honey on the tree!
Use (Failure) ミツを きに ぬろうとした......
しかし つぼの なかは
からっぽ だった!
Tried to spread
honey... But the
pot was empty!
  • The code that handles using the item is found in the subroutine "HoneyPot". The player would be able to use this item on a single Headbutt tree; there are different messages depending on whether the player actually has any Sweet Honey in the Honey Pot.
Context Description Translation
Tree (Same Day) ここには きょう ミツ
ぬったぞ!
You spread honey
here today!
Tree (Next Day) このきには きのう ミツ
ぬったぞ!
You spread honey
here yesterday!
  • The subroutine "HoneyTreeCheck" would give the player a message when they inspected the honey-smeared tree, with the message changing depending on when the player poured the honey.
  • "ShakeEncRateCheck" would check whether a day had passed since the player applied honey to the tree. If true, that tree would have encounters 100% of the time and would always use the rare encounter table, regardless of the tree's X/Y position. After another day, the tree would return back to normal.

According to the item XLS sheets, the Honey Pot would have been found in the Goldenrod Department Store basement, and according to text found in the final Gold and Silver ROMs, the woman that gives the TM for Sweet Scent originally gave out Sweet Honey. By August 5th (file p20805.txt), all data related to Sweet Honey had been dummied out. Nevertheless, the Honey Pot item managed to stick around for a bit longer until it was finally deleted sometime between August 18th and August 23rd. Trying to use it in the Spaceworld 1999 demo gives Oak's standard "can't use this" error message.

(Translation: Rangi)

Proof of Adulthood

Description Translation
もっている だけで
おとなっぽく みえる
Just holding it makes you
feel more like an adult.

A mysterious key item of unclear purpose that was removed from the game at the same time as the Tickle Stick and the Voucher.

Cut After Group 6

Life Berry

Description Translation
たいりょくが 1の じょうたいで
ひんしじょうたいから かいふくする
Recover with 1 HP
after fainting.

The Life Berry was the original item attached to transferred Generation I Legendaries, acting like an ersatz version of the Focus Sash from Generation IV. The Life Berry is assigned item effect 5 with a power of 1, which is supposed to revive a Pokémon with 1 HP when held. While this is what the effect would do in the 1997 demo, by April of 1999 the effect's code had already been removed.

According to p20922.txt, the Life Berry was replaced by Brightpowder on September 21st. The two reasons for its replacement: consideration of game balance, and the small problem of the effect's nonexistence. That last one might be more important.

Town Map

Description Translation
マップを みることが できる Use to view the map.

The Town Map is an item from Generation I that made it into the 1999 version of Gold & Silver despite having been obsoleted by the Pokégear even in the 1997 version. Trying to use it in the Spaceworld 1999 demo will replay the last overworld event (flying to town, using a fishing rod, using the Itemfinder, etc.) instead of bringing up the map.

Though its name and description were later deleted, there's some leftover code for the Town Map in the final games.

Poké Flute

Description Translation
ねむっている ポケモンを おこす Awakens sleeping Pokémon.

The Poké Flute is another Generation I holdover. Using it on the overworld will prompt the "Now that's a catchy tune!" message, unless the player has at least one sleeping Pokémon, in which case the Poké Flute tune will play and Pokémon will wake up. Like the Town Map, using this on the overworld will replay the last overworld event. Using it in battle will always print the catchy tune message even if the current Pokémon is asleep, but it'll still wake that Pokémon up. The Poké Flute tune will not play when used in battle.

Its role in the story (waking up Snorlax) was replaced by the Pokégear's Poké Flute radio station. All of the flute's use text as well as some of the code was left in the final game.

Oak's Parcel

Description Translation
オーキドはかせ から
ウツギはかせ への おとどけもの
Delivery from PROF. OAK
to PROF. ELM

Oak's Parcel is the last of the holdover Generation I key items. Instead of being a delivery to Professor Oak, this would be a delivery from Professor Oak to Professor Elm. Trying to use it in the Spaceworld 1999 demo will produce the standard Professor Oak error message, even though this item has special use text that even managed to make its way into the final games.

