Choice Bands can only be purchased from the item seller at the southwestern Exchange Service Corner kiosk in the Battle Frontier. Each Choice Band costs 48 BP, and this is the only way to get the item in Pokémon Platinum.
The Choice Band boosts a Pokémon’s Attack stat, but locks them into using only one kind of move. This is one of the three Choice Items in the game (the others being the Choice Scarf and the Choice Specs).
Choice Band Location
Choice Bands can only be found in the Battle Frontier, which is the huge building to the northeast of the Pokémon Center in the Battle Zone’s Fight Area.
After entering the building, cut through the Entrance Hall and enter the door to the north.
In the middle of the Main Hall will be several kiosks making up a central marketplace. This is the Exchange Service Corner.
Speak to the clerk at the southwestern kiosk (the one with the blue and white striped canopy).
Scroll through her inventory until you find the Choice Band listing.
Each Choice Band costs 48 Battle Points (BP).
You can win BP by fighting in the Battle Frontier’s various facilities.
Choice Band Details & Uses
The Choice Band is a headband that boosts the holder’s Attack stat by 50%, but locks them into using the first move selected in battle. This remains in effect until the holder faints, is withdrawn, or until the battle ends.
Since its debut in Gen III, the Choice Band has been a mainstay in competitive Pokémon strategies. This is due in part to the sheer number of variables it can introduce into any battle.
Some players like to pair Choice Bands with priority moves like ExtremeSpeed to turn Pokémon into speedy killers; others prefer to use a Choice Band in tandem with U-Turn, which enjoys the 50% damage boost and then allows the user to switch out – freeing them from the single-move condition.
And yet, if the Choice Band holder gets locked into the wrong move, it can spell ruin for the entire team.
Most competitive players learn early on to craft defenses to fight against Choice items.
This could be strategies like baiting Choice item holders into getting locked into disadvantageous moves, or by switching out for a Pokémon that can more easily rebuff whichever move the Choice user is locked into.
But since most NPCs in Pokémon Platinum won’t have that level of foresight, Choice Items can be really powerful in a single-player playthrough of the game.
Although whatever a team’s strategies are, it is definitely worth having at least one of each type of Choice Item when attempting to get into competitive play.
Miscellaneous Info about Choice Bands
- If a Choice Band is flung by a Pokémon using Fling, the attack will have a base power of 10.
- Although it is highly advised against due to the initial costliness and inherent value of the item, Choice Bands can be resold for 50 PokéDollars each.