To get a Choice Band in Pokémon FR/LG, you need to trade the item over from a copy of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald.
To trade the item, it needs to be equipped to a Pokémon in the RSE game. And then that Pokémon needs to be traded to your Pokémon FRLG game via Link Trade (or Wireless Trade in Emerald) on the top floor of the Pokémon Center.
There is no other way to naturally obtain Choice bands in-game from FireRed or LeafGreen.
Getting a Choice Band
Getting the Choice Band in FireRed and LeafGreen doesn’t take many prerequisites, but the prerequisites can be difficult to fulfill:
- A copy of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald with the Choice Band
- A second game console and a Link Cable or Wireless Adapter (only works with Emerald)
Unfortunately, you can only trade the Choice Band over to FRLG, so you will need a second game and the hardware to trade.
Trading for a Choice Band
If you have the hardware and are ready to trade the Choice Band over, then head to the top floor of the Pokémon Center on your copy of FireRed / LeafGreen.
Once you’re on the top floor, there are three attendants.
The middle attendant will let you trade via a Wireless Adapter. This option is only available with Pokémon Emerald because Wireless Adapters didn’t exist when Ruby and Sapphire came out.
The third attendant, on the far right, will let you enter the Link Club and trade with a Link Cable.
This option will work no matter which versions of the games you are using.
Once you choose to Trade, you will wait for the other game to do the same and once you are both looking for a Trade, you will enter the Trade room.
From the Trade room, you can use the Trade machine in the middle of the room to actually start your trade.
Make sure that the Pokémon you’re trading from Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald is holding the Choice Band before you trade it over.
What Does the Choice Band Do?
The Choice Band is a really unique item that boosts your Pokémon’s Attack Stat by 50%, which is a huge boost. The caveat is that your Pokémon can only use one move.
So whichever move you use first in a battle, that will be the move your Pokémon has to use until you switch it out or the battle ends.
This may seem like a pretty heavy downside, but it’s not as bad as you think.
If you use a Pokémon with four different moves (that use the Attack stat to determine their power), then you will have plenty of options every battle and will hopefully only need the first move you choose anyways.
If you ever need another move, you can just swap your Pokémon out and then resend it into battle. For a 50% attack buff, this seems worth it for certain situations against really tough gym leaders or Giovanni battles.
Is the Choice Band Worth Trading?
The Choice Band is worth trading over to FRLG if you have the ability to (whether on physical hardware or via emulation).
The item provides one of the largest Attack Stat boosts possible, and it can work wonders on the right Pokémon. A 50% boost in Attack will make the difference between a 1 hit and 2 hit KO in a lot of fights.
Take Dragonite for example:
In FireRed/LeafGreen, your Dragonite is mainly going to use Outrage in fights. And the Choice Band will help ensure that move can One-hit KO most Pokémon before Confusion sets in.