(Translation: Rangi)

Item Changes

Original Apricorn Balls

Dummied code in USEITEM.DMG reveals that three of the Apricorn Balls were changed some time before July 5th:

  • The Direct Ball took the Pokémon's catch rate and multiplied it by 2/3, then used the result as the final catch chance, bypassing the HP and status modifiers normally used in the catch formula. This was replaced by the Level Ball, but the code that made the Direct Ball skip HP and status conditions was left in even after it was replaced; it's not clear if this was intentional or if they just forgot to delete the check.
  • The Night Ball had a 3x catch rate at night, and otherwise did nothing. This was replaced by the Fast Ball, but it was reintroduced in a stronger form as the Dusk Ball in Generation IV.
  • The Love Ball made it into the game, but there's commented-out code in USEITEM.DMG (directly under pop_ret$) that shows the Love Ball originally worked quite differently.
  • The ball had a 4x catch rate multiplier when used on any of the following Pokémon:
Sandshrew Sandslash Paras Parasect Slowpoke Slowbro Geodude Grimer Muk Exeggutor
Lickitung Jynx Magikarp Porygon Elekid Granbull Unown Norowara Bellossom Mankey
  • Otherwise, the ball had a 0.25x catch rate multiplier.
The table of Pokémon is labeled "gantetsu_tbl", and a comment on the jump to the 0.25x subroutine is "ガンテツの好きなポケモンでない" or "Not Kurt's favorite Pokémon.", so it seems the original intention of the Love Ball was for it be more effective on Kurt's most beloved Pokémon. (Nevermind the fact that Parasect, Exeggutor, Porygon, Granbull, and Bellossom can't be found in the wild.)

Mobile Mail

Mobile Mail Bluesky Mail
PokemonGSMail07S.png PokemonGSMail07F.png

While first named in Group 5, the code and graphics for this mail already exist in the Spaceworld 1999 demo. The mail design is completely different from the Bluesky Mail in the final game, decorated with the triangle and squares seen in the Surf and Litebluemail, with a pair of cell phones flanking the player's signature. A rather unimpressive design, which is likely why it was changed.

Removed Held Item Effects

There are a good number of consumable items that only have held item effects in the April 28th list. It was decided at some point between April and July that Pokémon would only be able to consume "natural" items, which is why Group 2 introduced so many different berries. Thus, man-made consumables like potions and status-healing sprays had their effects removed.

ID Effect 99/04/28 Final
1 Restores HP. Berry (10)
Apple (50)
Potion (20)
Fresh Water (50)
Super Potion (50)
Soda Pop (60)
Lemonade (80)
Hyper Potion (200)
Max Potion (All)
Berry (10)
Gold Berry (30)
2 Restores HP, cures status. Full Restore (All) Effect removed
6 Restores PP to one move. Ether (10)
Max Ether (All)
MysteryBerry (5)
7 Restores PP to all moves. Elixer (10)
Max Elixer (All)
Effect removed
10 Cures poison. Antidote PSNCureBerry
11 Cures burn. Burn Heal Ice Berry
12 Cures freeze. Ice Heal Burnt Berry
13 Cures freeze. Awakening Mint Berry
14 Cures paralysis. Parlyz Heal PRZCureBerry
15 Cures status conditions. Full Heal MiracleBerry
31 Raises Attack, consumes item. X Attack None
32 Raises Defense, consumes item. X Defense None
33 Raises Speed, consumes item. X Speed None
34 Raises Sp. Attack, consumes item X Special None
35 Protects against stat changes. (E)
Raises Sp. Defense. (F)
Consumes item. (E&F)
Guard Spec. None
36 Raises Accuracy, consumes item. X Accuracy None
71 Enables escape, consumes item. Poké Doll Effect removed
73 Raises crit rate. (E&F)
Consumes item. (E)
Dire Hit Scope Lens

Implemented & Tweaked Effects

Items Date Effect
Full Restore 1999/04/28 Restores all HP and cures poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, and freeze.
1999/08/29 Restores all HP and cures poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, freeze, and confusion.
Lucky Punch 1999/04/28 No effect.
1999/09/30 When held by Chansey, raises its critical hit ratio by 2 stages.
Metal Powder 1999/04/28 No effect.
1999/08/17 When held by Ditto, raises its Defense and Special Defense stats by 50%. Effect persists after using Transform.
Full Heal 1999/04/28 Cures poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, and freeze.
1999/08/29 Cures poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, freeze, and confusion.
PP UP 1999/07/17 Raises the maximum PP of a move by 20%, up to three times.
1999/09/08 Raises the maximum PP of a move by 20%, up to three times. Can't be used on Sketch.
Quick Claw 1999/07/17 Adds a (20/256)% to go first, regardless of Speed.
1999/08/23 Adds a (60/256)% to go first, regardless of Speed.
King's Rock 1999/04/28 No effect.
1999/07/17 Adds a (20/256)% flinch chance to certain contact moves.
1999/08/23 Adds a (30/256)% flinch chance to certain contact moves.
Stick 1999/04/28 No effect.
1999/09/30 When held by Farfetch'd, raises its critical hit ratio by 1 stage.
Miracleberry 1999/04/28 When used, cures poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, and freeze.
When held, Pokémon can cure itself of poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, and freeze.
1999/08/29 When used, cures poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, freeze, and confusion.
When held, Pokémon can cure itself of poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, and freeze.
1999/10/08 When used, cures poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, freeze, and confusion.
When held, Pokémon can cure itself of poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, freeze, and confusion.
Everstone 1999/07/17 Prevents Pokémon from evolving through level-up and trade.
1999/09/10 Prevents Pokémon from evolving through level-up, trade, and stones.
Thick Club 1999/04/28 No effect.
1999/09/30 When held by Cubone and Marowak, doubles their Attack stat.
Focus Band 1999/04/28 No effect.
1999/08/04 If hit by a damaging move that would cause the holder to faint, there's a (20/256)% chance they'll survive with 1 HP.
1999/08/23 If hit by a damaging move that would cause the holder to faint, there's a (30/256)% chance they'll survive with 1 HP.
Lucky Egg 1999/04/28 No effect.
1999/08/17 Holder gains +50% bonus experience points.
Leftovers 1999/04/28 Recovers 1/8 max HP each turn.
1999/09/08 Recovers 1/16 max HP each turn.
Light Ball 1999/04/28 No effect.
1999/09/30 When held by Pikachu, doubles its Special Attack stat.
Gold Berry 1999/04/28 Recovers 50 HP.
1999/07/17 Recovers 30 HP.

Worth noting are the following changes:

  • By June 17th, the Gold Berry had its recovery nerfed from 50 HP to 30 HP.
  • None of the Pokémon-specific hold items (Lucky Punch, Metal Powder, Stick, Thick Club, Light Ball) did anything until around August 17th, when Metal Powder finally had its effects added. The other four were implemented between August 17th and September 30th.
  • Sometime around August 23rd, King's Rock and Focus Band had their effect rates increased by 50%, while Quick Claw had its effect rate tripled.
  • On August 29th, items that cured all non-volatile status conditions (poison, paralysis, sleep, burn, and freeze) gained the ability to cure confusion as well. However, while using a Miracleberry cured confusion as intended, if a Pokémon held a Miracleberry and was then inflicted with confusion, the berry wouldn't trigger. This was fixed on October 8th.
  • PP Up could originally be used on Sketch, but since Sketch only has 1 PP it didn't do anything but waste the item. This was fixed in September 8th, when it could no longer be used on Sketch at all.
  • Leftovers' recovery rate was originally 1/8 of the user's max HP; this was halved on September 8th.
  • A Pokémon holding an Everstone could still evolve through an evolution stone until September 10th.

Spreadsheet Discrepancies

All item spreadsheets through August 25th have different effects listed for three items:

  • The Thick Club was supposed to raise Cubone and Marowak's Attack stat by two stages, while the final effect doubles their Attack stat.
  • The Light Ball would raise Pikachu's Special Attack and Special Defense by two stages. The final effect doubles Pikachu's Special Attack stat.
  • The Lucky Egg was supposed to give only 10% bonus experience to the holder instead of 50%.

There's no evidence that the spreadsheet effects were ever coded. In the Spaceworld 1999 demo, the Lucky Egg already gave +50% bonus experience instead of the listed +10%. While the Thick Club and Light Ball weren't implemented in the Spaceworld 1999 build, by September 30th they had their final doubling effects.

Item Prices

Item 99/04/28 99/07/17 99/08/04 99/08/17 99/09/30 99/10/06
Max Elixer 4,800 4,500
Exp. Share 10 3,000
Max Ether 2,400 3,000 2,000
Elixir 2,400 2,000 3,000
Moomoo Milk 10 100 1,000 500
Quick Claw N/A 10 100
Soft Sand N/A 10 100
Sharp Beak 10 100
Poison Barb 10 100
King's Rock 10 100
Red Apricorn N/A 10 200
Tinymushroom 5,000 500
Big Mushroom 10,000 5,000
Silverpowder 10 100
Blu Apricorn N/A 10 200
Amulet Coin 10 100
Ylw Apricorn N/A 10 200
Grn Apricorn N/A 10 200
Cleanse Tag 10 200
Mystic Water 10 100
Twistedspoon 10 100
Wht Apricorn N/A 10 200
Blackbelt 10 100
Blk Apricorn N/A 10 200
Pnk Apricorn N/A 10 200
Blackglasses 10 100
Slowpoketail 10,000 2,000 9,800
Pink Bow N/A 10 100
Stick 10 100 200
Smoke Ball N/A 10 200
Nevermeltice 10 100
Magnet N/A 10 100
Pearl 5,000 9,000 1,400
Big Pearl 10,000 18,000 7,500
Everstone N/A 0 200
Spell Tag 10 100
Miracle Seed 10 100
Thick Club 10 500
Focus Band 10 200
Hard Stone 10 100
Lucky Egg 10 200
Stardust 5,000 9,000 2,000
Star Piece 10,000 18,000 9,800
Metal Coat 10 100
Dragon Fang N/A 10 100
Leftovers 10 200
Dragon Scale 10 2,100
Berserk Gene 10 200
Sacred Ash 10 200
Heavy Ball 0 10 150
Flower Mail 50 10 50
Level Ball 0 10 150
Lure Ball 0 10 150
Fast Ball 0 10 150
Light Ball 0 10 100
Friend Ball 0 10 150
Moon Ball 0 10 150
Love Ball 0 10 150
Normal Box 0 10
Gorgeous Box 0 10
Sun Stone 0 10 2,100
Polkadot Bow N/A 10 100
Up-Grade 0 10 2,100
Berry 300 10
Gold Berry 700 10

Worth noting are the following changes:

  • The Max Elixer had its price lowered slightly. Max Ether had its price raised, then lowered, while the normal Ether had its price lowered, then raised.
  • The Exp. Share was originally a key item, so it couldn't be sold. After it was made possible to get multiple Exp. Shares in a single game, a sell value was added.
  • Moomoo Milk had its price changed three times, with the third time being the last price-related change in the game.
  • All held items save for Charcoal started out with a price of 10₽. The Stick was the first to change, getting a 100₽ price tag on July 17th and a 200₽ price tag on August 4th. The rest changed by Spaceworld 1999, with type-enhancing items and the Light Ball going up to 100₽, the Thick Club going up to 500₽, and most other items gaining a price of 200₽.
  • All Apricorns had an initial price value of 10₽, later increased to 200P by Spaceworld 1999.
  • Valuable items went through the most changes:
  • By July 17th, the Tinymushroom had its price decimated from 5,000₽ to 500₽, while the Slowpoketail had its price lowered from 10,000₽ to 2,000₽. Both Pearls and Stardust/Star Piece had their prices raised at the same time.
  • To make Team Rocket's nefarious plot more understandable, Slowpoketails had their price raised back up to 9,800₽ - the same price as Nuggets.
  • At some point between August 25th and September 30th, one or more developers realized that some of the valuable items were a little too valuable and had their prices reduced, with the Big Pearl taking the biggest hit.
  • The Dragon Scale, Sun Stone, and Up-Grade all had their prices raised to match the evolution stones from Generation I.
  • All of Kurt's Poké Balls originally had a selling price of 0₽, later increased to 10₽ and then to 150₽.
  • The Flower Mail, the first mail to be fully implemented, had its price lowered to 10₽ at one point. It was later raised back up to 50₽ to match the other newly-implemented mail types.
  • Both the Berry and Gold Berry originally had much higher price tags that were later lowered to 10P after the other berries were put in.

Name Changes

  • Moomoo Milk was originally the unbranded and uninteresting Milk.
  • The original incarnation of the Squirtbottle was an item known as the Silph Scope 2, named after the device that revealed the identity of ghosts in Generation I. References to the Silph Scope 2 still remain in the final games, though it specifically mentions that the Pokémon it unmasks resembles a tree. A developer interview states that an event where the player encounters a road-blocking Pokémon was added to the story specifically to accommodate Sudowoodo. So, "Silph Scope 2" was probably just a placeholder name for an item that served the same story purpose as the Silph Scope, i.e. gating the player's progress behind a Pokémon that's impossible to fight without using a key item. The earliest instance of the Squirtbottle appearing in item data is the July 17th file, though it's mentioned by name in a bug report (Bug 246 in Document\ダケモン金銀\バグ報告\金銀バグ0601-0828.xls) for build 0621B, meaning it was renamed at least a month earlier.
  • The first name for the Flying-type enhancing item was White Feather. While the White Feather did appear in Spaceworld 1997, that item actually weakened the foe's Flying-type moves, with the Black Feather being the one that boosted moves. It's possible that it was renamed so players wouldn't confuse it with the Ho-oh- and Lugia-summoning items. The Flee Feather might have been renamed to Smoke Ball for the same reason.
  • The PRZCureBerry had the "paralysis" in its name changed from the katakana マヒ to the hiragana まひ to match how paralysis is written in battle and on the status screen.
  • The Mushroom and Deep Red Mushroom were changed to Tinymushroom and Big Mushroom to better indicate their sell values.
  • Hard Sand was changed to Hard Stone since, well, it's a little bit difficult to keep hold of a pile of sand. Try it sometime!
  • The Red Stone and Red Gem were renamed to Stardust and Star Piece. Since these items are mainly found carried by Staryu, the original names might make players think that they're stealing the poor Pokémon's core.
  • Sacred Fire was quickly renamed to Charcoal when someone realized it shared the name of Ho-oh's signature move.
  • While there's been a Mail item since the 1997 build, Group 2 is the first instance of multiple types of mail in the game's code. At that point they were all named "Mail", but by August 18th they all gained proper names.
  • Surf Mail was named Lapras Mail in the Spaceworld 1999 demo.
  • To better indicate how the items worked, Hard Ball and Aqua Ball were changed to Heavy Ball and Lure Ball respectively.
  • The Sun Stone originally used kanji in its name, 太陽の石. The game's font does not support kanji.
  • The Gold Berry was originally called Apple, its Spaceworld 1997 name. It was later renamed to fit with the new berry types added in Group 2.

Item Descriptions

Pre Spaceworld 1999

Description Translation
てがみが かける
かいためールを ポケモンに もたせる
You can write a letter.
Give the mail you wrote to a POKéMON.

All mail types used this description prior to the Spaceworld 1999 demo.

1999/07/17 to 1999/08/04

Item Early Description Later Description Notes
Parlyz Heal マヒ じょうたいを かいふくする まひ じょうたいを かいふくする Paralysis is written in katakana in the older text and hiragana in the final text. The actual status condition is written まひ, so hiragana is correct here.
Cures paralysis. Cures paralysis.
Calcium とくしゅの きそポイントを あげる とくしゅこうげき とくしゅぼうぎょ
きそポイントを あげる
Changed to explicitly mention both Special Attack and Special Defense.
Raises the Special stat(s). Raises the Special Attack and
Special Defense stats.
Silver Wing キラキラ ひかる ふしぎなハネ ぎんいろに かがやく ふしぎな はね Old text doesn't mention the item's color.
A strange twinkling shining feather. A strange silver feather that shines.
PRZCureBerry もたせると じぶんで
マヒ じょうたいを かいふくする
もたせると じぶんで
まひ じょうたいを かいふくする
Same change as Parlyz Heal.
If given to a Pokémon, it'll be able to
cure itself of Paralysis.
If given to a Pokémon, it'll be able to
cure itself of Paralysis.
Amulet Coin もらえる おかねが 2ばい もたせた ポケモンを せんとうに
だすと
 もらえる おかねが 2ばい
Changed to note that the Pokémon holding it must enter battle for the effect.
Doubles prize money. Doubles prize money if the Pokémon
holding it is sent out to battle.
Revival Herb ひんしした すべての ポケモンを
かいふく させるが とても にがい
ひんしした ポケモンを かいふく
させるが とても にがい
Early description specifically mentions reviving all Pokémon, not just one.
Revives all fainted Pokémon,
but it's very bitter.
Revives a fainted Pokémon,
but it's very bitter.
Berry たいりょくを 10かいふくする もたせると じぶんで
たいりょくを 10かいふくする
Added a second line to explain the held item effect.
Restores 10 HP. If given to a Pokémon, it'll be able to
restore 10 of its own HP.
Gold Berry たいりょくを 30かいふくする もたせると じぶんで
たいりょくを 30かいふくする
Same change as Berry.
Restores 30 HP. If given to a Pokémon, it'll be able to
restore 30 of its own HP.
Rainbow Wing キラキラ ひかる ふしぎなハネ にじいろに かがやく
しんぴてきな はね
Old description is a duplicate of the Silver Wing description.
A strange twinkling shining feather. A mysterious rainbow-colored feather
that shines.

1999/08/04 to 1999/08/17

Item Early Description Later Description Notes
Bicycle 2ばいの はやさで いどうできる 2ばいの はやさで いどうできる
おりたたみしき じてんしゃ
Final text adds a line to explain how the player is carrying the bike.
Lets you move around twice as fast. A folding bicycle that lets you
move around twice as fast.
Rare Candy ポケモンの レベルを 1あげる ポケモンの レベルを 1 あげる Final text removes the counter つ from the description.
Raises the level of a Pokémon by 1. Raises the level of a Pokémon by 1.
X Accuracy しようした せんとうちゅうだけ
わざが あたるようになる
しようした せんとうちゅうだけ
わざが あたりやすくなる
Updated for accuracy, as the item doesn't actually guarantee your moves will hit.
When used in battle, moves will be able to hit. When used in battle, moves will hit more easily.
Itemfinder かくされた どうぐを さがせる みえない どうぐに はんのうして
おとで おしえて くれる
While the old description wasn't necessarily wrong, the newer one goes into more detail.
Lets you search for hidden items. Reacts to invisible items
and informs you with a sound.
S.S. Ticket ふねに のれる こうそくせん アクアごうに
のるための もの
The new description has a different name for the S.S. Aqua - the S.S. Kōji. This is likely named after long-time Game Freak developer Kōji Nishino.
You can board the ship. Used to ride on the S.S. Kōji.
Big Mushroom めずらしいキノコ くすりにも なる
たかく うれる
めずらしい キノコ
たかく うれる
Older description mentions that it can also be used as a medicine. Probably removed to keep it from being mistaken for a healing item.
A rare medicinal mushroom. Sell high. A rare mushroom. Sell high.
Big Pearl おおきくて きれいな しんじゅ
たかく うれる
きれいな おおつぶの しんじゅ
たかく うれる
Old description uses 大きく, a general word for something large in scale. New text uses 大粒, specifically used to refer to something of large grain.
A big, beautiful pearl. Sell high. A big, beautiful pearl. Sell high.
Red Stone /
Stardust
あかくて きれいな いし
たかく うれる
あかくて きれいな すな
たかく うれる
Changed to reflect the item's new name.
A beautiful red stone. Sell high. Beautiful red sand. Sell high.
Red Gem /
Star Piece
あかくて きれいな ほうせき
たかく うれる
あかくて きれいな ほうせきのかけら
とても たかく うれる
Changed to reflect the item's new name and relative price to Stardust.
A beautiful red gem.
Sell high.
A beautiful red gem fragment.
Sell very high.

1999/08/17 to 1999/08/18

Item Early Description Later Description Notes
S.S. Ticket こうそくせん コウジごうに
のるための もの
こうそくせん アクアごうに
のるための もの
The S.S. Aqua gets its final name.
Used to ride on the S.S. Kōji. Used to ride on the S.S. Aqua.

1999/08/18 to 1999/08/23

Item Early Description Later Description Notes
Max Elixir ポケモン1たいの すべての わざの
ポイントを ぜんかいふく させる
ポケモン1ぴきの すべての わざの
ポイントを ぜんかいふく させる
Early text uses the counter 体, which is used for humanoid objects. The final text instead uses the counter 匹, which is used for small animals.
Fully restores the PP of all moves
for a single Pokémon.
Fully restores the PP of all moves
for a single Pokémon.
Good Rod みずべで つかうと
ポケモンが つれる
ポケモンを つるための どうぐ
すこし いい つりざお
Old description duplicates the Old Rod's text.
Use it by water to fish for Pokémon. A good fishing rod for catching
Pokémon.
Super Rod みずべで つかうと
ポケモンが つれる
ポケモンを つるための どうぐ
さいこうの つりざおとして ゆうめい
Old description duplicates the Old Rod's text.
Use it by water to fish for Pokémon. The best fishing rod for catching
Pokémon.
Red Scale あかい ギャラドスの ウロコ いかりのみずうみに あらわれた
あかい ギャラドスの ウロコ
A second line was added that mentions the Gyarados's location.
A scale from the Red Gyarados. A scale from the Red Gyarados
that appeared in the Lake of Rage.
Red Apricorn まっかな ぼんぐり あかい ぼんぐり The older description is slightly more descriptive of the item's color.
A deep red Apricorn. A red Apricorn.
Mystery Egg ポケモンじいさんから あずかった
ふしぎな
 タマゴ
ポケモンじいさんからの あずかりもの
なんの
 タマゴか わからない
Description edited to play up the mysterious nature of the egg.
A strange egg you received
from Mr. POKéMON.
Something you received from Mr. POKéMON.
You don't know what kind of egg it is.
Amulet Coin もたせた ポケモンを せんとう
だすと もらえる おかねが 2ばい
もたせた ポケモンを たたかい
だすと もらえる おかねが 2ばい
Uses a different word for battle - 戦闘 vs. 戦い.
Doubles prize money if the Pokémon
holding it is sent out to battle.
Doubles prize money if the Pokémon
holding it is sent out to battle.
Ylw Apricorn きいろい ぼんぐり きいろの ぼんぐり
A yellow Apricorn. A yellow Apricorn.
Everstone ポケモンが しんかしなくなる
ふしぎな いし
もたせた ポケモンが しんか
しなくなる ふしぎな いし
Made clearer that it only prevents the Pokémon holding it from evolving.
A mysterious stone that prevents
Pokémon from evolving.
A mysterious stone that prevents
Pokémon holding it from evolving.
Lucky Egg もっている ポケモンは
2ばいの けいけんち もらえる
もっている ポケモンは けいけんち
すこし おおめに
 もらえる
The old description is incorrect, as the bonus was always +50%.
Pokémon holding it will gain
double the experience points.
Pokémon holding it will gain
a little more experience points.
MysteryBerry もたせると せんとうちゅう
わざポイントを かいふく する
もたせると せんとうちゅう じぶんで
わざポイントを かいふく する
Text added to clarify that only the holder's PP will be restored.
When held in battle,
recovers Power Points.
When held in battle,
the holder recovers their Power Points.
Dragon Scale とくていのポケモンを しんかさせる ドラゴンタイプの ポケモンが
たまに もっている ふしぎな ウロコ
Final description is more vague on what the item actually does.
Evolves a certain Pokémon. A mysterious scale that Dragon-type
Pokémon sometimes hold.
Up-Grade とくていのポケモンを しんかさせる シルフ コーポレーションせいの
ふしぎな きかい
Same change as the Dragon Scale.
Evolves a certain Pokémon. A mysterious machine made by
Silph Corporation.

1999/08/23 to 1999/08/25

Item Early Description Later Description Notes
Up-Grade シルフ コーポレーションせい
ふしぎな きかい
ふしぎな はこ
シルフ コーポレーションせい
Description slightly simplified.
A mysterious machine made by
Silph Corporation.
A mysterious box made by
Silph Corporation.

1999/08/25 to 1999/09/30

Item Early Description Later Description Notes
Stick ふつうの ながネギ
やすく うれる
ふつうの ながねぎ
やすく うれる
Old description uses katakana for negi, while the final text uses hiragana.
An ordinary scallion. Sell low. An ordinary scallion. Sell low.
Pearl きれいな しんじゅ
たかく うれる
きれいな しんじゅ
やすく うれる
Description was changed after the sell price was lowered.
A beautiful pearl. Sell high. A beautiful pearl. Sell low.
Up-Grade ふしぎな はこ
シルフ コーポレーションせい
ふしぎな はこ
シルフ カンパニーせい
Someone remembered that (in Japan) the "Co." in Silph Co. stands for Company. The change was made around September 13th according to p20913.txt.
A mysterious box made by
Silph Corporation.
A mysterious box made by
Silph Company.
(Translation support: N. Onymous)